King of Fighters XII
Released April, 2009
The Pros:Traditional fighting system appeals to fans of SNK fighters. Detailed animations and sprites give the game a very good presentation.
The Cons:Not much innovation over previous installments. A few broken combos and characters keep the game from being as competitively viable as past installments.
The King of Fighters XII is a fighting action video game originally developed and published by SNK Playmore on April 10th of 2009 for video arcades, and later released for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 on July 16th, 2009.
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The next installment in ‘The King of Fighters’ series, King of Fighters XII abandoned its predecessors Atomiswave system in favor of the Taito Type X2 arcade system, allowing it to deliver great-quality graphics. In fact, every single frame, character, and background in King of Fighters XII was drawn and colored by an actual human hand. They were then modeled into 3D, and later rendered back into 2D, giving the 2D models more depth, color, and detail. In regards to gameplay, XII uses the 3-on-3 team system (5 second fighters), while also introducing the ‘critical counter system’, which gives the user a very small span of time to counter-attack with multiple linked-hits. There is also the ‘clash system’, which breaks away fighters after multiple, matched blows between characters.
Kotaku notes ““We knew it was going to be hard going in," says Kukino. "But we wanted to make the ultimate 2D fighting game." Up close, that meticulous attention to detail becomes apparent, and you're always noticing a flourish here or a nice touch there. Every inch of the screen has something interesting going on. "We wanted the look of the game to have more in common with manga or anime," Kukino adds. With KoFXII, it looks like SNK hasn't only created another stylized 2D fighter, but this time, a genuine work of art.””
- Fighting Action Video Game
- Taito Type X2 Arcade System
- Hand-Drawn Graphics
- 2D Modeling w/3D-Like Detail
- 3-on-3 Team System
- Critical Counter System
- Clash System
User Reviews (1)
Traditional fighting system appeals to fans of SNK fighters
Detailed animations and sprites give the game a very good presentation
Not much innovation over previous installments
A few broken combos and characters keep the game from being as competitively viable as past installments
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