KOF 2002 UM is the 2nd title in the UM Series and a fully upgraded ver. of KOF 2002, a masterpiece of the KOF Series deserving its place of honor alongside KOF ’98. Based on THE NESTS CHRONICLES, 2002 UM includes the most characters of any title in the KOF Series, and fighting game history as well!
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Release Date: Feb 27, 2015

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KOF 2002 UM,
fully upgraded version of KOF 2002 & 2nd title in the UM series,
joins the battle on STEAM!


The second title in the UM series is a fully upgraded version of KOF 2002, a masterpiece of the KOF series deserving of a place honor along with KOF ’98. Based on THE NESTS CHRONICLES, this title includes the most characters of any title in KOF history. All graphics and background music have been completely redone and the game balance has also been extensively redesigned. New moves have been added and others have been brought back, meaning that players can enjoy battling it out for longer than ever.

・66 characters in all – the most playable characters ever in the KOF series:
With DNA from Kyo and K’, this title’s original character Nameless is ready for action!
In addition to characters that appeared in the original KOF 2002, formidable fighters from THE NESTS CHRONICLES as well as additional characters and hidden characters keep popping up to fight!

・Don’t miss the updated graphics and production:
・Updated game sounds:
The demo screens, cut-scenes, and winning screens are worth a look:[/b]
What’s more, all background music has been updated for more intense matches!
Tons of new moves and old moves that have been brought back are found in this title only!
Feel the heat of the upgraded MAX2!!

・Fully upgraded and redesigned system and game balance for all characters:
Each character’s special and extra-special moves are former moves and power-changing moves from past series as well as many new moves created for this title only.
The MAX2 move for all characters is even more impressive than ever. Now easier to use in real matches for a show of supreme power!!

・Includes many game modes:
Not only can 50 different moves be practiced in both “normal” and “expert” difficulties in Challenge Mode, players can also create original combos in “Practice Mode”. There is also “Endless Mode”, where players can battle against the CPU for as long as their endurance will allow.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 1.8GHz dual core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Onboard graphics chipset with 256MB video RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectSound
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Very Positive (499 reviews)
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Vassago Rain
10.4 hrs
Posted: August 25
In my 31 years on this earth, I have never seen a more minimally viable trash port of a game ever. This game has no redeemable qualities. You thought Yata was bad with its lack of netplay? How about you play at 30 delay against guys you don't have problems against in any other fighting games available on steam?

I can't believe they're allowed to sell this garbage. My library has a lot of terrible games in it, but nothing quite compares to the combo that is this game and trying to play it online.
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Big Bad Booty Daddy
3.5 hrs
Posted: August 8
10/10 waifus
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2.3 hrs
Posted: July 30
love this game
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1.1 hrs
Posted: July 14
This is another decent KOF game. I think it's a bit more new player friendly vs KOF 98 UM (in terms of difficulty vs the AI), plus the additional characters in the roster from KOF 99-01 are a nice plus with this version over KOF 98 UM (not that game's fault obviously). It features almost all the same features from KOF 98 UM and the port is the same as well, decent and not bad.

The only thing it is missing from the PS2 port(s) is the color edit mode and the optional "Tougeki" version which included an infinite bug fix as well as some other minor fixes/tweaks compared to the vanilla KOF 2002 UM. The only issue with getting the PS2 ports is that they are Japan only, so I think this version is honestly the next best port you can get of KOF 2002 UM.
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12.4 hrs
Posted: July 12
One of the best entries in the Kof Franchise, if not the best entry in the series.

The King of Fighters 2002 UM has one of the biggest rosters ever seen in a fighting game(66 characters)
It can be played casually or in a serious way, it's easy to learn.

The only problem with this port is the online mode.
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9.4 hrs
Posted: July 10
ping 600

you can not play a single game and wait a challenge - you must create a lobby and just wait

no players online
FightCade is absolutelly better at all
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10.2 hrs
Posted: July 10
Product received for free
This game is a love letter to KoF fans and 2D fighting game fans alike. It is utterly charming in both its presentation, art style and of course, the mass selection of playable characters on offer. Like KoF98, 2002 is a game without a story and features characters from all over the KoF canon, both deceased and active, both good and evil. Kudos to SNK for the astounding amount of content on offer here. With a challenging but fair Arcade mode, Team play, local VS, online play, some practically impossible but motivating Steam achievements, what you have here is a masterpiece in not only 2D fighting gaming, but in fighting games as a whole. To anyone who loves brutally challenging games, masterful hand-drawn artwork and one of the biggest rosters in a fighting game, then do yourself a favour and get King of Fighter 2002 Unlimited Match.
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when's CVS2???
31.0 hrs
Posted: July 9
Turned to 2002UM after the ♥♥♥♥♥how that was Street Fighter 5....this game is godlike. I'm gonna have a hard time pointing out anything negative about this.

+Top tier SNK character design
+Balance changes/bugfixes from the original 2002 (I don't think any of them were drastic changes)
+Visuals and backgrounds are exceptionally well made
+9/10 soundtrack
+66 characters (58 are legal in tournament) that for the most part feel unique (but muh Kyo clones)
+Netcode is GODLIKE, I'm east coast USA and have gotten reliable connections to Canada, Mexico, and even some South American countries

-Online community is kind of dead, most current active players just play the Fightcade ROM of 2002, you may have to rely on Twitter/Reddit/Discord/Dreamcancel forums to find players with good connections.

tl;dr if you don't like either KOF98UM or 2002UM I don't think you really like fighting games.
10/10 would uninstall SF5 for this again
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23.8 hrs
Posted: July 5
Product received for free
One of the best KoF games with a robust roster of great characters. If only people would play this more in tournaments.
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2.1 hrs
Posted: July 4
Easily the best 2D fighter ever. I'm serious.
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150 of 158 people (95%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 28, 2015
While the original King Of Fighters 2002 is massively played, I think the original version is a mess of a game. Terrible, sloppy balancing, missing key characters (King), the soundtrack was god awful, and the presentation was weak. However after 1999, 2000 and 2001, one thing 2002 did right was return KOF back to it's roots after years of experimenting with new system mechanics that weren't well recieved, such as the Striker system.

The King Of fighters 2002 Unlimited Match much like '98 Ultimate Match before it, is a complete overhaul of the original game. Hell 2k2UM is an even bigger overhaul than 98UM was. KOF2k2UM brings back everybody from the NESTS Saga as 98UM brought back everybody from the Orochi Saga. Plus it also brings back the New Faces Team from KOF97, this being a Dream Match game and all. 2k2UM also includes characters from the PS2 version of the original 2002, such as Goenitz and Geese!

2k2UM beefs up many characters movelists with moves that 99/00/01 introduced, along with some new additions, for example Mai Shiranui has her rekka special move straight out of Real Bout Fatal Fury Special, and Terry Bogard gained his Quick Burn special move from Real Bout Fatal Fury Special: Dominated Minds, which is a pretty obscure move from a very obscure game.

Alongside new moves for many characters, 2k2UM also brings EX versions of characters such as Robert, Kensou and Takuma from 99/00. EX Robert is a charge style character, while EX Kensou does not have his psychic powers, and EX Takuma is pretty much alot like 98 Takuma.

Probably the biggest improvement from the original 2002 to UM is the presentation. The game looks very nice and refined, backgrounds are fantastic, HUD looks great, and the soundtrack is a huge improvement over the original, some of my favorite themes being Kyokugenryu Team, Korea Team, and the new Mustard For Geese arrangement.

As with 98UMFE on Steam, 2k2UM is based on the Xbox Live Arcade version of the game, which is in turn based on the 2002UM Tougeki arcade update of the game. Unlike the XBLA version though, the netcode in this version is pretty solid from what I played. I managed to play with a friend all the way from California with barely 4-5 frames of input delay at 150-200ms ping, which is pretty playable.

Players coming from 98UM should feel pretty well at home with 2k2UM, although 2k2UM has a bit of a different feel from 98UM. 2k2UM is alot faster, and the controls are more loose compared to 98UM's tightness, although it's not nearly as loose as say KOFXIII.

If you are a KOF/SNK fan or just a fan of fighting games in general, I highly recommend picking up this game. If you are new to fighters though, you may want to tread lightly. This game is extremely unforgiving as most KOF games tend to be. If your only fighting game experiences are with games like Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat, you are in for one helluva ride.
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76 of 86 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
32.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 27, 2015
This is probably my favorite fighting game on Steam at the moment. I personally prefer 2002 UM over XIII.

If you are okay with the slightly outdated graphics and you are a fan of fighting games, you should definitely pick this up.

Single Player: There isn't really any story in 2002 UM as it is a "dream match" where they take all the best characters (doesn't matter if they are alive or dead in the main story) from past games and throw them together into teams. As I don't generally care too much about the story in fighters, I'm more than okay with this. If you are looking for a Blazblue-like single player experience, then you might be a bit disappointed.

However there are multiple final bosses so there is some re-play value to it. You can choose your team size between 1 or 3 characters. Also unlike in XIII, the AI actually does fight you back properly on the harder difficulties.

Multiplayer: Local and online available. Netcode is decent. Pretty much as good as you can get with input delay based netcode. Matches with players close to you (for example, I live in Europe and I can play Norway/Denmark/Germany/France from Finland without any problems), but you will probably notice lag, if you try to play between two continents. You can set your max input delay manually (like in 98UM).

Challenge mode: This one is a huge improvement over XIII. Instead of "Do this exact combo with tight timing" the challenges actually give you some freedom and are like "Do a combo from command normal into special into super" or "defeat these three bosses in a row".

Endless mode: Pretty basic. Enemies get harder the further you go. I got somewhere between 250 and 300 stages, but then I Omega Rugal said I had gone too far.

Game runs well on my mid-range gaming PC (Phenom II x4, HD6870, 4GB RAM) without struttering. Sometimes there is a slowdown when you get hit by a projectile (like in 98 UM), but I don't know if that is an innate problem in the original arcade game rather than being a problem with the port itself. All the character (includes secret and boss characters) are unlocked from the start, so you don't need to complete story and challenge mode just in order to play online with your friends.

Achievements are a bit harder than 98 UM as you need to complete all the expert mode challenges, but definitely doable. I say it's a very enjoyable fighter easily worth the money (14,99€).
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42 of 47 people (89%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 27, 2015
This is THE definitive SNK fighting game experience, moreso than KOF 98 UM in my opinion. Even if you already played the Neo-Geo version of KOF 2002, this one feels like a completely different game with all the changes. The stages and music are all-new, K9999 is overhauled into the new character Nameless, and even veteran characters like Terry and Mai are given new moves. The combo system is very deep without being cheap and unintuitive like in XIII, and the playable cast is even bigger than MvC2. It's not a 100% comprehensive representation of the Neo-Geo KOF series, but it's without a doubt the single finest example of it. I give 2002 UM my highest recommendation possible.
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70 of 92 people (76%) found this review helpful
77 people found this review funny
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 21, 2015
Kickback Kickback! take it easy! Power wave!! Burn Knuckle! Burning! Are you ok!?! Power Geyser!!! Jesus!!!!!!
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26 of 26 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2015
The game balances out and improves on everything from the original KoF2002.
That said, this is a bit more fast-paced than other KoF games. If you've played KoF98, this one is faster and more combo heavy. If you've played 13, this one has a higher bar for executing combos. If you're coming from XI, this one doesn't have the tag system. Those are the most important changes from other popular KoF games.
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33 of 40 people (83%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
39.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 1, 2015
If you love fighting games, buying this is one of the greatest decisions you will make in your entire life.
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25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 4, 2015
This is probably as good as it gets when it comes to Retro Fighters. At least the King of Fighters Series. This game plays well on an Intel Celeron 2.53ghz processor, and an Intel HD Graphics Card with 2GB Ram. The controls are surprisingly smooth with a Gamepad and the loading times are not there at all. The only thing I dislike in this version is the choose your fighter interface. There is also no "3D Backgrounds" like other remakes in the series had to enhance their appearance (look at King of Fighters 99 and Millineum Fight on DC for examples of 3D enhanced backgrounds. Hit detection is dead on for the most part but there is also some things there where the punches and kicks just don't land where they are supposed to. This is a a slightly minor annoyance probably enhanced by higher resolutions and or graphics filters. All in all this is a solid fighting game, even if it just has one title. I wish this game would have inlcluded the original KOF 2002 like the KOF 98 offering did here. Not a biggy but should be there to sweeten the deal. 8/10
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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 22, 2015
While the other kids started out with Street Fighter, I discovered fighting games with KoF. Getting back into it now is so nostalgic - from the graphics to the cameos in the backgrounds of the stages,,,

This title really shows 3D graphics or fanservice will never trump good game design.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
71.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 10, 2015
Like the King of Fighters '98 UM FE port on Steam, The King of Fighters 2002 UM port has decent netcode. I play with someone about halfway across the US and don't ever have any lag problems regardless of what the ping indicator says. Just making it that far is a struggle for the more poorly coded games, so I would assume it's good enough for continental US. Anyway, now that the most important thing is out of the way...

While 98UM FE feels pretty much like '98 to me, 2002UM feels significantly different than the 2002 I'm used to. Admittedly I've always been more of a '98 person so my playtime on 2002 isn't that high but this version feels much faster and the controls more fluid than I remember. The balance too is definitely better and most of the characters feel improved over the way they were before rather than nerfed (though there are some exceptions!). I still feel like there are some weird hitboxes, but that's not a terribly big deal compared to psycho ball cheese.

The presentation is improved, but there's only so much you can do with the ancient sprites. Whether portraits or menus pretty much everything is redrawn that isn't the actual sprites. There are new stages with cameos of other SNK characters too if you like that, but unfortunately no sort of filter to help alleviate your eyes of the pixels the size of your eyes for the actual sprites themselves. More importantly though, the game also has an arranged soundtrack with the character themes in it. A pretty good one at that. It's one of the best additions for sure because the music Eolith put in 2002 was absolutely terrible.

'98 may be a bit dated for people who didn't play fighting games before their revival with Street Fighter 4, but I feel this version of 2002 is definitely something that can be appreciated by both newer and older players alike. It's a much better port job than 98UM FE and a fast paced, exciting game. I'm hoping more classic fighters hit Steam soon.
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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
27.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 28, 2015
If you are a fighting game enthusiast, THIS is a must get.

1. Online play works fine (at least with people in my area) with no lag.
2.Great music
3.plays smoothly
4.Decent amount of content

1. Outdated graphics may turn off newcomers to the series or people who might be curious

This game is one of the best fighting games to come to STEAM, and I hope more title like this come to the store in the future.
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