The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga
 

 
REVIEWThe King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga contains five complete games, including the "Orochi Saga trilogy" (KOF '95, KOF '96, KOF '97) as well as KOF '94 and KOF '98: Dream Match Never Ends. The five games in this collection are emulated from the original Neo Geo versions, which didn't translate "perfectly," but are decent ports for the Wii, PS2, and PSP... though the three versions do have slight differences. 

The PS2 & PSP versions have notably longer loading times than the Wii version, but the Wii edition doesn't feature aspect ratio options like the PSP & PS2 versions. The PS2 version also has a sound glitch that occurs sometimes after a match begins, where the announcer will say "Go! ...Winner!", as sounds from the previous fight somehow make it into the next battle... a pretty stupid glitch that should've been taken care of before this title was released.
 

It all began in '94... Kept on rollin' in 95'... Which was replaced with '96... And came to an end in '97...

 
The in-game menus look good, and they're straight to the point - allowing you easily select which installment of KOF you want to play. Also featured are a variety of unlockable bonus features like music tracks, and artwork which can be unlocked by going through each game's Challenge mode. Overall, with a reasonable $19.99 price tag, Orochi Saga is a great way to own some of the earliest and most memorable versions of the KOF series on the system of your choice.
 

And now we come to, here we go... KOF is here again...
Nothings gonna stop 'cause it's 1998!


 
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Page Updated: June 20th, 2010
Developer(s): SNK Playmore
Publisher(s): SNK Playmore
Platform(s): Playstation 2, PSP, Wii
Release Date(s): June 21st, 2007  ( PS2)
Sept. 2008 
( PSP)
Oct. 28th, 2008 
( PS2/PSP)
Nov. 25th, 2008 
(Wii)
Characters Kyo, Benimaru, Daimon, Andy, Terry, Joe, Ryo, Robert, Mai, King, Yuri, Ralf, Leona, Clark, Athena, Kensou, Chin, Chizuru, Yashiro, Shermie, Chris, Mature, Vice, Iori, Chang, Kim, Choi, Yamazaki, Blue Mary, Billy Kane, Heidern, Takuma, Saisyu, Heavy D, Lucky, Brian, Shingo, Rugal

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Related Games: KOF '94, KOF '94: Re-bout, KOF '95, KOF '96, KOF '97, KOF '98, KOF '98 Ultimate Match, KOF '99, KOF 2000, KOF 2001, KOF 2002, KOF 2002 Unlimited MatchKOF 2003, KOF XI, KOF XII, KOF XIII, KOF: Maximum Impact, KOF: Maximum Impact MANIAX, KOF: Maximum Impact 2, KOF: Maximum Impact Regulation A, KOF: Neowave, KOF EX Neo Blood, KOF EX2 Howling Blood, KOF R1, KOF R2
  

Gameplay Engine

 7.0 / 10

Story / Theme

 7.5 / 10

Overall Graphics

 6.5 / 10

Animation

 6.0 / 10

Music / Sound Effects

 6.5 / 10

Innovation

 6.0 / 10

Art Direction

 5.0 / 10

Customization

 7.0 / 10

Options / Extras

 7.0 / 10

Intro / Presentation

 7.0 / 10

Replayability / Fun

 7.0 / 10

"Ouch" Factor

 7.5 / 10

Characters

 8.0 / 10

BOTTOM LINE

 7.3 / 10

 Review based on PS2 version

 

Final Words:

The Orochi Saga was the defining era in the KOF universe. This compilation clearly shows how the KOF series evolved over the years, giving "greener" 2D fighting game fans a chance to see where it all started.

And of course, this package is pretty much a dream come true for hardcore KOF fans. It's an affordable collection of some of the most memorable titles in the series' history. Though each game isn't perfectly ported, it's still worth a buy.
~TFG Webmaster  
 

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