The King of Fighters XII

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a game by SNK Corporation
Platforms: XBox 360, Playstation 3
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See also: The King of Fighters Games, Fighting Games
The King of Fighters XII
The King of Fighters XII
The King of Fighters XII

The King of Fighters XII is a well-known fighting game developed by SNK Corporation. It was originally released for Arcades but was later released for Xbox 360 and the PS3. The game offers single-player, along with both local and online multiplayer. The King of Fighters is very similar to other fighting games, such as Marvel vs Capcom, in its gameplay and fighting system. Since I grew up playing different fighting games, I knew that I would enjoy this one just as much.

Fight to be The King

The premise is so simple yet effective. The King of Fighters XII uses a 3 vs. 3 tag-team system with five rounds per match. The game also incorporated many new mechanics into the gameplay. One new addition to the fighting game series is Critical Counters. With this new mechanism, a character can counter their opponent’s move with a powerful attack.

Once the character’s Critical Counter gauge is full, they can use a timed counter against their opponent’s attack, leaving them defenseless to a combo or finishing move. This is also very similar to the new Guard Attack system.

Another important addition is the clash mechanism. If both fighters land an attack on each other at the same time, they will ‘clash’, causing them to be pushed away from each other. I especially liked this addition because of the animation made upon clashing.

Characters and Stages

The game offers six different fighting stages, each having different designs and set in different locations, such as France, Russia, and Egypt. The game also offers over 20 fighters to choose from, with two characters being console exclusive. This allows players to choose their characters based on which power they think will be best to use against their opponent’s character.

World Fighting

Being the twelfth installment of The King of Fighters series, there was a lot to expect from this game. With this, the game did meet certain expectations, but definitely not all. It was a runner-up of the Best Fighting Game at the 2009 E3 Awards, losing to Tatsunoko vs. Capcom. However, the game was still lacking in development and content. The developers tried to update the game frequently. Unfortunately, the console edition was still plagued with uncontrollable lag when attempting to play online multiplayer. This made it hard for players to put their skills up to the test against other players worldwide.

Additionally, the lack of content made it hard to frequently come back and enjoy the game. While many games of The King of Fighters series had a story mode, this twelfth installment didn’t. There was also no survival mode to test how long players could live against the computer, who increased in strength over time.


The combination of online lag and a lack of content made the game very limited in options. For the most part, players could only play either single-player or local multiplayer with a friend. This may cause people to stray away from this installment. Overall, when playing single-player or multiplayer, the game provides great fun and entertainment. However, if you are looking for more content, then other fighting games, such as Marvel vs Capcom and Street Fighter, are better options.


  • New defensive mechanisms
  • Great fun when playing locally
  • Amazing graphics


  • Lack of content
  • Frequent lag when playing online

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XBox 360

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Playstation 3

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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