King of fighters 14 is a breath of fresh life into a venerated series with their first foray into 3d. Sadly, this is a bit hit and miss to an overall excellent fighter.
The video, as always provides much more depth than a few paragraphs can.
First, lets talk about the visuals – the switch to 3D is a welcome one in my eyes, but the implementation isn’t the greatest. I wont disparate the animation or combat interaction quality, those are absolutely fantastic. Combat feels great with each punch and kick and magical ice-blast feeling exactly as you would imagine and reactive and instant actions being very responsive. Again: KoF 14 is a fantastic fighting game.
But it does look like a game from 3 or 4 years ago visually. While 60FPS without any dips is great (and important for fighting games more than almost any other genre), the visual fidelity (including options) is very lackluster, which is a damn shame. It looks closer to Street fighter 4, than it does to any modern competitor, even when it it can trade them blow for blow on the technical implementation.
So, onward to other parts of the game, i (mostly) have praise. The tutorial is extensive and mostly good, the training mode is excellent and a very solid addition. the local multiplayer is amazing to have and all in all this is a very complete product. Especially taking the solid online component into account.
But its not perfect, and the issues here are twofold: Find online matches isn’t as smooth as i’d like with especially unranked games being hit and miss on matchmaking quality (getting curb stomped 9/10 games isn’t that fun to me). The Second issue does tie directly into this…”getting good” requires an immense number of hours and with a roster of 54 characters, a lot of grinding. The game does to try create more accessibility / forgiveness for newer players, but even then its a very steep learning curve before you can stand on two feet, which is not that great.
That said, Once you get on your two feet, or if you want to face the AI / Friends, you really cant do wrong in looking in the direction of this game for your Face smashing fun.