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  • Summary: Since its debut in 1994, the KOF fighting game series has been driving the world to excitement with its appealing characters and unique game system. Six years have passed since the last title in the series, and now KOF XV surpasses all of its predecessors in terms of graphics, systems, andSince its debut in 1994, the KOF fighting game series has been driving the world to excitement with its appealing characters and unique game system. Six years have passed since the last title in the series, and now KOF XV surpasses all of its predecessors in terms of graphics, systems, and online experience! '- A total of 39 characters are participating! Classic popular characters, revived characters, new characters, and more! The most epic dream match in KOF history is about to begin!

    - KOF's story reaches its climax!
    The latest KOF Saga continues from the previous title in Story Mode. This time, the story is coming to an explosive climax!

    - The culmination of the series' battle system
    Inheriting the series' traditional 3-on-3 team battle, KOF XV also features a new system. Enjoy an unprecedented sense of speed and freshness!

    - Easy and versatile online play
    Rollback netcode has been adopted to reduce lag in online matches. There are also a variety of battle options that allow you to choose how you want to play!

    - KOF is fully packed with content to enjoy
    Includes a Gallery with movies and voices, and a new DJ STATION with over 300 popular songs from the KOF series and more.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 53
  2. Negative: 0 out of 53
  1. Mar 4, 2022
    90
    KOF XV is an excellent game for fans of the series as it offers great visuals and a deeper fighting system. However, it will hardly win the hearts of newcomers because of its steep learning curve.
  2. Feb 11, 2022
    90
    The King of Fighters XV is as good as it gets and feels like a complete package even at launch. Sure, it may not reinvent the wheel for the genre, but it perfects its unique gameplay formula and easily offers the best character roster the series has ever seen. With robust online options, deep gameplay systems, and stellar and stylistic presentation featuring unforgettable music, this is one fighting game that will be in regular rotation on any gaming platform. What was once innovative in 1994 succeeds at feeling just as new and exciting in 2022.
  3. Feb 21, 2022
    85
    The King of Fighters XV is a fantastic new entry in SNK's beloved series that builds on XIV with some excellent gameplay, great visuals, superb music, and robust online. It is however let down by the offline modes.
  4. Feb 11, 2022
    80
    The King of Fighters XV represents SNK’s strongest efforts to reignite the flames of its most prestigious franchise. With fantastic fighting action, a compelling roster, splendid visuals, and revamped online options, KoF XV is a treat for both series veterans and the fighting game community at large, though newcomers may still find themselves dizzied by its myriad mechanics and steep learning curve.
  5. Feb 14, 2022
    80
    It’s a shame that The King of Fighters XV doesn’t have some of the modes we’ve come to expect as standard now in fighting games, but thanks to its large roster of fighters and solid mechanics it still impresses. Its team-based battles differentiate it a little from the competition out there, and on PS5 it looks and performs beautifully. So, if you’re on the market for a new fighting game, you should definitely give it a look. Especially if you plan on mainly playing against others online.
  6. Mar 8, 2022
    75
    The King of Fighters XV is among the best entries in the series, but it somehow feels stuck in the 90s. There are great multiplayer possibilities on one hand, and bare-boned single-player content with lack of motivation on the other.
  7. Feb 11, 2022
    60
    KOF’s resistance to any grand story arc defies the pressure being applied by its rivals. Minimal solo options and routine online duels don’t reinvent anything either. This isn’t laziness on SNK’s part, however. It feels more like a focus on maintaining the design philosophy that the player base has loved all along: potent character design, instantly identifiable team play, and off-the-wall plotlines.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 29
  2. Negative: 7 out of 29
  1. Feb 25, 2022
    10
    Honestly, graphically for 2022 it's just ok.
    Gameplay wise however, this is excellent.
    Rollback Netcode is the game changer..!!! Some
    Honestly, graphically for 2022 it's just ok.
    Gameplay wise however, this is excellent.
    Rollback Netcode is the game changer..!!!

    Some moves have been simplified, but quick max is amazing to get people learning combos which were harder in previous KOFs. Make no mistake, this is still a punishing yet rewarding game. Just do it.
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  2. Feb 17, 2022
    10
    It's simply the fighting game everyone needed. The best kof since XIII. It leaves something to be desired only in the absurd combos.
  3. Feb 17, 2022
    10
    Extremely fun and flashy game. Been loving it since the start and I just cant stop playing it and I enjoy it more every time. Such a massiveExtremely fun and flashy game. Been loving it since the start and I just cant stop playing it and I enjoy it more every time. Such a massive improvement over 14 and it fixes a lot of issues players had and the UI is just overall alot cleaner and so many QOL changes and it's just a well made game! Music is excellent and the game even allows you to choose songs from every king of fighters game and some other series such as Fatal Fury or Metal slug and more! Expand
  4. Feb 20, 2022
    9
    Mejor que su antecesor en todo aspecto..Historia, Gráficos, personajes....solo espero que añadan más DLC para los nostálgicos como yo....SNKMejor que su antecesor en todo aspecto..Historia, Gráficos, personajes....solo espero que añadan más DLC para los nostálgicos como yo....SNK Rocks, !! Expand
  5. Feb 28, 2022
    8
    Wonderful sequel to one of the longest running fighting game series out there. KOF XV isn't here to play around, it's a kickass fighter filledWonderful sequel to one of the longest running fighting game series out there. KOF XV isn't here to play around, it's a kickass fighter filled with flashy moves and some good old over the top fun! Expand
  6. Feb 18, 2022
    7
    This is an Honest Review from someone that has played mostly all Fighting Games in the last 15 years or so.

    I am giving the Game a 7.7/10
    This is an Honest Review from someone that has played mostly all Fighting Games in the last 15 years or so.

    I am giving the Game a 7.7/10
    Graphics-6
    Gameplay -10
    Music-9
    Online-6
    Fun-7
    EASE OF LEARNING-6
    Controls-10

    Cons:

    Let's be realistic, the only people that think the game looks good are hardcore fans. Killer instinct 2013, Mortal Kombat X and even Street Fighter 5 look better. As you know those titles are 6+ years old. Yes Kof 14 to 15 is and upgrade but it's not a major one. The KOF story is bland and the characters themselves don't look all the great except some of the female characters. The online currently sucks but I have a PS5, I hear others having the same issue. I'm hoping for an update fix

    Pros:

    Gameplay wise it's amazing! The mechanics are crisp and smooth. The attacks and hits feel great, and the flow of the matches are responsive and quick. The roster size is awesome and it's good to see developers launching that many characters at launch. The Music is great and has a fun soundtrack. Roll back net code is a plus obviously.

    Overall, I will admit i was hoping to have my expectations shattered. The game does not look appealing. I still bought it regardless because I support all developers but it's time for SNK to start a new game I feel.
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  7. Apr 2, 2022
    0
    PS5 version has input lag issues that SNK still has not fixed that ruins the timing of performing some harder combos online...

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