Gameplay - 9/10
Graphics - 10/10
Music - 9/10
Netplay - 7.5/10
Story - Fighting game/10
One of the most overlooked video games, The King of Fighters XIII is the latest entry in the now 20-years old series developed by SNK.
A complete overhaul of the 12th KoF game, KoF XIII is incredibly well-balanced (with the exception of some characters having mild advantages, like Robert or Kensou), has stunning 2D hand-drawn graphics and fantastic music (this being a staple of the series, even though it is not on par with masterpieces from '99 or '00), with a generic story, something not needed in a fighting game, unless you want to dig up this game's tangled and confusing mess of a narrative. The in-game art is anime-y, but not "moe", thus managing to look pleasant to the eye. Character illustrations and cutscenes are all skillfuly drawn, reminiscent of KoF XI's in-game art.
But, since it is a competitive game, the gameplay
is the most important part:
More fast-paced than other fighting games, such as Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat, KoF XIII delivers by moving back to the series' roots, with its gameplay most reminiscent of entries like as '98, while managing to fit in complex elements from '02 and XI. All of the 30+ characters are very well balanced (though not as much as in '98), fun to use and each with unique movesets and seemingly endless combo capabilities, feat managed by the inclusion of a cancel system, which allows multiple unchainable moves to be used one after another in a combo. NEO MAX moves make an appearance, reminiscent of '02s most devastating moves. The system is fluid, the hitboxes are okay for the most part, and the roll and hop systems give the game more dynamism as opposed to its competitors. Projectiles though seem to have been buffed from XI, giving them more potential not only for zoning, but also for their offensive and hard to counter nature (for some characters, such as Robert and Kensou).
It takes a lot of time to get used and good at the system, and for newcomers to the genre I wouldn't recommend this game, but to veterans that are looking for challenge and a deep and complex game, this game might just be for you. The netcode is vastly improved compared to the console versions, but can still be unsatisfactory at times. I am still waiting for a matchmaking feature that pits players of the same rank, and a spectator mode.
Overall - 9/10
Публикувани: 25 февруари 2014