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The King of Fighters '95 Review
Posted on August 19, 2011 by OG

Back in the arcades of the mid 90’s, if all of the Street Fighter arcade machines were taken, there was only one other fighting game that was worth spending quarters (or tokens) on: The King Of Fighters. With three vs. three teams, a simple four button configuration and a complex combo system, KOF was a fan favorite at the time and one of the few games that I didn’t suck as bad at as SF.

The version of KOF that I remember the most was KOF '95 on the bright red NeoGeo cabinet. I remember inserting quarter after quarter, playing as Team Italy and Burn Knuckle my way through the game till someone got on and beat me. If I lost I’d keep pumping quarters in so that I could kick that guy off and continue with my game.  Years later, I can relive those arcade moments within the comfort of my home on the PlayStation 3 with the release of NeoGeo Station: The King of Fighters '95.

A REAL KING OF FIGHTING

Arcade Perfect Port - This game isn’t just any port; it’s an arcade perfect port. What does that mean? It means that instead of using the PlayStation port (which was panned by critics as having a poor design) it uses the original NeoGeo AES home console, which itself was original arcade game packaged for the home. The original graphics, sound effects, and even the glitches are all in here, giving a perfect arcade feel.

Online Play - With arcades slowly dying out and arcade cabinets being harder to find these days, online play has become increasingly important to fighting games, especially fighting games of the 90’s. KOF '95 has online play which is great for a game that is 16 years old.

 

 

NOT SO ROYAL

Short On Features- The majority of current generation fighting games sport new features such as spectator mode, training mode, search/replay match modes and even upload to You Tube options. Unfortunately none of these were added into KOF '95. There isn't even trophy support. Maybe the code was too advanced for the game to handle? Who knows, but it would have nice to have some new features added to the game.

Can't Find a Match- I’m not sure what kind of net code KOF '95 is using but it takes a while to find a match online. I did experience a bit of lag but that was due to my system using a wireless connection, but that lag disappeared once my PS3 was on a wired connection.

 

 

For the most part NeoGeo Station: King of Fighters'95 is a good fighting game from the golden age of arcade fighting games. This version of KOF '95 is a good port of the original game and adds online play. It shows its age by being short on features and taking a long time to find online matches. This game isn’t for everyone, but if you love Neo Geo, fighting games or the KOF series then download the game. 

 

OG - Editor-in-Chief / Original Gamer og (@) www.original-gamer.com | all author's articles

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