The King of Fighters EX2: Howling Blood (Game Boy Advance)

Published by
Developed by
Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

There are no reviews for this game.

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 4.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.2
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.0
Overall User Score (4 votes) 3.6

Critic Reviews

MobyRanks are listed below. You can read here for more information about MobyRank.
Consoles Plus
Parfaitement adapté à la GBA, ce nouveau KoF est plus abouti que les derniers opus. L'un des meilleurs jeux de baston 2D.
Portable Review
Overall, I would say that this is one of the top fighters for the GBA. If you're a fighting game nut like I am, this is worth the purchase. Furthermore, if you were ever wondering more about the Orochi story, this game picks up somewhere between 97 and 99. It's pretty much the story that 98 should have had.
Regardless of your past experience with one-on-one fighting games--whether you've been performing quarter-circle motions since the days of Street Fighter II or whether you're just now looking for a brawler to take with you on the go--King of Fighters EX2: Howling Blood is the kind of arcade-style beat-'em-up that belongs in your collection.
The King of the Fighters EX2 Howling Blood is not overly complex, but the game does sport challenge. The game does play well and sports a solid look. This is a title at home on the GBA. For those who like side-scrolling fight vehicles, this is a ride worth taking.
Street Fighter Alpha 3 voit arriver un challenger de taille. The King Of Fighters EX 2 : Howling Blood, en plus d'être beau et jouable, a pour lui d'avoir un mode deux joueurs prenant et qui confère au titre une énorme durée de vie. Si vous aimez la baston 2D, il est inconcevable de passer à côté de ce nouveau King Of Fighters qui assume plus que jamais son titre.
King of Fighters EX 2 obviously builds upon the style of fighting game that's been a staple of the SNK line for more than a decade. Where Street Fighter II and its sequels popularized the one-on-one fighting genre and took it in one direction, SNK's development teams capitalized on the Capcom success by trying its own style, and taking those in other directions. Despite having their own themes and characterizations, these games have their similarities, from special moves to combo techniques, and it's completely the gamer's preference if the style and direction is successful or not.
In addition, Howling Blood partially restores a favored component of the original NEO GEO arcade versions that was missing in NeoBlood, by displaying defeated characters in the background during team battles. While this version still fails to include quirky background touches common to the arcade games, such as dancing natives, wandering chickens, excitable crowds, or the occasional stray baboon, reincorporating the display of defeated characters is a step in the right direction that gives this game a more complete feel.
GamePro (US)
The reigning monarch of fighting games demands tribute from your GBA. The deep fighting system that has become synonymous with the King of Fighters franchise is alive and well in The King of Fighters EX2: Howling Blood for the GBA. Among the 21 available characters, you’ll find old favorites alongside three newcomers who are exclusive to this title. King of Fighters classic three-on-three battles are the mainstay of this GBA version with a special story mode that lets you vie for the throne.
Insert Credit
Honestly, the fact that KOF R-2 is a better game is irrelevant in your enjoyment of KOF EX2. Just…don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Don’t go into it with that expectation, or you will be disappointed. Don’t expect a console-quality KOF either. We’re not getting to that point until Playmore develops the game themselves. If you expect a solid fighter you can play on the go…you won’t be far from right. There are no miracles here, but it’s a game you can play without hate or frustration (except perhaps at the ease?).
Game Informer Magazine
Fans of the series will no doubt buy this no matter what, if only for the three exclusive characters. However, any GBA owner could easily do worse than pick this up. The control is solid and responsive, there are 21 unique characters to learn, and quite a bit of new content can be unlocked. By no means is this new, revolutionary, or the best GBA title ever, but it’s a good way to get in a fight on the bus without getting thrown off and arrested.