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The King of Fighters 2000 - Neo Geo, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2 (2000)

Japanese Dreamcast Cover

Japanese PlayStation 2 Cover

European 2000 & 2001 Cover

Japanese Neo Geo Cover

The King of Fighters 2000 puts all its focus on the Strukers, greatly expanding the system from the previous game. Now each character has an individual counterpart that can be chosen as a Striker. These alternates aren't actually playable characters, but SNK took this opportunity to do a ton of fan service by taking characters from other games. Among them are Kim Sue Il from Kizuna Encounter, Fio from Metal Slug, Kaede from Last Blade, Duke from Burning Fight and many more. Some older characters like Vice, Mature and various members of the Orochi team also return as Strikers. The new fully playable characters are Vanessa, Seth, Ramon, Lin and Hinako. Kula makes her first appearance as well, although she's initially a mid-boss. The final boss is Zero, who attacks with an astoundingly well animated cape. King of Fighters 2000 also has one of the best soundtracks of the series, first and foremost Goodbye Esaka, one of Kyo's coolest theme songs. Unfortunately, Whip's gun move is still gone in the American versions of the game, plus Mai's chest jiggling has been removed, but only in her idle pose. How strange!

The King of Fighters 2000 was ported to Dreamcast, and was released twice for the PlayStation 2. The Dreamcast version features sliding tile puzzles, which are pretty lame. This is missing from the initial PlayStation 2 version, but instead has unlockable videos of all of the intros up until 2000, but the requirements for obtaining them are absurd. It also fixes up some of the minor slowdown experienced in certain areas from the Dreamcast version. Both ports contain additional Strikers and lots of backgrounds from old SNK games, including Samurai Shodown, Metal Slug, and various King of Fighters episodes. The second release for the PlayStation 2 is included in the NESTS Pack, with both the original arcade version and the Dreamcast version. Other than online play, there is little to differentiate this from the former standalone releases.

Quick Info:

Developer:

SNK

Publisher:

SNK

Producer:

Y. Inui

Director:

Regeon Toyonaka

Genre:

Fighting

Themes:

Sidekicks
Urban Fantasy


The King of Fighters 2000

The King of Fighters 2000

The King of Fighters 2000

Special Strikers


The King of Fighters 2001 - Neo Geo, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2 (2001)

American Neo Geo Cover

Japanese Dreamcast Cover

Japanese PlayStation 2 Cover

Around this time in 2001, SNK had gone belly up, and handed the King of Fighters franchise over to Eolith. The Korean studio only appointed producers and the Director, though, while most of the actual development staff were still Japanese, many with previous KoF experience. Yet the result is one of the least polished entries in the series. For starters, the character artwork is terrible, to the point where some fighters actually look horribly distorted. The artist this time around is Nona, who thankfully improved in later installments. Some of the backgrounds are also ugly, consisting of garish colors that hurt the eyeballs. The music is a horrendous collection of unmelodic cacophony, a mixture of techno and drum and bass, mixed with some truly awful distorted guitar samples. It's not too much to call it one of the worst fighting game soundtracks in existence.

The King of Fighters 2001 also introduces a ratio system similar to Capcom vs SNK 2, giving the option to freely distribute four characters between fighter and Striker slots. The fewer active characters, the more powerful they'll be, and the more power stocks are available. It's a weird system, and isn't exactly a welcome change, especially since 4-on-4 matches can drag on. In single player mode, the CPU always sticks to a 3-1 distribution like the former games, anyway. The midboss this time is Original Zero, who has three of his own Strikers - including Krizalid, the evil ninja Ron, and a nasty looking lion. But the main boss is the massively overpowered Igniz, who at least looks really cool. The new characters - Angel, May Lee and K9999 - are pretty strange to play as, although they offer some new combo-based tactics. There is also a new kind of move called "Wire Attack", which causes foes to be launched to the side of the screen and then bounced back so a combo can be continued. The American version of the game is once again censored.

The King of Fighters 2001 appeared on Dreamcast and PlayStation 2. The Dreamcast version, only released in Japan, features a strange puzzle minigame. The object is to match up blocks by punching them, aligning four or more together makes them disappear. Combinations strengthen a power meter. After building it up enough, you can attack the opponent. In order to win, one either has to to clear one's own screen or the opponent needs to lose. Unlike most puzzle games, the screen is horizontally oriented. The matches go on far too long to be considered worthwhile, though. The initial PlayStation 2 release loses the puzzle mode, but addresses some of the original complaints by using completely new character artwork for the portraits. All of the backgrounds have been redrawn and recolored to look less garish, and the whole game looks much better as a result, even though some superficial 3D effects detract from them. There's also a whole new intro, rendered in FMV, which features plenty of hilarious Engrish. Both ports use the same crappy music as the Neo Geo version.

KoF 2001 is also included in the NESTS Pack, with both the original arcade and the Dreamcast versions, including the puzzle mode. There is also a brand new arranged soundtrack especially produced for this anthology, as there had never been one during the time of its initial release. It's definitely a step up from the original music, with much higher quality instrument samples, although it's still lacking compared to the other installments. However, neither version includes the updated character portraits or redrawn backgrounds found in the initial PlayStation 2 release. As such, there is no "definitive" version of this game.

Quick Info:

Developer:

Eolith

Publisher:

BrezzaSoft (Neo Geo)
SNK Playmore (ports)

Producer:

Chil Suk Choi

Director:

Lee Seon Ho

Genre:

Fighting

Themes:

Sidekicks
Urban Fantasy


The King of Fighters 2001

The King of Fighters 2001

Puzzle Mode

PlayStation 2 Intro

Comparison Screenshots


The King of Fighters 2002: Be the Fighter! - Neo Geo, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Xbox (2002)

Japanese PlayStation 2 Cover

PlayStation 2 SNK Best Collection Cover

Japanese Dreamcast Cover

European PlayStation 2 Cover

Japanese Dreamcast Collection Cover

American 2002 & 2003 Xbox Cover

Although once again produced by Eolith, The King of Fighters 2002 is a drastic improvement over its predecessor. With the NESTS storyline finished, this installment is another Dream Match, mixing up both old and new characters. While not as comprehensive as KoF '98 in relation, it includes a fair representation of the series' most popular fighters, including the return of Yashiro, Chris, Shermie, Vice and Mature, as well as newer characters like Angel, May Lee, Kula, K9999 and K'. Rugal once again returns as the final boss. The graphical presentation is much better, especially the backgrounds, which include plenty of cameos from other SNK titles. The Striker system has been ditched entirely, so it plays much like KoF '98. The soundtrack also includes a bunch of music from older games like Seoul de Ikou (Kim's Theme) Fatal Fury 2 and Diet (Yuri's Theme) from Art of Fighting 2, but they suffer due to poor sound quality. New to the game are Hidden Super Desperation Moves (HDSM) or MAX2 moves, which are even more complex and more powerful than everything that came before.

Due to its character roster and lack of superficial gimmicks, KoF 2002 is also regarded as a high point for the series. It's also the first instance of Mai nudity in the entire series, as she shows off her behind during her Hidden Super Desperation Move. Once again, the American arcade version removes her jiggling, but this time it was restored in the home console releases.

Those include the Dreamcast, PlayStation 2 and Xbox. The Dreamcast version adds in Shingo and King (who were sadly missing from the arcade version.) The PlayStation 2 version features both of these characters, in addition to Geese Howard, Orochi Iori and Goenitz. As usual, 3D backgrounds have been added. The Xbox port is the same as the PS2 version along with Xbox Live online play.

The King of Fighters 2002

Quick Info:

Developer:

Eolith

Publisher:

SNK Playmore

Producer:

Chil Suk Choi

Director:

Lee Seon Ho

Genre:

Fighting

Themes:

Remake Available
Sidekicks
Urban Fantasy


The King of Fighters 2002

The King of Fighters 2002

Comparison Screenshots


The King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match - PlayStation 2, Xbox 360 (2009)

Japanese PlayStation 2 Cover

PlayStation 2 Tougeki ver. Cover

Much like KoF '98: Ultimate Match, SNK went back and retooled KoF 2002 and rereleased it for the PlayStation 2 in 2009. Compared to that revamp, though, which just added some characters and moves, and touched up a few things here and there, Unlimited Match is practically a whole new game. Added (compared to the Neo Geo version) are Foxy, Hinako, Lin, Jhun Hoon, Xiangfei, Bao, the Kyo clones, Kasumi, Heidern, Krizalid, the Zeros, Igniz, Shingo, Goenitz, Geese and King, along with EX versions of Kensou, Robert, Takuma and Geese. Additionally, someone at SNKP must've felt that K9999 was ripping off Akira just a little bit too much, so they changed his design and remade him into the "new" character called Nameless. This brings the total roster up to 66 characters.

It's more than just that though. Like Ultimate Match, many of the characters have new moves, including some for regulars like Terry and Mai, as well as new HSDM/MAX2 attacks. All of the backgrounds have been completely redrawn in 3D, many are entirely new, with even more cameos to pick up. The soundtrack is completely new, too. In addition to several new themes, there are also remixes, of K's '99 theme, Krizalid's theme, and Geese's theme. All of the character illustrations have been redone by Hiroaki. Additionally, there are tons of new ending pictures, most of them kinda cutesy, done by several different artists. It's a completely fantastic package, and even if someone still wants to play the original KoF 2002, it's included on the disc, too.

Unlimited Match received a small revision, which was released for the PS2 with the subtitle Tougeki Version. It only fixes various bugs and glitches, as there is no actual change in content. It was also released on the Xbox Live Arcade, much like KoF '98. The 3D backgrounds and gallery are gone from this version, and the bosses need to be unlocked, plus the original KoF 2002 is no longer available, but it is a much cheaper alternative to the Japanese-exclusive PS2 release, and has been released worldwide. It also has online play, but while it's better than the XBLA releases of KoF '98 and Garou: Mark of the Wolves, it's still far from perfect.

The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match

Quick Info:

Developer:

SNK Playmore

Publisher:

SNK Playmore

Producer:

Motonori Tsujimura

Director:

Saru[Type-XYZ]

Genre:

Fighting

Themes:

2D Sprites over 3D Background
Remake
Sidekicks
Urban Fantasy


The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match

The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match

The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match

The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match


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