The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga
REVIEW: The 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 are 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!
Last Updated: 6/20/2010 Developer(s): SNK Playmore Publisher(s): SNK Playmore Platform(s): Playstation 2, PSP, Wii Release Date(s): June 21st, 2007 ( PS2)
September 2008 ( PSP)
October 28th, 2008 ( PS2/PSP)
November 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
Related Games: King of Fighters '94, King of Fighters '94: Re-bout, King of Fighters '95, King of Fighters '96, King of Fighters '97, King of Fighters '98, King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match, King of Fighters '99, King of Fighters 2000, King of Fighters 2001, King of Fighters 2002,King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match, King of Fighters 2003, King of Fighters XI, King of Fighters XII, King of Fighters XIII, King of Fighters: Maximum Impact, King of Fighters: Maximum Impact MANIAX, King of Fighters: Maximum Impact 2, KOF: Maximum Impact Regulation A, King of Fighters: Neowave, King of Fighters EX Neo Blood, King of Fighters EX2 Howling Blood, King of Fighters R1, King of Fighters R2
Gameplay Engine 7 / 10 Story / Theme 7.5 / 10 Overall Graphics 6.5 / 10 Animation 6 / 10 Music / Sound Effects 6.5 / 10 Innovation 6 / 10 Art Direction 5 / 10 Customization 7 / 10 Options / Extras 7 / 10 Intro / Presentation 7 / 10 Replayability / Fun 7 / 10 "Ouch" Factor 7.5 / 10 Characters 8 / 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