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  • Summary: The first-ever 3D version of King of Fighters has finally arrived, complete with all your favorite SNK characters. In King of Fighters: Maximum Impact, rival gangs are vying for the chance to rule the underworld of Southtown. As one of more than 16 fighters, you must prove that you're theThe first-ever 3D version of King of Fighters has finally arrived, complete with all your favorite SNK characters. In King of Fighters: Maximum Impact, rival gangs are vying for the chance to rule the underworld of Southtown. As one of more than 16 fighters, you must prove that you're the greatest fighter in the world in five gameplay modes, including Story, Versus, Survival, Practice, and Training. The game's enhanced character movement lets you perform four new jumps, powerful combo moves, and the new Knock Back Attack. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. You get the sense when playing King of Fighters: Maximum Impact - Maniax that you're not really supposed to explore that third dimension, since the first two dimensions are what SNK know intimately.
  2. Another gem in a surprising embarrassmenet of [Xbox] brawling riches. [Aug 2005, p.85]
  3. It's speedy enough for the experts and got the looks to draw you in if you've somehow never heard of the series before. The occasional unbalanced opponent online or off might ruin your day for a minute or three, but the best fighter is never truly defeated... he just comes back and practices even harder.
  4. 70
    Maniax isn't necessarily a bad fighting game, it's just that it has gradually been eclipsed by franchises such as "Tekken," "Soul Calibur" and "Dead or Alive."
  5. You get the sense when playing King of Fighters: Maximum Impact - Maniax that you're not really supposed to explore that third dimension, since the first two dimensions are what SNK know intimately; not an uncommon thing to happen to a company heading out into uncharted waters, but a tough feeling to swallow nonetheless.
  6. Unless you really like KOF series or plan on playing exclusively on Xbox Live you will probably want to steer clear of this game.
  7. 49
    All in all, the easiest thing for me to say is that it's not worth your time or money.

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Score distribution:
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  1. SteveM.
    Jun 5, 2005
    9
    This Game is cool it has lots of cool moves and graphics better than the other kof. this ones the best.
  2. MasterBayShun
    Jul 12, 2005
    8
    I will point out why it lacks in 2 places: 1. Character's win speech is annoying and often timed out of sync - it is noticable when I will point out why it lacks in 2 places: 1. Character's win speech is annoying and often timed out of sync - it is noticable when played. 2. Cheap graphical character upclose 3D animation hurts looking up close, rather than compliments. 3. WTF is up with the ending. On to the good: 1. The adjust to the game is not too hard, but last boss AI is a cheap shot cheater, but I like a challenge. 2. Animation overall is pretty good ingame. 3. At least one BMG stage song is memorable. The opera/techno/speed type one. 4. Overall, it kept me playing, trying to kill that cheatin' bastard of a boss with different characters and their styles. 5. Mai Shiranui's jigglies distract from other downfalls. Good selection of female characters, I mean. Expand
  3. BlueFalcon
    Jul 2, 2005
    7
    The transition to 3d is done nicely overall. Graphics and sound are weak, but not too offensive. There's many hrs of fun gameplay to be The transition to 3d is done nicely overall. Graphics and sound are weak, but not too offensive. There's many hrs of fun gameplay to be had here, so I'd recommend it. Collapse