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King of Fighters XII: First Impressions

RIght now as I'm typing this up, I'm over watching some friends play the latest incarnation of King of Fighters and boy oh boy does it look nice. 

It's pretty breathtaking to watch, although nothing is ever without a few faults — I'll get into that later.  Right now, let's just focus on what works with King of Fighters — namely the graphics and controls. 

Out of all the previous versions, King of Fighters truly does play like a new beast.  Critical Counters play a huge part in the gameplay, setting the stage for more advance strategies and wake-ups never before seen in previous games.  Executing combos are brain dead easy, all you need to do is mash a button to keep the counter rising (Street Fighter Alpha anyone?).  The downside is that damage you dish out gradually lowers, so the best strategy is to do the maximum amount of damage in the fewest amount of hits possible.

Graphics-wise, King of Fighters looks amazing…from a distance.  Up close you can clearly see the jaggy pixels, but considering the frenzied pace of the game it won't matter much.  All of the characters look vibrant and fluid, much more than the older, blocky sprites of games past.

I want to say that King of Fighters XII feels less fluid than Street Fighter IV.  The worst moments occur when you're trying to move about the stage (which feels clunky sometimes — odd for a fighting game).  You can't quick-fall like you're supposed to.  The game encourages you to think carefully about your actions.  This isn't the fast paced fighter that King of Fighters XII was.

At any rate, let's watch some match videos shall we?  Perhaps that'll give you a better overall impression for how this game runs:

「HD」Devastation 2009 KoF XII Casuals L

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Gettin’ ready for King of Fighters XII?

Can't seem to get Street Fighter out of your system?  Never played King of Fighters before?  Well some talented soul has compiled a small (yet very impressive) beginner tutorial covering the basics for new players.  Learn about the different levels of jumping, basic poke skills, and how to defend against aggressive play.  There's two parts, with a third on the way soon hopefully.

Dig in and learn up!  For more in depth information, you can check out the SRK thread on all system and character related data.  Neogaf has a good introductory thread as well.

The Beginner’s Incomplete Guide to KOF (Part 1)

The Beginner’s Incomplete Guide to KOF (Part 2)

Props to DandyDLC for making this excellent guide

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First SFIV video hits the web!

Crimson Viper vs Ryu

Disappointing?  Perhaps a little…although the gameplay looks pretty sharp and smooth.  And don't forget…

First King of Fighter XII Trailer!

Holy cow, I can't wait!  I never would've guessed that KoF would go for a 3D-in-2D concept, if that really is what I think it is.  Still, it looks amazing.  Hopefully SNK Playmore tweaked the system a little bit, and improve upon KoF XI, which was a really great title on its own.

Source: Kotaku

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