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.
REVIEW: The King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match is an enhanced version of 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 pixelated... 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 probably doesn't want to get sued in the future). Nameless fights very similar to K9999, even though he has completely different animations. Most of the other character updates are subtle, but many characters have brand new desperation moves.
In all, KOF 2002: UM features 66 playable characters (the largest roster of the series). Of course, this includes alternate versions some some characters, such as: The Kyo clones, "Nightmare" Geese Howard, SVC/'98UM Geese Howard, KOF '99 Robert, and KOF '99 Sie Kensou. 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: November 23rd, 2013 Developer(s): SNK Playmore Publisher(s): SNK Playmore Artwork by: Hiroaki Platform(s): Arcade, Playstation 2, XBLA Release Date(s): February 26th, 2009 ( PS2)
November 3rd, 2010 (XBLA)
Characters: Nameless, Kyo Kusanagi, Iori Yagami, 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, Geese, Krizalid, Zero, Original Zero, Igniz
Related Games: King of Fighters 2002, 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 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, King of Fighters Collection: Orochi Saga , SNK VS Capcom Chaos
Gameplay Engine 8 / 10 Story / Theme 8 / 10 Overall Graphics 7 / 10 Animation 7 / 10 Music / Sound Effects 8.5 / 10 Innovation 6.5 / 10 Art Direction 9 / 10 Customization 9 / 10 Options / Extras 8 / 10 Intro / Presentation 7.5 / 10 Replayability / Fun 7.5 / 10 "Ouch" Factor 7 / 10 Characters 9 / 10 BOTTOM LINE
8 / 10
Review based on PS2 (Japan import) version Final Words:
Unlimited Match is a great fan service for old school KOF players, boasting a huge roster. Overall though, it's pretty much the same KOF people have been playing for years. For hardcore KOF fans, it's a timeless game with tons of replayability... but for casual fans or players looking for a bit more graphical prowess out of their 2D fighter, Unlimited Match may disappoint.
Despite looking a bit on the aged side, Unlimited Match gives hardcore KOF fans yet another solid remake of a classic KOF saga... and it's the definitive remake if there ever was one. Certainly a must play / must own for anyone who calls themselves a KOF fan. ~TFG Webmaster