“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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About This 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
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324 of 374 people (87%) found this review helpful
674.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
You don't play 700+ hours in a bad Fighting Game.
10/10. Would ruin my life again.
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95 of 105 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
62.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
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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36 of 43 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
30.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2014
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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53 of 78 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
C'MON C'MON, GET SERIOUS
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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
67.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
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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24 of 38 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Bought the game full price, then two days later it was put on sale for 7.49.

Never buy anything for full price ever ever.



Kill me.
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
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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17 of 26 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
88.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
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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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
282.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2014
150 hours and still suck, but I will go on.

Every combo, every hit, and every block feels right. This is easily the best fighting game I played past two decades. HD combos are so hype.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
I am so bad at this game. Like, I'm not just bad at the game in the sense I am bad AT the game, I am bad at physically playing the game. My left hand feels like I'm wrestling a porcupine and the porcupine keeps going like, tch at me.

Beautiful, crisp update, wonderful to play KOF on steam years after playing it on mame emulators at friends (and a little arcading, but I never saw many kof machines up north) ages ago. Not a big fighter fan, but I've still really enjoyed my time with it. I keep wanting to go back to the porcupine. He's a great porcupine.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2014
Game: The King Of Fighters XIII Steam Edition
Genre: Fighting
Developer: SNK Playmore
System: Steam (PC)
Total Score: 90/100
Value Score: 9 /10

• Story: 8/10
• Characters: 9/10
• GamePlay: 9/10
• Graphics: 10/10
• Sound: 10/10
• Music: 8/10
• Length: 7/10
• Replay Value: 10/10
• Player Value: 9/10

Pros
+Has a fully fledged storyline in the form of a visual novel that has 3 different scenarios and routes filled with cutscenes in each.
+Healthy cast of characters from various King of Fighters games
+A lot of great content and different modes such as Arcade, Story, Online, Mission, etc
+Great tutorial mode
+A gallery mode which consists of Music, artwork and cutscenes
+Allows you to customize character appearances (with colors though)
+Includes all characters which were originally DLCs on console versions
+Well designed sprites and backgrounds
+Great quality sound and music

Cons
-Few noticeable playable characters missing such as Chang, Mary, etc but still appear in the storyline
-The final bosses can be unforgiving in terms of balance and difficulty
-Still no option to play as a single character campaign (but I guess that is a given considering its KoF)
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
I dont know What i can write here about this game that hasnt already been said so im just going to put all of terry's engrish lines here enjoy.

"OK!"
"Hey, c'mon c'mon!"
"Power Wave!"
"Rock you!"
"Kick back!"
"Take it easy!"
"Are you okay? Buster Wolf!"
"Get serious!"
"Rising tackle!"
"Power geyser!"
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
51.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
I'm not good at this game, but because it is very technical ! And, as a fighting game lover, I recognize that's currently one of best fighting games ! Extremely deep and technical at high level, this jewel procures a real sensation of power !!
Solid production, very beautiful graphics, nice roster, and an awesome soundtrack !!
The King of Fighters XIII absolutely rocks !!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
78.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
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 :)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Review from the PoV of moderate skill level [fighting games] and fairly new to the KoF universe.

+Low system requirements
+Great variety of characters and colors
+Good control
+Multi-path story mode.

-Barebones Tutorial
-Story frames do not help to identify who is talking. You are expected to know all the names and backgrounds already.
-Limited resolution setttings
-Uneven difficulty progression.
-Could really use a key rebind for menu pageup and pagedown

The game runs very smoothly on my J-series intel [2GHz] + 820M setup. The tutorial mode is nowhere near the skullgirls level, but the practice mode is good [easy access to command list]. The Story mode is like a choose-your-own-adventure which is fun, but for someone who is new, I struggled to put a face to the speaker, often not knowing who was talking until the frame scanned to the other side at the end of the scene. Also my major gripe is with the difficulty spike at the end. I can clear out story mode with ease, often using only one character per fight, yet the final boss will get perfect matches against me. Yes, it will make his defeat more rewarding, but it cheapens the rest of the fights. I like Street Fighters progression more, where each fight is more difficult than the last, so that I can better gauge how well I am improving with a character.

Aside form all that, the game is really fun. The fighting is solid and the variety of approaches to the story mode give it some replay value for people like me who like to know character backgrounds.

I have not tried online multiplayer mode, and wont until I have stable internet.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
41.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Alright this is my first review ever written, and KOF 13 is also my first fighting game that is not in the
Naruto Ultimate Ninja series.

Pros

+Beautiful sprites and backgrounds
+Great amount of characters
+Awesome music ( you're going to want the soundtrack to this)
+In depth fighting system that takes skill
+Good online component (create a room yourself or else it's going to take forever though)

Cons

-Tutorial isn't that great ( here's a good one though http://forums.shoryuken.com/discussion/166873/the-beginners incomplete-guide-to-kof-must-watch-if-new-to-kof )

-Hard as hell to get good at for beginners ( it's going to take weeks if not months of practice)
-Is a bit old ( been a couple of years since release)

All in all a great buy if you're looking for a fighting game to master and play for a long time.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
Having played many fighting games over the years, all I can say is, thi is the best of them all. Forget Tekken, Street Fighter and such, KoF XIII i visually stunning, plays superbly and is tons of fun. The only drawback I can think of is the story - if you are not familiar with the series, you will need to google who is who, and what is the point (especially that there is no spoken dialogue). But all in all, the gameplay just owns. This is something that newcommers will fing attractive and vetarns will find gripping.

This is the best fighing game on the PC currently and it will be hard to top that. Period.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
This is a really good game with a great fighting engine. The Graphics are really good and it must have taken them forever to make all those sprites. It's a great game and I recomend it to fans of the fighter genere.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
The best fighting game on Steam and probably the best fighting game, period (Guilty Gear X2 is probably second).

A fantastic and very large roster of interesting characters, precise controls and easy inputs and a very flexible meter system, with super gauge for Supers and hyper gauge to boost your specials or go into hyper mode to do a neo super max (Which hurt, a lot).

It also has a decent story to it and plenty of content for a single player. But it's more fun to play against a friend locally, of course.

Haven't tried online versus, it isn't really my kind of thing. I tend to get angry at fighting games and I tend to be calmer when it's someone I play with locally.

If you like fighting games, this is a must own.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
Bought this cuz of Mai.
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