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  • Summary: The world has been rocked by two major events - Mukai has stolen the Orochi seal and the theft of the Yata Mirror by Ash Crimson. Just as the dust had settled, a new King of Fighters tournament was announced - a tournament which brings together some familiar faces, as well as new comers to the world of King of Fighters. Not all is what it seems in this new tournament. There are too many unanswered questions. Too many mixed objectives. Who are the group 'Past Coming People' and what do they really plan to do? Where would Orochi's force finally land once the seal is finally open? Will Chizuru and his friends still be able to seal Orochi? And just what is Ash Crimsons' true plan? Total of 11 teams; 47 Characters, including 3 all new characters to the franchise. Exclusive PS2 characters: Mai Shiranui, Mr Big, Geese Howard, Tung Fu Rue, Robert Garcia, Hotaru Futaba, and EX Kyo Kusanagi. 7 Playable Boss Characters – Adelheid Bernstein, Gai Tendo, Sho Hayate, Jazu, Silver, Shion and Magaki. Fast paced action all the way – 3 new abilities added QUICK SHIFT, SAVING SHIFT and DREAM CANCEL, as well as the new JUDGEMENT SYSTEM and the introduction of SKILL STOCKS. Various modes of play including: Arcade Play, Team Play, Endless, Challenge and Practice. 14 New Endings not present in the arcade version. [Ignition] Expand
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. There is no need to attempt to cater to tastes when a game is this well put together. After the relative disappointment of Neowave and the simply appalling 3D Maximum Impact series, SNK: Playmore have finally come good with one of the finest 2D fighters around. If you are a fan of the genre, or even slightly curious, then you simply must pick up a copy of King of Fighter XI just as soon as you can.
  2. It’s a mystery how two such very different games manage to share so many things in common. In away it’s almost a relief that Maximum Impact 2 is so poor, as it allows XI to bask in its own glory, an example of how the 2D fighting genre isn’t dead and hopefully an opportunity for younger gamers to appreciate the concept of gameplay being greater than eye-candy.
  3. If you've been looking to get a fix on some 2D fighting, you really can't go wrong here. Solid presentation, nearly non-existent load times, a large roster to pick from, and some really solid gameplay make this a definite buy for fans.
  4. 80
    If you are a fan of classic arcade brawling action than King of Fighters XI is a no brainer, especially with a price tag criminally below twenty bucks.
  5. A very big, deep 2D scrapper. Not stunning, but worthy. [Aug 2007, p.78]
  6. The third dimension's grip on the genre may be unshakable, but there are times when special games come along that can ease the transition. The King of Fighters XI is one such game.
  7. Special moves are simply executed but look feeble, so you never get the sense that you're shellacking the snot out of your opponent. [Aug 2007, p.114]

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  1. GioD.
    Dec 3, 2007
    I'm a HUGE king of fighters fan and this latest installment is awesome. There are 4 new fighters (oswald is my personal favorite), new moves to master, touched up special effects, all new backgrounds that look really sharp and fantastic, and the gameplay is alot faster then previous king of fighters, not to mention that it just came out and its only $15 brand new! $15!!!! If your a king of fighters fan or just a fighting fan in general DO NOT let this game slip by. Thank you SNK PLAYMORE, now bring on NeoGeo Battle Collisieum!! Expand