“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 (1,245 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
50 of 56 people (89%) found this review helpful
665.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
You don't play 700+ hours in a bad Fighting Game.
10/10. Would ruin my life again.
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24 of 26 people (92%) 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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30 of 37 people (81%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
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.
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51 of 75 people (68%) found this review helpful
294.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
IF YOU SAY YOU LIKE 2D FIGHTING GAMES BUT DON'T PLAY KOF 13 THAT'S LIKE SAYING YOU LIKE VIDEO GAMES BUT ONLY PLAY CANDY CRUSH

PLAY THIS ♥♥♥♥ING GAME
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
29.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
I'm reviewing this game based on my knowledge of 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99 and 2k...

...and it's the best KOF I've played.

The sprites is not designed at 1080p and there is noticeable blurriness if you play at that resolution. Well this is a fast-paced fighting game anyway so most likely you won't even notice it unless you're doing practice or customization or just staring at characters at select screen which have unlimited time. Not a bigt problem but could be nice it they have re-worked the whole sprites but I guess even SNK Playmore have limited development time and most likely won't even translate to additional sale and I understand them.

Tight control and well-balanced characters. Based on experience I can just pick random character and play it and I'd still have fun beating someone. New comers have to go through the tutorials which is oky but not good. They could have done a better job at it though.

What is most disappointing is the lack of character rooster. I mean the rooster is huge already but the game was released in Steam last year so a character DLC would be nice but so far no news about this. It's pity that great characters such as Mary Blue, Chizuru, Shermie/Shermie Orichi, Chris/Chris Orochi, Geese, Nakoruru, Ryuji, Kyo's parody Shingo, Kasumi and so many are not featured in the game. SNK Playmore should really concentrate on this latest game and just release well-balanced characters like what Capcom does to Ultra Street Fighter IV's outfit DLCs but at a fair price.

But thank you SNK Playmore for reviving one of my favorite character Mature in this game, she's a merciless character. Mature in 96, 98, cvs2 have nice costume though :D: but this one is not bad and even her stance is well-suited considering she uses claw technique.

One of the things I miss most is the concept character artworks featured in the past games. Browsing through the whole artwork gallery is fun just to see concept characters that didn't make the cut and also some very funny and hilarious artworks like the one with Iori Yagami holding a mallet with the attempt to drive a stake to Kyo's poster with Kyo standing not far and shivering cold(? I might be wrong in this since I haven't played any KOF games for a long time so let me play the old game and see if I can fetch this particular artwork). They could have just bundled all the artworks of the past games and featured it in this game.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
67.4 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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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
C'MON C'MON, GET SERIOUS
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
old school never dies. here is where the story comes to an end and it will be worthy of witness. 10/10 would fight again
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
152.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
nice one !! best fighting game ever on steam )))
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41 of 76 people (54%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
I'm so bad at this game even the menu confuses me.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
One my favorite fighting games out there anyone who wants to try a new fighting game should buy this
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
Amazing and Beutiful!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
classic kof tastement. but still loving 97
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 7
Really good fighter, played the older ones on GGPO which is a good online service for fighting games, But anyway This is a really blanced fighting games and one of the best on steam a good 96.5/100
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 14
a good fighter on steam and it has animes too! win-win
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
Thaks you Playmore for this videogame on edition steam maybe one of the best game of all steam store 11/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
fast fingers or die

totally opposite of the wellknown "Street Fighter" series,
this game require fast-steady left hand movement and memory

due to the nature of fast game speed,
players are demanded to have almost cat like reflexes
not recommended for beginners or starters
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
great 2d fighting game should have bought this long time ago
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
King of Fighters is a smooth 2d action fighter game. It's the staple of SNK fighting games and holds true to their style. It's similar to Street Fighter but not the same. Instead of a 6 button layout with Light Medium Hard punch/kick, it's only light and hard, meaning a 4 button layout. You can play 1v1 or 3v3. No assists like Marvel vs Capcom.

This game plays great and feels good to play. A classic fighter series.

My few gripes:
1. It's recommended you use a gamepad or perhaps a stick. When using keyboard (like I do) it's a HUGE pain to rebind keys due to how they set it up (very stupidly. Took me like half an hour to figure it out how to rebind to regular keys instead of their very stupid default button layout)
2. YOU HAVE TO UNLOCK CHARACTERS. Granted there are only 2 to unlock, but this is not smashbros. Unlocking characters in a fighting game is gross.
3. The story is next to incomprehensible. I recommend ignoring it mostly. Story mode is weirdly confusing to navigate.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
38.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Pros: One of the best 2D fighting games ever and now on your PC with excellent netcode. If you like fighting games, get this one immediately!

Cons: video playback code isn't perfect, on some systems videos just refuse to play even with all codecs installed, but there's -v launch option that makes the game to skip videos (also helps to run game in wine without messing with codec packs etc and after you finished story mode etc, you can actually delete videos and use this option to save some disk space)
Replays are kinda semi-broken (some of saved replays will desync at same point)

Also unlike USF4 or MK9 input timings are quite strict which makes the game a bit harder to master, but still game is perfectly playable with any good controller (stick, gamepad or keyboard which allows more than 3 simultaneous key presses).
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