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  • Summary: (Currently available in the UK/EU/JPN only) KOF Neowave features 12 three-man teams made up of some of the greatest characters from SNK's 11-year history, including the Women Fighters Team (Mai, King and Yuri) and the Fatal Fury Team (Terry, Joe, and Andy). NEOWAVE features three modes of play - Super Cancel, Guard Break, and Max2. A new "Heat Mode" lets players power up their attacks in exchange for a gradual loss of health. Xbox Live support featuring head-to-head fighting and Tournament Mode. A total of 43 characters including 7 Bonus characters. 12 of the most dangerous fighting teams ever assembled. Pick your team and fight it out in the original 3-on-3 battle format. Beautifully rendered background graphics. Activate "Heat Mode" to power-up your attacks. Revives the evacuation rolling maneuver and thrust attacks. Over-the-top Super Special Moves. 3 modes of play: Super Cancel, Guard Break and Max2. Link a Special Move with a Super Attack in the Super Cancel Mode to cause extreme damage. [SNK Playmore] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. 78
    It's a great game but King of Fighters Neowave needs you to invest in alternative control scheme more than any other PS2 fighter to date. Do that and you've got a brilliant fighting game. [Issue 143, p.96]
  2. 70
    Sure, a challenge mode, time attack and many more bells and whistles would have been welcome, but like the endless waves of retro compilations out there at the moment, there's something endearingly simple about Neowave that everybody can enjoy.
  3. An interesting and complete fighter that deserves the attention of anyone who enjoys the delights of two-dimensional fighting. [Sept 2006, p.112]
  4. A novel flashback to how things used to be, but one that will make you more grateful than ever that we aren’t at that point in time any more. Dated, jaded and passed it sell by date.
  5. It's sad to say that, while King of Fighters: Neowave has plenty of good ideas, it can't stop the game from feeling extremely dated.
  6. The 'hardcore' tag can't excuse this. Even fans of King of Fighters will feel short-changed. [Nov 2006, p.68]
  7. Even ignoring the modernity of "Soul Calibur," "Marvel vs. Capcom 2" and "Guilty Gear" do the 2D thing so much better than this. [Nov 2006, p.107]

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