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  • Summary: With a roster featuring over 30 hand-drawn fighters, a number of detailed stages bursting with life, over a half dozen play modes, a refined fighting engine built for speed and complete with new moves and supers, a vastly improved Online mode, and a host of other additions, tweaks, andWith a roster featuring over 30 hand-drawn fighters, a number of detailed stages bursting with life, over a half dozen play modes, a refined fighting engine built for speed and complete with new moves and supers, a vastly improved Online mode, and a host of other additions, tweaks, and enhancements, THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII represents a rebirth for one of gaming's longest tenured franchises and one of the most popular fighting brands ever. Expand
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  1. Positive: 26 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Dec 15, 2011
    90
    The King of Fighters XIII is an awesome fighting game. The fast paced fights granted by the deep combat system are both technical and entertaining, and the gorgeous graphics and sounds are the final touch for a perfect fighting experience.
  2. Nov 27, 2011
    87
    Whether a newbie or a hardcore veteran, you owe it to yourself to check out the King of Fighters XIII – especially at its discounted price of $50.
  3. Nov 23, 2011
    85
    King of Fighters XIII accomplishes the difficult task of redeeming a previously failed attempt at revitalizing the franchise. Everything that makes a great fighting game, from an interesting and balanced cast to well-conceived mechanics and visual flair, are here in abundance.
  4. Nov 28, 2011
    80
    As a lovingly crafted evolution to one of oldest and most respected fighting series in gaming, KOF 13 is - hands down - Playmore's greatest accomplishment in years.
  5. Dec 1, 2011
    80
    It has never looked better. [Christmas 2011, p.124]
  6. Nov 22, 2011
    78
    SNK has proven with King of Fighters XIII that it cares about the fans. Nearly every bit of negative feedback about the last game has been addressed here, resulting in distilled fan service in disc form. Devout King of Fighters fans left wanting last time won't have much to complain about here. And while the tutorial and missions mode offers some guidance for casual players, I can't recommend this over other superior fighters on the market.
  7. Dec 4, 2011
    67
    A fan service for players with fond memories of buying matches with pockets full of quarters. While it's sure to be embraced by hardcore fighting-game fans, anyone else will find it holds little appeal.

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  1. Dec 10, 2011
    10
    I've never been a big fan of KOF, if I'm honest. But, I really am enjoying this - it's a great game. Good to see 2D fighters still being made,I've never been a big fan of KOF, if I'm honest. But, I really am enjoying this - it's a great game. Good to see 2D fighters still being made, the animation is amazing . Expand
  2. Nov 25, 2011
    10
    The best SNK game since King of Fighters 2002 and the best traditional fighting game since Third Strike. This game is everything that KoF 12The best SNK game since King of Fighters 2002 and the best traditional fighting game since Third Strike. This game is everything that KoF 12 should have been, beautiful graphics, tight gameplay, great balance, and no gimmicks. If you have even a passing interest in fighting games then you owe it to yourself to pick this up. Expand
  3. Nov 22, 2011
    10
    King of Fighters XIII is probably the best 2d fighting experience you can have in the current generation, and one of the best 2d fighters everKing of Fighters XIII is probably the best 2d fighting experience you can have in the current generation, and one of the best 2d fighters ever created. Not only has the overall package been extremely improved in both quantity and quality, with tons of modes, new characters, beautiful stages that will remind you of the best SNK games on NeoGeo, new systems that actually add a lot of depth to the game (drive cancel, extra versions of special and desperation moves, and many other things) but the game has also a good netcode that, so far, hasn't let me down a single time. KoF13 has already been a favorite in the competitive scene for some time, and it's likely to gather a decent following in order to build a sizeable community in the future. The 4 CD soundtrack provided by Atlus USA surely helps to improve the value of an already exceptional game. Expand
  4. Jan 9, 2012
    10
    King of Fighters was a tough game to pick up and play - amongst friends it's always been the one to divide us when deciding what to play.King of Fighters was a tough game to pick up and play - amongst friends it's always been the one to divide us when deciding what to play. Those who don't spend time with it's natty countering and rapid dodges often found the previous iterations clunky and cumbersome.

    KOF XIII improves on everything the series has to offer, and provides the greatest fan service since Street Fighter IV was released. Speedier, smoother, technical, accessible, packed with features and modes, rammed to the gills with new skills to learn but still appealing to previous fans - this game deserves to be one of the biggest selling fighters in this generation, and it's a massive shame the brand recognition simply doesn't stem further than SNK diehards and the curious. After spending six hours with the game so far, I've barely scratched the surface, but I know this will bring back all those fighting game fans who thought KOF wasn't for them. Absolutely perfect, with thanks to Atlus and SNK.
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  5. Nov 22, 2011
    10
    while i was burned by kof12's lack of contents and poor online, i must say that kof13 is really different, to the point of being completelywhile i was burned by kof12's lack of contents and poor online, i must say that kof13 is really different, to the point of being completely different both regarding gameplay and available modes. if kof12 had practically nothing aside from arcade, versus and practice, here we have a great story mode with multiple paths, a nice arcade mode with dialogues between matches, versus, time attack, survival, tutorial, training, missions, a great color edit mode and a competent online mode that is surely on par with most other beat'em ups.

    the new features, like special versions of moves and supers are also welcome additions, and i think anyone remotely interest in this genre should buy this gem asap
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  6. Nov 22, 2011
    10
    i loved kof98um and 2002um, but 13 seems to be far better because of its new systems... the ex moves are really a big improvement, and thei loved kof98um and 2002um, but 13 seems to be far better because of its new systems... the ex moves are really a big improvement, and the neomax move are really satisfying when you manage to pull them off during an actual fight. movesets are also far more expanded compared to kof12, and the story mode is packed with old characters like heidern or vanessa and brings the story of ash crimson to closure. the online mode seems to be on the same level as super street fighter 4 or marvel vs capcom 3, and the experience on live was similiar to that on psn (i bought both versions since my friends are split on different consoles) Expand
  7. Nov 24, 2011
    8
    absolute best NEW fighting game i've played in LONG time. usually the only good fighting games anymore are tekken, and capcom games from theabsolute best NEW fighting game i've played in LONG time. usually the only good fighting games anymore are tekken, and capcom games from the old school. this has all the features you want plus more, plus more. buy it now. Expand

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