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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...
Release Date: Sep 13, 2013
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About the Game

“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
80 of 83 people (96%) found this review helpful
205 products in account
13 reviews
7.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 6th, 2014
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33 of 33 people (100%) found this review helpful
37 products in account
3 reviews
137.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 22nd, 2014
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31 of 48 people (65%) found this review helpful
388 products in account
5 reviews
69.9 hrs on record
Honestly, this is one of the better fighting games I've seen released in years. I much prefer this over SSFIV.
Posted: February 26th, 2014
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
95 products in account
2 reviews
164.3 hrs on record
Gameplay - 9/10
Graphics - 10/10
Music - 9/10
Netplay - 7.5/10
Story - Fighting game/10

One of the most overlooked video games, The King of Fighters XIII is the latest entry in the now 20-years old series developed by SNK.
A complete overhaul of the 12th KoF game, KoF XIII is incredibly well-balanced (with the exception of some characters having mild advantages, like Robert or Kensou), has stunning 2D hand-drawn graphics and fantastic music (this being a staple of the series, even though it is not on par with masterpieces from '99 or '00), with a generic story, something not needed in a fighting game, unless you want to dig up this game's tangled and confusing mess of a narrative. The in-game art is anime-y, but not "moe", thus managing to look pleasant to the eye. Character illustrations and cutscenes are all skillfuly drawn, reminiscent of KoF XI's in-game art.

But, since it is a competitive game, the gameplay is the most important part:

More fast-paced than other fighting games, such as Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat, KoF XIII delivers by moving back to the series' roots, with its gameplay most reminiscent of entries like as '98, while managing to fit in complex elements from '02 and XI. All of the 30+ characters are very well balanced (though not as much as in '98), fun to use and each with unique movesets and seemingly endless combo capabilities, feat managed by the inclusion of a cancel system, which allows multiple unchainable moves to be used one after another in a combo. NEO MAX moves make an appearance, reminiscent of '02s most devastating moves. The system is fluid, the hitboxes are okay for the most part, and the roll and hop systems give the game more dynamism as opposed to its competitors. Projectiles though seem to have been buffed from XI, giving them more potential not only for zoning, but also for their offensive and hard to counter nature (for some characters, such as Robert and Kensou).
It takes a lot of time to get used and good at the system, and for newcomers to the genre I wouldn't recommend this game, but to veterans that are looking for challenge and a deep and complex game, this game might just be for you. The netcode is vastly improved compared to the console versions, but can still be unsatisfactory at times. I am still waiting for a matchmaking feature that pits players of the same rank, and a spectator mode.

Overall - 9/10
Posted: February 25th, 2014
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
934 products in account
10 reviews
0.1 hrs on record
Mexico's national sport. Using the opposite approach when compared to SF4, which mimics 2D animation while being fully 3D. KOF 12 and 13 instead did everything in 3d and then they rotoscoped everything into extremely smooth sprites.
Plays VERY very well.

Having missed KoF12, I have no idea how it compares with it (last one I had played in the series was 11, why the hell did they drop Oswald?), but 13 is an extremely good entry. It is not a 98 or 2002, but it is still a very worthy addition to one's library.

Get a pad.
Posted: August 20th, 2014
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122 of 129 people (95%) found this review helpful
364 products in account
5 reviews
35.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: November 13th, 2013
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