Metascore
66

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 23
  2. Negative: 4 out of 23
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  1. AceGamez
    80
    It's fast-paced, over the top and easy to pick up, but damn difficult to put down.
  2. There is a lot of depth with the various gameplay modes and things to unlock to keep you busy.
  3. The problem with The King of Fighters 2006 isn’t depth. The issue is that the fighting itself is stiff and uninteresting, and feels like an odd bastardization of 2D and 3D, resulting in a fighting game that is not quite sure where it belongs.
  4. If you really liked the potential held by The King of Fighters: Maximum Impact, The King of Fighters 2006 is the realization of that potential. It's not going to change the mind of anyone who is fervently anti-3D KOF, but it's the most solid “alternative fighting game” we've seen in a long time.
  5. The King of Fighters 2006 continues the tradition of being a consistent fighter with little deviation to the genre.
  6. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    80
    Cheers to you, SNK Playmore, for cleaning out the garbage and giving 3D KOF a fresh start! [Oct. 2006, p.85]
  7. 80
    It should appeal to both the veteran King of Fighters fan and the newcomer alike, although for a purer King of Fighters experience the fanatics among us may be better served by King of Fighters XI which is being released at the same time.
  8. A game that vastly improves upon its predecessor. The King of Fighters 2006 features a huge roster of playable characters and a fairly detailed storyline to back it up.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jan 13, 2012
    9
    The King of Fighters 2006, the sequel to KOF: Maximum Impact, continues the storyline from the previous installment. There's a lot of content,The King of Fighters 2006, the sequel to KOF: Maximum Impact, continues the storyline from the previous installment. There's a lot of content, like character specific intros with voice dialog in both English and Japanese. All characters have 2 different outfits with 8 colors total, many of which are throwbacks and references of other characters in the SNK universe. The soundtrack is very memorable, as opposed to the OST of other KOFs during that same period. The only downside, in my opinion, is that the combo system is too loose, but otherwise any and every combo from the 2D games is here, and then some. Full Review »
  2. JamyE.
    Oct 10, 2006
    8
    KoF 2006 is a really fun game with great gameplay but graphics wise, it can't really compare to Tekken 5. After all, fun is what is KoF 2006 is a really fun game with great gameplay but graphics wise, it can't really compare to Tekken 5. After all, fun is what is important and KoF 2006 delivers fun in tons. Full Review »