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It might seem strange to gush over games that are at least ten years old, but that just speaks to the quality of the material. The King of Fighters: Orochi Saga is a great way for longtime fans to get an affordable all-in-one convenient collection while new players will get an introduction as to how SNK was able to shoot up the ranks in the fighting genre. The PS2 version is a great buy, especially at its bargain price ($19.99). The PSP version, on the other hand, is a pained experience that I was pretty disappointed with. The excessive loading and controls aren’t really a fault of the game, but they bring the experience down nonetheless, but the poor look and feel of the menus certainly is. The PSP version is the more expensive of the two and far inferior. Grab the PS2 version and have a ball, and go with the portable one if you’re in a pinch or need to have a fighter on the go.
Gamers' Temple, The (Nov 20, 2008)
Overall, The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga should be an instant pickup for any fan of the KoF series. It's a really good compilation of old-school fighters at the bargain price of $19.99. The graphics for each game may look dated, but the fun-factor is still very much there for any fan of the series that wants to take a trip down memory lane or bag these titles for collection purposes. King of Fighters fans should definitely check out this solid fighting game collection.
Even with the lack of a versus option, this is still a decent collection. If you want to get a bit nostalgic before the upcoming (beautiful, beautiful) The King of Fighters XII, this may be a good title to pick up.
Thunderbolt Games (Dec 06, 2008)
The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga is one of the best gaming compilations on the PS2. Period. It’s got ports of the first five games of the series, showcasing the best and worst of SNK’s greatest creations. 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. Besides, you get to play some of the best 2D fighting games ever made. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Console Obsession (Dec 16, 2008)
The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga is a piece of history that fans of the series will treasure and certainly something to look into if you want to discover some of the best 2D fighting games from the 1990’s.
PSX 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.
IGN (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, making sure the whole package runs well and presenting the content nicely. I'd recommend this compilation to almost any fighting game enthusiast looking for some nostalgia-inducing fun, but the King of Fighters games aren't for everyone. That said, Orochi Saga felt right and I enjoyed revisiting some classic fighters.
GameZone (Nov 20, 2008)
The Orochi Saga is just the collection to give KOF gamers this holiday season. The first five games in the series are faithfully duplicated for the PS2 in all of their glorious, if not aging, splendor. But gameplay is really the key for any fighting game and this collection will not disappoint.
UOL Jogos (May 01, 2009)
Pelo valor histórico de reunir os cinco primeiros títulos da série, "The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga" já é título obrigatório para os fãs de longa data da franquia. Os poucos extras são bacanas, mas dificelmente serão o bastante para convencer novatos - ou aqueles que já tem os jogos - a darem uma chance para a coletânea. Se tiver a oportunidade de escolher entre as duas e contar com um Classic Controller em casa, opte pela edição de Wii que tem 'loadings' menores.
Gamervision (Dec 18, 2008)
When it comes down to it, King of Fighters Collection - The Orochi Saga is a mediocre collection of good games. The series has a history of building off of the previous iterations, so having KoF ’94 when you also have ’98 seems redundant and unnecessary, unless you’re a devotee of the game’s story, which is mostly nonsense. This lack of differentiation between the games and the various technical issues keep the collection from being a “must have,” but it’s still a nice look into the history of 2D fighters, and for skilled fighters, there’s plenty of fun to be had. That being said, most people looking to experience KoF for the first time will be better off waiting for King of Fighters XII, due out next year.
66 (Jan 13, 2009)
Orochi Saga is in the same conundrum as all the other SNK games I’ve reviewed. Fun to play. Bad graphics. Low price. Lots of nostalgia value. Yup, SNK fans are probably all over this (or maybe have already imported the Japanese version). Everyone else should BUY THIS GAME! Do it! Seriously! KOF 98 is one of the best fighting games ever! It’s really good!
Cheat Code Central (Dec 16, 2008)
All told, the Orochi Saga collection is a hands-down worthwhile buy for longtime fans of the series, and a toss-up for newcomers. Certainly, those wanting to explore the world of 2-D fighters should start with Street Fighter II, Mortal Kombat, Killer Instinct, etc. Once bored of those, however, they should definitely turn to King of Fighters for a fresh challenge, and there's no better way to do that than by buying this collection.
60 (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. Or why not take KOF '98 alone and give it an update, as has been done with Super Street Fighter II Turbo: HD Remix? In fact, SNK has already done this - but The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match, as it's titled, is only available in Japan. Come on, SNK, stop churning out ports of stuff we've seen a million times, and give European fighter fans the game they really deserve.
G4 TV: X-Play (Jan 05, 2009)
If King of Fighters doesn’t already mean something to you, is this set worth picking up? ’98, at least, still stacks up pretty well compared to more recent 2D fighters. Although it doesn’t have the super-sharp sprites or absurdly dense gameplay of something like Guilty Gear, it’s good for a fair amount of friendly and not-so-friendly competition. You could get that from the Ultimate Match re-release as well, but 20 dollars isn’t too much to pay for a little historical perspective in the bargain.
1UP (Dec 16, 2008)
Because of the problems present across all five KOF versions, Orochi Saga feels like a rushed port that didn't receive the benefit of proper testing. The long loading times on the PS2 and PSP are unacceptable when other developers have proven capable of quick transitions (see Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX for the PSP and Street Fighter 3: Third Strike for the PS2). 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.