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Marvelous Entertainment has created a game that is truly marvelous. Game Boy Advance owners take note: this is a must-buy fighting game. I repeat, a must-buy fighting game! The King of Fighters series may not be that familiar to you, but it should be, because this is one of the best fighting games out there.
Still, to those familiar with the franchise, The King of Fighters is hardly synonymous with dramatic change. As always, Terry Bogard wears his customary blue jeans, white tee shirt, red vest, red sneakers, and red-and-white Fatal Fury cap, and as always, the Bluto-like Chan Koehan sports a beard, a massive chain, and an enormous iron ball. As always, an ever-familiar cast of characters competes in a variety of settings to determine who the true king of fighters is. As always, it's a blast.
Overall, the port is a good effort, but it could have been a classic. Marvelous should go back to the drawing board and make a sequel that’s more of a challenge to fighter fans.
With more and more fighters entering the realm of the GBA, it's good to see developers taking the time to make sure that their offerings are more than just a hastily thrown-together way of cashing in on the increasing popularity of Nintendo's handheld. Though it's exactly perfect, The King of Fighters EX: Neo Blood is a prime example of what can be done on this system, as it pulls off a surprisingly deep and solid fighting experience. Between the team dynamic, the use of Strikers, the Counter and Armor modes, as well as the various types of matches that players can partake in, this title should appeal to most fans of the genre and manages to not only provide a good alternative to the Street Fighters of the world, but in some respects manages to surpass them.
King of Fighters– Neoblood EX is good fun to play, you’ll want to explore the game and get the most out of it. It’s very hard to get sick of the game when it’s so comfortable to slip into and enjoy.
The King of Fighters EX NeoBlood contains plenty of modes to keep any fighting game enthusiast busy. First, there are team battles in which you choose three characters and one striker to fight against another team of the same setup. The first team to KO the three fighters of the opposing team wins. Then there are the more traditional single battles where you choose one character and one Striker in an effort to take out an opposing opponent. Both of these modes have corresponding modes that are VS for two players, as well as corresponding story-based modes that, rather than cutting straight to the action, try to make some sense out of what is happening, but the story aspect is relatively weak. There are a few times when the characters will speak to each other through text boxes, but that is the extent of it. Not a big though; this is a fighting game, and the fighting is where the meat is - and thankfully, KOF EX NeoBlood is a pretty juicy sirloin steak.
Pour son entrée en scène sur GBA, on peut dire que ce KOF est une réussite. Après l'excellent SF2 de Capcom, il est clair que la baston 2D n'est pas morte et se porte même plutôt bien sur ce support. Les inconditionnels du genre pourront donc foncer tête baissée sur ce titre, en attendant de voir si Street Fighter Alpha 3 et Guilty Gear X pourront faire encore mieux.
Despite its flaws, Neo Blood is still King of Fighters, a series renowned for its classic 2D gameplay. While many of the aesthetic charms that most gamers enjoy aren’t available in this version, the great gameplay has been brought over without too many hiccups, and that’s all that should matter to fans of the series. It might have been a long (long) time coming, but King of Fighters: Neo Blood is an impressive first showing for Marvelous Entertainment.
Mit King of Fighters brachte SNK alle beliebten Charaktere ihrer hochklassigen Beat´em up Reihen in einem Spiel zusammen um den Besten aus Ihrer Mitte zu ermitteln.
Doch hat King of Fighters Ex Neoblood das Zeug dazu sich gegen die hochkarätige Konkurrenz aus den Häusern Capcom, Midway, Namco, usw. durchzusetzen?
Als Beat'em-Up tut sich KoF auf dem GBA schwer. Die Kämpfer bewegen sich sehr langsam und die Animationen und Combos sind nach dem zweiten Durchgang vorhersehbar und langweilig. Die ansehnliche Grafik sowie die Vielzahl an Modi (Single Play, Team Play, Survival, Team vs. Time Attack, Single vs. und Practice) und Kämpfern geht in Ordnung. Die sich ständig wiederholenden Moves sind immerhin leicht auszuführen und die sinnvolle Tastenbelegung bereitet einem im Kampf keine Schwierigkeiten. Der Sound hingegen ist schrecklich, so dass du ihn lieber ausstellen solltest. Gegen Konkurrenten wie Tekken und Super Street Fighter II Turbo Revival zieht KoF aber eindeutig den Kürzeren. Greife lieber bei den Alternativen zu.
Overall, King of Fighters EX: Neoblood is a good 2D fighting title. While the limited AI keeps it from crossing over into greatness, it's a refreshing change from the heavily 3D graphics-based fighters.
Since we're still waiting for Street Fighter Alpha 3 Advance here in the States (what, four years after the arcade release?), King of Fighters EX: Neoblood currently ties with Tekken Advance as the GBA's number one brawler. It might not come with any flashy endings or loads of unlockables -- actually, it would've been nice to have a character development mode like KOF R-2 on the Neo Geo Pocket -- but what KOF EX lacks in extras is replaced by good old arcade-style substance. I personally believe that a KOF handheld title should hit shelves every year; thankfully, King of Fighters EX2: Howling Blood is already scheduled for 2003. Even after SNK breaks up, the legacy always continues...
The GBA has very few fighters to offer. For that reason, NeoBlood is one of the best, flawed as it may be.
Although it's not something casual players have to run out and buy, King of Fighters EX: New Blood is sure to satisfy hardcore fight fans.
Any gamer will admit that they can live with some graphical issues and even some major sound issues as long as the gameplay pulls it all together. It doesn't. Even on the hardest difficulty, the game is insanely easy. Each match can be won with simple foot sweeps, whether they be strong or weak does not matter. Even with Geese and his irritating counter, it still doesn't rise above the level of "monkey." Even with the few unlockable characters, you won't want to play through this one more than once. Even the wide variety of modes that should keep me occupied down here should be enjoyable, but alas, it's not to be.