The art style of Street Fighter IV is definitely something to write home about, but all of us above the age of 20 were still halfway sad to see the (numbered part of the) series finally abandon its 2D roots (yes, I understand Arika and the EX series exist, and as much as I enjoyed it, it’s still an off-shoot… that can be a story for another time).
Holy Hell, SNK/Playmore is totally keeping 2D alive with &%#$ing STYLE.
The King of Fighters XII is looking to totally blow the socks off of us 2D-fighter fans. Game Trailers has the latest preview video up for viewing, and it’s sexy as Hell. This game is going to be an amazing complement to have alongside all of the 3D fighters we either already have (Soul Calibur IV) or are coming soon (Street Fighter IV).
My history with the KoF series is a little all over the place. I was very casual about it up until around 1998, and then got incredibly hardcore with it (well, “hardcore” for me). After 2000, though, the games all started bleeding together for me… not to mention the bosses got slightly ridiculous both in style and cheapness (seriously, Goenitz… bite me). ’99 was probably my favorite game in the series thus far. I know a lot of the seriously-hardcore fans have a problem with the striker system, but the specific characters that were in the game, the backgrounds, and the music (oh god, the awesome music!) are what really sell the game for me. I also dipped into the Maximum Impact series, and thoroughly enjoyed 2006 / Maximum Impact 2 despite its transition into quasi-3D.
There’s not much of a point to this entry other than to check in with you all and see what your hype level is for the upcoming fighters… and specifically, KoF. Who’s really digging the updated style for the series? Who’s picking up the American release of ’98 Ultimate Match on LIVE Arcade, and/or already picked it up on PS2?
I’ve got some more SNK love coming for you soon with some talk about a game I finally picked up for myself on Neo-Geo Pocket Color…
I’m big into fighters, so I can’t wait for Street Fighter IV. Soul Calibur IV was a fun disappointment, so I’m hoping that SF4 actually delivers in the “new” department. Not particularly big on anything SNK, but I think I might pick up KOF ’98 Ultimate Match. My SNK nut of a friend says it’s the best one.
I’m looking forward to KOFXII. KOF 2003 was pretty good. It was a big surprise for me.
But sure, the “whole world” is waiting for Street Fighter IV. Of course me to, alsthough I’m dissapointed that there only 5 new characters but ALL OLD ones from SF2… -_-
I’m really excited for KOF XII, despite KOF XI beating the hell out of me. I still can’t beat that end boss, no matter what I do. I really enjoyed the new look for the game, and I think it’s gonna carry on into some great fighters.
I’m also excited for SFIV. I’m really digging the new look for that series, especially with their focus on keeping it a 2D fighter despite 3D fighters being where it’s at this generation.
I recently picked up the first Fatal Fury collection for PS2 because my local Toys R’ Us had it on clearance for $5. Those games don’t hold up so well–especially the first two.
I’d still kill to have another Marvel vs. Capcom or SNK vs. Capcom. SNK vs. Capcom 2 for PS2 is easily my favorite 2D fighter of all time. I’ve sunk so much time into that game…