King of Fighters XII

(34 votes, average 4.09 out of 5)
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  • Chris P Bacon
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    Its a decent yet uninspired first step into a new wave of KOF, it's probably going to be judged even more harshly with Street Fighter 4 and Blazblue standing out this year.
  • Moccamonster
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    I played it for a short while at a friends house, and was not impressed.

    My largest complaint, something has seemd to plague every fighting game except SF, is it's roster of generic and arbitrary characters. Most fighting games always seem to have a ninja of sorts, a chick, and a hulking brute.

    I wasn't really impressed by the gameplay either, and i don't see the game adding anything so the genre.
  • VmKid
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    actually, the other KOF games are no different. Ninja? check. Overly muscular guy? Check. Hot chick? CHECK!
  • Commissar Jake
    It does look really empty and bland compared to other fighting games.
  • YigSnakeDaddy
    Funny how you tend to use the PS3 versions if you review a mediocre or bad game.
  • rattlehead91
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    Aren't the majority of his reviews done on the PS3? His opening music used to be the start-up sound that accompanies PlayStation games.
  • Lord_Robbyshin  - re:
    [quote=YigSnakeDaddy] Funny how you tend to use the PS3 versions if you review a mediocre or bad game.[/quote]

    For a fighting game, I think using the PS3 version is actually giving the game a shot, due to its controller being more suited.
  • NiGHTS Noob
    How? I'm sorry, but do you even play fighting games?

    The PS3/ every Playstation controllers are easily some of the worst controllers for fighting games in recent memory. Probably only topping many ancient systems. The problem isn't the button placement, that's nice enough and it gets the job done, the problem is that freaking D-Pad. It's horrendous, because it's just the directional arrows sticking out it's really hard on your thumb and particularly unresponsive. It needs the rolling circular D-Pad of the Genesis, Saturn, and even the 360 (although it has terrible placement) to be effective.

    I went out and bought a rather expensive Logitech PS2 controller with the rolling pad simply because my thumb quite literally started peeling off skin from being so raw after playing King of Fighters XI for a few hours.
  • SilverFoxR
    You're insane... or the "Noob" in your name fits well.

    The PS3 (and prior Playstation model) controllers have time and time again been considered the best controllers for fighting games, partly because of the D-pad you so ignorantly bashed.

    Unlike the 360's D-pad disk, the PS3's D-pad is precise and accurately reads the movement commands you are trying to put in. The 360's disk is quite loose and unprecise, which is much more noticible if you're a REAL fighting game player.

    My suggestion to you is to not jam so hard on the pad... yes, it can hurt if you're really tensing up on the pad, but you don't need nearly that much pressure to get precise controls.
  • KRN925
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    i like Angry Joe's review better, sorry sage

    but i do agree with everything u said
  • DragonQueen  - hey
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    Sage I can barely hear you
  • Mitsurugi  - What?
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    Fine review, but you should know that every sprite is hand drawn and one character can take months to complete as they are trying out these now anime-esque graphics.
  • benzaie
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    I hope sage reviews SHADOW COMPLEX when it comes out
  • CentiZen
    Yeah benzaie, I hope you do too
  • mwong04
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    @CentiZen
    Nice

    This review was a bit quieter in volume than your other reviews for some reason. And I can also agree with some points in your review seeing I have played KOF before. It did have a small ammount of characters seeing there were in fact a large number of character back in the other games like Orochi and K or Maxima. But if this was the direction they were going they should atleast make an story mode
  • Sieg-sama
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    Yeah, I'm sticking with BlazBlue's story mode.
  • Mark Ross
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    The script is all right, but you need more entusiasm while speaking =) Change the tone of voice during some setences
  • Shinigami
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    Great review Bennett.
  • ReeperTheSeeker
    Awh, no [IMG]http:// i233.photobucket.com/ albums/ee203/ ReeperTheSeeker1/ Mai_Shiranui_Gifs/ MaiShiranui09.gif[/IMG] again. That makes me a sad panda :( .

    Great review though Bennett, the volume's a bit funky though.
  • First Person Shane
    I'm only now getting into KOF, and I can already tell that this will be a disappointment to the fans. Not much change besides the aesthetic, and leaving out VERY popular characters like Mai? We're better off downloading '98 SE. This whole thing just looks like characters slapped onto a game engine, and another case of confusing new people like Angry Joe and myself, and annoying the long time fans.

    Also, I must agree with Mark Ross. As Paw said in his LP, "Put some life into it, man!" I love your very professional reviews, Sage, but you do tend to take on a droning tone. Work on that, and you'll truly be one of the best. :cheer:
  • ScottDevonKane
    Wow, no story mode?

    For the past five or so KoF games, I've bought the game for the STORY first and the fighting second. Only other fighting game I can honestly say I've done that for is Mortal Kombat, and even then, in its last few installments, the story in MK is pretty 'bleh'.

    I might add... [i]what in the world did they do to these characters?!?[/i] Clark looks more like Ralf now. Did you see how fat Goro Daimon was? And once again, no Mai. I'm not sure how they can continue to add characters to the roster like Andy and leave out Mai. What happened to Leona and Whip? If your game can include 40+ characters in a previous game, then they really should include as many in the next.

    Looks like a total disappointment for KoF fans...
  • dyi  - re:
    [quote=ScottDevonKane] Wow, no story mode?

    For the past five or so KoF games, I've bought the game for the STORY first and the fighting second. Only other fighting game I can honestly say I've done that for is Mortal Kombat, and even then, in its last few installments, the story in MK is pretty 'bleh'.

    I might add... [i]what in the world did they do to these characters?!?[/i] Clark looks more like Ralf now. Did you see how fat Goro Daimon was? And once again, no Mai. I'm not sure how they can continue to add characters to the roster like Andy and leave out Mai. What happened to Leona and Whip? If your game can include 40+ characters in a previous game, then they really should include as many in the next.

    Looks like a total disappointment for KoF fans...[/quote]
    Its not their fault. They we're bought out by Capcom and then they bought
    themselves back. Then within a limited amount of time, they were supposed to re-draw every chanracter, which could take months each since they had lost everything. There's rumors that the Mai script is in the game, so with an
    update, im sure she'll be back, and some other characters as well.
    As for the story mode, they really cant do anything right now, but I'm pretty sure the lag in the online mode will be fixed.
  • FatAnon
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    [quote]Its not their fault. They we're bought out by Capcom and then they bought themselves back. Then within a limited amount of time, they were supposed to re-draw every chanracter, which could take months each since they had lost everything. [/quote]

    If that's the case, then they should have pushed back production until it was finished.

    Companies are getting lazy and pushing things out before they are done. Angry Joe addressed this in his Fallout review I think; they want us to buy the game and stay for the patches. BS! The game should be done when I buy it. Fixing glitches is one thing, but leaving out entire modes and characters is just ridiculous!

    Oh, and if you don't think they are gonna charge people to play as Mai, you're very optimistic!
  • awb25mn
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    good review...but marvel vs capcom 2 is way better then this game
  • Lotus Prince
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    What does that have to do with anything at all?
  • YourAverageJoe
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    The Clash system is nothing new, it's been in other fighting games for at least nine years.

    Also, I lol'd at "predictably good Street Fighter 4 and surprisingly good BlazBlue".
  • b9bomber
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    If the patch was that big, what else did it try to fix other than the lag problems? Was the game really that glitchy?
  • hassmann2000
    WHY DO YOU ALWAYS BITCH ABOUT GOOD GAMES YOU FAT FUCK.

    If you want oooodles of story, play blazblue or MK vs DC. If you want visuals, play soul calibre and if you want shotos gays and scrubs, play sf4.

    this game was a new design concept, a prototype of sorts, cause the developers are trying something new. The fighting is good. this is a FIGHTING game, so it does the job. :angry: :angry: :angry: :angry: :angry: :angry: :angry:
  • Lotus Prince
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    "WHY DO YOU ALWAYS BITCH ABOUT GOOD GAMES YOU FAT FUCK."

    Needs less butthurt.
  • Forecaster
    The volume was really low on this video...
    I had to crank it up to max to be able to make anything out at all.
  • colmarr  - This is what I say
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    In my opinion if you wanna good king of fighters experience go to xbox live arcade and get king of figters 98 ultimate edition it may lack the newer characters but there is something for everyone like Iori or Kyo.
  • DaxStrife
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    Good review but unbalanced delivery: sound is waaaay too loud at the beginning, and then your narration is super-quiet.
  • KingofKobolds
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    Are you sick or is your mic crapping out?
  • Thumper17
    Sage dude, ENUNCIATE. You mumbled and it was hard to hear, speak up bro.

    Also, the beginning of the video nearly made me deaf. Please cut that shit out. Have a steady volume in future reviews.
  • Swamphunter  - Lipservice, lipservice...
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    [quote]Its not their fault. They we're bought out by Capcom and then they bought
    themselves back.[/quote]
    Uh... no. Hell no.

    SNK went defunct in 2001, the founder created a new company called "Playmore," which then merged with what was left and created the entity which is currently known as "SNK Playmore" in 2003.

    So, SNK Playmore has only themselves to blame.

    [quote=NiGHTS Noob]The PS3/ every Playstation controllers are easily some of the worst controllers for fighting games in recent memory.[/quote]
    I'm not all that sure, dude. Everyone I know would much rather play a fighting game on a PlayStation controller than a 360 controller, especially since the 360 d-pad is essentially just another joystick with a d-pad face, making supers and ultras way harder to pull off than normal.
  • Kman  - GRRRR
    [size=large]when theres a whole bunch of new things being imputed into an old game, the end result always seems like it isnt enough. (like gta 2 to gta 3) Hopefully they'll make another dream match with ALL the characters (BRING THE YAMAZAK BACK!!!) I somehow figured this game would be a dissapointment, but didnt expect it to be THAT bad. Overall, IMO they need to Follow a their classic Themes with some addons(Beat Em up mode would be really sweet)[/size]
  • Cross X. Brand  - Im a SF Ryu fanboy...
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    but in saying that: One thing that i always liked about KOF that SF hardly did with every release, is they actually changed stuff around radically instead of just updating a little bit then rereleasing SFII 16 times [i did the math]:

    New Characters/No~Show characters
    Different arenas every year
    Different mid+Final Boss fight
    Different use of the Specials and the supermeters sometimes changed
    Most characters had different endings every year

    As opposed to Street Fighter:
    All the characters specials changed slightly
    New characters every couple of years
    Some characters/boss fights have broken infinity combos
    Different chapter=different roster
    Ryu clone again

    I actually thought the KOF Maximum Impact series was a pretty competent and enjoyable game, except for the shitty loading times and craptastic boss fight.
  • FREAKFANATIC  - Good review, dissaponting game!
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    I mean, the lack modes, good online gameplay, and lack of more characters makes it a game probably worth rental at best. I'll stick with Blazblue and Street Fighter 4! :)
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