Reviews and Problems with The King of Fighters XIII
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The King of Fighters XIII
17 January 2012
Summary: Not only is The King of Fighters a solid 2D fighting game, but it is one of the best games in the series. With dozens of characters and a robust story mode, this SNK fighter reminds us yet again why every serious fighting fan wanted a Neo Geo in the 1990s.
Excerpt: There’s the traditional arcade mode, which includes the usual 3-on-3 battles and some pretty funny banter between the fighters, usually reflecting their relationships with the opponent and/or their clone in the best dialog exchanges I’ve seen in an SNK fighter.
Excerpt: The King of Fighters XIII is nearly everything that fans hoped The King of Fighters XII would be when it released in 2009. Packed full of fighters, modes, beautiful visuals and a seemingly bottomless well of content, this year’s entry in the long-running fighting series is a welcome return to form.
Excerpt: In a merit-based world, it can be tough for royalty to remain relevant. Starting with publisher SNK’s idea to bring characters from its various game worlds into a Street Fighter-style brawl, the King of Fighters series has certainly earned the goodwill of its fans over the years, despite its 12th...
Excerpt: There’s something to be said for sticking to your guns and refining your formula until it’s great. That’s exactly what’s happened with King of Fighters XIII . Initially, its depth may seem daunting to newcomers, but they’ll be more than rewarded for spending the time needed to learn its...
Pros: + Tons of characters, each with some of the best sprite animation anywhere., + A complex, crazy-deep combat system.
Cons: - May be a bit overwhelming for new fans; some overly similar fighters., ? Does anyone do 2D sprites better than
Conclusion: Concept: Mix some new fighters and basic modes into King of Fighters XII’s reliable but barebones foundation
Graphics: The hand-drawn sprites make a few characters look gorgeous, but the rest just look blurry
Sound: Loved the high energy soundtrack, hated the high-pitched female fighter voices...
Excerpt: SNK Playmore has been through a lot this past few years. What used to be a veritable fighting game contender who went toe-to-toe with CAPCOM in the genre fizzled down to an utterly shameful disappointment when they released what was supposed to be a rebirth of The King of Fighters in the aptly named...