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  The King of Fighters 2000 - ©SNK 2000 (Review 2)

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1 or 2 player

One On One Fighting

688 Megs
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The King of Fighters 2000

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Every year there's a lot of new games released onto the market to choose from. From not well known games to epic classics of games history - and one game since 1994 has been implementing innovations every year and changing gaming history. That game is the King of Fighters! A new King of is released, but what makes it different from the others fighting games on the market these days is that it isn't 3D, but 2D but still has some of the nicest 2D graphics ever.

This game starts from the end of the KoF ‘99 history, after Krizalid's death and Nest plans destruction, so we are going to see what's next for K' and his partners. After the Nest plan was destroyed, "Zero", the mastermind behind it, makes a new plan to crush the Earth and rule himself. Now he makes a new tournament and reclaims all the fighters of the last edition with some new ones. The battle is ready to start.

In the KoF 2K the gameplay has changed in some points and recovered some others from the ‘98 edition like the escape movement. The Special Bar is still the same but now the life meter doesn't glow red when your life is near the end so how do you do the Super Desperation Moves? Some Desperation Moves stayed the same from the last edition but now some of the them are only Super Moves, and only used when the Special Bar is at MAX. They cause a lot of damage by pressing the two punches or the two kicks on the move. This year however is the Striker year in the Kof series. With two strikers to choose each battle like in Kof 99 Evolution (Dreamcast) you can choose the selected character like K' or another, and there are also some secrets Strikers to choose when you do the correct code. The striker can be called into battle at any time making them perfect to do winning combos. Perfecting the Striker control is the key for the victory on the 2K edition.

The new characters are Vanessa, Ramon, Seth, Lin, Hinako and the secret Kula with the anti-K' style gloves. Some characters are good like Vanessa and Kula, some are average like Ramon, Seth and Lin and the worst character is Hinako a little girl trying to be Goro Daimon. Vanessa a boxer girl with some amazing combos to perform. Kula is a girl that simply freezes everything with her gloves and performs the classic hado-ken fireball, and has the best Super Desperation Move so far with the entire screen affected by her freezing skill, like the Orochi light Special in the ‘97 editon. The other characters varies from brute style like Seth and Hinako (bad choice SNK) and ninja arts like Lin and wresting with Ramon.

The graphics are still the same from the ‘99 edition but the backgrounds are the best so far in the KOF editions I think. With the Aquarium background and the Superb tower (I think it's a tower) with a ventilator in the background. The character animation is very good but not the best, and the intro scenes are good but not the best in the KOF games. The sound is very good and with some awesome tunes and some good voices, but the most annoying voice is from Athena of course, with a voice that sounds like a parrot.

The game is very good with the innovations from ‘99 like the Strikers and some recoveries from ‘98 and ‘97 editions, and I think it's the best KOF so far with a lot of characters to choose, new combos to learn and secrets to discover. This version of The King of Fighters is the best and can only be surpassed by a new King of Fighters, but it would have to be on another arcade board becuase the MVS achieved its max on this game with nearly 700 mb. I think that new arcade hardware could introduce more new play styles to this series.

Graphics: 9/10
Sound: 8/10
Game play: 9.5/10
Replay Value: 9/10

Overall Rating: 9/10

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