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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. 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