Reviews and Problems with King of Fighters 2002/2003
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King of Fighters 02/03
26 February 2005
Excerpt: SNK’s King of Fighters series has always been the unkempt, rebellious cousin of Street Fighter. Every family has one of these sour apples – even yours. He’s the guy with the tangled mullet and wife-beater that you try to avoid during family reunions. He may not be keen on the whole issue of personal hygiene, but you sure as hell wouldn’t want to get on his bad side.
Conclusion: KOF 2002 is a fantastic distillation of the series' classic gameplay and KOF 2003 does a wonderful job of trying to update the formula without breaking things too much, but this is after all a classic collection, and should be taken as such.
Conclusion: In the King of Fighters 2003, the gameplay has changed a bit. Players still pick a team of three (or go one-on-one if they wish) but this time gamers are allowed to switch between their three characters during fights. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist or a fighting aficionado to know that this switching method was inspired by Marvel vs. Capcom. In KOF 2003, pushing R1 isn’t necessary to perform a special move, which better suits my preference.