Reviews and Problems with King of Fighters: Maximum Impact - Maniax
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30 August 2005
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!
Excerpt: SNK's venerable King of Fighters fighting game series started more than 10 years ago, and it has seen a new installment each subsequent year ever since it started. Given KOF's obvious staying power, and given that SNK's NeoGeo hardware--home to King of Fighters for all these years--is ancient (yet timeless, like any classic console), it's not surprising that the company would make an effort to update the series to become, well...more like other modern fighting games.
Pros: Fast, combo-heavy gameplay, Features a good number of classic SNK characters, Solid online play exclusively on the Xbox
Cons: Characters lost some personality in translation to 3D, Balance is pretty suspect