Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
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  1. AceGamez
    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. Combined with an excellent soundtrack and the same stylish look that SNK is know for, this somehow manages to beat even Neo Geo Battle Coliseum as one of the best 2D fighters they’ve put out in a long, long time.
  3. With ample moves, special attacks, dozens of characters and a couple of extra good modes to boot, you’ll be hard pressed to find anything that matches the level of quality seen in SNK’s latest release.
  4. If you are a hardcore fighting fan with a sweet tooth for the past, then this game is worth checking out. The gameplay is fun and the moves are over the top, matched with colorful characters and powers.
  5. While King Of Fighters XI is somewhat average in the graphics department compared to other fighting games of the modern 3D era, it makes up for it with refreshingly and uniquely refined gameplay.
  6. The cheap bordered 50Hz conversion is a touch disappointing but when the rest of the game is so damn great and taking into account the fact that you'll get change out of fifteen notes for this little beauty, it seems harsh to keelhaul XI over cut corners like this.
  7. 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.
  8. The bosses are somewhat cheap in single-player mode, but the game has multiplayer appeal to spare – and for $20, no less. If you love 2-D fighting, pay your respects to the King.
  9. 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.
  10. Games Master UK
    A finely honed beat-'em-up. Not much new but still does the job. [Sept 2007, p.85]
  11. Despite the dated presentation, The King of Fighters XI is one of the best fighting games in the entire series.
  12. One of the series’ better outings as of late. The fighting engine, while not the deepest or the most technical out there, is solid, and the whole presentation drips with style. On top of that, you can get the game in exchange for a mere likeness of Andrew Jackson.
  13. It does its best to dissuade you from playing, looking like it was put together on a budget of about 50p, yet offers one of the most superlative and complete 2D fighting experiences Gamestyle has had the pleasure of playing in recent years.
  14. Sure, the game’s far from perfect. Still, it’s one of best fighting games ever to grace the PS2, and for only 20 bucks, it’s about the best deal in gaming today.
  15. 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.
  16. Nobody is going to be converted to this game series by this entry, it doesn’t offer anything phenomenal to gamers.
  17. On the other hand you sure are getting a large slice of action for what tends to be a very moderate price tag and there is a place for a good hand to hand combat affair in everybody’s collection.
  18. 80
    While it doesn't bring anything new to the table, and its visuals fail to impress, the fast-paced tag-team battles and old-school challenge make this a title to look out for. Casual gamers beware: this is a game with an absurd amount of information to learn and master, so skip this one if you don't want to invest the time and sore thumbs.
  19. King of Fighters XI is more of the same, giving fans exactly what they want and completely ignoring the possibility of opening up the series to new players. It’s perfectly balanced and intricately developed, improving upon its predecessors yet still offering nothing so ‘new’ that could improve its score.
  20. At the budget price of $20, there’s absolutely no excuse for anybody who even tolerates fighting games to not rush out right now and buy this game.
  21. 80
    The King Of Fighters XI is as easy on the eye as any version yet, and benefits from a playability overhaul and the inclusion of a majestic tag battle system. It is as frustratingly difficult to beat as ever, thanks to the joypad-smashingly evil bosses, but remains compulsive and playable. [JPN Import]
  22. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    A solid addition to the series. [Aug 2007, p.84]
  23. Play Magazine
    The most important quality in any relationship is personality, and The King of Fighters XI has personality in abundance. [JPN Import, Oct 2006, p.78]
  24. Play UK
    For all the tweaking seen in KOF XI it's only really the followers of the series who are going to appreciate the subtleties that hve been introduced. [Issue#156, p.84]
  25. 75
    All in all this is essentially a game for fans of the series. Its innovations will mostly go unnoticed by the masses and rightly so as they have been primarily designed to titillate the faithful.
  26. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    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]
  27. PSM3 Magazine UK
    A very big, deep 2D scrapper. Not stunning, but worthy. [Aug 2007, p.78]
  28. So, King Of Fighters might be a much-loved series amongst its hardcore fans and it might deliver in all the areas that those familiar with the franchise would expect, but measured toe-to-toe against modern fighting games it just doesn’t fare well.
  29. Balanced, a little hasty, and enjoyable, King of Fighters XI is what people were expecting: an enjoyable game with new features and a stylish look that keeps in line with the rest of the series.
  30. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#89 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2007
#39 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2007
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  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 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!! Full Review »