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8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 2 out of 17

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  1. 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 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.
  2. 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 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 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. Expand
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73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. A $20 price tag makes this a heck of a deal for hardcore 2D fighter fans. [Holiday 2008, p.84]
  2. 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.
  3. 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.