TheKingCartii's Video Game Reviews - The Second Edition: King Of Fighters XIII
Welcome to the 2nd edition of "TheKingCartii's Video Game Reviews", I am your host, TheKingCartii.
As evidenced by the title, this edition will be centered around the a game that I consider to be one of my favorites, and one of the best fighting games of all time, King Of Fighters (KOF) XIII.
Let's get started.
Plot: The game takes place after the events of KOF XI, and is the last game of the third story arc that started in KOF 2003. Ash Crimson (an in game character) had absorbed the powers from two of the descendants of the clans who sealed the Orochi away 1,800 years ago, Chizuru Kagura and Iori Yagami, while Kyo Kusanagi is to be his last victim. As his former friend, Elisabeth Blanctorche, prepares to stop him, characters receive an invitation to another King of Fighters tournament hosted by a person known only as "R". The tournament is sponsored by Rose (an unplayable character), who is being controlled by "Those From The Past", the organization behind the two prior tournaments that has been trying to break Orochi's seal.
Characters: There are a total of 33 characters, including the non-team characters, and excluding the two final bosses.
Elisabeth Team (also known as the Rivals team):
Fatal Fury Team:
Art of Fighting Team:
Ikari Warriors Team:
Psycho Soldier Team:
Women Fighters Team:
Single Entry Characters:
Awakened Saiki (sub-boss)
Evil/Dark Ash (final boss)
Gameplay: The game removes some of the gameplay system features used in the previous game (KOF XII): the Guard Attack, the Critical Counter, the Clash System, and the dynamic, zooming camera. In their place, three new features have been added. The first of the three is the new EX Mode, which convert each character's super moves into more powerful versions that allows one bar from the player's power gauge for EX Special Moves and two bars from the player's power gauge for EX Super Special Moves. Another new feature is the Hyper Drive mode, which gives the player unlimited use of Drive Cancels for a while once the Hyper Drive Gauge has been maxed, and the last new feature confirmed for the game is the Drive Cancel, which opens up new combo possibilities. The game also marks the return of the multi-bar power gauge that was introduced in KOF 97'. In addition to standard and EX Desperation Moves, a new version of a Desperation Move called Neo Max is included in the game and require that three stocks of gauge be exchanged to perform one, making it similar to Hidden Super Desperation Moves from KOF 2002 and Leader Super Special Moves from KOF 2003. These can also be cancelled from standard Desperation Moves, making them similar to the Dream Cancels from KOF XI.
Matches can be fought 1 on 1, or in teams of 3. Players are not required to pick a certain team to play with, as they can pick any grouping of characters that they wish.
Modes: There are several modes to choose from (I think most games have a lot of modes lol) -
Story - Go through the story of KOF XIII from the very beginning. Single-Player only.
Versus - Choose from 1v1 or 3v3, pick your characters, and fight it out. Can be played by 1-2 players.
Arcade - Choose a team of characters (you can pick who you want), and fight against several different teams. Single-Player only.
Tutorial - Learn how to play the game. Extreme warning, this is hard as hell, so you better do a lot of practicing. Single-Player only.
Practice - Learn moves and practice your combos. 1-2 players.
Online (goes by different names depending on the console) - Choose your character(s), and pair up with an opponent online. 2 players (obviously lol).
Mission - Choose a mode (Survival, Trial, Challenge) and see just how good you are at the game. Single-Player only.
Replay - View other players (and your own) match replays. No players, since you're just spectating.
Gallery - View artwork (character models, wallpapers, etc.), and listen to BGM (background music) and character voice lines.
Customize - Change a characters alternate colors/attires (only in the case of some characters). You can make up to 5.
Platforms: Arcades (in Japan), Xbox 360, PS3, iOS, Android, and PC.
Overall, this game is amazing. There's no other way to describe it. It's fun, engaging, and is quite entertaining. Beware rage quits when fighting Awakened Saiki and Evil/Dark Ash, though.
Grade: 10/10, Would Definitely Recommend.