KOF: Maximum Impact

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The Addis gang, which has long controlled Southtown, has been struck a major blow. Their leader, Fate, has been killed by Duke, leader of the newfound Mephistopheles gang. The subsequent warfare between the two gangs has decimated Southtown. In the midst of all this chaos, a new fighting tournament has begun, with claims that it is being sponsored by the Metatron Foundation charity. Twenty fighters step up to the challenge.

KOF: Maximum Impact - Maniax is the first 3D iteration of the venerable King of Fighters series. The game features fourteen returning characters:

  • Athena Asamiya
  • Clark Steel
  • Iori Yagami
  • K'
  • Kyo Kusanagi
  • Leona Heidern
  • Mai Shiranui
  • Maxima
  • Ralf Jones
  • Rock Howard
  • Ryo Sakazaki
  • Seth
  • Terry Bogard
  • Yuri Sakazaki

Six new combatants are also available:

  • Alba Meira
  • Chae Lim
  • Duke
  • Lien Neville
  • Mignon Beart
  • Soiree Meira

Maximum Impact also features four distinct modes of play:

  • Story Mode - Choose a fighter and guide them through a series of fights in the tournament.
  • Versus Mode - Face off against an opponent in a 1-vs-1 or 3-vs-3 team match.
  • Mission Mode - Go through a series of missions with unique setups and goals in an attempt to unlock additional game features.
  • Time Attack Mode - Face the clock as you race to defeat a string of opponents.
Online multiplayer over Xbox Live includes head-to-head fighting, re-match (instantaneously battle your opponent again and again) and a tournament mode. There are also four different jump attacks per character and a new sideways move. During gameplay, you can pause the game and take photographs from all angles with the stop action camera. You can review all aspects of the characters in the profile mode, and you can even choose between English and Japanese language in each battle.

As an added bonus the PS2 version includes a bonus dvd with making-of videos and behind the scenes interviews.


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Alternate Titles

  • "格斗之王:极限冲击Maniax" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "KOF: MI" -- Common abbreviation
  • "KOF: Maximum Impact - Maniax" -- Xbox title

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GameZone Xbox Jul 11, 2005 8 out of 10 80
DreamStation.cc PlayStation 2 Jan 12, 2005 7.5 out of 10 75
Worth Playing Xbox Jul 18, 2005 7.5 out of 10 75
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 2 Feb 10, 2005 14 out of 20 70
Gaming Nexus Xbox Jul 29, 2005 7 out of 10 70
Game Chronicles Xbox Jul 24, 2005 6 out of 10 60
Game Informer Magazine Xbox Aug, 2005 6 out of 10 60
Diehard GameFan Xbox Jul 05, 2005 6 out of 10 60
Gamers' Temple, The Xbox Jul 27, 2005 58 out of 100 58
Gaming Age Xbox Aug 22, 2005 C 50


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