NeoGeo Battle Coliseum Reviews (PlayStation 2)

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HonestGamers (Jan 05, 2008)
All in all, NeoGeo Battle Coliseum is a fun fighting game for people who like classic fighters. Whether you like Marvel vs. Capcom or dream of seeing all your favorite NeoGeo characters duke it out, there's something here for you. While the game's difficulty may scare off newcomers to the genre, it should be quite welcome to veterans of the King of Fighters series. A fun and challenging fighter with bits of SNK nostalgia makes this a great game.
GotNext (Jan 25, 2008)
While lacking a bit of the depth and complexity of King of Fighters XI, Neogeo Battle Coliseum makes up for it in character variety. Two player co-op and four player clashes are woefully absent, since they would have made a great fit beyond the vanilla versus, but you still have a well put together package at a low price.
Armchair Empire, The (Feb 25, 2008)
While the presentation, gameplay and character selection is a bit better in KoF XI, NeoGeo Battle Coliseum is still a fantastic game, especially for the low budget price (usually between $15 - $20 US.)
Worth Playing (Mar 26, 2008)
However, if you were raised on things like Tekken and Soul Calibur and just never knew that fighting games used to be played on flat arenas … not your fault, but the sequels to those are coming this year, so you may want to go reserve them at your local game shop, and let us old people have our fun.
Game Vortex (Jan 30, 2007)
The tag team system is a unique twist on this fighter, and luckily you don't have to play by the pure Arcade rules if you play in a versus match. While it's a solid fighter, it's not bringing much that's new to the fighter world. If you're an avid Neo Geo fan, you'll probably find charm in this game. If you aren't, you probably won't recognize half the characters here, but that's still ok, since the characters are distinct and interesting. The feel of SNK fighting games hasn't changed much, so take that for the good or the bad thing it may be.
Game Revolution (Mar 04, 2008)
NeoGeo Battle Coliseum looks old and sounds old and plays in 2D - all things that will deter most modern-day gamers, but old-school fans of NeoGeo fighters and newbies interested in discovering where 3D fighters originated will not be disappointed. It may be daunting to step off the main road and walk into lost, unfamiliar, and dangerous territory. It may not feel like the smartest, safest thing to do. But in the end, it always leads to the experiences that are worth remembering.
74 (Jan 06, 2008)
Despite the graphical shortcomings, NeoGeo Battle Coliseum is still a good fighting game. With fast-paced gameplay and a slick, tag-based combat system, it would be found appealing by most fighting game fans, casual or hardcore. Not to mention the fact it costs a measly $20. While it lacks online play, it’s still worth checking out. However, if I was personally forced to choose between NGBC and KOFXI, I’d have to go with the latter. However, getting both is definitely a fine idea for any PS2 owners with all this Christmas exchanging.
IGN (Jan 04, 2008)
NeoGeo Battle Coliseum is another fun 2D fighter for only twenty dollars, which makes it very appealing -- especially for fans of the NeoGeo franchises. Besides a few frustrating issues, the battle mechanics are tight and very rewarding, and the character roster is extremely impressive. However, with fewer modes and only two-character teams instead of three, we're hard pressed to place Battle Coliseum above King of Fighters XI. But if you want to have a dream match between two fighters from different backgrounds -- and try out new contenders Yuki and Ai -- Battle Coliseum is a pretty solid deal.
Da Gameboyz (Jan 22, 2008)
Despite the old flavour to NeoGeo Battle Coliseum the game can be pretty fun to play. With fast-paced gameplay and a slick tag-based combat system the style of play can be quite appealing to all fighting game fans, casual and hardcore alike. While it may lack online play, the rest of the features really make the $20.00 worth the price of admission.
Diehard GameFan (Dec 20, 2007)
You’re not going to find a better game for the PS2 this year at this price. I still can’t believe it’s under twenty bucks. This is exactly the kind of product SNK should have been putting out for the past two years instead of KoF MI 2/2k6 and KoF XI. I’m very pleased with this game. Whether you are new to 2-D fighters, or a long time vet, you can’t go wrong picking this up for the holidays.
70 (Dec 22, 2006)
Neo Geo Battle Coliseum n'est pas le killer ap' de SNK en matière de jeux de baston 2D mais la découverte de ce jeu à petit prix est à préconiser vu qu'il sert également de cross-over de luxe entre toutes les séries phares de l'éditeur/développeur. On reprochera quelques manques dans la forme mais le fond reste toujours aussi technique.
GameDaily (Jan 18, 2008)
Overall, NeoGeo Battle Coliseum won't change your gaming world. Its lack of modes and balance keep it from joining the ranks of elite fighters. However, it's definitely worth $20.
Thunderbolt Games (Jan 06, 2008)
Look folks, don’t count this one out. King of Fighters XI may be the vastly superior successor, but NeoGeo Battle Coliseum is still a solid fighter. The sheer amount characters and series represented make it one of the best fighting game crossovers in recent memory. It’s a treat for all those diehard fans that have faithfully followed SNK’s triumphs and failures throughout the years. Though the gameplay options may seem a little bare, the tag battling and intricate combat mechanics provide plenty of entertainment value. Besides, NeoGeo Battle Coliseum is selling for bargain bin prices. The game may be underdeveloped and flawed, but it’s definitely worth the purchase.
GamingExcellence (Mar 24, 2008)
And that’s it, really. There’s not too much to the game besides the few modes, and though the character selection screen is certainly filled with choices, it’ll still be quite obvious that you’re playing in the same modes over and over again. Still, fighting-game aficionados can probably look beyond this, as the fighting mechanics themselves are still pretty good and that’s really the most important part of a fighting title. Heck, I know that much, even if I can’t count the individual frames in Mai’s, um, detailed animations.
PSX Extreme (Jan 07, 2008)
So when it's all nasty outside and you and a buddy have nothing to do, and you just might be reminiscing about the good ol' days, perhaps NeoGeo Battle Coliseum is just the ticket. Sure, the gameplay exhibits a lack of balance ("dude, that is so cheap" will be a common lament), the tracks are repetitive, and there aren't enough modes, but that's okay. There are a ton of characters, a lot of variety in the fighting styles, good control, and the tag system does add another dimension of strategy to a straightforward genre. We just wish SNK didn't totally drop the ball in regards to the Double Assault ability, which punctuated the tag team format, and without a lot of modes to pick from, everything gets kinda dry after a few hours. If they had just followed through with the initial idea, the game could've been very solid. But...well, you can't have everything. This is an okay title, and maybe worth the twenty bucks if you're looking for a simple, fun, yet flawed old-school 2D fighter.
The Video Game Critic (Mar 26, 2009)
Neo Geo Battle Coliseum definitely leans toward the "gimmick" end of the fighting spectrum, but if you're into this kind of thing, it offers a nice change of pace.
GameZone (Dec 29, 2007)
The biggest attraction to NeoGeo Battle Coliseum is the character selection, but everything else is below average. With not much to offer outside of a laundry list of fan favorite fighters, NGBC is catered towards die-hard fans only.
Gaming Age (Feb 26, 2008)
If high production on a fanservice game like NGBC isn't on the top of your list, then this shouldn't mean a thing when considering a purchase, which is exactly what this game is worth as long as you know what you're buying. Be aware that while it may pay tribute to hours spent in arcades or even at home with the Neo Geo console, finally appreciating the time spent with the Neo Geo franchises, it's hardly going to leave a big impression on fighting fans. This is not despite the great challenge it can conjure up for players, but simple because the game feels as though it was taken out of the oven just a tad too early. A little more thought into this one could have made it something great to be remembered by, while all it manages to do is help you remember your past a bit and then feel okay with moving on.
Cheat Code Central (Jan 04, 2008)
Your level of enjoyment for NeoGeo Battle Coliseum is going to really depend on two factors. First, you have to really enjoy 2-D fighters, especially those of the SNK variety. Secondly, you have to appreciate throwback titles. NeoGeo Battle Coliseum doesn't bring anything new at all to the fighting formula, instead choosing to place all of its stock in the nostalgia factor. Anyone seeking the SNK glory days will find themselves enjoying Battle Coliseum, if only for the chance to play with classic fighters like Haohmaru, Mai Shiranui, or Terry Bogard in battle with one another again. NeoGeo Battle Coliseum doesn't have the deeper, satisfying gameplay of games like Marvel vs. Capcom 2, but if you were in the SNK 2-D fighter camp, you'll find much to enjoy here, even if it is just for the sake of nostalgia.