The King of Fighters '98: Ultimate Match
Last Updated: 6/15/2010 Developer(s): SNK Publisher(s): SNK Platform(s): Playstation 2, Xbox 360 (XBLA) Release Date(s): March 3rd, 2009 ( PS2) Characters: Kyo, Benimaru, Daimon, Andy, Terry, Joe, Ryo, Robert, Mai, King, Yuri, Ralf, Leona, Clark, Athena, Kensou, Chin, Chizuru, Yashiro, Shermie, Chris, Mature, Vice, Iori, Chang, Kim, Choi, Yamazaki, Blue Mary, Billy Kane, Heidern, Takuma, Saisyu, Heavy D, Lucky, Brian, Shingo, Eiji, Kasumi, Geese, Krauser, Mr. Big, Goenitz, Orochi, Rugal
Related Games: 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 '99, King of Fighters 2000, King of Fighters 2001, King of Fighters 2001, King of Fighters 2002, King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match, 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
Gameplay Engine 7.5 / 10 Story / Theme 7.5 / 10 Overall Graphics 6 / 10 Animation 6 / 10 Music / Sound Effects 6.5 / 10 Innovation 6 / 10 Art Direction 7 / 10 Customization 8 / 10 Options / Extras 8.5 / 10 Intro / Presentation 8 / 10 Replayability / Fun 7 / 10 "Ouch" Factor 7.5 / 10 Characters 8.5 / 10 BOTTOM LINE
7.8 / 10
Review based on PS2 version Final Words:
For a 2D fighting game that's 10 years old, KOF '98 holds up rather well, but really does show (and sound) it's age in this high-def era. For fighting gamers looking to be "wowed" by graphics or animation, this game isn't for you... then again, if you've never checked out the legendary KOF '98, this remake is a great way to experience the classic and get you acquainted with some of the KOF series' most memorable characters! For hardcore KOF fans, Ultimate Match is pretty much "timeless" and is definitely a must own. ~TFG Webmaster
STORY: In terms of plot, KOF '98: Ultimate March does not have a story and was developed as a "dream match" with characters from all previous installments of King of Fighters.
The definitive version of King of Fighters '98.
REVIEW: Originally featuring a total of 38 characters, The King of Fighters '98 was no doubt a fan favorite installment to the series due to the great character roster and quality 2D gameplay. 10 years later, the Ultimate Match edition of enhances the classic title with 7 new playable characters, special EX versions of characters not featured in the original version, and several brand new stages!
One more Powaa Gyssaaaa for old times sake.
Along with the "Advance" & "Extra" play styles from the original, a new "Ultimate" mode is now selectable, which is a customizable style that lets players choose between features from Advance or Extra mode, such as which kind of power gauge to use. A "Neo Geo" mode is also available in the package, which is a direct port of the original Neo Geo console version. The home package of Ultimate Match also includes a gallery mode with a variety of classic artwork to browse through.
Eiji is so ninja, he wasn't even in the original KOF '98!