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The King of Fighters XII

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Xbox 360Planet Xbox 360
If competition online and with friends is enough, KoFXII is a blast. Also, XBL is an absolute must, both for satisfying experience and the eventual, hopefully redemptive DLC. King of Fighters XII is a balanced, beautiful game to witness and a fun start for the franchise's next generation, but it absolutely is a case of unfulfilled potential, especially considering it's supposed to be "the year of the fighter."
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PlayStation 3Good Game
There are a few new things in 12 to make it more exciting. Scoring a close range heavy attack will send you into a super combo mode, and all of a sudden the game changes as you try and chase the other person down. You can also intercept an attack while blocking with good timing, and 2 simultaneous heavy attacks will force both players back, unless you cancel it and go in for the kill.
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Xbox 360Mygamer.com
Should you buy this game? It’s a tough call. Like I said, the game is very fun and has online compatibility, which gives it clear, inherent value. However, there is no shortage of great online-capable fighting games at this point, many of which can be had cheaply. There is a definite lack of content, which leaves the game feeling like a $60 downloadable title. Still, this is King of Fighters, the fun incarnate. The way it works out, the game is a good pickup for fighting game fans. All the cosplayers and people who try to translate the Japanese tie-in mangas will be frustrated, but people who buy the game to grind out combos, study the gameplay mechanisms and become a tourney-level player will be the ones who get their money’s worth.
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Xbox 360Official Xbox Magazine (UK)
As it stands, it just about holds its own, but if you don't have broadband or fighting-fan friends, it's over in the blink of an eye. If your fighting game sweet tooth hasn't been satisfied by Street Fighter IV, this colourful pick 'n' mix should do the trick.
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Xbox 360XboxAddict
All in all, SNK PLAYMORE has more than fulfilled expectations of what would be expected from this series. The artwork of the characters is beautiful. The reworked backgrounds only add to the eye candy. Even though many games are going the 3D fighting route, The King of Fighters has done extremely well by sticking with what works for them. The animations in the background are extremely well done and with a variety of locales to choose from, the controls are relatively easy to learn. The only thing I could find a gripe about was the Online Play. Every match that I competed in seemed to be a bit slow to respond.
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Xbox 360GameTrailers
If you have a love of fighting games, King of Fighters XII certainly deserves some of your affection. Though the game is lacking from a strictly consumer perspective, there's lots of value is in the fighting itself. King of Fighters XII is a successful rebirth, but it's clear that the series still has plenty of growing to do.
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Xbox 360Da Gameboyz
Sadly, while King of Fighters XII shows shades of brilliance now and then the game manages drops the ball a few times too many. It is presented with astounding visuals, incredible animations and entertaining characters, but they feel out of place in a bare bones title. The game’s lack of fighting mechanics and the limited amount of gameplay modes tarnishes the essence of the single player mode. SNK’s first true foray into the next-gen market has landed their star fighting franchise in the purgatory of being hellishly average. That being said, I know it could have been a lot worse.
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Xbox 360GamingXP
Tja, was soll ich sagen, ich hätte mir um einiges mehr erhofft. Der Arcade-Mode wird nach einiger Zeit recht langweilig und es wird im ganzen Spiel kaum Abwechslung geboten. Der Online-Mode ist nichts mehr wie eine kleine Zugabe. Sollten Sie nach einem guten Prügelspiel suchen, würde ich ihnen lieber „Street Fighter IV“ raten oder Sie warten auf „Tekken 6“, das diesen Oktober für PlayStation 3 und Xbox 360 erscheinen wird.
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PlayStation 3GameFocus
While the game is a bit thin on play modes and the online battles are a complete write-off at the moment, the fundamental gameplay is still fun and true to the series. The new mechanics make for exciting, momentum-turning fights that are equal parts frenetic and tactical. The game looks great and plays well – it’s a shame that the current netcode is a complete mess. Once that gets cleared up, you have a very satisfying brawler that is a fine installment to the King of Fighters lineage.
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PlayStation 3Cheat Code Central
Overall, your experience with KOF XII will largely depend on how much you value online play in your fighters. If you are a regular on the BlazBlue and Street Fighter leaderboards, then the online experience that KOF XII has is definitely worth the price of the game. The strategic elements of the battle system and gorgeous graphics certainly make the game itself very fun and a pleasure to look at. Just having one single-player offline mode really hampers the overall experience if you aren't an online aficionado. Still, if you do like playing online, then this King can't be beat!
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Xbox 360GameFocus
While the game is a bit thin on play modes and the online battles are a complete write-off at the moment, the fundamental gameplay is still fun and true to the series. The new mechanics make for exciting, momentum-turning fights that are equal parts frenetic and tactical. The game looks great and plays well – it’s a shame that the current netcode is a complete mess. Once that gets cleared up, you have a very satisfying brawler that is a fine installment to the King of Fighters lineage.
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Xbox 360Cheat Code Central
Overall, your experience with KOF XII will largely depend on how much you value online play in your fighters. If you are a regular on the BlazBlue and Street Fighter leaderboards, then the online experience that KOF XII has is definitely worth the price of the game. The strategic elements of the battle system and gorgeous graphics certainly make the game itself very fun and a pleasure to look at. Just having one single-player offline mode really hampers the overall experience if you aren't an online aficionado. Still, if you do like playing online, then this King can't be beat!
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PlayStation 3PSX Extreme
If you're looking for only one full fledged fighter loaded to the brim with goodies, BlazBlue is what you get. Unless you're a hardcore fan, wait a bit before splurging on this $60 game. Give it time to hit $40 or less.
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PlayStation 3Vandal Online
King of Fighters XII propone dar un nuevo comienzo a la saga, y lo consigue a medias. El cambio gráfico es positivo, pero se queda a medio camino, y el precio a pagar ha sido perder personajes, escenarios y melodías, que, todo sea dicho, son bastante anodinos en este juego. Además, se presenta escaso de modos de juego, y con un multijugador en línea negligente, a la espera de que los programadores consigan solucionarlo (si es que lo hacen). Pero, por otro lado, es un juego de lucha divertido, lleno de posibilidades, con combates dinámicos y técnicos que nos darán mucha diversión, pese a su falta de variedad de modos y carencias en otros terrenos. Habrá que ver si se hace, finalmente, una apuesta por contenidos descargables que ayuden a paliar sus carencias en contenidos (y si es así, habrá que ver a qué coste), o si tendremos que esperar a una próxima entrega para que el resultado global sea mejor.
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PlayStation 3Game Over Online
In the end, KOF XII is a well-made, but altogether lacking and incomplete experience. The kind of game that, if it was in a multi-game collection, would probably get played a few times and then you’d quickly move onto the newer installments afterwards because it’s too bare-bones to offer long-term play. Right now, there’s way too little here to recommend a full-price purchase to anyone. Die-hards should only buy it when it hits the $20-30 range, and everyone else will likely be satiated by a rental. What’s here is done quite well, but there just isn’t enough of it.
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PlayStation 3GamePro (US)
Most gamers may not want to pay full retail price for only a handful of light features, despite how pretty the game is, but if you love your fighters old-school and 2D, The King of Fighters XII is probably worth checking out.
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PlayStation 3Game Informer Magazine
In the end, the sparse content maims Kof XII. Next time around there better be more stages, characters, modes – more everything. You can't just rip the five-minute-per-play arcade code straight to consoles and expect people to invest the full $60 over a few coins.
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Xbox 360Destructoid
The core game is spectacular, even if the presentation framing it is awful, and it's got the potential to be well worth the money. So should you buy it? That depends on what's most important to you, but I'm going to say you most certainly should.
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Xbox 360Eurogamer.pt
Mas também não se pode chegar ao cúmulo de colher e pesar os argumentos que enfraquecem a obra sem valorar outro tanto que globalmente proporciona uma experiência bem conseguida; sobretudo do ponto de vista do aprumo visual e pelo grau de fascínio na conjugação de técnicas e comandos; a jogabilidade. Claramente tem uma imagem de produto inacabado; o arcade mode é incompreensivelmente curto, não há enredo, nem boss. As opções para projectar o desafio individual, à imagem de outros “fighting games” recentes são manifestamente exíguas. E quanto ao on-line, se não encontrarem colegas nacionais, pugna pelo “patch” que deverá corrigir as falhas. Porém, talhando para a jogabilidade, no fundo o essencial deste género, KOF XII consegue manter-se fiel à série, povoando os combates com muita estratégia e dentro de um ritmo frenético absolutamente admirável. Apesar de amputado ou mostrar-se singelo em pontos que dariam mais vida e alento, é bonito de ver e joga-se bem.
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Xbox 360Eurogamer.net (UK)
The biggest problem with The King of Fighters XII is that it feels unfinished. The combat is fun and robust but not particularly innovative. The Critical Counter system feels like an afterthought and doesn't really compare favourably to Street Fighter IV's Focus Attack or BlazBlue's Drive System. Also, whether because of time constraints or an attempt at accessibility, many of the characters feel a tad diluted. So with Capcom offering more accessibility and Arc System more innovation, it would be hard to recommend XII to casual or hardcore fighter fans that might only have time for one game. It'll be interesting to see what SNK can achieve with a little more time. "Are you okkkayyyy!?!" Yes, but you could've done better mister wolf.
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Xbox 360Game Over Online
In the end, KOF XII is a well-made, but altogether lacking and incomplete experience. The kind of game that, if it was in a multi-game collection, would probably get played a few times and then you’d quickly move onto the newer installments afterwards because it’s too bare-bones to offer long-term play. Right now, there’s way too little here to recommend a full-price purchase to anyone. Die-hards should only buy it when it hits the $20-30 range, and everyone else will likely be satiated by a rental. What’s here is done quite well, but there just isn’t enough of it.
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Xbox 360Vandal Online
King of Fighters XII propone dar un nuevo comienzo a la saga, y lo consigue a medias. El cambio gráfico es positivo, pero se queda a medio camino, y el precio a pagar ha sido perder personajes, escenarios y melodías, que, todo sea dicho, son bastante anodinos en este juego. Además, se presenta escaso de modos de juego, y con un multijugador en línea negligente, a la espera de que los programadores consigan solucionarlo (si es que lo hacen). Pero, por otro lado, es un juego de lucha divertido, lleno de posibilidades, con combates dinámicos y técnicos que nos darán mucha diversión, pese a su falta de variedad de modos y carencias en otros terrenos. Habrá que ver si se hace, finalmente, una apuesta por contenidos descargables que ayuden a paliar sus carencias en contenidos (y si es así, habrá que ver a qué coste), o si tendremos que esperar a una próxima entrega para que el resultado global sea mejor.
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PlayStation 3ZTGameDomain
King of Fighters XII is not a bad game; it just came out at a bad time. The re-birth of the franchise really feels like ten steps backwards, and it wouldn't be so bad if the competition wasn't so stiff right now. The template is now laid out for the series, and hopefully we can continue to see improvements over the next few chapters. DLC would do wonders for fans wanting new characters, but I think it is more likely we will see a new version of the game released before that happens. As it stands if you are a huge KoF fan I cannot deter you from purchasing this, you probably already have, but at $60 it just doesn't deliver enough to warrant a recommendation over the other games already out.
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Xbox 360ZTGameDomain
King of Fighters XII is not a bad game; it just came out at a bad time. The re-birth of the franchise really feels like ten steps backwards, and it wouldn't be so bad if the competition wasn't so stiff right now. The template is now laid out for the series, and hopefully we can continue to see improvements over the next few chapters. DLC would do wonders for fans wanting new characters, but I think it is more likely we will see a new version of the game released before that happens. As it stands if you are a huge KoF fan I cannot deter you from purchasing this, you probably already have, but at $60 it just doesn't deliver enough to warrant a recommendation over the other games already out.
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Xbox 360The Video Game Critic
The vibrant colors are appealing, but these vast stages lack the intimate details that gave the old ones so much character. Some stages even feature lighting effects, and while that's certainly novel for a 2D fighter, it can make it hard to see what's going on. I don't mind having fewer fighters to select from, but why only five stages!? C'mon now! The arcade mode is disappointing because instead of competing for points, you try to complete five rounds in the least amount of time. Perhaps this was necessitated by the game's modest number of stages? In addition, the default "normal" CPU difficulty is far too easy for King of Fighters fans. SNK must have focused their efforts on the on-line mode, because the off-line content is positively skimpy. At its core, King of Fighters XII gets the job done, but I was expecting more.
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PlayStation 3Console Monster
I can’t help but feel a little disappointed with King of Fighters XII. While the overall 2D presentation of battles is impressive, the rest of the game is lacking in actual content. With a slowly dwindling online circle and no real rewards for pumping hours into the offline mode, King of Fighters XII has been added to a pile of fighters that just can’t compete with other fighters already out. With a little extra love in the practice mode, some online love and character development, KoFXII could have been a charming fighter for old and new fans alike.
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PlayStation 3Game Watcher
So when it’s all said and done, The King of Fighters XII isn’t going to be placed on a mantle above all other fighting games. It lacks proper net code and not everyone is going to enjoy the pixilated graphics. At the price point of Ł40, KoF XII is a hard sell to anyone outside of the fanbase. Hardcore fans will enjoy it for what it is – a game that tries to stay true to its roots – but everyone else will be scratching their heads wondering why they should convert over from their current fighting series of choice.
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PlayStation 3Kombo.com
The fighting genre is getting crowded and that doesn't help KoF, unfortunately. Playing KoF is like having your dog fetch the morning paper only it comes back all chewed. You appreciate the effort but the execution still needs training. The time to produce the incredible sprite based visuals must have been excruciating but the rest of the game suffered because of it. The fighting is fun but going online is cumbersome and there are still some connection issues so it stymies KoF matches between you and your friends in the same living room. It is easy to imagine future KoF games being built on this foundation but this rebirth is still a new born.
65
PlayStation 3Good Game
I felt like I wasn’t in the King of Fighters club. There’s nothing interesting about the game to bring you in, it doesn’t teach you when you ARE in, and the complexity demands dedication. Why you’d limit yourself to your already existing audience, I don’t know, but they did. 6.5/10.
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Xbox 360Official XBox Magazine
The King of Fighters XII gives us everything we’ve come to expect from the long and storied franchise: Six hand-drawn fighters per match meeting with basic arcade-style fighting, all set around hand-drawn backgrounds. Problem is, the aesthetics are disconcerting. The backgrounds tend to be very different artistically from the characters, and most of the time they’re way too busy. Even if we wanted to focus on the somewhat dull and awkwardly controlled battle at hand, it’s rendered almost impossible by the huge amount of animation in the background. Throw that on top of slow-moving and uninteresting characters, and you’ve got a brawler that hasn’t gotten the polish a truly good fighter needs.
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Xbox 360Atomic Gamer
King of Fighters XII is just not ambitious enough of a project. If this were a highly successful series with millions of sales, maybe SNK could get away with this middling revival of classic action. But a lot of the love of the classic games has been squandered in this half-hearted attempt to fix what, for the most part, wasn't broken. I do hope that this isn't the end for King of Fighters and that SNK goes back to the drawing board to deliver the best game in the series yet.
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Xbox 360Gamers' Temple, The
KOF XII is an overall decent fighter at its core, but it doesn't have much to offer for either hardcore or new fans to stick with it for long. The single player experience is very forgettable. The game's saving grace could easily be the online mode, but, at the moment, the online portion is plagued with slowdown that happens often. If you want to enjoy playing the game locally with a friend or want to play the single player then the game might be worth a try but a fighting game fan that is looking for a fresh fighting game experience with an online KOF will only find wasted potential in what could have been (and might still be one day) a decent online fighter.
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Xbox 360Game Watcher
So when it’s all said and done, The King of Fighters XII isn’t going to be placed on a mantle above all other fighting games. It lacks proper net code and not everyone is going to enjoy the pixilated graphics. At the price point of Ł40, KoF XII is a hard sell to anyone outside of the fanbase. Hardcore fans will enjoy it for what it is – a game that tries to stay true to its roots – but everyone else will be scratching their heads wondering why they should convert over from their current fighting series of choice.
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Xbox 360Console Monster
I can’t help but feel a little disappointed with King of Fighters XII. While the overall 2D presentation of battles is impressive, the rest of the game is lacking in actual content. With a slowly dwindling online circle and no real rewards for pumping hours into the offline mode, King of Fighters XII has been added to a pile of fighters that just can’t compete with other fighters already out. With a little extra love in the practice mode, some online love and character development, KoFXII could have been a charming fighter for old and new fans alike.
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Xbox 360GameZone
At the price point of $60, The King of Fighters XII is a hard sell to anyone outside of the fanbase. Renting or borrowing is the best entry point for the series as a blind purchase may lead to one angry gamer.
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PlayStation 3Middle East Gamers (MEgamers)
The King of Fighters XII is a real let down, and fans of the series will be disappointed at the somewhat lack of effort that has gone into this game. Moreover, the game feels like it should have been released as a download on the Playstation Network, rather than coming out as a retail game. I honestly can’t think of a good enough reason why you’d want to pick up KOF when there are more exciting games in the genre available.
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Xbox 360Middle East Gamers (MEgamers)
The King of Fighters XII is a real let down, and fans of the series will be disappointed at the somewhat lack of effort that has gone into this game. Moreover, the game feels like it should have been released as a download on the Playstation Network, rather than coming out as a retail game. I honestly can’t think of a good enough reason why you’d want to pick up KOF when there are more exciting games in the genre available.
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PlayStation 3Eurogamer.es
Así que al final, el renacimiento de la saga King of Fighters se ha dejado la grandeza de antaño por el camino. El resultado es un juego muy limitado, que muestra preocupantes errores de diseño y planificación y que se queda muy por detrás de otras opciones disponibles en el mercado (sí, Street Fighter IV, te estoy mirando a ti). Los fans de la lucha en 2D, desde luego, harán bien en esperar al año que viene, cuando se pondrá a la venta la versión europea (y mejorada) del BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger de Arc System Works, porque KOF XII es un título menor con una vida demasiado corta.
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PlayStation 3GamingXP
„The King of Fighters XII“ ist ein typisches Beat‘em Up im klassichen Arcadestil. Die Grafik wurde im Comic/Animestil gehalten. Der, in einer Endlosschleife, ertönende Retrosound gefällt sicher nicht jedem aber mir persönlich extrem gut. Alles in allem muss man aber sagen, dass Inhalt des Spiels sehr kurz geraten ist und auch das Gameplay nicht für langfristigen Spielspaß sorgt.
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PlayStation 3DarkZero
Back to the initial question – where does King of Fighters XII fit into this resurrection? It doesn’t, really. Although a competent beat ‘em up, it lacks not only the accesibility but the depth of Street Fighter IV, the classic gameplay of Mark of the Wolves or Marvel vs. Capcom 2, and the hardcore technical side of Blazblue. It sort of stumbles around in the middle, giving hardcore fans a bunch of new techniques to try out, then diluting everything from the characters moves lists all the way to the poor Arcade mode. Perhaps we’ve been spoiled? 2009 has been a great year for fighting games, so far. Unfortunately for this, the first next-gen King of Fighters, there simply isn’t room for any mediocre ones. Go back to 2008, where you belong!
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PlayStation 3Thunderbolt Games
But they botched it. Horribly. From a technical standpoint, the game is among the best out there; even with the severely reduced movesets, the new mechanics offer an awesome blend of offensive and defensive gameplay. The graphics are arguably the best ever seen in a 2D fighting game. But everything else just drags it down. The playable character roster is solid enough, though some of the more iconic characters are missing. The Arcade Mode feels rushed; there’s not even a boss character, one of the most basic features of all fighting games. The alternate gameplay modes are lacking; aside from the versus mode and some unlockable artwork, there’s no incentive to keep playing. The menus are needlessly tedious to use. The online multiplayer has some awesome ideas, but the laggy gameplay and annoying interface kill any potential entertainment value. If there was ever a game that could be used as an example of wasted potential, The King of Fighters XII is it. So much for a rebirth.
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PlayStation 3Teletext
This is by no means a disgrace to the King Of Fighters name, but next to the recent BlazBlue it seems very old-fashioned, even in terms of graphics. The tag team gameplay is still relatively unique, but this is actually one of its least satisfying implementations in the series. BlazBlue and Street Fighter IV proves 2D beat 'em-up can still be fun and relevant, but this cannot compete.
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PlayStation 3videogamer.com
KOFXII's biggest problem is that the fighting game bar has been raised considerably in the last 12 months, with the release of Street Fighter IV in particular showing how reboots should be done. The single-player features won't keep anyone's attention for more than half an hour, and the ropey online only exacerbates this problem. The new redrawn art style's full of beautiful animations, but the pixels ruin it somewhat. The Critical Counter system is great, but some will say it's not enough of an addition to justify the "rebirth" tagline. In the 90s, KOFXII would have been hailed as a brilliant fighting game. In 2009, in the post Street Fighter IV world, however, it has to go down as a disappointment that won't be of interest to anyone except the most loyal KOF fan.
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PlayStation 3Meristation
Y es que el juego online de KOFXII no durará eternamente, dado que en la actualidad la mayoría de competiciones por Internet en lo que a lucha se refiere se vuelcan en SFIV, y todo parece apuntar a que seguirá siendo así durante mucho tiempo más. En definitiva, los aficionados a SNK y sus personajes deberemos seguir echando mano de las viejas glorias de la compañía. En Xbox Live Arcade, por ejemplo, hay disponible un más que interesante remake actualizado del soberbio KOF ’98, infinitamente superior a este KOFXII en todos los apartados excepto el gráfico. Playmore sabe hacer las cosas bien, el notable KOF Maximum Impact 2 (2006, PS2) es buena prueba de ello, así que esperemos que el futurible KOFXIII sea todo lo que el juego que nos ocupa debería haber sido.
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PlayStation 3IGN
King of Fighters XII is fun to play when you're fighting a buddy locally, but everything else about the game is seriously lacking. This is not the franchise rebirth that SNK was hoping for, as smoothly animated sprites can't make up for the bare-bones presentation and broken online support. Even though this might seem like a must-buy for hardcore King of Fighters fans, I still wholly encourage gamers to pick up a copy of BlazBlue instead. It's a far superior game.
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PlayStation 3Giant Bomb
The fighting at the center of King of Fighters XII is totally fine, but with everything surrounding that action coming off so half-cocked, there are a lot of annoying little barriers to enjoying that fighting. If you're planning on playing versus matches against local friends, go right ahead. But everyone else should probably wait a bit for a lower price, another set of online-focused patches, or both.
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Xbox 360Totally Gaming Network
I did enjoy the single player matches I played. I enjoyed playing it for about thirty minutes, winning the five matches and being crowned King of Fighters. Then I wondered what I did next. I hoped for more from this game and unfortunately it didn’t deliver. Die-hard fighting game fans only need apply.
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Xbox 360Wonderwallweb.com
Overall King of Fighters XII has been a bit of a disappointment, with the release Mark of Garou on Xbox LIVE recently we remember how good this franchise was, sadly number XII does not live up to it. Oh well, we can always hope for lucky number XIII.
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Xbox 360DarkZero
Back to the initial question – where does King of Fighters XII fit into this resurrection? It doesn’t, really. Although a competent beat ‘em up, it lacks not only the accesibility but the depth of Street Fighter IV, the classic gameplay of Mark of the Wolves or Marvel vs. Capcom 2, and the hardcore technical side of Blazblue. It sort of stumbles around in the middle, giving hardcore fans a bunch of new techniques to try out, then diluting everything from the characters moves lists all the way to the poor Arcade mode. Perhaps we’ve been spoiled? 2009 has been a great year for fighting games, so far. Unfortunately for this, the first next-gen King of Fighters, there simply isn’t room for any mediocre ones. Go back to 2008, where you belong!
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Xbox 360videogamer.com
KOFXII's biggest problem is that the fighting game bar has been raised considerably in the last 12 months, with the release of Street Fighter IV in particular showing how reboots should be done. The single-player features won't keep anyone's attention for more than half an hour, and the ropey online only exacerbates this problem. The new redrawn art style's full of beautiful animations, but the pixels ruin it somewhat. The Critical Counter system is great, but some will say it's not enough of an addition to justify the "rebirth" tagline. In the 90s, KOFXII would have been hailed as a brilliant fighting game. In 2009, in the post Street Fighter IV world, however, it has to go down as a disappointment that won't be of interest to anyone except the most loyal KOF fan.
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Xbox 360Giant Bomb
The fighting at the center of King of Fighters XII is totally fine, but with everything surrounding that action coming off so half-cocked, there are a lot of annoying little barriers to enjoying that fighting. If you're planning on playing versus matches against local friends, go right ahead. But everyone else should probably wait a bit for a lower price, another set of online-focused patches, or both.
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Xbox 360Gamer Limit
KoF XII is a bold step in animating 2D fighters but completely average everywhere else.
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Xbox 360IGN
King of Fighters XII is fun to play when you're fighting a buddy locally, but everything else about the game is seriously lacking. This is not the franchise rebirth that SNK was hoping for, as smoothly animated sprites can't make up for the bare-bones presentation and broken online support. Even though this might seem like a must-buy for hardcore King of Fighters fans, I still wholly encourage gamers to pick up a copy of BlazBlue instead. It's a far superior game.
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Xbox 360TeamXbox
At the bottom of the hill is KoF XII’s price. Had this been a fairly polished fighter with a bit more online functionality and a $40 price tag, KoF XII coulda’ been a contenda’. There’s just not enough value here at a $60 premium price point—a price that’s especially painful when considering some of its anomalies. Hardcore fans will obviously want to check The King of Fighters XII out and get into some online tournaments (after things are cleaned up a bit). The rest of you simply looking for old-school fighting flavor in new-school HD digs will be much better served by Street Fighter IV or Calamity Trigger (with a $60 Limited Edition, by the way).
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PlayStation 3Gaming Age
So yeah The King of Fighters XII could have been so much more. It's a reboot/re-birth alright, albeit a seemingly unfinished one. With a good online connection or local friends who are fans of the franchise, it offers some Vs. mode thrills for a bit, but that's about it. Overall, KOFXII is a good enough start, although it's neither as interesting as Street Fighter IV or BlazBlue, or as infinitely playable as Marvel Vs. Capcom 2. It was at the top of my list of fighters for the year, and the end result not measuring up to the hype isn't something I take lightly. At least we finally got those new, 2D hand drawn HD visuals.
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PlayStation 3Worth Playing
It really is sad to see a game like King of Fighters XII turn out this way. It has a solid fighting mechanic and great graphics, but the surrounding features are so meager that they kill everything good about the game. There will be some appeal for the hardcore, but for a series that's run as long as KoF, fans should be demanding much more. As an arcade booth, KoF XII might be worth stopping for, but as a full retail game, it isn't worth taking home. If you are on the market for a 2-D fighting game, I'd recommend checking out BlazBlue instead.
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Xbox 360PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
The King of Fighters XII is a brilliant fighting game at the core, courtesy of its fantastic new graphics engine and a solid 2D combat mechanics but the home version really could have been so much more.
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Xbox 360Spazio Games
Gli anni passano e purtroppo The King of Fighters li porta veramente male. Indubbiamente gli sviluppatori non hanno puntato sulla quantità per ingolosire l'utenza, ma nemmeno la qualità sembra poi cosi eclatante. La grafica, che seppur rinnovata, risulta ormai obsoleta, va a braccetto con una longevità pressoché inesistente e se il multiplayer avrebbe potuto salvare il salvabile, il tutto viene reso vano da un netcode instabile. Ci sentiamo quindi di consigliarlo ai soli fan della serie, anche perchè le alternative non mancano e di qualità (e quantità) decisamente superiori.
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PlayStation 3GameSpot
Sitting down longer with the game will probably make you yearn for more offline modes or your favorite KOF characters that didn't make the cut. And trying to play the game online--at least at the time of this writing--will probably make you want to stick to playing the game offline, with friends who are sitting next to you. If you're lucky enough to have an in-house fighting game competition, you're probably in the best position to enjoy KOFXII because despite the thin roster and gameplay changes, the game still offers a decent head-to-head experience with bona fide new gameplay features and some overhauled characters with interesting new abilities. If you're not, you might have trouble justifying the decision to pick up this game when there are other excellent 2D fighting games out there with stronger online multiplayer, more characters, and more offline content.
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PlayStation 31UP
KOF12 doesn't feel like a KOF game. Its signature rushdown playstyle is present to some degree, though the new mechanics, the guard attack and critical counters, prevent an overly offensive strategy. The roster feels slightly off, with half the cast exceptionally developed, and the other half incredibly anemic. And KOF12 fails to seize the windfall in online matchmaking. It uses an archaic, even backwards, system that serves only to frustrate the player. Polish, revision, and perhaps another rebirth can help restore the KOF legacy and, hopefully, advance the series to its next stage.
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PlayStation 3TotalPlayStation
That's probably the biggest problem with King of Fighters XII: there's nothing to it. When all its contemporaries are doing smallish story arcs for multiple characters, or offering a ton of unlockables, or are doing online play well, uh, right, the glaring omission of something like Street Fighter IV's incredibly deep per-character tutorials and challenges only adds to the feeling that things were cut either for time or scope reasons. The smaller roster, barebones offering of modes and weak serving of that is there makes this rebirth feel decidedly stillborn. It's possible the increased communication and collaboration between SNK and US publisher Ignition Entertainment could repair some of the more glaring gameplay fumbles and get the online back on track with patches, but to be perfectly honest, I'll have long since burned out on the other releases this year and have zero desire to come back to KOF -- possibly ever again.
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Xbox 360Game Positive
Because of the extremely shallow single player options available and the broken nature of the multiplayer, there really is very little of value in The King of Fighters XII. The game may give you a few hours of nostalgic fun if you are a long time fan of the series, but the only way that it will overcome much older versions of the game is if you happen to be extraordinarily interested in the graphical update. In all likelihood, it will leave you disappointed. The King of Fighters XII is a title that tries to go back to the basics for a storied franchise, but instead of offering an accessible game, the developers deliver an entry that feels stripped down and shallow.
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PlayStation 3Game Positive
Because of the extremely shallow single player options available and the broken nature of the multiplayer, there really is very little of value in The King of Fighters XII. The game may give you a few hours of nostalgic fun if you are a long time fan of the series, but the only way that it will overcome much older versions of the game is if you happen to be extraordinarily interested in the graphical update. In all likelihood, it will leave you disappointed. The King of Fighters XII is a title that tries to go back to the basics for a storied franchise, but instead of offering an accessible game, the developers deliver an entry that feels stripped down and shallow.
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Xbox 360MS Xbox World
King of Fighters XII isn't a bad game per se but and should please die hard fans of the series who will lap up anything SNK throw at them. Yet anyone else is going to perhaps look at the game in disgust and see a title that should have been placed on the XBLA at a low price point and been done with it. Quite frankly the game does not stack up well against other beat em ups simply due to the sheer lack of in game content. Gamers expect more these days and when you have such a bare bones game it's hard to recommend a purchase. Only for true 2D beat em up and SNK fans.
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Xbox 360Everyeye.it
Pensando positivo possiamo considerare King Of Fighters XII un banco di partenza per l’avvio di un progetto Next Generation che prenderà forma successivamente, negli anni e con il maturare dell’esperienza in casa SNK. Nonostante ciò faccia -timidamente- ben sperare (almeno i fan), una giocabilità abbastanza solida non basta a colmare le lacune di una produzione sostanzialmente povera, sia in termini tecnici che in termini di longevità dell’esperienza ludica. Gli annosi problemi che rendono impossibile l’online gaming, la castrazione in termini di mosse e modalità di gioco e l’evidente inadeguatezza del comparto grafico sono fattori che concorrono al mancato raggiungimento della sufficienza da parte di King Of Fighters XII.
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Xbox 360Eurogamer.it
Con una simile mole di difetti e problemi, The King of Fighters XII merita di essere lasciato sugli scaffali dei negozi, a maggior ragione se siete da sempre appassionati della serie. L'unica speranza è che tra patch e contenuti scaricabili (nuove arene e personaggi, possibilmente) il pacchetto migliori, raggiungendo almeno la sufficienza.
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Xbox 3601UP
KOF12 doesn't feel like a KOF game. Its signature rushdown playstyle is present to some degree, though the new mechanics, the guard attack and critical counters, prevent an overly offensive strategy. The roster feels slightly off, with half the cast exceptionally developed, and the other half incredibly anemic. And KOF12 fails to seize the windfall in online matchmaking. It uses an archaic, even backwards, system that serves only to frustrate the player. Polish, revision, and perhaps another rebirth can help restore the KOF legacy and, hopefully, advance the series to its next stage.
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Xbox 360Worth Playing
As you can see, KoF XII keeps flipping back and forth, coupling every good development with a bad one. KoF XII is exactly as average as you can be, being neither wholly unplayable, nor the best of the best. It's as if the King of Fighters is continuing to tell a story that no one really cares to hear anymore. The bottom line is that if you are a huge fan of SNK and the KoF saga, you'll likely love this game, faults and all. If you're a casual gamer with any interest in fighters, there are plenty of other options available that are better and will hold your attention longer, such as Street Fighter IV.
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Xbox 360GameSpot
Sitting down longer with the game will probably make you yearn for more offline modes or your favorite KOF characters that didn't make the cut. And trying to play the game online--at least at the time of this writing--will probably make you want to stick to playing the game offline, with friends who are sitting next to you. If you're lucky enough to have an in-house fighting game competition, you're probably in the best position to enjoy KOFXII because despite the roster and gameplay changes, the game still offers a decent head-to-head experience with bona fide new gameplay features and some overhauled characters with interesting new abilities. If you're not, you might have trouble justifying the decision to pick up this game when there are other excellent 2D fighting games out there with stronger online multiplayer, more characters, and more offline content.
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PlayStation 3PSFocus
We hadden van deze game wel meer verwacht, mede doordat dit het zoveelste deel inmiddels is in de franchise. Grafisch is de game op de animaties na echt uit het jaar nul en de audio is niet al te beter. De muziek is vrij boring en ook de voice-overs zijn van lage kwaliteit. Dan is er nog de gameplay dat wat het vechten betreft in orde is, maar qua modi teleurstelt. Online is het lastig te spelen vanwege veel lag en offline blijft er dan niet veel over. Ook is de leercurve voor nieuwe spelers erg lastig om te overbruggen. The King of Fighters XII: een game dat de fans ongetwijfeld wel weer erg lang zal boeien, want het merendeel van de gewone gamer zal dit niet heel denderend vinden en meer neigen naar een echte topper zoals Street Fighter IV, welke op de hekelpunten van deze game wel goed scoort.
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PlayStation 3XGN
Tenzij je echt houdt van de 2D-graphics, slechte voice-overs en drie-tegen-drie gevechten, kun je deze 60 euro beter aan een andere, goede vechtgame uitgeven, zoals Street Fighter IV. En ook al gaat deze serie al een tijd mee, is dit nieuwste deel geen 60 euro waard. Deze game had veel beter, voor een goedkopere prijs, in de PlayStation Store uitgebracht kunnen worden.
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Xbox 360XGN
The King of Fighters XII biedt te weinig voor zoveel geld. Het voelt aan als een oude arcade game, die uit de Store gedownload had moeten worden. De game zou een voorbeeld moeten nemen aan Street Fighter IV en dat doet het helaas niet.
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PlayStation 3Game Shark
This is a sad day for The King of Fighters. The combat is as taught as ever, but everything else is a comedic misinterpretation of “less is more.” Unless you have a friend aching to hold the second controller, the lag-ridden multiplayer and pitifully skeletal single-player experiences only serve to stain the memories of this beloved series.
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PlayStation 3Game Revolution
Don't get me wrong, the game does handle fairly well, and with friends this could be a fun one to share, but single-player is worse than most. Combine a three-player team with the smallest roster KoF has ever had, and you'll have your faves chosen like a routine in no time. I don't know what I would want in a true re-launching for this series, but this isn't it. As a fanboy, I'm crying on my keyboard.
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PlayStation 3Gaming Nexus
If you were jazzed on the hype that King of Fighters XII initially had, calm down. This game has a pretty face, and that's about it. A competent fighting system with nothing else to offer makes for a pretty short and shallow experience.
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Xbox 360Game Shark
This is a sad day for The King of Fighters. The combat is as taught as ever, but everything else is a comedic misinterpretation of “less is more.” Unless you have a friend aching to hold the second controller, the lag-ridden multiplayer and pitifully skeletal single-player experiences only serve to stain the memories of this beloved series.
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Xbox 360Game Revolution
Don't get me wrong, the game does handle fairly well, and with friends this could be a fun one to share, but single-player is worse than most. Combine a three-player team with the smallest roster KoF has ever had, and you'll have your faves chosen like a routine in no time. I don't know what I would want in a true re-launching for this series, but this isn't it. As a fanboy, I'm crying on my keyboard.
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PlayStation 3D+PAD Magazine
At its core, and despite all these negative points, KOF XII is still a relatively good fighting game. But with competition fiercer than ever this latest release feels incredibly lightweight in comparison. There’s little here to recommend, even for the most loyal of fans. Instead, don your best shell-suit, hook up your mum’s old telly to the SNES in the loft and play out your childhood battles with the original. It’s far better.
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Xbox 360Blend Games
King of Fighters XII's biggest problem is just how bland the game is. The single player's fairly forgettable and ridiculously easy, and the online is completely useless. Combine this with the fact that there are two other terrific fighting games out there for the same platforms, and you get a game that's really hard to recommend to anybody. I guess it's back to Street Fighter IV for me.
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Xbox 360Gamervision
With only 22 characters, no unlockables, and a broken multiplayer component, King of Fighters isn’t just a feature-poor package, it’s an unfinished product. SNK Playmore is likely banking on their DLC packages to flesh out the roster and future patches to make the online functionality…functional, but charging $60 for an essentially incomplete game is a travesty. It doesn’t look anywhere near as good as promised, it features a paltry selection of fighters, no story, and one functioning game mode. The core of a good 2D fighter exists within the game, but there are so many inexcusable problems that King of Fighters XII shouldn’t be a purchase consideration for anyone, fan of the series or not.
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PlayStation 3GameSpy
The only way you're likely to get any enjoyment out of King of Fighters XII is through local matches with friends -- and if you're that attached to SNK's characters, it is a decent 2D fighter that does all the basic things that you expect a 2D fighter to do. But with so many better options to choose from, why would you want to subject yourself to this?
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Xbox 360GameSpy
The only way you're likely to get any enjoyment out of King of Fighters XII is through local matches with friends -- and if you're that attached to SNK's characters, it is a decent 2D fighter that does all the basic things that you expect a 2D fighter to do. But with so many better options to choose from, why would you want to subject yourself to this?
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PlayStation 3The A.V. Club
To fully put KOFXII into perspective, an apt comparison would be Street Fighter, another long-running fighting-game series that earlier this year finally leapt onto current-generation consoles with a highly stylized reboot. But whereas Street Fighter IV (the franchise’s 13th installment) fully embraces and builds on what originally made those games such classics, KOFXII ultimately suffers from a heavy-handed dose of revisionist history. With 22 fighters, this stands as the worst-attended KOF game to date, and as the series still largely relies on team battles, the limited mix-and-match options are particularly annoying. Much like that souped-up Corvette in the neighbor’s driveway, the fancy graphics here are just compensating for deficiencies elsewhere.