Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
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  1. Don’t expect breakthrough graphics or new innovations, expect King of Fighter nostalgia and good old fashion 2D fighting.
  2. Cheat Code Central
    50
    While it may not be fair to say that if you've played one fighting game, you've played them all, I could probably say with certainty that if you've played more than a few fighting games you've played better ones than KOF 2000/2001.
  3. There aren’t many extras in each title and the two titles feel dated. But hardcore fight fans get a lot substance for a little cash.
  4. 70
    By today’s standards, these games probably won’t mean much to gamers who grew up on the combo flow-charts of Tekken and Soul Calibur, but these King games are nevertheless very playable thanks to responsive controls and intuitive easy-to-execute moves.
  5. 60
    Those of you who are patient enough to learn its intricacies, and open-minded enough to put up with its modest production values will find a rich experience.
  6. AceGamez
    60
    Words can't really describe how unbearable 2000's graphics are. They are blocky, unpolished and the colours used for the characters are pretty appalling.
  7. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    60
    Ravaged by age and running on obsolete technology, it's uglier than ever. Still, you can't call KOF incompetent - atrociously lazy and reluctant to change, but not incompetent. [Jan 2004, p.133]
  8. 70
    It feels good on the PS2 pad, even, though a joystick is (of course!) preferable.
  9. The bigger problem is that 2000 and 2001 aren't the best games in the series. [Jan 2004, p.123]
  10. PSM Magazine
    70
    It may not push the boundaries of the genre in any real way, but it does provide a wealth of characters, depth and generally well-balanced gameplay. [Feb 2004, p.32]
  11. A game that is generally easy to control, but that has a lot of issues when it comes to the finer movements usually associated with the special attacks and combos used by most characters.
  12. These two versions of SNK’s long-running franchise compensate for their outdated visuals and muffled sounds with well-honed and rewarding gameplay that’s as hard as it is rewarding if you’re into this type of game.
  13. GMR Magazine
    60
    The only problem with SNK's KoF double-pack is the two KOF's SNK chose to pack together. [Jan 2004, p.72]
  14. All in all KOF 2000 and 2001 are average games. The gameplay is the same as in any other fighting game. Plus, there is a lack of customization in every department.
  15. GameNow
    67
    SNK creates quirky, memorable characters with interesting moves, and KOF 2001 in particular showcases a huge number of these. [Jan 2004, p.58]
  16. Graphically, both King of Fighters 2000 and 2001 are nearly pixel-perfect ports. Unfortunately, this is as much a liability as anything. The character sprites are low-resolution, as befits three-year-old Neo-Geo games, and the backgrounds are muddy and annoyingly aliased.

Awards & Rankings

37
#37 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Eddy:P
    Mar 22, 2004
    10
    ALL KOF ROCKS!
  2. TaiweeT.
    Mar 10, 2004
    10
    This game is great, however, the change in 2001 is just too much for me to handle. The striker takes off one special and 2 special could do This game is great, however, the change in 2001 is just too much for me to handle. The striker takes off one special and 2 special could do and ultimate super moves. Overall the 2 game is hype and who ever rate the game lower than 8, this person never really play game, don't know it's improvement and significant. Full Review »
  3. BrandonN.
    Jan 20, 2004
    10
    Old? It is not old, Just 3 years ago! ok so a little, But this game is very fun to play. I only around my early teens and i love 2D fighting Old? It is not old, Just 3 years ago! ok so a little, But this game is very fun to play. I only around my early teens and i love 2D fighting games! Despite the fact that the graphics look a little pixelated, you'll enjoy 2001 alot! Kof 2000 is just ported from the neogeo. KOF 2001 was made from scrath then that uber wierd neogeo version. But the graphics were still the same though a little smoother but still pixelated. Full Review »