King of Fighters 13 was my first ever fighting game I owned in life. I have no controller/stick, just a plain old keyboard.
After 30+ hours it has been quite a trip learning myself this game from scratch using a keyboard.
Why did I stay? Because the game is awesome and here is why:
First of all, the game is stylish and colourful, the aesthetic is nice yet not over the top. The animations are fluid as you'd expect from a decent 2D fighter, and effects are beautiful.
Character design is different from the usual designs. Some sprites have their flaws (yuri's big head) (shen's long neck) but these make all characters feel unique except for Ralph and Clark who share the same legs.
Different body types, different colours and PLENTY of colours to choose from to customize your favorite characters.
The gameplay is difficult, in-depht and there is always something to learn.
Pulling off the moves, combos and all these CANCELS CAN GET SO HARD. SO MANY CANCELS.
One neat feature of this game is the Hyperdrive, allowing you to cancel special moves into others or even bigger moves, allowing you to extend an already awesome combo. Half a bar allows for one ''Drive'' or ''Super'' cancel.
A full bar means you can go into HD mode and just unleash unlimited cancels for a short amount of time.
The game in general is fast and requires quick-thinking with plenty of room for punishments.
With all these features added the game becomes quite execuction heavy the more skilled you become.
As I said, there is always something learn. The roster is diverse with 30+ characters each with their own set of moves and possible combos. For the characters you want to master you can always sharpen your skills, making sure you don't drop the combo and just unleash hell whenever you desire.
As for my negatives:
-The netcode. It's good, but only when you find someone close-by to fight with. Getting a friend to play this with you is recommended. In random matches, try to stick to either a 3-latency or 4-latency.
- A minor complaint would be that the pixels showing themselves. Mind that this is a game that got released in 2011. You might or might not be ticked off by this.
- If you own a HDD that can hold more than 1 tb, you're going to have some technical issues if you install it on that HDD.
To avoid them, try installing the game on a cheap let's say... 256 GB drive.
Thanks for reading my review :)