Rugal Bernstein is an incredibly rich and notorious arms and drugs trafficker, as
well as an incredibly skilled and ruthless fighter. Having become bored with the
lack of competition, Rugal decides to host a new King of Fighters tournament.
Rugal has his secretary travel to eight destinations around the world and invite
fighters to his new tournament.
Year Anniversary KOF!
The King of Fighters '94 Re-Bout is a remake of the first ever
installment to the KOF series (King of Fighters '94),commemorating
the 10th anniversary of the franchise. The remake features "upscaled and
smoothed out" high-res character sprites and new backgrounds. KOF '94: Re-bout
only on Playstation 2 in Japan on December 28, 2004. An Xbox port for North
America was actually planned and completed, but was mysteriously canceled on
March. 23rd, 2006. In January 2015, KOF '94: Re-bout was
reported to be coming to PSN as a PS2 Classic. This means fans in other regions
can digitally import and finally try out the game if they haven't!
That's a lotta
Clearly, KOF '94: Re-bout's main
draw is the all new "remastered"
high-def sprites, along with Team Edit, which the original didn't have. As you
can tell from the screenshots, character sprites appear much larger
and crisper onscreen than their late 1994 NeoGeo counterparts. However, the frame-counts have
remained the same, so characters animate essentially the same
as they do in the original game. Using both 2D and 3D elements, the new backgrounds feature some cool
graphical effects and several character cameos from other SNK games. KOF
'94: Re-bout on PS2 also includes Online Versus Mode and a new anime
KOF '94: Re-bout is pretty much the "KOF version" of Super
Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. No doubt hardcore
fans of the originalKOF '94 can really appreciate this title... even
though a ton of beloved KOF characters don't appear in '94.
(Iori anyone?). I think the ancient animation might outweigh the crispy new
character sprites, but nonetheless, the classic sprites look pretty cool redrawn and all.
Unless you had access to a Japanese PS2, you've probably never played this game
(me included). Thankfully, with a 2015 PSN re-release looming, fans who missed
out on KOF '94: Re-bout can finally digitally import (at the least) and
give it a go. However, as a "PS2 Classics" title, we most likely won't
get online mode... but you never know, I suppose. ~TFG