The King of Fighters XII
Mediocre Critical Reception
Xbox 360
July 28, 2009
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August 27, 2009 - Good - With Capcom offering more accessibility and Arc System more innovation, it would be hard to recommend XII to casual or hardcore fighter fans that might only have time for one game.
July 28, 2009 - Good - Most gamers may not want to pay full retail price for only a handful of light features, despite how pretty the game is, but if you love your fighters old-school and 2D, The King of Fighters XII is probably worth checking out.
July 28, 2009 - Good - If you have a love of fighting games, King of Fighters XII certainly deserves some of your affection. Though the game is lacking from a strictly consumer perspective, there's lots of value is in the fighting itself.
September 25, 2009 - Good - If your fighting game sweet tooth hasn't been satisfied by Street Fighter IV, this colourful pick 'n' mix should do the trick.
July 28, 2009 - Mediocre - KOF12 doesn't feel like a KOF game. Its signature rushdown playstyle is present to some degree, though the new mechanics, the guard attack and critical counters, prevent an overly offensive strategy. The roster feels slightly off, with half the cast exceptionally developed, and the other half incredibly anemic. And KOF12 fails to seize the windfall in online matchmaking.
August 5, 2009 - Mediocre - A lot of the love of the classic games has been squandered in this half-hearted attempt to fix what, for the most part, wasn't broken.
July 28, 2009 - Mediocre - If you love King of Fighters, if you love this game, that is fantastic. I never begrudge anyone a good time. But a loyal fan base and assured commercial success don't change the fact that KoF XII is a depressingly self-satisfied, unambitious work.
September 1, 2009 - Mediocre - In the end, the sparse content maims Kof XII. Next time around there better be more stages, characters, modes - more everything. You can't just rip the five-minute-per-play arcade code straight to consoles and expect people to invest the full $60 over a few coins.
August 7, 2009 - Mediocre - The King of Fighters XII is a title that tries to go back to the basics for a storied franchise, but instead of offering an accessible game, the developers deliver an entry that feels stripped down and shallow.
July 29, 2009 - Mediocre - The game does handle fairly well, and with friends this could be a fun one to share, but single-player is worse than most. I don't know what I would want in a true re-launching for this series, but this isn't it.
Chase Cook
August 4, 2009 - Mediocre - KoF XII presents astounding visuals with incredible animations and entertaining characters, but they feel out of place in a bare bones title. Albeit polished, the game's lack of fighting mechanics and the limited amount of gameplay modes tarnish the essences for single players.
August 13, 2009 - Mediocre - Unless you have a friend aching to hold the second controller, the lag-ridden multiplayer and pitifully skeletal single-player experiences only serve to stain the memories of this beloved series.
Andrew Park
July 31, 2009 - Mediocre - If you're lucky enough to have an in-house fighting game competition, you're probably in the best position to enjoy KOFXII. If you're not, you might have trouble justifying the decision to pick up this game when there are other excellent 2D fighting games out there with stronger online multiplayer, more characters, and more offline content.
July 27, 2009 - Mediocre - It's sad in a way that it's still fighting for things the rest of the world has long forgotten - scaling sprites, smoother animation. No matter how proud this latest installment stands or how loud it roars, it's still a dinosaur.
August 11, 2009 - Mediocre - Is The King of Fighters XII a must-have title? That answer is a resounding no; although, longtime fans may want to give it a rental to see if they can overlook its glaring flaws.
August 4, 2009 - Mediocre - If you're planning on playing versus matches against local friends, go right ahead. But everyone else should probably wait a bit for a lower price, another set of online-focused patches, or both.
July 29, 2009 - Mediocre - King of Fighters XII is fun to play when you're fighting a buddy locally, but everything else about the game is seriously lacking. This is not the franchise rebirth that SNK was hoping for, as smoothly animated sprites can't make up for the bare-bones presentation and broken online support.
August 9, 2009 - Mediocre - The fighting is fun but going online is cumbersome and there are still some connection issues so it stymies KoF matches between you and your friends in the same living room. It is easy to imagine future KoF games being built on this foundation but this rebirth is still a new born.
October 5, 2009 - Mediocre - When it's all said and done, The King of Fighters XII isn't going to be placed on a mantle above all other fighting games. It lacks proper net code and not everyone is going to enjoy the pixilated graphics. At the price point of Ł40, KoF XII is a hard sell to anyone outside of the fanbase.
Dale Nardozzi
July 28, 2009 - Mediocre - Hardcore fans will obviously want to check The King of Fighters XII out and get into some online tournaments. The rest of you simply looking for old-school fighting flavor in new-school HD digs will be much better served by Street Fighter IV or Calamity Trigger.
October 5, 2009 - Mediocre - In the 90s, KOFXII would have been hailed as a brilliant fighting game. In 2009, in the post Street Fighter IV world, however, it has to go down as a disappointment that won't be of interest to anyone except the most loyal KOF fan.
July 28, 2009 - Poor - As a $60 retail release, this title is just hard to justify. It would have been perfectly suited as a $20 downloadable game, however. It just doesn't feel like a complete game.
July 28, 2009 - Poor - The only way you're likely to get any enjoyment out of King of Fighters XII is through local matches with friends -- and if you're that attached to SNK's characters, it is a decent 2D fighter that does all the basic things that you expect a 2D fighter to do. But with so many better options to choose from, why would you want to subject yourself to this?
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