Have you been screwed by SNK?
Think about it. SNK makes games. Expensive games. Few people
review SNK games. And information is usually very hard to come by
where SNK is concerned. Even the worst games from SNK are usually
better than most. SNK games are very hard to get once a good
review for the game in question comes out. So you have to buy
it immediately if you are ever going to get it. At SNK's high
price. Once you get it home, what then? Is it really worth all that
I am talking about KOF'98 - bought it for $300.00 early to make sure
I got one and now that I have it I am not pleased. '97 was very good
but the control wasn't the greatest (those damn shortcuts). '95 was
good except the dodge in 2 player mode became decisive move
of the game - he with priority won. '96 was between the two - with the
rolls fairly useless turning it into a good old fashion head-on fight.
I knew I should have bought a new 17in monitor and StarCraft or a new
HDD and Starcraft but no, I figured KOF'98 wouldn't let me down.
Besides Iori Had a new move (about time - Kyo has many moves and they
all have some kind of auto-counter).
Iori is my favorite character and I can kick mega butt with him -
until '98. I cannot even get close enough to the opponent to attack
him with Iori - the game is so unbalanced - I was screwed, not only
does my favorite character have a new useless move he gets his ass
kicked by almost every character in the game regardless how I play.
I am hopeful that I am missing something big and that the character
I most love to play has not been botched as much as it seems, Except
for the loose gameplay, the too tight control (some moves simply will
not work) and many characters apparently unbalanced (especially
Iori - neutered) the rest of the game is pretty good.
A couple of years ago I made a rule of never purchasing a game which
everyone said was good. I have broken this rule often and almost
always been disappointed. Let this be a lesson to all of you, SNK
has you right where they want you whether they know it or not. By the
time you find out how the game really is, it is too late.
Hmmm, this seems to be a 'buyer beware' editorial. At any case,
whether SNK makes good, bad or rip-off games, we should always say
out loud our complains or compliments to SNK or other gamers.
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