The KOF '96 tournament drew to a close with an
incident that occurred right after the tournament's end. The incident itself
and the subsequent accident it caused were officially reported as the result of
terrorist activity by an unknown group, but the details concerning the
identity, motives, and subsequent whereabouts of the terrorists remained a
In spite of this incident, however, the KOF '96
tournament was an overwhelming commercial success. A few months after, the event
triggered a fighting craze and various large corporations, expressing interest
in the fad, offered to sponsor subsequent tournaments, leading to a demand for
an eagerly awaited KOF '97. The fad reached all over the globe and in no time
KOF '97 came into being.
With the decision to hold the tournament,
fighters began to gather at various venues for the preliminary matches and
approached the tournament with various motives, some came to test their
abilities while others entered for wealth and fame. Word of the tournament came
through all forms of the media, and fans from far and wide gathered to witness
the white-hot preliminary battles. Concomitant to the preliminary matches, came
the construction of various KOF stadiums throughout the world. Naturally the
anticipation for the KOF '97 tournament exceeded historical precedent and it
soon became obvious to everyone that the current tournament, as with the
previous one, would reach a remarkable climax.
What team will win the tournament that the eyes
of the whole world will look on and wear the KOF crown of victory? And does an
incident similar to the unexpected accident of last year's tournament threaten
to mar the festivities? All of the world's attention is focused on this year's
tournament. KOF '97 is here!
stages, music, and characters.
A series staying in the fight against a
very competitive line-up of fighting games in the late 90's, KOF is back
yet again with King of Fighters '97. Along with quite a few new additions to the
roster, the fourth
installment to the KOF series introduces the "dual mode" play system, allowing
players to choose from either "Advanced" (based on KOF '96) or "Extra"
(based on KOF '94 &
Mode allows for a faster, offensive play while Extra Mode allows
for a more defensive, special-intensive play. This new gameplay option, along
with the returning ability to customize teams, allowed players to play exactly
how they want to.
Welcome back Billy Kane.
Now with more gameplay and team
customization options than ever, KOF '97 was already the best KOF
game to date. On top of new gameplay and character tweaks, the character order
selection, Versus screen, and pre-fight interactions also breathed new life into
the graphics engine. Colors and character sprites seem brighter and more vibrant
than in past games, and the stage designs are some of the most energetic to
date. KOF '97's artwork and soundtrack also helped the game stand out
from the crowd.
KOF '97 was a big step for the series, and a certainly a step in the right
direction. The large character roster and variety of options given to the player
distinguished the series from other fighting games. KOF '97 was very well
received by fans due to the refined gameplay,
improved graphics & animation, and the largest and most colorful cast of
characters to date. ~TFG