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    I mostly played the KOF ports on Sega and Sony consoles. Now that I am playing them on Neo Geo, I really like the old ones (to me the visuals and gameplay have aged a lot better than other fighters from the time) and I find that 97 was overhyped but 98 is legit! I haven't played too much 02 or 03.

    How about the 3D versions on PS2, KOF Maximum Impact?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kidchameleon1 View Post
    Yeah I felt they went a bit "MUGEN" by that stage. Still love it though
    I generally feel this way about all SNKP Neo Geo games, but especially the KOFs. Also seeing as I haven't played a KOF competitively in well over 2 decades, that leaves me with

    95
    94
    97
    98
    96
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    Strictly single player and nostalgia talking. I don't really like 2000+ at all.

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    I will go for 02,98,96 and 95 but apart from those I haven't play every game enough to really know.

    I will say I think 98 looks the best. 02 doesn't have the best backgrounds and can seem a bit dull in comparison at times. Wish it had been more vibrant.

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    I like KOF 97 because you can whiff and cancel crouching A's into things that aren't supposed to juggle.
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    I really like 99's backgrounds and overall presentation. It has a few decent music tracks. I thought 95 was pretty chill in similar ways. I tried to like 98, but I find that I have trouble appreciating it much at all. Overall, I think KOF is a bit of a wasteland with music, with a few standouts.

    I guess I'll say I like 95 the most out of the series as a whole.

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    I like them all for different reasons, but my preference for the MVS KOFs is probably something like this:

    2003
    1996
    2000
    2002
    2001
    1997
    1998
    1994
    1999
    1995

    1996 is imo one of the best of the 1990s KOFs. Good character selection when there was still an emphasis on the FF vs AOF formula, boss team is great, story, graphics and bosses were pretty impressive for the time, and its got the start of the more modern gameplay with rolls and running. I remember checking out 97 after 96 and being very disappointed (no boss team, no music on several stages, and the story and graphics were getting a little too goofy for my taste with the portrayal of riot of the blood, orochi team killing themselves, and Chris and Shermie didn't seem like serious enough fighters to be able to go up against FF and AOF characters much less being some kind of super powerful orochi warriors, Orochi seemed less interesting than Goenitz too).
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    '99 and 2000's feel really grew on me over time. Looking at pop culture when they dropped they really show how much SNK had their finger on the pulse. Like from when they started designing K'/etc. it means they were going for that look and sound and story before Matrix Reloaded and the 2000 X-Men movie came out which is pretty impressive when so much stuff was the other way around.

    My own rank would go something like this. I absolutely love the KoF series and there's many I like just about equally so instead of doing a strictly ordered rank I figured tiers would be best:

    S Tier:
    '02 UM
    '98 UM
    '98
    '96
    '02

    A Tier:
    '00
    XIV
    XIII
    XI
    '99
    '97
    '95

    B Tier:
    '03
    Maximum Impact 2/Reg A
    NeoWave

    C Tier:
    '01
    '94
    XII
    Maximum Impact 1

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    based on the ones I've played, I would go with...

    02
    98
    97
    03 (I didn't love it at first)
    96
    XI
    95
    94
    01
    00
    99

    As you can probaby tell, I am not at all a fan of the 4v4 games. The tag team element of 03 and XI grew on me over time. I liked the inclusion of an incredibly different roster on XI. I have not played XII onwards but would like to.

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    2002
    98
    2003
    97
    96
    95
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    99
    2000
    2001

    I put 2002 over 98 ONLY because thats the first AES KOF game I owned, so I spent a crazy amount of time playing it. Really I could say first place is a tie, but I like the stage art better in 2002

    2000-2001 I acquired to full set KOF. They are fine, but low on my list.

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    2002 stage art? The one with the animals reclining watching the match?

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    Based on the ones i have currently:

    95
    97
    99
    01
    94

    95 and 97 are almost interchangeable depending on the mood i'm in.
    Definitely planning on buying 98 in the future.

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    Changes frequently depending on mood, but right now from best to worst itís:

    95
    96
    98
    97
    99
    00
    94
    03
    02
    01

    I really like the simplicity and high damage of 95. If 94 had team edit, itíd be right up there. The play more games are fun but I think theyíre so ugly visually Iím a little biased against them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heihachi View Post
    If 94 had team edit, it’d be right up there.
    The lack of team edit makes it pretty unique and I find the constraint fun. I mean I get the desire to edit teams, but I really like that we got one KOF that doesn't have it.

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    This is my rank:
    97
    96
    98
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    94
    95
    2001
    2002
    2003

    I really enjoy the story mode in KOF saga, more than Vs mode, and apart from other things like nostalgia, I have played KOF 97 a lot because of its story mode, with sub bosses included. Really enjoyable.


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    The Arrange soundtracks or the regular ost?

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    KoF 2000 AES US edition > All


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    For the ones I have played it would go:
    98
    2003
    2002
    96
    XI
    99
    Neowave
    2001
    95
    94
    97
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    Seems like 97 is either way on top or down below, i gues it's a love or hate it game.

    I love the smell of AES carts in the morning!

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    Been playing KOF avidly since 1994, so here is my top 5 list - I like all KOF games, though, and own most in the series in original format:

    98 (One of the most well rounded fighters ever - and one of my top 3 favorite fighting games overall)
    95 (I have a history with this game, and it is 95 that got me to originally purchase my AES in the late 90s)
    2K (I love the update to the Striker system mechanics, as well as all the "extra strikers" that celebrate SNK history)
    99 (Mostly just from an artistic perspective - The overall presentation, music, and sprite work was awesome)
    NeoWave (a better version of 2K2 imo - there is so much I dislike about 2K2, mostly in presentation)

    I haven't played much modern KOF after 13, but what I have played of 14 I found kinda meh. I think I'm just old and jaded and prefer classic KOF because nostalgia.
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    If we're taking this out of the neo-geo ballpark, I'd say that XIII is the absolute pinnacle of the series and I was sorely disappointed with XIV.

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