The King of Fighters '95
SNK has made their name on making fighting games. Following on the heels of Capcom's enormously successful Street Fighter II, SNK released Fatal Fury, which became one of their most popular titles, spawning a number of arcade sequels. Not stopping there, SNK continued with Art of Fighting, a game which has also had its share of sequels. Enter King of Fighters '95, which combines the two games into one, to see just who is King of Fighters.
The PlayStation version of the arcade and Neo-Geo hit is a great translation, complete with all the graphics and animation of the coin-op. The soundtrack is done with red book audio and sounds great coming directly off of the CD.
Where King of Fighters differs from other similar fighting games is that it uses teams in addition to single-fighter matches. The teams come from different parts of the world-Japan, England. U.S., Italy, Mexico, China, Brazil and Korea. There are three fighters per team for a grand total of 24 fighters.
As a fighting game, King of Fighters '95 is showing its age. The '96 version is already out in arcades and on the Neo-Geo home system, and when compared to Street Fighter Alpha 2, KoF is a bit dated. The game has enough features and options to keep any fighting game fan busy for hours on end, but the fighting engine isn't as good as that of newer games.
Putting a 2-D fighting game on the PlayStation also means encountering one more problem: load time. The game loads practically at every turn, and it slows gameplay a lot. In Team Mode, it loads after every round. This is one major drawback to the game. Unfortunately, the hardware isn't well-suited for 2-D, and the memory capacity is reached quickly. Hopefully, programmers and designers will find more tricks to decrease the amount of loading time present in games like this. If companies can get this time down, then 2-D games will be fantastic on the PlayStation.
Added to the PS version is a way to program the top four L and R buttons to perform special moves at the touch of one button. This makes it a lot easier for newcomers to pick up the game and play against gamers who have mastered it. The Street Fighter-esque moves and controller motions are easy to learn, but having the option of one-touch special moves is a great addition.
Team Mode pits three against three, and when a fighter is defeated, the next one on the roster takes his/her place. You duke it out until one side has no more fighters left. At the end, the three fighters from your team go up against Kusanagi and Omega Rugal. These two have lightning-fast moves and can wipe the floor with you in short order.
Single Play pits you against one other fighter in the basic fighting game two-out-of-three match. Fighting every single character in the game can get amazingly long.
Although the computer's Al is good, there's no substitute for fighting against a human opponent. This is where King of Fighters '95 really shines. SNK can be credited for making some of the best one-on-one fighting games fever, and if you can't afford a Neo-Geo, but like the games, then the PlayStation version of will be a great addition to any fighting library.
When you have selected your team, the next order of business is to select the order in which they will fight. Wait a second before choosing and you can match up your order to best fight the computer opponent's selections. The best order is to go with weaker fighters first to your strongest. That way you won't be stuck at the end fighting with a guy you're not that good at. You can also edit your team to have all fighters that you are good at. If you've edited your team, match characters up that you think will be able to beat your opponents the best.
The game's two Bosses are Sai Shu Kusanagi and Omega Rugal. Your team has only one crack at beating both of the Bosses. If after beating Kusanagi you have only one fighter left, you'll have one shot at beating Omega Rugal.
The two Bosses use a lot of special moves and combos that can inflict a lot of damage in a short time. Avoid their projectiles and try to attack when they're open. Kusanagi. especially, likes to throw projectiles your way. Jump over them and get in a few well-placed hits before jumping away.
Once you defeat Kusanagi. Rugal will transform and become Omega Rugal. hell-bent on stopping you from ruining his plans for the tournament.
- MANUFACTURER - Sony Comp Ent.
- THEME - Fighting
- NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1 or 2