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2020/1/7: Dreamcast: King of Fighters Dream Match, King of Fighters Evolution

Posted: January 7th, 2020, 9:19 pm
by VideoGameCritic
Finally reviewed King of Fighters Dream Match and loved it. Problem is, it made me downgrade my Evolution grade from A to B+.
Comments?

Re: 2020/1/7: Dreamcast: King of Fighters Dream Match, King of Fighters Evolution

Posted: January 8th, 2020, 3:24 pm
by jon
Always nice to see SNK games get reviewed. I'm definitely going to check these out.

Re: 2020/1/7: Dreamcast: King of Fighters Dream Match, King of Fighters Evolution

Posted: January 10th, 2020, 5:22 pm
by Matchstick
Surprised there's not more comments about these. KOFfers, represent!!

I loved Evolution and owned it for the Dreamcast back in the day, and I even liked it on the PlayStation for a different reason. The PS1 version is very similar to the standard NeoGeo version of KOF '99, and even uses the traditional 2D backgrounds from that game. Loading times aren't bad from what I remember, and for what its worth, it compares quite favorably with the Neo CD version of KOF '99. I'd even say I like the PS1 version better than the CD version just for the reduced loading times.

Never been the biggest fan of 2D sprites against 3D backgrounds in fighting games. It's the main reason why I always preferred the original Marvel vs Capcom over MVC2. Evolution's Dreamcast backgrounds look nice, but given the choice, I'd rather the games stick with 2D. Just a personal preference.

A shame we didn't get the follow-up KOF games released for the Dreamcast here in the States. I had a blast with KOF 2000 and imported it from Play-Asia back in the day along with a pair of Sega brand Dreamcast joysticks. In my opinion, KOF 2000 had the best character illustrations in the entire series (by far!) and I would spend forever at the character select screen poring over the top-tier pixel art. Loved the art on the victory / defeat screens too. The in-game sprites were very similar to KOF games prior, though with a few added playable characters including one of my all-time faves, Vanessa, and the first appearance of Kula. As much as I loved the Character portraits, though, I just didn't care for the backgrounds in that game. Both '98 and '99 blow it out of the water in that regard.

Looks like the only review for KOF 2000 on this site is from the PS2 version, which came bundled with KOF 2001. Might be worth tracking down the Dreamcast versions of these games, Critic, provided you can find them for a good price. More KOF is always a good thing, amirite??