Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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 22, 2011
    90
    King of Fighters XIII is a title that every fighting game fan should take notice of. It's gorgeous and surprisingly accessible, yet challenging and deep for competitive play. There's no shortage of solo gameplay appeal, either: the characters are great, the story is intriguing, and there's a wealth of varied content to keep you playing.
  3. Nov 23, 2011
    89
    The game is great, the price is right, and the overall package is just too good to pass up.
  4. 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.
  5. Jan 3, 2012
    85
    The best thing I can say about The King of Fighters XIII is that-mentally and emotionally-it took me back to the era of the NeoGeo and reminded me of why I fell in love with SNK's fighting games in the first place. Forget KOFXII-this is the company's true first step in trying to remind the world that it continues to be royalty in the genre it once ruled over. I just hope enough players out there are still ready to listen.
  6. Dec 12, 2011
    85
    After the dissapointment of the previous KOF XII, we were skeptical with this new entry, but things have changed. With King of Fighters XIII the great gameplay the series has been famous for returns, and this is great news.
  7. 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.
  8. Nov 23, 2011
    85
    All of these features, combined with the tightly balanced fighting mechanics, make The King of Fighters XIII a fantastic game that can easily go toe-to-toe with the heavy hitters in the fighting game genre.
  9. 85
    Our only complaint is that with such a large roster, many of the characters tend to play too similarly to one another. Facing a team with both Vice and Mature may prove confusing, for instance, as they're both suit-wearing female assassins. Compared to all the goodness on hand here, though, that's a small complaint.
  10. Jan 13, 2012
    83
    Not only is The King of Fighters a solid 2D fighting game, but it is one of the best games in the series.
  11. Dec 5, 2011
    83
    Easy to learn, hard to master. If you are even slightly into fighting games, be sure to take notice of this beauty.
  12. Dec 2, 2011
    83
    It's a gorgeous looking fighter that's pretty unique and fun to play, even if you're currently bogged down in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, SSFIV Arcade Edition, Blazblue, Tekken or whatever.
  13. Dec 2, 2011
    82
    King of Fighters XIII is clearly SNK Playmore's attempt to make good on the disappointing KoF XII and succeeds wonderfully. The offline modes are plentiful and fun, while online is actually handled pretty well. It's lean on bells and whistles but delivers a pretty smooth experience.
  14. Dec 16, 2011
    80
    Accessible fighting and an ebullient sense of fun make for a very likeable package. [Jan 2012, p.85]
  15. Dec 4, 2011
    80
    The strong cast of characters, each of them with their own unique look & feel, really gives KOF XIII a certain appeal. Fans of Anime will absolutely adore the artwork.
  16. Dec 1, 2011
    80
    It has never looked better. [Christmas 2011, p.124]
  17. Nov 30, 2011
    80
    Quotation forthcoming.
  18. Nov 30, 2011
    80
    Raw and beautiful Versus Fighting, here it is! KoF XIII gives its pride back to the series. But it sacrifices some accessibility in favor of this new richness, even though it includes some tutorial modes that are well-crafted. But if you have time and motivation to spare in order to dive into it, this episode is a really good one, even though it still doesn't come near a Blazblue or SFIV in terms of online play.
  19. 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.
  20. 80
    In its natural habitat, with two players sitting on a sofa together, this evokes the best of the '90s 2D fighting boom. It may lack the glossy finish of recent Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat and Tekken releases, but it still feels slick and rapid enough to stand by its polygonal brethren. If you like your fighting games with a dash of nostalgia, this fits the bill beautifully.
  21. Nov 25, 2011
    80
    Despite its small annoyances and ancillary shortcomings, King of Fighters XIII is hands down the best, most polished and solidly constructed King of Fighters game there's ever been.
  22. 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.
  23. Nov 22, 2011
    78
    Overall, King of Fighters XIII is a very fun game to play.
  24. Dec 9, 2011
    76
    If you like your fighting games with a dash of nostalgia, King of Fighters XIII is your game.
  25. Nov 22, 2011
    76
    An all around improvement from the previous King of Fighters, but XIII still leaves plenty of room to evolve into something better.
  26. Nov 22, 2011
    75
    The King of Fighters XIII offers a phenomenal fighting game experience you won't find in many newer fighting games, and while the learning curve might be steep, the time and effort you put into it won't be obliterated by mindless mashing of uppercuts or ridiculous comeback mechanics. If you want to be the King of Fighters, you have to earn it.
  27. 70
    Still doesn't have the breadth necessary to reach those who haven't been following the series for years, and still limps along when it comes to the vital online component. King of Fighters XIII is certainly a step in the right direction, but not quite the definite version of the series.
  28. Nov 27, 2011
    70
    Still a minor royal in the fighting game pantheon, but a hardworking one that beats Marvel Vs. Capcom in terms of depth - if not accessibility and brand recognition.
  29. Nov 22, 2011
    70
    The KOF series has never looked better, and the current gameplay system and mechanics are rewarding for dedicated players. Unfortunately, its old fashioned ways and gaunt presentation make it a much harder sell for casual players.
  30. Nov 22, 2011
    70
    King of Fighters XIII is definitely an improvement over its predecessor.
  31. 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.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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) Full Review »
  3. 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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