Excerpt: Since its inception, The King of Fighters series has had a dedicated fan base, that have followed the series religiously, through both the joyful highlights and crippling disappointments, purchasing the requisite arcade stick to get the most out of the game and dedicating themselves to mastering the many intricacies of the series. Blood, sweat and tears may or may not have been included.
Summary: The 2D fighter will never have the same level of popularity as it once did, since when 3D became the new 2D, but it will also never die when companies like SNK can still provide classics of this level. If you are even remotely into 2D fighters… if you still carry your memories of playing Streetfighter 2 in an arcade or on a SNES deep in the murky past… you owe it to yourself to pay homage to the new King.
Excerpt: The King of Fighters XI continues the KOF fighting series. I don't know what to say to you if you're new to the series, really. While I can't say it does anything better than the many rival fighting games out there, it still holds a special place in my heart. It's got just enough style and substance to hold it's own as a decent fighter. Perhaps that argument worked better about 10 years ago, when the graphics for this fighter still held their own against competitors.
Conclusion: The King of Fighters series is one of the longest running game series of all time. It's rich in history and has always offered gamers a deep, complex, and challenging fighting game. The same is true for King of Fighters XI; if you are a 2D fighter fan that doesn't mind outdated character visuals and stout boss difficulty, I think there is a lot for you to enjoy here; and at the asking price, it's hard not to recommend.
Excerpt: Deeper than you know. Every year, it grows increasingly difficult to find new fighting games that are content with two dimensions. Considering the success of popular franchises such as Tekken and Dead or Alive , that's no surprise. Still, it's a concern among those who prefer sprites to polygons, defensive rolls to sidesteps. What will those folks do when the two-dimensional games stop coming? Perhaps they'll turn to The King of Fighters XI .
Pros: Detailed environments, Lots of characters, Plenty of modes, Deep combat systems, Only $20, Unlocking extra characters isn't intuitive, Final boss is really, really cheap