The King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match


STORY:  In terms of plot, KOF 2002 Unlimited Match does not have a story and was developed as a "dream match" with characters from all previous installments of King of Fighters.
REVIEWThe King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match is an enhanced version of The King of Fighters 2002 released February 26, 2009 for the PlayStation 2 in Japan and on November 3, 2010 for Xbox Live Arcade. The game features an all new soundtrack (composed by Yasufumi Fukuda, Makoto Asai, Teruo Konishi & Two-Five), many new playable characters, gameplay tweaks, new desperation moves, new 2D/3D stages, Color Edit Mode, online match support, and all new spliced character artwork during super attacks (making them more epic than ever before).


A bit pixilated... but a great selection. Ohh, and there's 4 different Kyo's. :/

A new character, simply called "Nameless," was also introduced to take the place of K9999 (since everyone knows he's a rip-off of Tetsuo Shima from Akira and SNK doesn't want to get sued in the near future). Nameless fights very similarly to K9999 even though he has completely different animations. Most of returning character updates are subtle but hardcore players will notice some brand new hard-hitting desperation moves.

The King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match features 66 playable characters (the largest roster of the series)! Of course, this also includes alternate versions of some characters, such as: The Kyo clones, "Nightmare" Geese Howard, SVC/'98UM Geese Howard, KOF '99 Robert, and KOF '99 Sie Kensou. the console version of KOF 20002: Unlimited Match also includes a Neo Geo port of the original King of Fighters 2002 and a gallery of the original character artwork.

Tons of character cameos... is White really sitting on a Street sign? Really? lol.




Page Updated: May 22nd, 2020
Developer(s): SNK Playmore
Publisher(s): SNK Playmore
Artwork by: Hiroaki
Platform(s): Arcade, PlayStation 2, Xbox Live, PC
Release Date(s): Feb. 26th, 2009                PlayStation 2
July 9th, 2009                    Arcade
June 24th, 2010               PS2 - Tougeki Version
Nov. 3rd, 2010                Xbox Live Arcade
Jan. 24th, 2011                 Arcade - Final Version
Feb. 27th, 2015             
Characters Nameless, Kyo, Iori, Benimaru, Daimon, Terry, Andy, Joe, Leona, Ralf, Clark, Kim, Chang, Choi, Ryo, Robert, Takuma, Athena, Kensou, Chin, Mai, King, Yuri, May Lee, Mature, Vice, Yamazaki, Mary, Billy, Yashiro, Shermie, Chris, K', Maxima, Whip, Vanessa, Seth, Ramon, Kula, Angel, Bao, Foxy, Jhun Hoon, Lin, Heidern, Li Xiangfei, Hinako, Kasumi Todoh, Goenitz, Rugal, Omega Rugal, Geese, Krizalid, Zero, Original Zero, Igniz

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Related Games: KOF 2002, KOF '98: Ultimate Match, KOF Collection: Orochi Saga, KOF '94, KOF '94: Re-bout, KOF '95, KOF '96, KOF '97, KOF '98, KOF '99, KOF 2000, KOF 2001, KOF 2003, KOF XI, KOF XII, KOF XIII, KOF XIV, 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, SNK VS Capcom Chaos

Gameplay Engine

 8.0 / 10

Story / Theme

 8.0 / 10

Overall Graphics

 7.0 / 10


 7.0 / 10

Music / Sound Effects

 8.5 / 10


 6.5 / 10

Art Direction

 9.0 / 10


 9.0 / 10

Options / Extras

 8.0 / 10

Intro / Presentation

 7.5 / 10

Replayability / Fun

 7.5 / 10

"Ouch" Factor

 7.0 / 10


 9.0 / 10


 8.0 / 10

 Review based on PS2 (Japan import) version     


Final Words:

KOF 2002: Unlimited Match offers a lot of fan service for veteran players, boasting a huge roster. In a lot of ways, it's pretty much the same KOF fans have been playing for years. For hardcore KOF fans, it's a timeless game with tons of replayability... but for casual players looking for a bit more graphical prowess or "flash" out of their 2D fighters, Unlimited Match may disappoint. 

Despite looking very aged as a fighting game in 2009-2010, Unlimited Match gives traditional 2D fighting fans a throwback to an older time... and is the definitive remake of the "classic KOF formula" if there ever was one. Personally I didn't enjoy playing it much, but I do love the amazing character artwork drawn by the legendary Hiroaki.
~TFG Webmaster