The King of Fighters EX2: Howling Blood Game Boy Advance

Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
Buy On
  1. The standard that subsequent fighting games published for the Game Boy Advance must meet or beat. It compromises nothing in delivering the arcade KOF experience to the palm of your hand.
  2. 85
    Overall, the single-player mode is a blast to play. The controls are fluid, the animations are entertaining, and the taunts are still over the top, as in the victorious declaration: "Invincibility! I am too uncanny!"
  3. Pocket Games
    85
    EX2 takes all of the characters, attacks, and special moves you'd find in an arcade KOF game and crams them into the GBA. [Spring 2004, p.43]
  4. This style of game doesn’t work on the higher-end second-gen consoles, but does work here. The only unfortunate aspect is that the control scheme could have been a little tighter in allowing players to unleash the special attacks.
  5. 80
    The only real issue with King of Fighters EX 2: Howling Blood is in its gameplay variety: the single player experience is just a little weak due to a sloppy storyline that's incredibly hard to follow. King of Fighter EX2 is definitely made for the multiplayer modes.
  6. 80
    Due to the fast-paced action, the controls will leave you with aching hands and thumbs...Of course, this level of intensity means that there’s a good game underway, and you’ll want to keep at it despite the pain.
  7. The control is solid and impressive. [Mar 2004, p.114]
  8. Nintendo Power
    78
    The animation is choppy at times, but the play control is tight and responsive. [June 2003, p.139]
  9. Play Magazine
    75
    Another highly polished title in a fantastic series. If you're into fighting games, you can't go wrong here. [Jan 2004, p.75]

Awards & Rankings

#39 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2003
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. ClayW.
    Jun 4, 2006
    9
    Easily one of the better fighting experiences I've had on any handheld in a long time. This even outclasses the PSP and DS's Easily one of the better fighting experiences I've had on any handheld in a long time. This even outclasses the PSP and DS's fighting game selection. The controls are tight, the fights are great fun and don't devolve into poke-and-run, and the characters are awesome. It's pretty cheap now, so if you like fighting games, buy it! Full Review »
  2. PaulF.
    May 19, 2005
    8
    A fun game with excellent graphics for GBA.
  3. S.Hakkenden
    Sep 10, 2003
    8
    A much better package than the first game,however,no release planned for Europe as far as i know,meaning it will be yet another SNK game A much better package than the first game,however,no release planned for Europe as far as i know,meaning it will be yet another SNK game destined for the gaming abyss. Full Review »