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.
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 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 probably doesn't want to get sued in the future).
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
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
the original King of Fighters 2002 and a gallery of the original
Tons of character
cameos... is White really sitting on a Street sign? Really? lol.
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