The King of Fighters is a series of fighting games developed by SNK Playmore. Originally, the series was developed for SNK’s Neo Geo MVS arcade systems. Here is one of this part: The King of Fighters EX2: Howling Blood
In Story Mode, you can choose three characters to form a team. Your team must play through a series of fights with different teams. The story varies depending on which characters you choose. The ”Striker” feature allows for your character to call out to his teammate for assistance. Once on the screen, your partner can help damage your opponent for a few seconds. While this isn’t as good as the Dramatic Battle found in SFA3, Strikers are a great feature.
It’s all good. The AI is respectable, the moves are easy to pull off, and the supers are damn pretty. The characters handle the small portable console very well, but the drawback is the lack of buttons.
On default controls, the L button calls out your striker – the team member who will fight for you next – who attacks in an assist, sort of like in Marvel vs. Capcom 2. Except here, you only get a set # of striker assists. The R shoulder button covers your roll (forward and backward) and your level 3 supers. Rather than pressing the super commands and the punch button for a level 1/2 super, you get the full she-bang with R. Here’s where it gets tiresome. Your A button controls all punches. This means that depending on how long u hold the button, a stronger/weaker punch comes out. Same for the B button being assigned to kicks. It’s easy to mess up but not a big problem.
There is a roster of 21 characters – not too shabby. Now, onto the matter of the 3 new characters. Reiji is a cool looking, decent character. I don’t like him, but he fits, and that’s what’s important. Avril Lavine wannabe (which is definitely a bad thing). She doesn’t even have a good fighting style. The same can be said for Jun (the poor character part).