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  • Summary: The legendary 3-on-3 fighting game series that united rival brawlers from SNK Playmore's classic arcade franchises celebrates its 15th Anniversary in style with the release of The King of Fighters XII. For the first time in its history, this epic martial arts showdown has undergone a complete graphical overhaul. The antiquated character sprites used over the past 14 years have been dropped in favor of all-new, high-resolution fighters fluidly animating across painstakingly detailed, 100% hand-drawn backgrounds. [SNK Playmore] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 57
  2. Negative: 5 out of 57
  1. King of Fighters XII is a balanced, beautiful game to witness and a fun start for the franchise's next generation, but it absolutely is a case of unfulfilled potential, especially considering it's supposed to be "the year of the fighter."
  2. Sadly, while King of Fighters XII shows shades of brilliance now and then the game manages drops the ball a few times too many.
  3. In the end, the sparse content maims Kof XII. Next time around there better be more stages, characters, modes – more everything. You can’t just rip the five-minute-per-play arcade code straight to consoles and expect people to invest the full $60 over a few coins.
  4. At the price point of $60, The King of Fighters XII is a hard sell to anyone outside of the fanbase. Renting or borrowing is the best entry point for the series as a blind purchase may lead to one angry gamer.
  5. 60
    King of Fighters XII is fun to play when you're fighting a buddy locally, but everything else about the game is seriously lacking.
  6. 55
    The King of Fighters XII is a brilliant fighting game at the core, courtesy of its fantastic new graphics engine and a solid 2D combat mechanics but the home version really could have been so much more.
  7. 30
    KoF12's online play is (to put it mildly) atrocious.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 12
  2. Negative: 6 out of 12
  1. DaltonP
    Jul 25, 2009
    9
    Don't listen to Roy the graphics are amazing in this game (someone doesn't know how to use the soft filter). Now this is a big step forward (or back to the old days) for King Of Fighters. They finally added some new sprites and brought the characters moves back to the 94/95 days. The single player in my opinion is merely practice for the meat of this game which is the online mode. At the time of this writing there are some lag issues but SNK has promised to fix them with a soon to be released patch. Please don't overlook this terribly underrated game which in my opinion is far superior to that reskinned Guilty Gear game called BlazBlue. Expand
  2. J.R
    Jul 28, 2009
    8
    Anyone saying it looks like a Super Nintendo game, is clearly lacking in intellect and is grossly misinformed. I'd be surprised if a person who knew so little about 2D art and animation actually bought the game they are comparing to a 16 bit system. If you are a legitimate fan of fighters, be it 2D or 3D and already have a KOF game in your collection, buy this game, it's really that simple. Support the companies that make great games!!! Expand
  3. NadaN
    Jul 27, 2009
    6
    While the gameplay and graphics are good, the presentation leaves much to be desired. SNK decided not to include a story in this game, so you pretty much turn on the game and fight. That's it. Arcade Mode is really Time Trial. It has a few barely animated cutscenes, but they add nothing to the game. There isn't even a final boss. Taunts have been removed, and I'm pretty sure every character has the same win pose. On the plus side, the characters are HUGE, gorgeous and have lots of animation. KOF fans will love how the classic characters are re-imagined, as several of the them play completely different from previous KOF's, making them seem new. Has a high nostalgia factor, as characters like Andy Bogard and Raiden (Big Bear) are back, and even the recurring KOF characters are still fun to play. Just seeing Iori and Terry moving in high def is exciting. Overall I can't help but compare this to BlazBlue, which is the other new high-def 2-D fighter. That game surpasses KOFXII in almost every way. KOF's characters might be a bit bigger, and it's definitely a simpler game (which might be good news for people turned off by BlazBlue's complexity), but otherwise KOFXII is just not as good. A buy only for fans, a rental for everyone else. Expand
  4. Guy
    Aug 1, 2009
    4
    This has to an insult to any kof fan around. They've changed a fast-paced game into a touch-of-doom turtlefest because of critical counters. Duo Lon became a zoning character and many characters lost at least one DM (which could be attributed to it being a throwback to kof 94-95). Playing most of these characters will make you feel like they've been raped from their older versions, like Leona from 2002 to 2003. Because of the lag, nobody would really want to be playing online, which then comes the offline mode. The computer is too easy to beat, throwing random moves and generally standing still, even if you chose "hard". For the first time in kof history there's not even a boss or a survival mode. They did what they could, but even hardcore kof fans will find it hard to pay so much for so little. Get 98 UM or XI or even the 02/03 bundle instead. Expand
  5. RodC
    Aug 13, 2009
    3
    The worst disappointment I've had in YEARS. They wasted a ridiculous amount of time drawing each frame of the characters' animation, and even though animation itself looks fluid, the sprites look AWFUL on a decent HD screen. All that energy could've been better used into content for the game itself... I mean, what's wrong with modern animation techniques? Expand
  6. royr.
    Jul 24, 2009
    3
    I usually don't take the time to comment on games at all. I take what anyone says with a grain of salt ...but i was so unimpressed with this game i just had to dpeak up and hopefully warn anyone out there thats on the fence about getting this game. It looks like super nintendo game, and the game play is about as bland as...well i cant even find a reference to it. Save yourself the time and money wasted. If you want a fighting game to go sink your blood sweat and tears into pick up Blaz Blue...This has to be one of the most disappointing purchases ive had in long long time. Sad that it was so hyped up. Expand
  7. adams
    Jul 30, 2009
    0
    Kof 12 long awaited , expected to be more dynamic than , kof 2002 and more tactic than kof 98 with nice GFX , and what we get a Mugen like game , yes the characters are cute but did ask your self where is the Moves and characters , even KOF 94 are more riche than this , also The AI of CPU is so stupid random click and dodge and lake of special players move , kof hardgamers trained hard for using cancel and moves and what we get a Street fighter 4 focus , whats wrong with SNK playmore , to understand me more just imagine this game without HD GFX , it will the badest KOF even worst than KOF 94. Expand

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