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King of Fighters: Kyo. What do you think of it?
C'mon, do you really expect that I've ever played it?! C'mon, do you really expect that I've ever played it?! 86%[6 Votes]
I've indeed played it, but I did not understand a s***. I've indeed played it, but I did not understand a s***. 0%[0 Votes]
In fact it's not that good, despite the nice artwork. In fact it's not that good, despite the nice artwork. 0%[0 Votes]
KoF: Kyo is totally average, I've seen better RPGs. KoF: Kyo is totally average, I've seen better RPGs. 0%[0 Votes]
The game is pretty good, give it a try! The game is pretty good, give it a try! 14%[1 Vote]
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The King of Fighters: Kyo - Game of the Week
Welcome to the Game of the Week!

This week we're discussing a very obscure installment of the popular KoF series, in fact the very same game was never released outside of Japan nor was it ever officially translated into another language. In 1998 Yumekobo, the same developer team behind Neo Geo pearls like Blazing Star or Prehistoric Isle 2, was charged to develop an exclusive KoF spin-off for the Playstation. In close collaboration with Masato Natsumoto, a mangaka responsible for some manga and anime episodes of the series Record of Lodoss War, Yumekobo created therefore the only KoF RPG until today. The same mangaka simultaneously released a manga that covers the same story of the PSX game.

Although KoF: Kyo was re-released in 2007 in the Japanese PSN shop, the game remains untranslated until today. Just like with the Samurai Shodown RPG, there have been several efforts of releasing a translation for the original ISO of King of Fighters: Kyo. Recently an Argentinian has begun working on a Spanish translation for the game, but otherwise there aren't much news at all.

The King of Fighters: Kyo

Genre: RPG
Players: 1
Size: n/a
Released on: PSX, PS3, PSP (PSN)

Brief Description:

The King of Fighters: Kyo is an RPG based on the The King of Fighters series of fighting games developed by Yumekobo and released by SNK on the PlayStation. This game's story is considered semi-canon to the series. It is set 11 months after The King of Fighters '96 tournament, a month before The King of Fighters '97 tournament, until the sealing of Orochi. The game focuses on Kyo Kusanagi. The player starts the game in Osaka, where Kyo lives, and travels with him around the world. The player can control Kyo and two other characters. Fights are turn based, with moves selectable from a menu. If a player triggers a desperation move, unique cel animations will be spliced with the move's performance. Almost every character from '94-'97 is playable in the game, but to get them the player must solve sub-quests revolving around each character. The game also marks the introduction of new characters, including members of the families of some characters that were never revealed in the main series.



The King of Fighters: Kyo review by Zovni
The King of Fighters: Kyo review by Zemien TDW


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Ha, probably not gonna find too many members who have played this one! I've always been interested, but until there's a fan translation I'm not even going to attempt to play it. It seems more like a visual novel with RPG elements than an actual RPG and I can't say I've ever properly played (read?) a visual novel. A KOF visual novel would definitely be the way to persuade me to give the genre a try.

Either way, the manga does have a fan translation so at least we can still read the story.
It's a shame Japan hasn't caught up with the times and hasn't used the Internet to share its vast history of obscure games (outside of unofficial emulation, of course) — that's what retro gamers really want, not rereleases after rereleases of "greatest hits." On the other side of the coin, I can see why they would be hesitant to do so; there isn't a lot of money in sharing weird games (catering only to hardcore retro gamers like myself) that came out 15-20 years ago. My concern, though, is the Japanese haven't even considered sharing its rich accumulation of exclusive games throughout the years (hello, Tobal 2?!). Many business decisions they make seem frighteningly out of touch with today's globalization-friendly technology climate (whoa, that was a mouthful). Yet, American (and some European) indie designers seem to be bending over backwards to share their works on every platform possible (this is sort of a different situation, but a good example of how some designers are embracing an "out in the open" mentality toward the gaming industry).

Game specific: I've never played, but the battle presentations are interesting; it looks like a match in a fighting game. However, the actions are turn based. This is the first RPG I've ever heard of having a versus mode. The overworld looks familiar — it is the game SNK lifted the isometric overworld from for CFC2. Smile Unfortunately, I've read this game is buggy and will crash on you at the darnedest times (I have no idea if this issue is corrected in the PSN ver.)... :(
Edited by shion on 22. May 2012 23:13
the most popular choice thus far! I wonder why?... Wink

Interesting choice though Murikov and certainly one of those SNK titles many of us are quietly curious about, including me.

I watched the video you linked and found it quite an interesting watch. Although I'll never play this game (translation or not) I'd be interesting in watching a video of a playthrough of the translated version in the future Smile

Never played this either, no big surprise there. The turn-based combat interface is certainly unusual. This is a prime example of a game that is geared specifically towards a Japanese audience (and not just because of it's native dialogue). I just don't think western gamers are so fascinated by individual fighting game characters that this would hold interest in any but the hardest of hardcore KOF fanatics. Japan seems much more interested in fighter character side and back stories, enough so that spin-off games centered on them have a supportive consumer base. Only a few (such as "Death By Degrees" ) have ever been localized and usually to limited praise or commercial success. Different nations, different appetites it seems!

Very nice to have GOTW choices that introduce us to oddities like this one- for the first time for many of us. Maybe some more weirdness such as "Athena: Awakening From An Ordinary Life" as a future selection? Hmm
I actually wish to play this game one day - as soon as the according translation hack has been released of course. It's actually just the language barrier so far that keeps me away from playing this stuff, all these mentioned bugs and glitches aside.

The KoF storyline between '96 and '97 could be referred as the most interesting of the whole series, and right in between this game steps in, along with splendid artworks and many references to the characters' relationships. I always have seen a huge potential for implementing the KoF universe into other genres.
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