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  • Summary: King of Fighters returns with a roster of 50 characters. Besides the returning fan favorites, numerous new combatants join the roster. Nakoruru, one of the heroines from the Samurai Shodown series, joins the fight along with her fellow hawk companion Mamahaha. Shun’ei is a new character whoKing of Fighters returns with a roster of 50 characters. Besides the returning fan favorites, numerous new combatants join the roster. Nakoruru, one of the heroines from the Samurai Shodown series, joins the fight along with her fellow hawk companion Mamahaha. Shun’ei is a new character who plays an important role in the game’s story.
    Plus, numerous emblematic and original characters prepare to duke it out in the KOF tournament.
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  1. Positive: 45 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
  1. Aug 22, 2016
    100
    The King of Fighters XIV is by far the best KOF to date, and also trumps those other recent big releases by a huge margin. If you are a fighting game fan in general, you owe it to yourself to own this beauty! The game play, characters and even the story line have been ramped up to perfection. I cannot recommend this one enough. Forget the other guys, THIS is the perfect fighting game for the PS4!
  2. Aug 26, 2016
    85
    Though its visuals still betray the legacy of SNK’s rich and gorgeous 2D sprite work, The King of Fighters XIV revives the glory of the franchise where it counts most: gameplay and core mechanics. This will hopefully be the first step in a better future for the series, but even this unpolished first entry is worth the time for longtime fans and newcomers alike.
  3. Feb 25, 2017
    85
    While these complaints are not enough to cripple the game, it’s a shame that SNK has done such a tremendous job with most of the things that matter, only to stumble on certain design issues. Minor missteps aside, It’s pretty brilliant, and it’s safe to say that the series has made the leap to 3D surprisingly well despite still needing some polish, and maybe a bit of a facelift as well.
  4. Aug 22, 2016
    80
    King of Fighters XIV falls somewhere between XII and XIII. It's not exactly bare-bones and the roster is mighty, but the gaudy presentation and by-the-book story is distracting, and takes away a lot of the uniqueness of the series.
  5. Aug 29, 2016
    80
    The King of Fighters is back to claim its place as one of the most beloved fighting series of all time. Sadly though, it keeps using the same formula without even trying to innovate the core mechanics of the franchise which will only bring back the veteran enthusiasts instead of appealing to new generations. Quantity is not the same as quality and having a lot of characters on the roster won't make up for issues like a bad netcode or horrible 3D graphics.
  6. Aug 23, 2016
    80
    Aside from some faulty matchmaking, the package is a fighting game worth playing. It looks good enough and runs smoothly, and even when lagging, the online play is nice and clean.
  7. Edge Magazine
    Sep 27, 2016
    60
    While there are some concessions in place for the mere mortals among us, there aren't quite enough. [Nov 2016, p.116]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 65
  2. Negative: 5 out of 65
  1. Aug 23, 2016
    10
    Great: Full package that worth the price, ton of characters, easy to play, variety of combo, full of contents
    Poor:The story is nothing,
    Great: Full package that worth the price, ton of characters, easy to play, variety of combo, full of contents
    Poor:The story is nothing, graphic just like PS2 game(SNK havs to admire it), Boring script, Mai boobs shape should be improved a bit....
    I still give it a 10 because I have been playing this game since 1994 and I am really appreciate SNK effort.
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  2. Aug 26, 2016
    10
    this game is wonderful , great graphics , gameplay is smooth , fast and precise , and from what I saw has a good story , not counting all thethis game is wonderful , great graphics , gameplay is smooth , fast and precise , and from what I saw has a good story , not counting all the nostalgic part we have! Expand
  3. Aug 24, 2016
    10
    The King of Fighters XIV is the KING of the FRANCHISE!! This game is just too fun to play, every character feels fresh and the mechanics areThe King of Fighters XIV is the KING of the FRANCHISE!! This game is just too fun to play, every character feels fresh and the mechanics are awesome. Props to Yasuyuki Oda for making this spectacular game. Expand
  4. Nov 12, 2017
    9
    This is a game I really enjoy. I've been playing this game since 02. The 3D graphics are fantastic. New chracters and combos add a lot of fun.This is a game I really enjoy. I've been playing this game since 02. The 3D graphics are fantastic. New chracters and combos add a lot of fun. Good work SNK! Expand
  5. Aug 23, 2016
    9
    If you're seeking for a fighting game with enough content on release date, good mechanics that are simultaneously accesible and complex enoughIf you're seeking for a fighting game with enough content on release date, good mechanics that are simultaneously accesible and complex enough for serious competitive level, KOF XIV is an excellent option. The graphics are average, certainly not as good as SFV or Tekken, but the consistent framerate and different fighting styles the character bring to the table more than make up for it. The OST is not as good as KOF XIII but it's serviceable enough. Online play has been mostly good for me so far, which could mean a long-lasting community if it stays that smooth when the player base increases.

    When I think of what I want for the future of the genre, this and Guilty Gear seems like steps in the right direction. Buying a game on day one and having all its features and characters readily available should not be seen as something to explicitly say as a pro, but sadly such are the times we are living in. What KOF may lack in visual impact, it certainly makes up for it by being a satisfying gaming experience. You don't feel buyer's remorse after a few hours. Instead, you really want the game to succeed and get a sequel that improves in the aesthetic department so more people can check it out. Try it for yourself, you won't regret it
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  6. Nov 15, 2016
    8
    Back when I was getting really into video gaming, 2D fighting was all the rage. It all started with Capcom's Street Fighter II, but soon itBack when I was getting really into video gaming, 2D fighting was all the rage. It all started with Capcom's Street Fighter II, but soon it was another japanese company that established itself as the absolute master of the genre: SNK. With Capcom's recent ill-advised handling of the latest Street Fighter title, it seems fitting that SNK's premier franchise, The King of Fighters, would end up being the best option for those who want to get a brawl going on the PS4.

    Unlike Street Fighter V's reinvent-the-wheel crap, KOF XIV goes absolutely old school when it comes to main gameplay modes. Yes, there is an arcade mode here, and cheap tries to go all cinematographic on the storytelling are nowhere to be seen. There's an excellent local versus mode, too, as well as offline challenges and online multiplayer (although I haven't really devoted time to those last two, as they're just not my thing).

    Like traditional KOF titles, battles are mainly done three-on-three (as in: you choose a trio of characters, and control each of them at different points), which has always been one of the series' defining traits, but there's also an option to go simply one-on-one. The roster is a big highlight, as it includes a lot of old favorites, a bunch of cool newcomers (and some not so cool, such as sleepy-Chinese-guy), and also a few SNK characters who were never before on a KOF title, such as Samurai Shodown's Nakoruru and Fatal Fury's Tung Fu Rue.

    Controls are responsive and intuitive, and the developers went the extra mile to make the game accessible. For example: a simple sequence of quick, connecting weak hits will automatically develop into a very cool looking, if not necessarily efficient, special combo.

    Speaking of combos, my main complaint about the game is that they went perhaps a bit overboard with them. You see, I'm a casual player at heart, and I have no intention of memorizing move priorities or hitbox minutiae. As such, I'm all for mastering character strategies and special moves, but I'm just not interested in chaining ridiculously long combo sequences that all require absolute precision. Seeing how those can end up depleting over half of your opponent's life bar, such moves become an absolute must against even the CPU on higher difficulties. A focus on shorter combo sequences, giving opponents more shots at recovering, would do a lot to make the game feel less like a mathematical chore in these situations.

    TL;DR:
    Capcom dropped the ball big time for me with its Street Fighter V, but leave it to SNK to pick it back up and deliver an excellent fighting experience to everyone, and not only the most hardcore tournament players (even if an overreliance on long combos actualy threatens this premise). A great roster and excellent, responsive controls, along with a smattering of different modes, ensure King of FIghters XIV is so far the best new way to relive the early 90's fighting craze this generation.

    8.0/10
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  7. Jun 20, 2021
    0
    Parece jogo de playstarion 3.
    Gráfico ruim, jogabilidade travada.
    Online 0/10 lag. Não recomendo. Guilty Gear>>>>>>>>Street
    Parece jogo de playstarion 3.
    Gráfico ruim, jogabilidade travada.
    Online 0/10 lag.
    Não recomendo.

    Guilty Gear>>>>>>>>Street Fighters>>>>>Motal Kombat>>>>>>KOF
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