“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 (1,178 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
15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
61.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
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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4 of 6 people (67%) 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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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
In my opinion The King of Fighters has always been The King of Fighters.

More moves than most fighters that come out today, a huge roster list, and unlockables.

Can't wait for the release of KOF 98 Um and KOF 2002 Um which should be dropping on steam later

this year.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
150.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
nice one !! best fighting game ever on steam )))
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Due to the netcode alone, this is the DEFINITIVE version; excluding playing with friends at home/EVO.
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1 of 1 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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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 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Ye
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1 of 2 people (50%) 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 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
235.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
this is a good game
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0 of 1 people (0%) 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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0 of 1 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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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
312.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
i love this game .....
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2 of 23 people (9%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
What?
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1 of 30 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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26.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Best fighting games ever... :)
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0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
A gr8 fighting game.
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2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
cant connect online.. sychronizing take too long
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1.2 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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116 of 127 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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