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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match comes to Xbox LIVE Arcade! The KOF '98 fighting game has fascinated game fans all over the world, and now it's powered up and ready to be on Xbox LIVE Arcade. Additional characters have been added from the King of Fighters universe, and new battle systems and moves have been implemented. Extend the fight to opponents all over the world. Face off against others to prove who is the real King of Fighters. Use Practice Mode to learn, Challenge Mode to improve your skills, then go to battle to show what you've got! [SNK Playmore] Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. 76
    With so many options to tweak and enough characters to repopulate a barren world, this one should last you a while. Especially if you have buddies to fight with.
  2. KoFUM is still worthy of a solid score, due to the fact that it’s still one of the better pure fighters ever made, but it will be hard for casual brawler fans to realize its allure.
  3. This port comes up somewhat short. [Issue#49, p.102]
  4. Remarkably solid. [Oct 2009, p.80]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Sep 20, 2012
    This game could of been so much more. KOF98 to me is the best fighting game I've ever played. Phenomenal. To the art, memorable characters, playability, music, and overall style. It's just this release seems unpolished with the shoddy online netcode and lobby system. The original Japanese text they left in on certain parts of the game is so out of place. At ten bucks if you like KOF this is a no-brainer purchase and even a great value. Just could have been so much more is all. There is always hope The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match Final Edition makes it way home with the online features it deserves. A small hope indeed :( I still rate this high for how timeless the gameplay and presentation is. KOF98 is SNK at its best. Expand
  2. ApocalypseBrown
    Aug 12, 2009
    Very decent game, but also very hard to get into if you're not a KOF fan (which I ain't). The roster of characters is impressive, but the game does look older than it's eleven years. Soul Calibur (Dreamcast version) stills looks great, so you can imagine the washed out gray pixels of KOF 98 doesn't inspire. But fundamentally for 800 points, if you have the time then it's worth a go. Expand
  3. KeithRogers
    Jul 8, 2009
    This game should have never made it past Microsoft quality testing. While I love the King of Fighters series it is unacceptable to release a game in the U.S. that has game affecting options written in japanese. Not to mention that ALL of the win quotes are also in japanese. Only the most hardcore fighter will want to pay for this and that is a shame, because it is a decent game. Collapse