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4.3

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 34
  2. Negative: 20 out of 34
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  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 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 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
Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 57 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 57
  2. Negative: 5 out of 57
  1. Problem is, the aesthetics are disconcerting. [Aug 2009, p.76]
  2. The core game is spectacular, even if the presentation framing it is awful, and it's got the potential to be well worth the money. So should you buy it? That depends on what's most important to you, but I'm going to say you most certainly should.
  3. King of Fighters XII would be a great game had it been made a few years back. Unfortunately, sleek and very well-drawn characters are not enough to make up for a 2D fighting game nowadays. Yet if you like this kind of gameplay, you’ll most definitely appreciate the huge list of attacks and combos, and the rich backgrounds.