“THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII”, SNK PLAYMORE’s flagship 2D versus fighting title returns in an ultimate version on Steam!! The many features exclusive to the console version of the game, such as the ONLINE Mode that allows you to enjoy smooth online versus matches with rivals from around the world, the Tutorial Mode which can be enjoyed by...
User reviews: Very Positive (1,186 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 13, 2013

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“THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII”, SNK PLAYMORE’s flagship 2D versus fighting title returns in an ultimate version on Steam!!
The many features exclusive to the console version of the game, such as the ONLINE Mode that allows you to enjoy smooth online versus matches with rivals from around the world, the Tutorial Mode which can be enjoyed by KOF novice players, and the Story Mode which features several exclusive episodes in a Visual Novel format, have been improved are still available in “THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII Steam Edition”!
In addition, "Iori with the Power of Flames”, “NESTS Style Kyo”, and “Mr. Karate" DLC characters are now playable from the start, for a total roster of 36 characters!
The time has come to face rivals worldwide!

MAIN FEATURES

・3-ON-3 TEAM BATTLE:
Choose a default team of 3 characters or make your own team by picking up 3 characters of your choice, and fight against teams until victory! Develop your own team strategy by choosing the best characters for you!

・STORY:
In this mode, you will experience a variety of background stories not touched upon in the game’s original Arcade Version. Discover the truth about KOF’s “Ash Saga” and its secrets through the eyes of the main character, Ash Crimson, and other characters who were not directly participating in the tournament. Your decisions and battle results may lead you to discovering new story elements; try out all the different options and every scene!

・NETWORK:
"THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII Steam Edition" now features vastly improved netcode that will provide you with the most comfortable online experience yet! The new netcode features improved communication speeds between you and your opponent, and also tailors your online experience according to your PC environment!

“THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII Steam Edition” features three different types of ONLINE VERSUS Matches, allowing players to challenge other rivals worldwide in endless and intense battles:
‐ “Ranked Match”: fight under specified regulations, and your results will be reflected in the rankings.
- “Player Match”: playing in this mode will not affect your results. You can fight against others casually.
- “Friend Match”: invite online players and challenge them through this mode for heated competition!

・MISSION:
Tackle three different kinds of missions in this mode, and improve your skills!
- “TIME ATTACK”: Defeat all CPU opponents in the shortest time you can.
- “SURVIVAL”: Select a character and fight your way through as many CPU opponents as you can.
- “TRIAL”: In this mode, each character has 10 tasks, which mainly focus on combos. By the time you complete all 10 tasks, you will have mastered some combos for that character.

・TUTORIAL:
Rose Bernstein, hostess of the tournament, will teach you the basic techniques as well as explain the gauges and their uses. First time KOF players should start here to get used to the game.

・CUSTOMIZE:
This mode allows you to edit your online profile and change character color palette. You can create a team to use online, add icons collected while playing, or enter a preset message that you want to use in your profile. For each character, you can make up to five custom color patterns. Show off your personality on the worldwide stage!

・OPTION:
A “GRAPHICS OPTION” feature, allowing the players to switch between different frame rates and simplify backgrounds, has been newly added.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel Pentium4 2.0 GHz and up
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 9500 GT ,VRAM: 256MB and up
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectSound, DirectX9.0c Compatible Audio
    • Additional Notes: Official Windows Media Player Codecs required
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows7
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 2300 and up
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTS 250 ,VRAM: 512MB and up
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectSound, DirectX9.0c Compatible Audio
    • Additional Notes: Official Windows Media Player Codecs required
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
67.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Simply the best 2D fighter made in years. It stands head and shoulders above the rest due to it's deep gameplay and mechanics. Once you play this game there's no going back. Hardcore purists already know about this game so step on up and join the KOF family.
If there's one thing I like about the KOF community is that they always try to help each other out. We share information and understand the more players that play well, the better we become as a whole. Unlike other fighting games I don't mind losing that much due to the respect a good KOF player gets. I know that 800 dmg HD combo wasn't learned overnight and hard work had to be put in. All in all this game is more about finding out how you do under pressure on both ends of the battle. What kind of player are you? Buy KOFXIII and find out!
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
150.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
nice one !! best fighting game ever on steam )))
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Nothing to blame in this game so far exept I don't especially like every character design, excellent 2D fighting.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
This game is great and has good depth and replayablity. The online is dead though so you might want a friend :)
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
36.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Fight fun rad best fighting game 10/10 woo
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
27.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
It's called King of Fighters for a reason, 10/10 would break a fight stick again.
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
26.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Best fighting games ever... :)
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Game apparently won't run from larger drives, which effectively places this game in my defective games list. At this point I am boycotting any further SNK purchases until they fix the issue.
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4 of 10 people (40%) found this review helpful
344.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
i love this game .....
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
good game but terrible netcode. can't recommend, sorry
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
cant connect online.. sychronizing take too long
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3 of 18 people (17%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Story is as gay and unoriginal as anime can get.

The boys look like girls and the girls look like guys.

'Inspired by real martial arts', play 2 minutes of this game and I don't think having a freaking laser punch anime face death gayass ring is even close to realism.

♥♥♥♥ this gayass nerdy game
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2 of 29 people (7%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
What?
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1 of 31 people (3%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
I'm not a big fan of fighting games, but I got this in a bundle and decided to give it a whirl. The music is overly loud and some tracks are better than others. Combat itself is literally hit or miss, as I found myself punching air most of the time. Multiple keys (or buttons on a controller) perform the same action, which can become a bit confusing at times. The story doesn't make much sense, and the nonlinear nature means that trying to complete another section of the game can be difficult. Intro scenes to battles are drawn out and you'll have to skip multiple times in order to fight. Not as fun as Soul Calibur or Street Fighter, in my opinion.
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1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
one of the best fighting i dont play anymore cause the friend i always play with "lost his controller" so now we dont play
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6.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
old school never dies. here is where the story comes to an end and it will be worthy of witness. 10/10 would fight again
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4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
King of Fighters is a smooth 2d action fighter game. It's the staple of SNK fighting games and holds true to their style. It's similar to Street Fighter but not the same. Instead of a 6 button layout with Light Medium Hard punch/kick, it's only light and hard, meaning a 4 button layout. You can play 1v1 or 3v3. No assists like Marvel vs Capcom.

This game plays great and feels good to play. A classic fighter series.

My few gripes:
1. It's recommended you use a gamepad or perhaps a stick. When using keyboard (like I do) it's a HUGE pain to rebind keys due to how they set it up (very stupidly. Took me like half an hour to figure it out how to rebind to regular keys instead of their very stupid default button layout)
2. YOU HAVE TO UNLOCK CHARACTERS. Granted there are only 2 to unlock, but this is not smashbros. Unlocking characters in a fighting game is gross.
3. The story is next to incomprehensible. I recommend ignoring it mostly. Story mode is weirdly confusing to navigate.
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117 of 128 people (91%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
The King of Fighters has always been among the underdog fighting game series compared to its peers like Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat. Whether it be due to its stubbornness to stick on the Neo Geo arcade machine architecture until 2003, the usage of 24-bit graphic sprites until its twelfth numerical entry in the series, or the stronger anime influence on the series than the genre's most famous franchises, The King of Fighters is a series that is highly underrated and deserves much more praise than it gets.

Whereas the series is notable for experimenting with new gameplay engine mechanics, The King of Fighters XIII opts to lift the most popular gameplay elements from the fan favorite entries, The King of Fighters '98 and The King of Fighter 2002, and marries them to the high quality sprite designs introduced with The King of Fighters XII, making for one of the greatest entries in the series. The game's 36 character roster hosts all the franchise staple characters and a good amount of fan favorites, which provide a large amount of variety in character playstyles to choose from so you are bound to find a character that will suit any style of player. The game also sports one the most robust amount of options seen in a 2-D fighting game ranging from an in-depth tutorial, arcade mode, story mode, challenge modes, online multiplayer, and even a custom character color editor for personalizing your favorite characters.

What makes Steam Edition different from the console version of the game is that it includes the three DLC characters into the base package and sports the refined balancing from Japanese arcade only revision of the game "The King of Fighters XIII Climax". Also, while the netcode is vastly improved over its console counterpart, the features present for online multiplayer are the same. The game does not feature any sort of lobby system nor does it allow you to browse replays or spectate other players matches. These aren't really a deal breaker but the lack of them is a real shame.

If you are looking for a game in the series for a good first impression or are just looking for one of the fighting game greats from the seventh console generation of games, you cannot do very much better than The King of Fighters XIII Steam Edition.
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57 of 59 people (97%) found this review helpful
176.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
The most balanced fighting game of this generation and - once you get the hang of the game mechanics - the most exhilarating one to play as well. Characters share a basic set of offensive and defensive moves that allow you to escape or overcome any situation at any time with the proper read, unlike other popular 2D fighting games where you're sometimes doomed to die in certain situations.

The game also differs from most of its contemporary counterparts in that offense is almost always rewarded more generously than defense, discouraging turtling, full-screen keep-away and holding your ground. The fast pace and multitude of movement options also means that the emphasis on prediction is much higher than on reaction, and a general lack of inputs covering multiple options means that against similarly skilled opponents you can't rely on autopilot like you can in Capcom fighting games, making your every decision matter.

It also helps to sell the experience that the animations and sounds of special and desperation moves are impactful and convey a sense of power like no other 2D fighting game. The soundtrack full of rock tunes also fits the game very well. Last but not least, the devs working on the Steam version of the game did an admirable job with the netcode compared to console versions, making this port the best choice for players without a local offline fighting game scene.

If you look forward to being challenged by a game and you aren't intimidated by a steep learning curve, difficult controls and high risk, high reward gameplay, you can't go wrong with King of Fighters XIII.
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