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  • Summary: King of Fighers: Maximum Impact is the first KOF title to be designed specifically for the PlayStation 2, rather than being based on any existing SNK arcade version. Maximum Impact features 24 of the most popular KOF characters such as Terry Bogard and Kyo Kusanagi all rendered in 3D. TheKing of Fighers: Maximum Impact is the first KOF title to be designed specifically for the PlayStation 2, rather than being based on any existing SNK arcade version. Maximum Impact features 24 of the most popular KOF characters such as Terry Bogard and Kyo Kusanagi all rendered in 3D. The game also features six brand new characters to the franchise, 4 unlockable characters, and a wide assortment of detailed battlegrounds and fighting maneuvers. [SNK NeoGeo] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 45
  2. Negative: 3 out of 45
  1. 85
    While it is still a decent game, it is by no means one of the better games within the series. It comes up short in a few places and overall doesn't capture the same level of fun that other games have had.
  2. 74
    Though it does suffer from its own share of balancing issues, chain favoritism, and a welcoming for button mashing newbies, it really grew on me with its high-speed action strong accessibility.
  3. Initially fun, but it wears out its welcome pretty quickly.
  4. I highly recommend a joystick, though - one thing that hasn't changed is that super moves are tough on a controller, especially the PS2's fragmented D-pad. [Dec 2004, p.160]
  5. Mostly resembles a "Dead or Alive" version for the poor.
  6. The problem is, with all the advancements that have gone into 3D fighting games like insanely deep combo trees or ultra-balanced, technique-driven combatants, not to mention multi-tiered environments triggered on the fly or interactive elements, there's nothing here that's terribly compelling, and certainly nothing that would give you reason to play this game over the 2D versions.
  7. 40
    Maximum Impact isn't a failure, per se, but it was an ill-advised move that SNK will hopefully learn a lesson from. It's better to be king of a flat empire than become a polygonal pauper.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. VictorV.
    Jan 13, 2005
    10
    I think its the best of all king of fighters games.
  2. KhalidA.
    Aug 18, 2004
    8
    This game looks better then the other king of fighters, at least the graphics changed from 2D to 3D cool!!!
  3. kfkf
    Oct 17, 2004
    8
    Snk must try harder to be better in graphic not just in gameplay! ....for now tekken and vf wins!
  4. JerradH.
    Oct 29, 2004
    7
    I fail to understand why people are knocking this game's graphics. I definitely think its one of the game's high points and the I fail to understand why people are knocking this game's graphics. I definitely think its one of the game's high points and the graphics are really spot on in every respect. Considerably better than I thought they would do since its their first 3D attempt in 5 years. The gameplay is also really nice, though it does lack a bit of polish. That's also better than I thought it would be. Now, as for the sound and story, you can blame SNKNEOGEOUSA for the poor quality of this. The original game had the original japanese voice actors, which sound a million times better than the ametuerish, innappropriate sounding crapola that they added. This is, of course, not their fault because SCEA forced them to add this. However, it is entirely their fault for not leaving the japanese voices as an option, which would've made everyone happy. They also cut out quite a few of the story bits, and as a result, what's left looks botched, confusing, and bad. With any luck, we'll get the newly announced X-Box version here along with Europe, and these problems will be remedied. Expand
  5. [Anonymous]
    Oct 15, 2004
    0
    Ha ha! I knew this game was gonna suck! PS1 graphics, terrible gameplay and the worst fighter story ever, this game bites the big one! Ha ha! I knew this game was gonna suck! PS1 graphics, terrible gameplay and the worst fighter story ever, this game bites the big one! There's lots of other good games like Soul Calibur 2, Virtua Fighter 4, Mortal Kombat and anything else is better than this sh.t! Expand
  6. ZakariaL.
    Nov 14, 2004
    0
    This game sucks. look i love kof but this one suck for real so please do not every buy it ok. just buy kof 2002/2003 those are the best.