King Of Fighters 2000 & 2001
The 13-year-old Neo*Geo technology refuses to fade quietly into gaming's history--people are still making games for it, and now, ports of recent ones are even landing on PS2. Is there still room for technology lauded as "bigger, badder, and better
Both KOF games included here are total throwbacks to the fighting games of yesteryear: legions of selectable characters, simple 2D backgrounds, copious special moves...and well, nothing you haven't seen a million times before. Functionally, these games offer perfectly decent gameplay, but they just look and feel so very, very old (despite a few PS2-only visual upgrades). Oddly, KOF 2001 is especially offensive--its visuals and sounds pale in comparison to those in 2000. But hell, try playing either of 'em directly after a few rounds of Guilty Gear X2 and you'll wince in pain. Realistically, this collection will appeal to you only if you're already into KOF. And even then, you'll be grateful to get both games for one low price...as you'd never want to pay full price for KOF 2001."]
Like a kung fu flick in today's age of computer-enhanced choreography, KOF remains an unrepentant relic. Ravaged by age and running on obsolete technology, it's uglier than ever. Still, you can't call KOF incompetent--atrociously lazy and reluctant to change, but not incompetent. As Shane says, 2000, which streamlines character-specific moves, is by far the better game of the pair. With throw escapes and counterattacks, it's deep and responsive, but only faithfuls will pick it over Capcom's 2D fighters.
If you approach this game unprepared, then you'll likely catch a brutal double-dose of 2D fighting to the face--and it won't be pretty. Straight up, the two games included here aren't visually impressive. But if you can get over this, you're in for some goodness--the KOF games offer excellent gameplay, standing alongside the Street Fighter series in the 2D fighting pantheon. Don't be scared--these installments are as valid and compelling as games like Capcom vs. SNK 2.
Download King Of Fighters 2000 & 2001
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP