“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!

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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectSound, DirectX9.0c Compatible Audio
    • Additional Notes: Official Windows Media Player Codecs required
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
120.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
Great Game once you get the fighting mechanics down, its going to take some time to GIT GUD so hunker down.

PROS:

-2D Sprite Artwork
-Deep Fighting Gameplay
-Loads of content
-Trials Mode
-Will improve your 2D-Fighter IQ
-Music is great


CONS:

-Casual Players will have a hard time, Welcome to the world of SNK (GIT GUD)
-Story could be better
-Mouth's are moving but no voice-overs in Story/Arcade Mode
-Online is a Hit or Miss/Lag
-Where is GEESE!?
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
86.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
There was a time at the turn of the 2010's where I attained further and further disdain for modern fighters. Street Fighter IV, in my eyes, was a colossal disappointment and I was left heartbroken, being a fan of the series since childhood. Street Fighter wasn't the only series of fighters I played, however. I'm an absolute nerd for all things Mortal Kombat, Killer Instinct is cool as hell, Tekken has had me hooked ever since it's fifth installment and the list goes on and on and on.

King of Fighters is a weird one. It's hard to say if I even grew up with this series or not. I CAN say that some of my earliest childhood memories consist of hot summer afternoons spent inside a laundromat, and said laundromat happened to have two Neo-Geo MVS's tucked away near the entrance. On these were Metal Slug X, Bubble-Bobble, and of course, King of Fighters 2000.

The first thing that struck me was how cool it looked. All the supers were (quite literally) flashy as ♥♥♥♥, the animations, though dated at the time, were pretty cool, and the characters, being from a handful of different SNK fighters, were pretty unique. I found Terry, Iori and K' to be particularly fun to use. Even when I was 9 or 10, I could still see that KOF was different from it's contemporaries of the time.

Fast forward ten years. SNK is in the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, most of their franchises are nowhere to be found, and pachinko machines are a primary focus for the company. So SNK essentially pushes for one last hurrah for their most successful 2d fighting franchise, and from the ashes of King of Fighters XII, King of Fighters XIII is born.

Let me get this out of the way. When KOF XIII hit arcades in 2010, I lost my ♥♥♥♥. I thought the series was done after XII, because it wasn't a very big success. So when I go to my local arcade about a year later and I see it there, I'm absolutely gobsmacked and that's putting it lightly. Ever since then I swore that KOF XIII was probably the greatest 2D fighting game released in the modern era.

King of Fighters XIII garners all the different system mechanics you would expect from a KOF game. You've got your four-button/ABCD layout, the ability to roll, four different types of jumps (Jump, Super Jump, Short Hop, Hyper Hop), Knockback Attacks (CD), and a super-demanding amount of attention and execution. The newest addition to KOF XIII is it's super-deep meter system. The super meter in KOF XIII borrows from games like SF3:3S and SFIV, which means KOF FINALLY gets EX moves! However, the new Drive meter is it's own beast, and single-handedly bears the torch to KOF XIII's most demanding techniques, allowing you to cancel most normals into any special, and any special into just about any other special. This opens up insane combo opportunities, allowing you to very quickly demolish unprepared opponents. There's also Neo Max Desperation Moves, which are easily some of the most devastating and over-the-top supers I've ever seen in a fighting game.

Keeping all of these things in mind, King of Fighters XIII is fast-paced, technical, and incredibly rewarding. It doesn't hold back, and if a skilled player wants to let loose and just ♥♥♥♥ing go off on someone, KOF XIII won't stop you, and that's the thing that makes KOF XIII different from games like SFIV. The skill ceiling is higher, there are NO comeback mechanics, you have to earn every bit of your success.

KOF XIII is also gorgeous. The sheer amount of work put into the sprites and backgrounds in this game never cease to impress me. It was definitely a labor of love. There's over 30 characters in this game, and all of these characters ooze with style and personality. Whether it's Terry Bogard tossing his hat in celebration, or Iori Yagami laughing his ♥♥♥ off at the sight of his victim's defeat, the whole roster just screams perfection, and it shows in the impeccable animation quality here. Even the soundtrack is good! How the hell did they do all of this for us?

If I had any complaints...I guess there are some characters I wish were here? I would have really liked to see Geese, or Vanessa, or hell maybe even a character from Garou: MOTW. Still, I can't complain. The roster is perfect the way it is. The Steam version of KOF XIII is probably the most complete package, boasting the three DLC characters that were added, being Old-School Iori, NESTS Kyo, and after a long absence, Mr. Karate.

I'll admit, KOF XIII does have a couple balance issues. You'll see Mr.Karate, Kim, EK Kyo, Ryo, and Takuma pretty often in high level play, but it's not anywhere near as bad as something like Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 or anything, just a little bit off. The online could also be a lot better. I've heard it was much better in the online beta, but upon release of the PC version, it was downgraded. I have no idea how that happened.

Overall, if you call yourself a fan of 2D fighters, you really owe it to yourself to get into this one. I know KOF XIV just came out, but King of Fighters XIII has a special place among the roster of KOF titles. It's easily one of the best, and it's a masterwork on it's own merit.

Buy it. Now.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
I have been playing all these type of 2D Fighters since I was a young lad speninf many 20p's in the Arcade Machines of the 80's. KOFXIII captures my childhood and updates it also, this game is the best of the best and SNK really showcase beautiful 2D animated sprites and gameplay! I just wish the new KOF coming out soon stuck with 2D instead of trying to follow CAPCOM.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
Man, this game is fun! But to let you know how fun this game is, I am reviewing it for you!(That is why reviews were made, right?) Now, just to let you know, at the time of making this review (9-2-2016) I did not yet play the story mode. Now, about the game: it has a good selection of characters and lets you make a team of 3, pick 3 characters, learn some combos, and have fun! The controls are great and it has great combos! There are a lot of good to say, but there are 3 flaws, 1:The backgrounds look really weird (especially compared to the rest of the game) 2:The drive cancels (done by inserting a special command while doing another special move) is really picky on the timing. And finally, number 3:This game suffers from SNK boss syndrome! If you don't know what that is, it's basically what SNK does all the time by making the final boss unnecessarily hard, even on THE EASIEST DIFFICULTY, but if you can get past those flaws, by all means, buy it! It's only about $20 so you are not losing much! Now if you would excuse me, I need to post this review!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
I can´t believe people say the netcode for KOF XIII is terrible or bad, i was even able to play people REALLY FAR AWAY without feeling any lag or delay, almost like offline.
The gameplay is really great, in my opinnion the best KOF is The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match, and the second one would be KOF XIII, is a really good game, the hd sprites look really good.
As any game is funnier against friends, to learn and love the game, but if you´re an online warrior, do the ranked mode. I wish KOF2002UM had a netcode like this one, i just can´t play at all kof 2002 um even with people that live close to me, is just insanely bad and i have 28 mbps, anyway, kof 13 is really worth it. If i ever have a friend who like this game a lot, i´m gonna play it much more. Recommended!
Peace out!
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
Product received for free
It's got a trap so basically 15/10
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
who want to make try offer add me
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445 of 530 people (84%) found this review helpful
148 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,073.3 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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147 of 158 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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238 of 278 people (86%) found this review helpful
233 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2015
im latino so im contractually obligated to learn this game
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Bionicwookie
4.4 hrs
Posted: September 23
Excellent.
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parasolstar
1.2 hrs
Posted: September 22
if your buying this game for the online dont , the community is very much dead .
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juanmi121286
10.2 hrs
Posted: September 19
KOF XIII is the game of the series who ends the rather uninteresting stroy arc of Ash Crimson (rather uninteresting character too).

Now, while the story may palish in comparison to the Orochi and NESTS arcs, have no fear to purchase this game and play it until exhaustion. KOF XIII probably ranks among the top5 entries in a nearly 20-game top notch fighting saga, which is saying something. What does make KOFXIII rank so high when compared to his peers?

- Graphics: the newly-styled 2d sprite combined with effects makes for what's probably the most beautiful game in the entire KoF series.
- Sound: good soundtrack, effects, and voice acting as usual.
- Gameplay: now we are talking about the core of the game: fast-paced, skill intensive, rather easy to learn and not so easy to master, variety of characters, balance between them (which is something in a 30+ characters game)...few game can brag about that.

Overall, if you are into fighting games, this one is a must have. While I've only played 10hrs myself, there's enough replay value to keep you entertained for several tenths of hours. It's certainly a game to enjoy.

8/10
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Drago
61.0 hrs
Posted: September 12
Pretty Good game.
Beautiful 2D Dot Graphic, Great system, Little Funny Battle Dialogue.
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Randy Marsh
0.6 hrs
Posted: September 12
Steam controller wont work with the game.
Severly limited game options.
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jamestkirk83
2.1 hrs
Posted: September 11
This is a really fantastic game that unfortunately has one HUGE fundamental flaw. As for the game itself, it's a class act: a huge cast of beautifully-animated fighters with god tier character designs; the music is awesome; the fighting system is fast-paced, fierce, and elegant; and the game is simply packed to the gills with extra content, challenges, things to unlock, and stuff to do. There's even a pretty rich story mode where each team gets their time to shine and they all have unique interactions with the other fighters (though, I have to admit, newcomers to the series will probably be pretty confused if they don't know some of the important backstories). Overall, the game is just a pleasure in almost every way...I've played the King of Fighters series for years, and this is one of the most impressive entries ever.

*But*, as good as the game may be, there's a big problem...the online multiplayer components are awful. I could barely start a single match with my friends. The online community seems to be dead because the netcode is such garbage. I've played KOF XIII in other forms, but I specifically got this one so I could play with my Steam buds online. If this is the "Steam Edition" of the game, why is the netcode so bad? Isn't having great online play one of the major reasons to make a Steam version...? Otherwise, what's the point? It just seems really weird to skimp on what is arguably the important aspect of a modern fighting game - online lobbies, strong netcode, and consistent online playability that allows you to play against distant friends and test your skills against other players from around the world. The game simply deserves way better than this. I imagine that SNK has already moved on to KOF IV and they have no plans to return and fix the netcode for this game which is already three years old.

In the end, I very much recommend the game itself. It's a fantastic fighter and it'll be remembered as one of the best games that was released during the fighting game genre's recent renaissance. However, I *only* recommend it if you plan to exclusively play local matches with your friends or go through the single player features and do all the trials, story modes, etc. If you want to play online, then I have to say that I actually DO NOT recommend getting this version of the game, and you can mentally switch this positive review to a big, red thumbs down. You'll really have to see what works for you and how you want to play the game. If you do get this version, you should probably wait for a sale...it doesn't seem right to pay full price for a game when one of its biggest advertised features is functionally broken.
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71.8 hrs
Posted: September 4
Awesome
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