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. Regardless of its presentation, The King of Fighters 2000/2001 contains two solid ports of two great 2D fighting games, and the two-disc compilation retails at a very reasonable suggested price of $40.
  2. 78
    Though neither one of them are strong as the '94 through '97 installments, they're still very good when compared to more recent combat titles like Budokai 2 and Bloody Roar 4. Even if their graphical qualities and production values do leave a lot to be desired.
  3. With dozens of characters to master, hundreds of possible teams, and the variety of strategies that the strikers make possible, King of Fighters 2000 might be worth the purchase by itself. 2001 is a decidedly inferior effort, but is still occasionally entertaining.
  4. It's not significantly superior to 2000, but we defy any fighting game fan not to be totally entertained and impressed by the scope for astonishingly satisfying and complex battles in both titles.
  5. Both games sound really good, however. Plenty of digital dialogue clips were recorded for each character in the games. All the sound effects of the originals have successfully made the jump to the PS2.
  6. The big downer is that both games have some animation censored (no bouncing boobies), and no blood.
  7. They are fun, interesting, huge, and have considerable depth within the gameplay. But I find reality frustrating enough to not want to pick up a game that threatens to compound that frustration further.
  8. Ultimately, the main reason to pick up this 2-pack is its "bang for the buck." Two excellent fighting games for $30 is a bargain.
  9. It won't inspire anyone to forsake "Virtual Fighter" or "Tekken," but for fans who don't already own this on Dreamcast, it's a boon. [Dec 2003, p.146]
  10. For those who missed the boat on those games and really like the King of Fighters series, or are just looking for a new 2D fighter, this title won’t disappoint despite looking a tad dated.
  11. The unlockables are likely only going to appeal to hardcore KoF fans, but the huge number of fighters and team combinations can keep players in search of D-pad kung fu mastery playing for a long time.
  12. 75
    Not as good as "Guilty Gear X2" and maybe "Capcom vs. SNK 2," and is so complex and steeped in tradition that it's not the best introductory package for someone wholly unfamiliar with The King of Fighters.
  13. If ‘old school’ to you means the class of Eton 2003 then this is not your thing, if on the other hand you’re a graduate of the early nineties arcades then it’s a welcome return for some streetwise gaming.
  14. This set is reasonably priced, and features two of the most playable fighting games to come along in years.
  15. Play Magazine
    83
    Not a lot of surprises, not a lot to be called revolutionary...just a double-dose of some of the finest gameplay ever. [Dec 2003, p.72]

Awards & Rankings

#31 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 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 »