“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...
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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!


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!

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!

"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!

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.

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.

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!

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

System Requirements

    • 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
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectSound, DirectX9.0c Compatible Audio
    • Additional Notes: Official Windows Media Player Codecs required
    • 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
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectSound, DirectX9.0c Compatible Audio
    • Additional Notes: Official Windows Media Player Codecs required
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3.3 hrs
Posted: August 26
Excellent game. Challenging, lots of modes and content. Good way to practice for KoF XIV Steam version.

Also Mai is best girl.
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2.1 hrs
Posted: August 25
This is a hard game to review because it's really fantastic in almost every single way, but has one HUGE flaw. As far as the game itself, it has incredible visuals, awesome music, a huge cast of beautifully animated fighters with god-tier character designs, lots of nice extras, and a slick, elegant fighting system. I've played the KOF series for years and this is one of the best entries ever. However, the netcode is *extremely* janky and poor implemented. I could barely even get it to work! I found it impossible to create proper matches with my friends and the online community seems dead because the online multiplayer is so bad. The online features are a huge reason for this to be on Steam, so why do such a shoddy and disappointing job with it? The game just deserves better than this...

I'm still recommending the game because the game itself is great and sure to be a 2D fighting classic, but you should *only* buy this if you want to play local matches with your friends or if you want to play solo through the single player mode. If that's what you want, go for it, but I would wait until it goes on sale and is deeply discounted. I don't think it's fair for people to pay full price for something when one of the major advertised features - online multiplayer - is functionally broken. But if you mostly want this game because you want to play online with your Steam friends, then I do NOT recommend it, unfortunately. Think about it and see what's right for your situation and interests.
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8.9 hrs
Posted: August 25
SNK - Back Again
In my humble opinion, KOFXIII has some of the most vivid graphics of any 2d or 2.5d fighter.
Highly compatible with the Steam Controller and all around enjoyable.

What would it hurt to port other SNK / Neo Geo titles?
I am sure a lot of people would enjoy Fatal Fury / Samurai Showdown / World Heros / Capcom VS SNK

KOF 14:
Would also love this for PC...
For what it's worth, like the look of 2d better.

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847.4 hrs
Posted: August 25
why cant join the online room? please put the question vitritication.it really makes people angry.
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11.0 hrs
Posted: August 23

(Great game, it's a test if you truely are a fighting-game nut, ♥♥♥♥ netcode like it's console counterpart. Good luck playing if you're an American. Probably only worth playing locally. KoF14 to come to PC when??)
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56.7 hrs
Posted: August 22
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1.6 hrs
Posted: August 20
KOF XIII is an awesome game that unfortunately has a save issue that should of been taken care of awhile ago.
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Midknight Battler
1.5 hrs
Posted: August 13
Very well fleshed out characters, each of them have unique dialogue,story and personality. The controls are smooth and responsive, the sound effects and musics is addictive. It is still one of the best fighting games out there, KOF has a long history and a rich lore. Every character is interesting and feels human. I play this game for the story and i play it for the gameplay. A must own for your classical fighting game collection.
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'Cho 那个菩萨
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 13
This game has everything you could want within a fighter with competitive gameplay, and various modes.
The gameplay however, is a bit too slow to my liking.
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11.9 hrs
Posted: August 12
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
just a kof fan who still cant do a combo right.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
It was a great game, I'm starting to love it.
However boss characters are not selectable.
This patch can make the boss selectable.

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440 of 525 people (84%) found this review helpful
144 people found this review funny
1,033.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
You don't play 1000+ hours in a bad Fighting Game.
10/10. Would ruin my life again.
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145 of 156 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
35.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2013
For what this game is, I'd say I would take it over Street Fighter and Marvel vs. Capcom any day. Music is really nice, characters are fleshed out (No overpowered or underpowered crap except for the boss but thats to be expected for a SNK fighter), and a nice throwback to the older KoF games while maintaining modern graphics (Not 3D rendered graphics mind you). Customizable fighters is a plus although you don't do like in Soul Calibur or Tekken, you just change color palettes but I'm sure you'll come up with some good ideas.

Overall, props to SNK for puttin this game to Steam. Heres hoping to see more of their titles here in the future.
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235 of 275 people (85%) found this review helpful
231 people found this review funny
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2015
im latino so im contractually obligated to learn this game
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136 of 151 people (90%) found this review helpful
37 people found this review funny
63.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
Good evening.

Playing King of Fighters 13 is more enjoyable than eating a grape-flavored popsicle on a scorching 200°F saturday afternoon. If you think I'm joking then try it out for yourself. Once you do, you'll quickly realize the errors of your ways, and that this is one of the best fighting games available.

Let me begin by saying that this fighter is not an easy one to learn. For those who aren't used to playing fighting games, special move inputs can be difficult, combos can be difficult, understanding what is even happening can be difficult. But the reward of learning this game and pulling off super saucy cream dream HD combos is vast and satisfying. It is a feeling that is similar to what we feel when we viciously chew on a crispy strip of bacon. I'm sure you all get what I'm saying.

The cast of characters is FANTASTIC. Most of the great KOF classics like Terry Bogard, K', Iori Yagami, and Ryo Sakazaki return, so long-time SNK fans will be pleased. The visuals are MAGNIFICIENT. They have chosen to stick with the 2-D sprite style which looks ultra sick nasty, and some of the special moves just look crazy godlike. Hitting opponents with the POWAH GEYSAH gives me one of the greatest feelings that a man could pursue. And don't even get me started on the musical greatness that KOF13 features. The characters, visuals, and music are all top-notch godlike, of this I can assure you.

I've played a decent amount of online matches and I am happy to say that it runs great. Even though I suck at this game and got my buttocks kicked in almost all my matches, lag had nothing to do with it and I had a jolly time mashing out attacks. If playing against others isn't your thing, then there are other modes like Time Attack, Survival, Story Mode, Arcade Mode, and color customization that can keep you busy for quite a while.

To conclude, if you aren't familiar with fighting games, then you may want to pass on KOF13. The learning curve is steep and you might quit once you find out that you suck at life. But for fighting game veterans this game is like a sacred treasure trove of award-winning, swedish barnacle balls just waiting to be devoured. Don't pass up on it or you will feel the wrath.

I give King of Fighters 13 a score of "Back-to-back Slam Dunk Contest Champion". Thank you for reading this review.
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120 of 133 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 6, 2014
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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72 of 76 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2015
+Has a fully fledged storyline in the form of a visual novel with different scenarios and routes filled with cutscenes in each.
+Healthy cast of characters from various King of Fighters games
+A lot of great content and different modes such as arcade,story,online,mission,etc
+A gallery mode which consists of music,artwork and cutscenes
+Allows you to customize character appearances colorwise
+Includes all characters which were originally dlc on console versions
+Some of the best sprites and backgrounds
+Great quality sound and music

-Missing classic playable characters such as Chang,Mary,Vanessa,etc but still appear in the storyline
-The final bosses can be unforgiving at times but we have faced worse in the past(Rugal)
-No lobby system
-No online training so youre stuck with versus
-Netcode could be better

Score = 8 / 10
Worth the money
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64 of 67 people (96%) found this review helpful
541.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2014
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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67 of 80 people (84%) found this review helpful
457.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 14, 2013
KOFXIII is a great fighting game,It's fluid, fast, strategic,and balanced.
[Now with an improved netcode]
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