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The King of Fighters ALLSTAR: First Impressions

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The King of Fighters ALLSTAR is an ambitious Beat ’em Up project, preying on the need to ‘collect them all’ (the fighters), and building their stats while on the train.

Netmarble’s take on The King of Fighters feels like a mix of Final Fight/Streets of Rage with a touch of dance/rhythm based gaming. The title launches in the U.S. market today on IOS and Android platforms but LiveGameDeals.com received an exclusive demonstration of some of the title’s features earlier this month. Primarily, the Time Attack Mode which allows you to take one of your KOF favorites for a spin. Controls which are the make or break feature of this sort of title use an on screen joystick on the left and special move buttons on the right. This makes for a bit of rhythm based action as you attack enemies, similar to some early DS games. 

Once you use up a move, especially if it’s a super move it needs time to recharge, so there’s a cooldown period and you switch off to the next available attack button. The on-screen digital pad/joystick is competent enough, although during a boss play-through it did get stuck on the center of the screen briefly. So, really it’s like all digital screen joysticks in that way, however, controlling a character was pretty much a breeze. Much improved from earlier mobile games that use this method. 

The King of Fighters ALLSTAR - Ryo fights - Photo Credit: SNK Corporation / Netmarble Corp. & Netmarble Neo

The King of Fighters ALLSTAR – Ryo fights – Photo Credit: SNK Corporation / Netmarble Corp. & Netmarble Neo Inc.

You have buttons to block instead of using the joystick (no parry), important especially for one on one battles, and PvP was pretty solid. Despite the relatively just okay WIFI where the game was tried out. If you’re expecting hyper accurate tournament style EVO PVP, remember this is still a mobile title. However, if you want very enjoyable casual based KOF action on the go, you won’t be disappointed. Simply put the game, no matter what the mode is fun in an old-school Arcade Beat ‘Em Up fashion. Kind of reminiscent of Tekken 3’s bonus mode Tekken Force.

The primary wildcard about The King of Fighters ALLSTAR is gaining access to character cards spanning different eras of KOF. You’ll want all the different variations of favorites like Terry Bogard. You can build up the stats of the characters and upgrade them with pretty advanced skill paths. So advanced they might be too much for a mobile gamer playing a quick playthrough on the bus but not for one at home. Just to make it clear, Card Fighters’ Clash this game is not but collecting the character cards does have a bit of that addictive ‘Collect ‘Em All’ feel to it.

The King of Fighters ALLSTAR - Mai - Art Credit: SNK Corporation / Netmarble Corp. & Netmarble Neo Inc.

The King of Fighters ALLSTAR – Mai – Art Credit: SNK Corporation / Netmarble Corp. & Netmarble Neo Inc.

While Live Game Deals only saw the Story Mode briefly, it looked like a lot was invested into it, full on re-imaginings of what happened in each KOF title. The potential for future DLC is endless, especially in the way of characters. Although, not being able to outright purchase the characters you want in-game or with real life currency but only gain them through a gem style box/pack lottery might be a turn off for many fans. From the explanation Live Game Deals received however, beating bosses like Rugal in Story Mode should unlock them. Orochi versions of Iori, Leona, Yashiro and Chris are available to play as which was a great time. 

Visually the game looks solid, like a stripped down version of The King of Fighters XIV. The co-op works rather well, opening doors for a shared, relaxed KOF experience on-top of the PVP.

The King of Fighters ALLSTAR - Kyo Wins - Photo Credit: SNK Corporation / Netmarble Corp. & Netmarble Neo

The King of Fighters ALLSTAR – Kyo Wins – Photo Credit: SNK Corporation / Netmarble Corp. & Netmarble Neo Inc.

Overall, Neo Geo fans looking for a new SNK title to play will have a good time with The King of Fighters ALLSTAR. It does and doesn’t tap into the nostalgia well, down AES/MVS memory lane. On one side having the various iterations of characters like ’95 and ’97 Billy Kane really is something for the old school AES/MVS players. Yet on the other side this is definitely a fresh feeling take on KOF rather than some kind of asset mashup. Tekken 3’s Tekken Force mode is the best way to describe what it resembles most but with on-screen one touch attack buttons.

Download The King of Fighters ALLSTAR starting today (10/22) in the U.S. region on IOS and Android platforms. Be sure to check out Live Game Deals’ recent article examining what would happen to the collector’s market if SNK rereleased Neo Geo AES carts today.

Nir Regev is the Founder/Editor of Live Game Deals, a website dedicated to bringing you the best video game deals live, industry interviews, in-depth analysis, news, previews, price guides/rarity guides, and more! He is also the Founder/Editor of entertainment website, The Natural Aristocrat. Contact Nir at nir.regev@livegamedeals.com.

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Re:Legend hits Steam Early Access – Watch Trailer
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Magnus Game Studios’ cell-shaded JRPG hybrid Re:Legend has officially hit Steam Early access for a special price until September 6.

Re:Legend, a cooperative multiplayer JRPG, promises to combine the world of farming with monster collecting/raising and life-simulation styled activities. That means Harvest Moon style farming, fishing, crafting along with good ole’ combat. Sounds like there’s also inspiration by Tecmo’s classic Monster Rancher series. Re:Legend notably acquired the talents of Final Fantasy XV composer and Video Game Orchestra founder Shota Nakama to do the honors on the soundtrack.

The Magnus Games studio developed game was honored in 2017 with the Southeast Asia “Best Rising Star Award” and in 2018 with the “Best Game Design” award at the Level Up Game conference in Malaysia. The title has arrived on Steam Early Access courtesy of publisher 505 Games for the price of $17.99 (10% off) for the first week until September 6, 2019. It’ll retail for $19.99/€19.99 post-Steam Early Access sale.

Re:Legend, was originally backed on Kickstarter in less than 24-hours and quickly became the most successful crowd-funded game in the history of Southeast Asia. Check out a fresh announcement trailer above!below!

Re:Legend Game Description

Set in the world of Ethia, players awake as a legendary hero, washed ashore on Vokka Island with no memories. Players must revive their hero and find ways to remember the forgotten past. By learning how to survive – cultivating the land, breeding and catching fish, befriending inhabitants, expanding the village, crafting weaponry and training for combat, among all the available activities – players will increase the chances of taming and raising the Magnus, magical creatures that populate this wondrous world.

With a Magnus on his/her side, the adventurer will be able to venture across the land, facing threatening challenges, finding even more powerful Magnus and eventually regain lost memories. The world of Ethia will expand during the Early Access program with additional biomes made available to players leading toward the official v1.0 game launch.

Format: PC/Windows

For more details on Re:Legend, visit the official Re:Legend website and the Re:Legend official Steam page. Check out publisher 505Games.com for more info on its latest lineup of titles including Control.

Follow Re:Legend at @playrelegend on Twitter and on Facebook.

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The NIS America Showcase 2019 broadcasts on YouTube and Twitch at 12 p.m. EDT / 9 a.m. PDT, get all the live news updates and game trailers right here!

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    World’s Best Players to Fight in KOF XIV World Championship
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    16 of the world’s best KOF XIV players will duke it out to determine who’s #1 at the KOF XIV World Championship in Tokyo, Japan! Who will rise victorious?

    Better yet, who will clench both fists and yell ‘Victoly!’ Samurai Shodown style? The only way to find out is to watch the mayhem on February 18, 2017 on SNK’s official Twitch channel or Twitch’s Team Spooky Channel. The action from Akihabara UDX Theater, Tokyo will stream live.

    Tokyo, Japan Residents:
    If you’re currently in Tokyo and wish to attend, doors at the UDX Theater will open at 2:30pm JST and the event will take place at 3:00pm – 7:30pm JST. The UDX Theater is located at 4-14-1, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, UDX4F.

    Visit this link for more details right out of the official UDX Theater website.

    – KOF XIV Producer, Yasuyuki Oda will be on the floor and potentially reveal new details regarding the King of Fighters series.

    – Guests to the Grand Final Championship include MCs J. Maxwell Powers / Seira Ryu and Commentator Koichi, Kindevu.

    KOF XIV World Championship – 16 Finalists:

    Alioune
    France

    Cipher
    Mexico

    DBJ-ET
    Chinese Taipei

    DOUYU QANBA | XIAOHAI
    China

    Frionel
    Morocco

    gxbridget
    Chinese Taipei

    Kane Blueriver
    Chile

    [KTB Ball] HK
    Hong Kong

    MADKOF
    South Korea

    Panda Dakou
    China

    Panda TV – Lancer
    China

    Panda TV – Naiwang
    China

    Picnic
    Japan

    ARCADESHOCK Reynald
    USA

    [SANWA] M’
    Japan

    Toshi
    Peru

    ARCADESHOCK – Familiar Name

    You might notice a familiar name here if you follow the Neo-Geo / Arcade retro scene. An ARCADESHOCK home grown talent Reynald Tacsuan, will be on the floor to battle the 15 other King of Fighters combatants. ARCADESHOCK is known for their arcade joysticks, Neo-Geo custom mods, Capcom CPS Arcade boards, Sega Naomi kits and much more. It will be interesting to see if the arcade joystick expertise comes in handy when it comes to taking home the title of KOF XIV Champion.

    KOF XIV Motivation:

    There’s nothing more motivating to up your KOF XIV fighting skills than seeing what an actual invite to the Grand Final Championship looked like. Time to refine those KOF XIV combos and special moves so next time it’ll be you getting the invite to the KOF Championship promise land.

    Original SNK Press Release:
    https://www.snk-corp.co.jp/us/press/2017/012702/

    SNK KOF XIV Grand Final Championship Official Website:
    https://www.snk-corp.co.jp/us/games/kof-xiv/wcs/

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