The King of Fighters Nests
An excellent value for money compilation of three cutting edge DC fighters converted to the PS2 and looking mightily impressive. The three titles are KoF 99 Evolution, KoF 2000 and KoF 2001. King of Fighters 99 Evolution was an import only release with luscious graphics proving SNK's flair for 2D. If there's anything missing over the Neo Geo original its certainly hard to spot. In King of Fighters 2000 SNK once again reinvents its long running scrapping series and manages to invigorate the genre at the same time with fine backgrounds including a luscious aquarium. Intelligent use of the 'striker' character is essential to progress and there are plenty of potential candidates who rush on launching a scathing attack, then disappear after a bit of taunting. With thirty-five slickly animated playable characters to choose from matched by the same number of strikers there's plenty to get your teeth (and fists) into. Just try and resist the urge to unleash the desperation move until the time is right. Finally the hi-res, mean and moody gritty urban look of King of Fighters 2001 works well as Playmore gets tough after SNK's demise. Includes tidy puzzle mode where you can send a special move out to devastate your opponents play field. Love it or loathe it: you have to admire the bold graphical shift to reflect darker street fashion of new Millennium Tokyo.
Second hand.Publisher: SNK Playmore
Game Type: One on One Beat Em Up
Japanese release - may only work with Japanese hardware.