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WiiThe Video Game Critic (Jul 18, 2009)
Some of these challenges are pretty imaginative, like the one in which fighters inflict no damage but the last one to take a hit is "poisoned", causing his life to gradually drain. While this version of Orochi Saga is basically identical to the PS2 edition, the progressive scan output will play better on HDTVs (no lag). I should also mention that this game worked well with my "Fighting Stick Wii" arcade stick. It's hard to find fault with this collection, which delivers some of the best 2D fighting you'll see in the past, present, or future.
100
PlayStation 2The Video Game Critic (Mar 18, 2009)
One feature I wish SNK had included was progressive scan mode, since PS2 games displayed at the default 480i exhibit a slight lag on my plasma TV. Finally, what's the deal with this "Orochi Saga" subtitle? Well, apparently King of Fighters 95 through 97 had some kind of overarching storyline about a secret power called "Orochi". Who knew? Better yet, who gives a [expletive]? You don't need a story to enjoy top-of-the-line fighting action like this.
80
PlayStation 2VicioJuegos.com (Dec 22, 2008)
En cualquier caso podemos decir que este compacto supone una fuente infinita de disfrute para los fans de la lucha 2D, aunque hubiéramos deseado la inclusión de online, la posibilidad de activar marcos para aquellos que disponen de pantallas panorámicas, así como también el suavizado de contornos para que estos sprites no queden tan en evidencia en televisores HD.
80
PlayStation 2Thunderbolt Games (Dec 06, 2008)
The first two games aren’t worth playing; even if they are part of the saga and essential to the progression of the story, there’s no reason to indulge in them for the sake of gameplay. Instead, you’ll likely spend your time mastering ’96 through ’98 and enjoying their unique offerings. While the last game is by far the most developed in terms of combat mechanics and technique, the other two have their charm with regards to presentation and boss fights. The problem is that, despite overflowing with quality, these games suffer from some lackluster porting; the controls are slightly off, the loading screens are abysmal, and the announcer is beyond help. But hey, at least there’s a mind-blowing amount of bonus content. Besides, you get to play some of the best 2D fighting games ever made. It doesn’t get much better than that.
80
WiiThunderbolt Games (Dec 26, 2008)
Look, folks. This is the best of the few compilations available on the Wii. It’s got the first five titles of SNK’s best series. It showcases the best and worst of them all; two of the games aren’t even worth playing because the other three trump them in every conceivable way. If you missed these games the first time around, this is your chance to play some of the best 2D fighters out there. With so much unlockable content, longtime fans are going to have plenty to look forward to. SNK managed to fix the problems that plagued the PS2 version; those disappointed with that version will likely find this more appealing. There’s only one huge, nasty flaw with this collection: the terrible controls. Unless you’re willing to get a Classic Controller, you’re going to have a Hell of a time playing this. Your efforts will be rewarded, though; The Orochi Saga has some of SNK’s finest. Think about it.
80
PSPKombo.com (Nov 10, 2008)
Collection provides an exceptional value for your money. You get five full games, multiplayer and a brand new challenge mode that opens up a new perspective and unlockable features with all kinds of factoids and files to browse through. Collection is a fine fighter to add to your collection.
80
PSPPSX Extreme (Jan 30, 2009)
All in all, for a mere $30, whether on your PSP or PS2, The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga is a fantastic deal for a series of fantastic games. If you're a fan of old-school fighters, are looking to broaden your tastes and have never played a KOF game before, this is your ideal chance to snag your copy and enjoy a fine franchise that was largely overlooked thanks to the massive shadow cast by Street Fighter.
75
PSPgames xtreme (Apr 14, 2009)
I can't grumble with KoF: OS, it's the perfect collection of some of the best fighting games from my youth, top quality for the time and whilst they do show that things have advanced in terms of graphics and presentation, these games hold their own from a pure brawler-fun standpoint and in the end, the Gameplay should be first and foremost. So yeah, go out and grab a copy of this slice of battler history and relive some of the golden days.
75
WiiJeuxvideo.com (Apr 07, 2009)
Qu'il est bon de se replonger dans ses souvenirs et de retrouver les premiers King of Fighters ! Cette anthologie a eu le bon goût de s'être limitée à des ajouts discrets et intelligents comme les modes Entraînement et Challenge. The King of Fighters Collection : The Orochi Saga est donc à conseiller à tous les nostalgiques qui n'ont pas envie de se tourner les pouces en attendant le douzième épisode.
75
PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com (Apr 07, 2009)
Qu'il est bon de se replonger dans ses souvenirs et de retrouver les premiers King of Fighters ! Cette anthologie a eu le bon goût de s'être limitée à des ajouts discrets et intelligents comme les modes Entraînement et Challenge. The King of Fighters Collection : The Orochi Saga est donc à conseiller à tous les nostalgiques qui n'ont pas envie de se tourner les pouces en attendant le douzième épisode.
75
PSPGameZone (Nov 16, 2008)
While it doesn’t quite reach the level of fighting game goodness that you would find on the console version, The King of Fighters Collection for the PSP is not a bad alternative for portable gamers. It’s good to see quite a collection of games that make up this great franchise in one UMD and even more so with a few extras tossed in as well.
75
PSPWorth Playing (Dec 05, 2008)
While I'm glad to get five games for a price that's typically less than the cost of a new title, I also have to admit that some of the titles in King of the Fighters: The Orochi Saga are a bit redundant. While it's great for game history buffs and nostalgia fans, there are only a couple of titles on the collection that end up being worth the replay time, especially if you've enjoyed them all at some point in the past. Keep in mind that there's always a possibility of an Ultimate Match port of '98 down the line, since one has been released in Japan this June, so you might want to hold off for one of the best King of the Fighters titles in the future. However, if the early screens of KoF 12 have reignited your interest in the series, you can't really go wrong with putting down $20 on this handheld collection. Definitely pick this one up if you've never played the series; it's well worth checking out.
70
WiiNintendo Life (Mar 19, 2009)
Ironically, placing five different KOF games on one disc is both a blessing and a curse; on one hand it allows fans to get hold of a large selection of games from this well-liked series in one fell swoop but on the other it means that four of the five games might ultimately be ignored because the ’98 instalment is so brilliant. If you’re a fighting game fan and you own a couple of Classic Controllers then this is on the fringe of being a ‘must have’ purchase, but be warned that you’ll essentially be paying for five games and only actually playing one.
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PSPIGN (Nov 11, 2008)
There's only so much you can do to dress up five old games, but SNK Playmore has done a fair job in adding extras and presenting the content nicely. While the PSP version is fine if you're interested in gaming on your own while on the go, I would strongly recommend grabbing the PS2 version instead because the load times are much better and multiplayer runs smoothly. The main advantage of the portable version is how sharp the sprites look on screen, but I'd still say console is the way to go.
65
PSPZTGameDomain (2008)
It's a shame that technical issues hold KOF: Orochi Saga back so much, because it's a collection with a heck of a lot of potential. Fans of the series will no doubt find a lot to love here, and the game is a great value for the money. As it stands though, the excessive load times and mid match pauses tarnish the game's quality. Here's hoping that they can get these issues straightened out for the inevitable next entry in the growing collection of SNK..well…collections.
64
The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga ultimately falls flat because of technical issues that render its attempts at historical authenticity paltry. Only the most diehard SNK fans who want their fighting on the go (and can deal with their precious titles having some emulation errors) should pick up this title. It's really hard to recommend this title, especially when the PS2 version is available at half the price.
60
WiiGiant Bomb (Jan 17, 2009)
The Wii version is missing a few things here and there, like the red and white flashing that occurs whenever a fight ends in KOF '97. Also, the Wii version offers a lot of different control options for players using a Wii Remote or a Remote plus a Nunchuk. These options are all terrible. The game supports GameCube controllers, but a Classic Controller is the best bet for proper button configuration. Lastly, the Wii version doesn't offer any in-game options for changing aspect ratio. If you have your Wii set to widescreen, the game will stretch out its original 4:3 aspect ratio to fill the screen, forcing you to either reset your Wii's screen setting or adjust your TV if you want things to look proper. So no version is perfect, but the faster loading makes the Wii version the best choice, provided you've got the right controllers on-hand. Also, it's nice to get a collection of good, classic 2D fighters on the Wii, which doesn't have a ton of games like this.
60
PlayStation 2Eurogamer.net (UK) (Dec 10, 2008)
The main problem with The Orochi Saga is that most people who buy and appreciate it will probably spend most of their time with KOF ‘98, as it is by far the superlative fighter in this compilation. We'd have preferred a compilation that gives classic 2D fighter fans some real choice. After all, the PS2 NeoGeo Collection has done very well in Japan - the 12th edition is now on the way, complete with excellent ports of Garou: Mark of the Wolves and Waku Waku 7.
60
Overall, The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga for PSP is an inferior port that I would highly recommend the PS2 version over or possibly the upcoming Wii version. The game amplifies every problem that the PS2 version suffers from and even adds some pretty bad controller issues if you plan on playing it with the D-pad. If you want to play the game with the analog and enjoy the sharper character sprites then it might interest you, but I'd still recommend any other version over this one.
60
PSPGiant Bomb (Jan 17, 2009)
So no version is perfect, but the faster loading makes the Wii version the best choice, provided you've got the right controllers on-hand. Also, it's nice to get a collection of good, classic 2D fighters on the Wii, which doesn't have a ton of games like this. That said, it's still sort of hard to recommend the collection, especially if you already own KOF '98 in another format. The $30 price point on Wii and PSP is a bit much, and PS2 owners would probably be better off waiting for the updated version of KOF '98, called Ultimate Match, which Ignition is scheduled to release later this year.
60
PlayStation 2Giant Bomb (Jan 17, 2009)
So no version is perfect, but the faster loading makes the Wii version the best choice, provided you've got the right controllers on-hand. Also, it's nice to get a collection of good, classic 2D fighters on the Wii, which doesn't have a ton of games like this. That said, it's still sort of hard to recommend the collection, especially if you already own KOF '98 in another format. The $30 price point on Wii and PSP is a bit much, and PS2 owners would probably be better off waiting for the updated version of KOF '98, called Ultimate Match, which Ignition is scheduled to release later this year.
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PSPGameFocus (Dec 01, 2008)
While I was reviewing this game I was constantly comparing it to the true “king” of fighting games of that era, i.e. Street Fighter 2. I was struggling to find what was missing from the KoF experience. I turned to a fellow GF writer and mentioned my dilemma. He found the elusive thought that was escaping my mind in a single word: charm. KoF is missing the charm of SF 2. The visuals and character design are mundane; the audio is uninspiring and the gameplay lacks the intuitive, fun nature of SF 2. The whole experience is bland and lifeless. If you are looking for a good fighting experience for your PSP, I would check out Tekken: Dark Resurrection. If you were one of those young men crowded around the NEO GEO machine 10 years ago, you will probably enjoy this title and relive some fond memories from the past.
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PSPJeuxvideo.com (Feb 10, 2009)
Qu'il est bon de se replonger dans ses souvenirs et de retrouver les premiers King of Fighters ! Cette anthologie a eu le bon goût de s'être limitée à des ajouts discrets et intelligents comme les modes Entraînement et Challenge. Malheureusement, le tout est gâché par de nombreux bugs sonores et de sérieux ralentissements.
42
PSP1UP (Dec 16, 2008)
And to make things even worse, the lack of a versus mode is a gross oversight that makes versus battles an uncomfortable chore (the winner can't switch characters without resetting the entire game -- just like in the arcades!). If you're able to put up with the problems, then Orochi Saga may satisfy you until King of Fighters '98: Ultimate Match or KOF12 comes out. For the rest, avoid this collection and hope for a proper bug-free collection somewhere down the line.
40
PSPD+PAD Magazine (Mar 26, 2009)
With KoF XII on the imminent horizon, rumours of KoF ’98 hitting XBLA and Street Fighter IV recently released, it’s a good time to be a fan of fighting games. Five iconic fighters on a reasonably priced UMD should have been a sure-fire hit, but the ridiculous technical issues that plague The Orochi Saga make it hard to recommend to anyone. The King of Fighters deserves better than this sloppy port.
40
PSPGamestyle (Mar 29, 2009)
Featuring a compilation of near identical games, complete with a poor versus mode and terrible glitches KOF is hardly a celebration the series deserves. It’s a decent price (if you import) though we still can’t justify the price tag.