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The King of Fighters XII - Xbox 360

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Platform: Xbox 360
  • Over 22 hand drawn characters, two of which, "Mature" and "Elizabeth Blantorche," are unique to the Console releases of the game.
  • Classic The King of Fighters 3-on-3 team fighting combat that now allows you to create a team with any mix of characters you want.
  • New Gameplay elements such as critical counter attacks, air guarding, deadlock counters, clash timing and guard attacks.
  • Ability to form clans, create your own personal Clan emblem and compete against other clans online, as well as record and replay your matches, then upload them to the Internet.
  • Four robust modes of game play.

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Platform: Xbox 360
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  • ASIN: B0025UOZEA
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 12 inches ; 5.3 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: July 28, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,530 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Platform: Xbox 360

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Gaming's most revered 3-on-3 fighting franchise celebrates its 15th anniversary with its most ambitious entry to date: The King of Fighter XII. Gathering over 22 beautifully hand-drawn 2D characters from SNK storied arcade history, the King of Fighters XII promises to live up to the expectations of next-gen console owners with compelling gameplay, high resolution graphics and best of all...intense combat!

The legendary 3-on-3 fighting game series that united rival brawlers from SNK PLAYMORE's classic arcade franchises celebrates its 15th anniversary in style with the 2009 release of The King Of Fighters XII. For the first time in its history, this epic martial arts showdown has undergone a complete graphical overhaul. The antiquated character sprites used over the past 14 years have been dropped in favor of all-new, high-resolution fighters fluidly animating across painstakingly detailed, 100% hand-drawn backgrounds.

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Create your own KoF dream team in 'The King of Fighters XII'
Create a 3-on-3 dream team.
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Linked and finishing move possibilities built into the new Critical Counter system in 'The King of Fighters XII'
New "Critical Counter" system.
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Beautifully redesigned character animation in 'The King of Fighters XII'
Redesigned character animation.
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Console release exclusive playable fighters Mature and Elizabeth Blantorche from 'The King of Fighters XII'
2 console exclusive characters.
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The King of Fighters XII is a pure arcade fighting title. Like a few other releases in its franchise it does not contain a storyline, instead focusing on the tried and true 3-on-3, five round team fighting gameplay mechanic. Far from a liability, the lack of storyline plays into the fighting mechanic by eliminating official teams linked to the prevailing story, which in earlier releases compromised the characters that could be added to a team. In addition, the game also features new combat elements including the "Critical Counter" system which opens up the possibility of additional linked attacks and finishing moves when players land effective counter punches following an opponent's attack, and "Clash Timing," a break effect during a bout that separates combatants when they land blows on each other at the exact same time.

More Than 20 Playable Characters
Although the more than 20 characters featured in The King of Fighters XII is only about half the numbers veteran players of the series may have grown used to selecting from in earlier releases, the characters that are included having each been recreated for the game are very much graphically superior to anything ever seen in franchise history. Going for an old school feel, the majority of these are pulled from early King of Fighters games. They also retain, as close as possible, their original move set and have been rendered in costumes either from their classic King of Fighters appearances, or in some cases that of their original game. In addition, two of the playable characters, Mature and Elizabeth Blantorche, are exclusive to the console releases of the game and are not found in the arcade version. Both are clad in new outfits. Aside from these two, a sampling of the playable characters includes:

Ash Crimson from 'The King of Fighters XII' Ash Crimson
Slender and effeminate, at first glance Ash does not seem like he would be much of a fighter, yet he is a first-class combatant full of hidden motives and tricks, and possesses the powerful ability to control a strange green fire.
Athena Asamiya from 'The King of Fighters XII' Athena Asamiya
A Japanese high school student, powerful psycho soldier and part-time pop idol, Athena splits her time between Japan and her training under master Chin Gentsai in China. She has a strong sense of justice and a hatred towards wrongdoers.
Kyu Kusanagi from 'The King of Fighters XII' Kyu Kusanagi
Successor to the Kusanagi clan's flame-wielding fighting style, Kyo is brash, self-confident and very powerful. He has been in the top tier at every KoF tournament he has entered and he and Iori Yagami are bitter enemies.
Iori Yagami from 'The King of Fighters XII' Iori Yagami
Iori is the successor to the Yagami clan's devastating Violet Flame fighting style. Although this style is similar to that of the Kusanagi, a hatred simmers between the clans which Iori takes nearly to the point of insanity.

Key Game Features

  • More than 20 playable fighters from The King of Fighters franchise history, specially redesigned for Next-Gen consoles, and including console exclusive characters Mature and Elizabeth Blantorche.
  • Classic The King of Fighters 3-on-3 team fighting combat that now allows you to create a team with any mix of characters you want.
  • The "Critical Counter" system which opens up the possibility of additional linked attacks and finishing moves when players land effective counter punches in response to an opponent's attack.
  • "Clash Timing" break effect that separates combatants who land blows on each other at the exact same time.
  • A return to the series' standard four button layout, with which players can not only attack, but also more easily dash, backstep, and perform rolls as they evade.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars For the life of me..... August 31, 2009
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
This is one of the most terrible SNK games to date.
I bought this orignially without reading up on it, but since past SNK games were over 20+ characters I thought it would have been the bomb-diggity. Boy was I wrong. This is almost the same as playing KOF 95 with a smaller pool to run off of. The controls are a lot flakier than most SNK games too. My suggestion if interested in any SNK title, is to buy a PS2 and buy the KOF95, KOF99, or any other SNK related games on that system. Sure, the graphics look much better BUT...does that mean anything when the playability is almost zero? I gave this two stars-one star for the fact that SNK released a title on XBOX360, the other star for the graphics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing August 13, 2009
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
SNK's long running King of Fighters series makes its next-gen debut with King of Fighters XII, which offers up a decent cast of fighters, but sadly not much else. The biggest addition of King of Fighters XII is that the game offers up online play, which is decent enough, but other than the typical single and versus-player modes, there aren't any other play features to find here, such as Time Attack or Survival, or whatever else one can think of that could have been included here. Graphically speaking, the game is very well-animated and moves fluidly enough, and the core fighting engine remains virtually the same, and also remains just as rewarding as it ever was. Still though, considering the full price-tag attached to King of Fighters XII, there just should have been more included here. With its small amount of gameplay modes and such, there's really no reason why King of Fighters XII isn't a cheaper downloadable package, but alas, it isn't. All in all, King of Fighters XII is still worth checking out for longtime fans of the series and fans of 2-D fighters in general, but in the end, the game as a whole is a disappointment.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Online Mode! Too Slow! July 28, 2009
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
As expected from great franchise... I was ready to be dazzled like Street Fighter 4 but... online mode is just simply unplayable. I'm hoping that XBOX Live will correct this problem. I guess it's fair to judge this game if XBOX Live is at fault. If it does improve, I'll edit my review.

Other than poor online play. Here are my verdicts

Graphic: B
I played BlazBlue and it's not even a comparison in terms of graphic but it's playable

Music: C
Nothing too exciting

Game Play: A (if online play is fixed!)
On off-line play, it rocks! The critical counter move is intuitive and I like it!

Anyways, I'll probably stick w/ SF4 and BlazBlue for couple weeks and hopefully online play is fixed!!! Just be aware that currently as of writing this mode is litterraly unplayable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The mixed bad that is KoF XII January 2, 2011
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This is definitely one of those games that are difficult to rate. What is does well, it does REALLY WELL. What is doesn't do well, it does horribly. KoF XII is definitely a mixed bag. Before I start, I will definitely recommend anyone interested in what this game has to offer to wait until KoF XIII. Otherwise, keep reading.

Once again SNK Playmore reinvented the franchise, for better or worse. The fighting system and the controls are some of the best ever in a fighting game; any fighting game, just pick one. Controls are very tight, being just about as responsive as they could be in a 2D fighting game. The new fighting system allows players to be offensive or defensive and still be effective, since it kept the dash and roll moves but also introduce counterattack and intercept moves. In addition, the fighting has been sped up a bit, making for a more up-tempo pace (to my liking). Lastly, they have added a "clash" feature in which two attacks of similar strength and timing repel each other (a la Weaponlord and Soul Calibur). The fighting system is definitely the strongest point of the game.

The graphics are also excellent. The new sprites make the characters look incredible (although they all suspiciously look like they're on steroids). In a way, it reminds you of Street Fighter 3 or BlazBlue, but the visuals in KoF XII look better and there are a few more characters. The animation is very smooth and the sprites were very nicely done. The only minor complaint here is that when the characters are in a close-up the sprites look a little pixelated. Doesn't hurt the animation though. The backgrounds also look great, although they are a little devoid if life.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars All The Hype With No Payoff September 1, 2009
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
I was so hyped up for this game that i had no reservations about putting down money for a pre-order. Being that games in the KOF series haven't been good for such a long time should have been a hint, but i felt that all the hype it was getting must mean they fixed all the problems that have been plaguing the series for quite some time. Not true at all!

The backgrounds look amazing, that's for sure. They are full of life and color. That's pretty much the only good thing i can say about the game to be perfectly honest.

The characters look muddy and gross. It looks like they're not colored properly and on a big tv they're pixelated to all hell. It's not nearly what i was hoping for.

The music, honestly i don't know. Nothing memorable to say about it.

The character selection is very small at only 22. This normally isn't a bad number, but considering this is a 3 on 3 game, that's not nearly enough. Some of the fighters you know and love have been drastically changed (Iori) while others have lost some moves. Many favorites are missing as well as I'm sure you have read by now.

The biggest problem is STILL here however: HORRIBLE CONTROLS! They're so unresponsive that i have to wonder how this game manged to get released. Motions that you've been doing for years just don't work. God forbid you try to do a super move, good luck. I had to do the motions at least 3 times before it came out, and when you do get it to work, it rarely connects.

There are only 5 stages, 5 backgrounds and no final boss, basically making this game nothing but a $60 time attack mode.

Stick with Street Fighter 4 and wait for Tekken 6. This game is all hype and no payoff. Don't be fooled into buying it. SNK, you will never get another dollar from me!
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1.0 out of 5 stars trash
this is a scam.. this its not kof.. it seem like youre playing teken.. with no combos👎
Published 6 months ago by Toms
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Game
I enjoy playing this, gonna get myself 13 next. i am a big KOF fan and they never disappoint. Love this game
Published 20 months ago by Dave Boyce
3.0 out of 5 stars good game
nice game for the kids... not like those bloodies games...I really recommend the game for your kids sane and fan for tons.
Published on May 3, 2013 by Juan Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game
Awesome, just pure awesome. Always loved the SNK fighters and this one is no different. Had a few flaws as does anything, but I'm over that.
Published on April 8, 2013 by Noel Turner
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
While the core fighting system is solid and the character designs and animations are really gorgeous, the lack of characters, game modes, and busted network play brought brought... Read more
Published on February 21, 2013 by steven kips
3.0 out of 5 stars Great game that just lacked in content.
KoF XII is a solid fighting game. Sure it's not as simple as the more recent KoF titles but this game is a restart to the roots of KoF. Read more
Published on June 23, 2011 by Chamo
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT what you see in the arcade
This game is NOT what you see in the arcade. The arcade version is thing of beauty while the 360 version is a pixelated monstrosity that never should have been exposed to the... Read more
Published on May 27, 2011 by BlueWave
4.0 out of 5 stars Current System-wise....Great!
I love this game. OK, I get where everyone is rating it so low. Limited backgrounds, people wanting more fighters etc.

BUT! Playing this in HD is great! Read more
Published on May 21, 2011 by G. harry
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitly not as bad as people make it out to be
Kof xii is ok not great but ok.Blaze blue sucks.Street Fighter is good.Marvel vs capcom is good.Mortal kombat is good.End of story.
Published on June 16, 2010 by mp101
3.0 out of 5 stars DEF fun but not great...Not worth Amazon asking price for new
I think people are being too harsh to this game to start off. Yes King of fighters game have upwards to 60 characters usually while this one only has 20 or less, who cares? Read more
Published on May 30, 2010 by ZACKnSCREECHIN
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