They created a hot mess out of Mature, Elizabeth, and Clark's movesets. Not to mention they have Ralf with Kevin Rian style tactics and the Incredible Hulk's body build. That last one is just being picky, I liked the old ralf, just like I loved the old Chin versions. He was much more fluid back then in 98 and 2002. I know I want to see more characters in this game, I am sure thats a given in many of players cases, but I'd give up seeing a single redrawn character if they fixed the game system and took time to actually do the characters in question a justice and give them their moves back. The new Elizabeth is not only awkward to play and underpowered, but she's actually glitchy as she loses two moves when her CC bar is full. They even tell you this in the strategy guide. Mature is just an after thought and you can tell. She has no moves, even her normals are lacking. Even in 96 she was better than this so I wonder what happened there. Same for Clark, he feels like he was rushed into the game with only two throws and a follow up. This issue was my biggest complaint with the game.
As single player experience I never expect KoF to have an extended story setting, but I feel that distilling the arcade more down to a time trial of five matches with no boss fight was pretty unsatisfying. So I hope that XIII learns from its mistakes and that SNK takes its time and gets the game done right this time. If not I say sell the company to Capcom and let them punch out Vs. series games. Rather have that than have nothing if the company loses anymore money.