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Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Its excellent Live features and minimal lag make it one of the best online fighters on the console, as well as one of the best 2d fighting games this generation.
  2. With NeoWave as a clear-cut highlight of the KOF franchise, SNK is practically giving it away at the $19.99 price point. Snap it up.
  3. There are only a very small percentage of gamers that would be interested in this game to begin with but with its varying play styles and loaded cast of great characters, Neowave is actually a great little fighter and a brilliant introduction to the King Of Fighters series for those that have never sampled its delights.
  4. 68
    It's nothing truly new, just refinements on what was already there. It's a better package than the recently released "Samurai Shodown V," but it's not anything so good as to draw disillusioned 2D fighting fans back into the fold.
  5. Only those obsessed with SNK games, or 2D fighters in general, will be interested.
  6. Those merely curious will likely be scratching their heads, wondering why they can't download this on their Xbox 360 (Capcom's route).
  7. This budget-priced Xbox Live-enabled fighter still packs some good stuff for hardcore fans, but the touched-up paint job doesn't make this feel like a whole new game. In fact, in some ways it feels like a step backward from "The King of Fighters 2002."
  8. The mediocre graphics combined with the serious lack of options guarantee that it will end up collecting dust on my shelf.
  9. 60
    Whilst some recent additions to the post-Neo universe have been shoddy at best (such as the 3D misfire that was KOF: Maximum Impact), the quality control appears to be improving.
  10. Taken as a whole, NeoWave is a classic fighting game - but it's essentially a remake of a classic fighting game. The fact that it doesn't offer many new features in the gameplay makes it appear like nothing more than a cash grab.
  11. 60
    King of Fighters: Neowave has so much potential just waiting to be tapped, with new powerful hardware, a fighting engine based on a winning formula, and a dream collection of 43 fighters, but the things that it didn't do would fill up an entire stadium.
  12. 60
    Graphically, this game isn't so much old-school as it is retirement home.
  13. 60
    While it's tough to give NeoWave a recommendation, there's no real reason for interested parties to avoid it. KOF is still KOF, and this game is what it is.
  14. It's no doubt a solid fighter, and if you absolutely adore SNK and this series then by all means, but I think this is truly the nail in the coffin. It has to be, because I'm getting tired of playing the same game every month.
  15. The only real reason to play this game is because you can't play 2002 on Xbox Live, while Neowave is readily compatible.
  16. SNK superfans will covet its three-on-three smackfests, but unless Neowave completes your KOF collection, save your $20. [Jun 2006, p.85]
  17. If you have 127 friends who also hunger for 2D fighters trapped in a 3D world, perhaps you can all play Neowave together. You won't have to worry about the rest of us interfering.

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