Reviews and Problems with King of Fighters: Maximum Impact - Maniax
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King of Fighters: Maximum Impact – Maniax
The Gamers Temple
25 October 2005
Excerpt: OK, I’m going to tell you right from the start that King of Fighters: Maximum Impact Maniax (KoF) is strictly for the hardcore fighter crowd. If you’re looking for story, training modes, or even a polished, cohesive feel, you’re not going to find it here. This game is pure 2D fighting – albeit with a 3D look – that’s for those who like trading combos back and forth at a furious pace and are looking for an easy way to demonstrate their skills online on Xbox Live.
Excerpt: KOF: Maximum Impact Maniax offers up all the frenzied action you expect from a King of Fighters match. But what about ye who do not know what to expect from thee olde fighting game? Well, you could pick up a deeper or more complex fighter your first time out, or you could just relax in some graphical splendor and fast-paced button mashing.
Pros: ups: Fast, frenzied fighting, clean 3d graphics, lots of moves, online
Cons: downs: Voice acting, button masher, no depth
Excerpt: Usually, when a PS2 title makes its way to another system a few months after its release, there are a few bonus features. In the case of a fighting game, the developers may throw in extra characters, a bonus mode or two, or an extra couple of stages. Sometimes, the character balance gets tweaked a bit or the gameplay's adjusted. King of Fighters: Maximum Impact Maniax has Xbox Live gameplay added in. That's it. Really, that's all.
Conclusion: Tekken's stilted combo movements out the window, and blazes past even Dead or Alive's lightning quick action. Combos are easily strung together, and the game is very generous in granting super moves. Sometimes it's almost a little TOO fast, as you can accomplish quite a bit with some mindless button mashing. This simplicity is bound to alienate hardcore fighting game purists, but it makes for a nice pick-up-and-play match with casual gamers.
Conclusion: SNK isnâ€™t known for their 3D fighters, but Maximum Impact manages to stand out as one of their better efforts. Itâ€™s a fast-paced brawler that will remind you of the greatness of King of Fighters while offering a brand new challenge. Itâ€™s not the best fighting game on the market, but will certainly quench the thirst for those who are waiting for a better fighter!