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Review The King of Fighters
Mobile form of an old fighting game classic
Author: Kevin Vadala
Date: 23 Jun 2017, tested on Samsung GT-I9500 Galaxy S4
Great variety of fighters
Fast-paced game isn't suited for touch controls
The King of Fighters for Android has a lot to live up to, if we are to believe its name. Is it truly the king of fighters, and for Android nonetheless? Can this really beat the great remastered edition of Soul Calibur I just reviewed? Or is it simply a game that has been ported to the mobile experience in order to extend a life, long dead?
I never played King of Fighters in the arcade, and if I understand correctly, that it is where it held the majority of its glory days. Now, it sits on my Galaxy S4. It definitely looks and feels like a port, as any game might; and especially one of this genre. The game looks extremely pixely, including the menus, but despite that; the graphics and art style still hold up decently if you can look past the low quality resolution.
The game has a wide range of characters to play, and most of them look like semi-regular people. They don’t contain the same sort of charm that the Street Fighter characters had, but there are certainly a lot of more of them to play, and they all have unique skill sets. I particularly liked an old guy character who had funny interactions with other players that I fought him against. There is even a huge wrestling guy who looks like some sort of Mexican Nacho Libre without the cape.
Fighting games don’t work well without buttons, but that's been known for awhile. This game can be played like it is, and the controls are OK but the gameplay clearly isn’t suited for the mobile form. It doesn’t help that the game is extremely fast-paced with a variety of different movement options like rolling around and quick combo systems. However, the combos in the game are quite cool and graphically pleasing and showy.
The King of Fighters game doesn’t seem that special for me, but I can appreciate it as a game. It has a wide array of characters to mess around with, and a bunch of different modes to keep fans of the game busy. I would recommend playing this game with some sort of gamepad.