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King of Fighters returns from SNK and Atlus

Step into the arena for another round in SNK/Playmore’s looking running fighting game series with King of Fighters XIV.

First launching in 1994, King of Fighters has been around the block a few times by now, though it’s still a fun and pretty great fighting game series. I enjoyed the hell out of the 13th installment a few years back, and it’s nice to see that SNK/Playmore has once again seen fit to work something out to bring the series’ latest incarnation home for fight-fans, this time with publisher Atlus.

You can expect to see everything that you’re accustomed to in this new version, including 3 on 3 team fights and a chunky 50 character roster (it wouldn’t be KoF without a ton and a half of SNK’s greatest). What you’ll also find though, are some new elements like 3D graphics (which is a huge departure for KoF) and what the company is calling the biggest alteration to the game’a tried-and-true formula since the ’98 edition.

Here’s what’s new:

  • 3D Evolution: All 50 fighters, movesets and more are rendered in full 3D graphics that preserves the essence of KOF’s visual style but updates it with a whole new dimension.
  • The Best Refinement since KOF ’98: Through extensive playtesting and balancing, the controls have been streamlined, and the Combo and Max Mode mechanics have been overhauled to create the most competitive fighter in SNK’s history.
  • The KOF Saga Continues: There’s a robust single-player storyline where several years have passed since the previous KOF tournament. Now a worldwide business, the global KOF will decide who is the strongest as both individuals and companies with their own ambitions have come to compete. Players compete against CPU-controlled opponents to unlock the storyline.
  • The Best Roster Yet: There are 50 fighters total, with 31 returning from previous entries into the KOF series, and 19 brand new characters. All 50 characters will be available at the game’s launch.
  • Revamped Online Experience:THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIVhas devoted a lot of development time to improving the game’s netcode for vastly improved online gameplay. KOF XIV uses the PS4’s online architecture to have a whole host of online conveniences, from spectating to saving replay/battle data, and having a single online KOF XIV profile to connect with friends

Plenty to get excited about there, and not a monster wait either, as the game is set to launch at retail this year for the PS4. Yep, this one’s exclusive to Sony’s latest baby.

About Jason Micciche

Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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