Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
Buy On
  1. I definitely recommend picking it up.
  2. It’s a generous presentation with lots to do… locally. Some of the extras are a worthy addition to the package, while others feel slapped together.
  3. 67
    The upside is that Ultimate Match is based on the Dreamcast port of KOF '98, which gives you the option to replace the original backgrounds with new 3D backgrounds as well as customizing and saving individual color configurations for each character.

Awards & Rankings

#7 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2009
#2 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2009
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. HugoV.
    Jun 3, 2009
    9
    It's the best slugfest in the Neo Geo library. Classic isn't adequate. Masterful is better. It's a challenge which is It's the best slugfest in the Neo Geo library. Classic isn't adequate. Masterful is better. It's a challenge which is something you can't say about too many games today. You either learn to play well, or you just hang up the controller. This is what has made King of Fighters fantastic. This updated 98 edition includes a larger roster, more goodies, and perfect emulation. If you are an SNK follower, this is a no-brainer. Full Review »
  2. RockKroc
    Mar 14, 2009
    10
    The best possible King of Fighters game. While it naturally lacks the characters, moves, etc. from later titles, this disc has everything up The best possible King of Fighters game. While it naturally lacks the characters, moves, etc. from later titles, this disc has everything up to and through KoF '97. Even if you already have The Orochi Saga, I still recommend this game. New backgrounds, more comprehensive character roster, etc. etc. etc. Full Review »