Neo Geo Battle Coliseum
Last Updated: 12/20/2012 Developer(s): SNK Playmore Publisher(s): SNK Playmore / Ignition () Artwork by: Eisuke Ogura Platform(s): Arcade, Playstation 2, Xbox, XBLA Release Date(s): July 27th, 2005 (Arcade)
December 22nd, 2005 ( PS2)
November 24th, 2006 ( PS2)
December 11th, 2007 ( PS2)
June 9th, 2010 (XBLA)
Characters: Yuki, Ai, Terry Bogard, Marco Rossi, Washizuka, Nakoruru, K', Mai, Geese, Kim, Tung Fu Ru, Asura, Hanzo, Fuuma, Kyo, Iori, Rock, Kisarah Westfield, Haohmaru, Cyber Woo, Kaede, Akari, Ryo, Mr. Big, Shermie, Hotaru Futaba, Robert Garcia, Lee Pai Long, Moriya Minakata, Genjuro Kibagami, Jin Chonrei, Jin Chonshu, Shiki, Mudman, Athena, Mars People, Orochi, Shishioh, Shin Shishioh, Neo Dio, Goodman
Related Games: King of Fighters XI, Last Blade 2, Samurai Shodown 4, SNK VS Capcom Chaos, Card Fighters Clash, Capcom Fighting Evolution
Gameplay Engine 8 / 10 Story / Theme 9 / 10 Overall Graphics 7.5 / 10 Animation 7.5 / 10 Music / Sound Effects 7 / 10 Innovation 7.5 / 10 Art Direction 9 / 10 Customization 9 / 10 Options / Extras 8.5 / 10 Intro / Presentation 8.5 / 10 Replayability / Fun 8 / 10 "Ouch" Factor 7.5 / 10 Characters 9 / 10 BOTTOM LINE
8.5 / 10
Review based on PS2 version Final Words:
NeoGeo Battle Coliseum is an impressive 2D fighting game overall. The gameplay is different enough from SNK's other franchises to make it stand out in the 2D fighting game genre and the diversity of the roster is something to behold... although, there are quite a few more characters I'd love to see in this game (and would have rather seen in place of others).
Also worth mentioning, I think the theme of this game being a mock of the emulation community is pretty clever by SNK. Even though people "ripped them off" by emulating their arcade games, for some people it was the only way to play those games. That said, I'm glad SNK fighting games are much more accessible nowadays. ;) ~TFG Webmaster
STORY: "In February, 2017 of the new Japanese era there is a man trying to rule the NEOGEO World. "I will topple NeoGeo's most powerful warriors and put myself on the throne!" We knew that if he managed to obtain NeoGeo world's awesome power, world domination would not be far from his reach. This man, who sat at the heart of "The Warez Conglomerate" with overwhelming financial power behind him, had already set out on his ambitious path to gain NeoGeo World's power. Those who knew the truth of his intentions were already trembling with fear... As NeoGeo World drew closer to the verge of disaster, a Warez sponsored fighting competition was announced. This event is called "NEOGEO BATTLE COLISEUM". The Federal Government is worried about the situation, and has secretly dispatched its two best secret agents, Yuki and Ai. A world on the verge of eternal darkness.... The future of NEOGEO World is now in the hands of the warriors."
(The name of the organization that hosts the tournament, WAREZ, is an obvious jab at the emulation community... SNK Playmore blames software piracy as one of the contributing factors to the company's bankruptcy and eventual closing in 2001).
TONS of cameos in this game... sup Ikari Warriors?
REVIEW: Neo Geo Battle Coliseum is a "dream match" of sorts, and is basically an epic fan service for longtime SNK fighting game players. Bringing together characters from all over the SNK universe for some good old fashioned 2D fighting, Neo Geo Battle Coliseum includes fighters from a variety of franchises, including: The Last Blade, World Heroes, Savage Reign, Metal Slug, Samurai Shodown, and of course, King of Fighters. A couple newcomers are also introduced, Ai and Yuki, whom arguably are inspired by the main protagonists of Card Fighters Clash. A new SNK boss known only as "Goodman" also makes his debut.
Last Blade VS King of Fighters! Woooo!
Neo Geo Battle Coliseum's gameplay feels most similar to the King of Fighters series, with the exception of evasive rolls. The fights are 2 VS 2 tag team style, meaning players can swap their characters on the spot, and even perform a cool looking team up combo. Certain character combinations also have "special" team up attacks, many of which are nothing short of badass. Most characters have all of their trademark moves, and even some brand new ones in most cases. Overall, every character in NGBC is well-represented, although some of the sprites used do look a bit "old" by today's standards. Also worth mentioning is that the game is more "combo friendly" than KOF, perhaps making it a bit more accessible that SNK's classic franchise.
Raging Storm this!!!!
Battle Coliseum's graphics certainly aren't revolutionary, but aren't too bad for 2D in the "current gen". The backgrounds are 3D-ish... some utilizing polygons, others using pretty impressive high-res 2D graphics to make the environments stand out. Some may say that Battle Coliseum still looks like "old school KOF", but many of the character sprites are actually redrawn specifically for this game, and are some of SNK's best in recent times. The sprites mesh well against the sharp backdrops, and there are even a plethora of character cameos in many of the backgrounds, offering plenty of eye candy besides the fast paced fighting itself. The character selection artwork and victory artwork also define Battle Coliseum's visual style, and look superb.
Along with the frantic gameplay sound effects, the soundtrack is original, and suits the game rather well. Character voices are also as good as you'd expect, and thankfully the iconic characters sound like they should! The home version includes unlockable art, some decent options, and even a fun Color Edit Mode, where you can create "2" of your own colors for each character (if you have any skill that is). NGBC is definitely a must have for any SNK fan... and if you're a fan of 2D fighters in general, you'll most likely find something to like about the game.