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  • Summary: In The King of Fighters EX 2: Howling Blood, you can play as or against 21 characters from the King of Fighters series, including three characters that are exclusive to this version. Each new match gives you an opportunity to refine your fighting skills, unlock secrets, and master powerfulIn The King of Fighters EX 2: Howling Blood, you can play as or against 21 characters from the King of Fighters series, including three characters that are exclusive to this version. Each new match gives you an opportunity to refine your fighting skills, unlock secrets, and master powerful moves. If you need help during a match, you can call on your partner to temporarily fight by your side. Perfect your fighting strategy in a variety of gameplay modes, such as 3-VS-3 Battle, two-player VS, and Story. Collapse
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  1. 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]
  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. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The control is solid and impressive. [Mar 2004, p.114]
  6. The animation is choppy at times, but the play control is tight and responsive. [June 2003, p.139]
  7. The fighting is absolutely mad-dog-howling good. [Mar 2004, p.93]

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  1. SeymoreA.
    Jul 6, 2003
    10
    Cool.
  2. MarioC.
    Jul 22, 2003
    9
    This game is very cool i like it alot but the the new characters really suck.
  3. 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! Expand
  4. 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. Expand
  5. PaulF.
    May 19, 2005
    8
    A fun game with excellent graphics for GBA.