Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. 78
    This game will probably please fans of the old-school stuff, especially considering the fact that Ultimate Match includes the original King of Fighters '98 on the disc, along with an extra disc with plenty of wallpapers and other goodies. And for only 20 bucks, it's definitely not a bad deal.
  2. In today’s world, a lot of gamers are looking for high-def graphics. As King of Fighters lacks that, it makes up for it in gameplay and sound, presenting a fighting experience that you won’t soon forget.
  3. 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.
  4. The King of Fighters '98: Ultimate Match is a great example of how to update a good fighting game. The title doesn't make any changes that would drive away old fans of the series, but it makes a few good ones that would entice new fans to give it a try. With a solid package behind it, only the die-hard SNK haters would be resilient enough to turn down this game. It's a great addition to any fighting game fan's library.
  5. The King, it hurts me to say, has been de-throned.
  6. 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.
  7. I definitely recommend picking it up.
  8. If there was ever a reminder of why The King of Fighters kicks ass, this is it.
  9. Plain and simple The King of Fighter 98' Ultimate Match is pure fan service.
  10. The two biggest drawbacks are obvious to us: first and foremost, what we’ve been saying all along; i.e., there really isn’t much in the way of upgrades or enhancements, and secondly, the lack of balance.
  11. A $20 price tag makes this a heck of a deal for hardcore 2D fighter fans. [Holiday 2008, p.84]

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