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The King of Fighters XIII is back, stronger than before, and this time on Steam with vastly improved netcode, and tons of content that will blow your mind! There are huge improvements over it’s predecessor to helps it restore its […]
The King of Fighters XIII is back, stronger than before, and this time on Steam with vastly improved netcode, and tons of content that will blow your mind! There are huge improvements over it’s predecessor to helps it restore its place in the throne of fighting games!
Graphically, KOF XIII: Steam Edition is one of the best looking 2D fighting games, it has impressive visuals and smooth animations, every background, every character is 100% hand-drawn, and you may not believe that the game is done by using Pixel-Art, a huge effort from SNK Playmore to take the Series to the next-generation of fighting games.
The backgrounds are filled with an insane amount of details and fluid animations featuring numerous numbers of excited spectators or tens of Zeppelins flying around the battle ring.
The characters are animated smoothly, while they look a bit pixelated, the characters sprites look quite good. SNK Playmore did a great job by giving every character a unique animation library that covers the smallest details, and gives in-depth personality for each character, an example of that is when Terry catching his hat after doing a Crack Shoot.
In term of gameplay, KOF XIII introduces overall changes in the game system. Gameplay speed has been increased. “Critical Counter”, “Guard Attacks”, and the “Zoom in/out” effect have been removed.
New gameplay mechanisms have been implemented depend mostly on “Hyper Drive Gauge” which is above the “Power Gauge”:
- Drive Cancels allow players to cancel a “Special Move” into another “Special Move” which consumes 50% of the “Hyper Drive Gauge”.
- Super Cancels allow players to cancel a “Special Move” into a “Desperation Move” which consumes 50% of the “Hyper Drive Gauge”.
- Hyper Drive Mode allows players to perform unlimited “HD Cancels” for a short time that can only be done once the “Hyper Drive Gauge” is at maximum.
The game also introduces “EX Special Moves,” which are stronger versions of “Special Moves,” that consume one stock of “Super Gauge.” “EX Desperation Moves,” which are stronger versions of “Desperation Moves,” consume two stocks of “Super Gauge.” “Neo Max Desperation Move,” are powerful moves that need a full “Hyper Drive Gauge” and three stocks of “Super Gauge,” and if you are in “Hyper Drive Mode,” you need only two stocks. Neo Max moves can be linked to a combo using “Max Cancel”.
KOF XIII: Steam Edition is based on the Climax version; even though it hasn’t received any balance changes. However, the gameplay system, where players can enjoy and perform devastating combos, is solid and flexible!
The nice thing about the Steam Edition is that you have all the DLC characters of the console version and their stages for free. “NESTS Style Kyo”, ”Iori with the Power of Flames” and “Mr. Karate” are now playable from the beginning. The game offers 36 playable characters in total, everyone with stylish fighting style and unique personality, besides to that KOF XIII: Steam Edition has 23 beautiful stages. Let’s take a look at those characters and stages:
- Japan Team: Kyo Kusanagi / Benimaru Nikaido / Goro Daimon.
- Fatal Fury Team: Terry Bogard / Andy Bogard / Joe Higashi.
- Art of Fighting Team: Ryo Sakazaki / Robert Garcia / Takuma Sakazaki.
- Yagami Team: Iori Yagami / Mature / Vice.
- Elisabeth Team: Elisabeth Blanctorche / Duo Lon / Shen Woo.
- Kim Team: Kim Kaphwan / Hwa Jai / Raiden.
- Women Fighters Team: Mai Shiranui / King / Yuri Sakazaki.
- K’ Team: K’ / Kula Diamond / Maxima.
- Psycho Soldier Team: Athena Asamiya / Sie Kensou / Chin Gentsai.
- Ikari Warriors Team: Ralf Jones / Clark Steel / Leona.
- Console Exclusives and DLC: Billy Kane / Human Saiki / NESTS Style Kyo / Iori with the Power of Flames / Mr. Karate.
- Single Entry: Ash Crimson.
- United Kingdom.
- Rose Stadium.
- Destroyed Rose Stadium.
- Rose Stage Misted.
- Rose Stadium Rooftop.
- Clock Tower.
- PaoPao Cafe.
- Mickey Rogers Stage.
- Kyokugen-ryu Dojo.
- Destroyed Mansion.
- Sky Noah.
- Those From the Past Headquarters.
- Rival Team Stage (KOF95).
- Japan Team / Psycho Soldier Team Stage (KOF96).
- Mr. Karate Stage.
Rival Team Stage From KOF95.
Mickey Rogers Stage From AOF.
Despite lack of modes in KOF XII, KOF XIII: Steam Edition offers tons of them, where you have many options to consume your time without getting bored. Here is brief description of all the modes in the game:
- Tutorial: An introduction to learn the basics of KOF XIII system.
- Arcade: The standard single player mode that can be found in any fighting games.
- Story: An improved story mode covering the final chapter of the Ash Saga presented in a visual novel format.
- Versus: Fight against a human player or the CPU.
- Practice: Practice basic moves and combos.
- Online: Connect to STEAM to play online matches.
- Replay: Watch replays of recorded matches.
- Gallery: View pictures, movies and listen to BGM and SFX.
- Mission: This section has three modes:
- Time Attack: Fight against the CPU under fixed regulations and try to get the fastest clear time.
- Survival: Keep fighting against the CPU opponents until you run out of health.
- Trial: Challenge a variety of character-specific missions.
- Customize: Change your profile and characters colors.
- Player Data: View the statistics of player records.
- Option: Adjust various game’s settings. Steam Edition has added a new “Graphics Option”, allowing the players to switch between different frame rates and simplify backgrounds.
KOF XIII: Steam Edition features vastly improved netcode over that of the console versions. Unlike the console version, which always features moderate to severe amounts of lag during a match, the Steam versions netcode fixes that issue by adding a new netcode library in place of the original Gamesyncs netcode library that was present in the console.
KOF XIII: Steam Edition has two music options, Type A, and Type B. Type A contains the soundtrack of KOF XIII, while Type B contains a collection of soundtracks from different KOF games, most of them are from KOF XI, such as KDD-0063 ~ K’ Team Theme ~ and Queen ~ Elisabeth Team Theme ~. Both options are good enough to ignite your matches while you listening to those beautiful tunes. The sound effects are also pretty good.
The characters voices are in Japanese, and there is no option to switch from Japanese to English. Story Mode has no voice over, and it’d better if SNK Playmore added them to it.
Whether you are into fighting games or a KOF fan in general, you should consider adding this game to your library. This game gives you massive amounts of content, including all of the DLC characters from the console release included just as you start the game! KOF XIII: Steam Edition will be remembered for many generations as one of the greatest 2D fighting games in the history.
SNK Playmore has launched officially “ KOF WORLD “ Page on Facebook, where they will cover the latest news about KOF games. What are you waiting for?! go and Like them !
SNK PLAYMORE has launched the official website of KOF XIII – Steam Edition, the website is available in four languages, Japanese, English, Español and Português , also a 2nd Trailer has been posted on the website !
KOF XIII – Steam Edition 2nd Trailer
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Siliconera has posted an exclusive interview with the development staffs of KOF XIII – Steam Edition talking about the latest improvements on the netcode, game’s features, and other interesting stuffs.
KOF XIII – Steam Edition Interview
SNK Playmore has a library of games on consoles and the NeoGeo X handheld. On Friday, SNK Playmore will release their first game on Steam, The King of Fighters XIII Steam Edition. Siliconera contacted SNK Playmore to ask them about the PC version and their plans for the Steam platform.
How did development of the PC port start and how did SNK get in touch with Valve for Steam?
The motivation to work with Valve mainly came from SNK Playmore wishing to provide quality content to our fans and the world at large. Steam was of course the obvious platform of choice when it comes to the PC market, and it’s been an absolute pleasure working with them! Our North American & European Business Dept. has had our eye on the PC market for quite some time, and starting from early this year the push to work on the Steam platform finally became a reality. That said, we needed to get the right development team and infrastructure in place.
Once again it’s time for some variety on CX! Released only in Japan, a new JoJo just got released. You might remember an old JoJo fighting game from Capcom ages ago (or you already know JoJo from the manga/anime) so this might put in that interest once again! To make things even more memorable, I’ve started the combo videos with two of the most popular characters in the series, Jotaro Kujo and DIO. Enjoy!
SNK PLAYMORE announced an updated version of KOF on Android “ KOF-A 2012 “ !
The 2D versus fighting game “KOF-Android” returns on Android with tons of new content like never before!!
In addition to the characters from he previous installment, the 4 new “ART OF FIGHTING”, “PSYCHO SOLDIER”, “KIM”, and “IKARI” teams , “NESTS-Style KYO” and “IORI with the Power of Flames”(14 new characters), join the cast of “KOF-Android”!! You can now create your favorite team from this formidable roster of 34 fighters!
The Virtual Pad recreates perfectly reproduces KOF’s smooth controls. Even novice players in fighting games will be able to release various Special Moves, Super Special Moves, NEOMAX Super Special Moves, and other complex moves in one touch. With the Simple Commands, you can easily perform many of the game’s fancy combos!!
*Please refer to “TUTORIAL” Mode for an explanation of these commands.
We are proud to announce that in celebration of The King of Fighters finally hitting Steam for the first time ever with The King of Fighters XIII Steam Edition, a Steam group for Cyberfanatix is now open! Be sure you check it out and join today if you have a Steam account!
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We at Cyberfanatix are proudly to announce that we will give our fans 5 Beta Keys to test the Netcode of KOF XIII Steam Edition, we are looking forward your support by giving detailed Feedback that will be used for further improvements to make the Online experience so smoothly. We are planning on releasing the Keys by Random Drawing soon. Stay connected. We would like to thank SNK PLAYMORE for giving us this opportunity, also big props to Gunsmith from Orochinagi. Get hyped !!
KOF XIII Steam Edition – Winners
KOF XIII Steam Edition - Participation in Closed Beta Test Info
Please read the following Document in order to know how to participate in the Closed Beta Test.
KOF XIII Steam Edition – Spec & Feedback Info
■ Test Platform
■ Minimum Spec Requirements
OS: Windows XP and up Processor: Intel Pentium4 2.0 GHz and up Memory: 1 GB RAM and up Graphics: GeForce 9500 GT, VRAM: 256MB and up DirectX: Version 9.0c Hard Drive: 5 GB of available space Sound Card: DirectSound, Direct X 9.0c Compatible Audio
■ User Feedback concerning the Beta Ver. of this title
In regards to all comments for the game (still currently in development) Please provide your detailed feedback in our forum via the following URL: http://steamcommunity.com/
Yay or Nay?
A very simple character but that doesn’t mean his combos are easy to do! He only has three techs that’s worth noting and that’s stun combos, kara cancelling his Vulcan Punch (cancel the Vulcan Punch into another special right before the Vulcan Punch comes out) which allows new extensions to combos and being able to air grab EX Iori even during an anywhere juggle situation. Other than those, it’s all about being creative with his HD cancels!