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King of Fighters XII- XBOX 360 /PS3

Copyright2009© SNK PLAYMORE / IGNITION entertainment

The King Of Fighters XII has been a while coming and fans have been waiting to see what SNK PLAYMORE would do with the series ,like would they go the Street Fighter IV way with large 3d characters yet keeping the basics of the game-play.Well the surprise is they have kept true to the originals and kept it 2D.

Now this might seem dated to some gamers but when you see the work which has gone in to the sprites of the characters ,all hand drawn and very large as well you will be amazed at the detail not just in the characters but the backgrounds as well.

This version has 22 characters and 5 levels ,in arcade mode your challenge is to choose three characters to be used in a time ranking match ,basically you fight 3 opposing characters in each round across five levels and from each round you are timed how quick you finish , the idea is to finish all five rounds in the shortest possible time so you can be ranked on the leader-boards.Not as easy as it sounds ,you have to beat 15 characters in total to post a time ,but it can be done and not just on the easy level i assure you . 

 

Online it seems OK, i have not experienced this for long enough  to comment if it's got staying power like Street Fighter IV  ,but the lobby area and concept of the online play does not seem that inviting as some games ,but i will investigate and post a update when i am happy i have full filled my mission.

Now some of the characters seem a bit heavy looking compared to their previous incarnations but this is just a matter of getting used to i think.So the million dollar question 'is it any good?.Well yes it is ,it plays really well and the combo's are easy enough to pull of when using the 360 controller ,but i am sure with a dedicated fight stick it would be more fun(i will  have to invest in one of those) and it is for this reason and the fact that it does not have many levels or game-play modes that it seems not to play like the best of it's predecessors,especially those on the Dreamcast and Neo Geo.So no it's not the best King of Fighters ever ,it falls somewhere in-between it just won't make you discard all your previous versions which i still play today.So very good but not mind-blowing.    

 

Score out of Ten = 7.5   

 Review Date : September 2009

Reviewer : Bruno Bagdzius

 

 

 

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                                                 Cast List

 

  • Ash Crimson
  • Duo Lon
  • Shen Woo
  • Kyo Kusanagi
  • Benimaru Nikaido
  • Goro Daimon
  • Iori Yagami
  • Athena Asamiya
  • Sie Kensou
  • Chin Gentsai
  • Terry Bogard
  • Andy Bogard
  • Joe Higashi
  • Kim Kaphwan
  • Raiden
  • Ryo Sakazaki
  • Robert Garcia
  • Ralf Jones
  • Clark Still
  • Leona Heidern

Console-Exclusive Characters

  • Mature
  • Elisabeth Branctorche

 

                          Online Play Update - XBOX 360

Since the main review , King of Fighters XII online mode has had a new update on XBOX live which has improved matters.

So i took the controller by the Grips and entered with caution.Like i said the lobbies are not as inviting but getting to play someone is easier(much easier).Full marks to SNK and Microsoft.So how was it i entered quite a few matches and was treated to a good time confronting players players from all over the world.Game-play wise i as up against some good fighters and though i did not come out the winner (it was my first time here) i had a good time  with all players playing like a fight as opposed to the one move combatants you get on Street fighter IV .

This makes the game worthwhile owning and in my books puts it above Capcom's purely for the professionalism of the people i came up against. I saved a couple of matches with me and will post a video here soon.

Online Score out of Ten = 9
 
 

 

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                                                 Credits

 

Developer(s) SNK Playmore
Publisher(s) SNK Playmore, Ignition Entertainment
Producer(s) Masaaki Kukino
Platform(s) Arcade, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release date(s) Arcade
  • JP April 10, 2009
PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360
  • WW July 28, 2009
  • EU September 25, 2009
Genre(s) Fighting
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Rating(s) CERO: B
ESRB: T
Cabinet Upright
Arcade system Taito Type X2

 


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