The King of Fighters XIV

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The King of Fighters XIV is ranked in the 76th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 64 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

79

Top Critic Average

77%

Critics Recommend

Based on 64 critic reviews

Score Distribution

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Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Aug 22, 2016

The return of SNK's flagship series offers concessions to beginners, and new depths for veterans.

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GuyLogicGaming
Unscored
Unscored
Jun 19, 2017
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Scored Reviews

Hey Poor Player
5 / 5.0
5 / 5.0
Aug 22, 2016

When all is said and done, what’s perhaps the most impressive thing about The King of Fighters XIV is that the game has managed to do what many thought was impossible by putting SNK back on the map as a world class developer.

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DualShockers
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2016

If you own a PS4 and are into fighting games, or are just starting in the competitive scene, The King of Fighters XIV is perfect for you. It is simplistic and easy to use on the surface, but still has huge combos and advanced mechanics for players to learn and master if they put time into the game. While the graphics could be better, everything else about the game is so amazing that you tend not to notice after a while. The King of Fighters XIV is one of the best fighting games I have ever played, and will satisfy fans of the series, hardcore fighting game enthusiasts, and those hoping to get into them. Quite the return for SNK, isn’t it?

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PS4Blog.net
10 / 10
10 / 10
Aug 23, 2016

I loved my time playing the game for my THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIV review, and I’ll continue to play for the rest of the year until I can get that Platinum trophy.

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GameSpew
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jun 22, 2017

On PlayStation 4 The King of Fighters XIV was impressive, and on PC it's even more so. Being frank, I think it's the best 2D fighter out there, all things considered.

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MonsterVine
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Aug 23, 2016

The King of Fighters XIV is almost everything you could ask for from a fighting game. It’s fast, flashy, full of content, and most importantly, fun.

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GamesRadar+
Aug 22, 2016

Whether or not you dig its new look, KOF 14 offers everything you could want in a fighting game: refined gameplay, a bevy of appealing characters, and accessibility that gives way to complex depth.

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WellPlayed
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2016

This truly is The King of the fighting genre in almost every way

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The Outerhaven Productions
Aug 23, 2016

The King of Fighters XIV does everything right, in a time where just so much is going wrong with Fighting Games. Where e-Sports are at an unparalleled popularity level and the most popular game caved into the e-Sports distribution model, it’s pretty amazing to see a fighting game that is complete on day one.

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IGN Middle East
9 / 10.0
IGN Middle East
Amin Abbas

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Aug 27, 2016

The King of Fighters XIV is one of the best installments for the series so far and it paves the way for a new era of SNK fighting games in the future. If you're a fan of the genre and want to go through a unique and enjoyable experience, then The King of Fighters XIV is the game for you.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Aug 23, 2016

The King of Fighter XIV channels the spirit of the 90s whilst very subtly evolving to attract more casual players. Coupled with a truly electrifying character roster and robust single player options, the game feels like a legitimate classical experience done justice. It caters to more than just the hardened warriors of yesteryear. If eSports are your forte, though, SNK has you covered with one of the fighting genre’s broadest spectrums of options to tinker with.

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SelectButton
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 22, 2016

KOF 14 stays true to the KOF formula, but the move from hand-drawn sprites to 3D character models won’t appease everyone. There is the occasional stiff looking animation, but the gameplay and pacing is currently unmatched in any other fighting game series. With a plethora of single-player and multiplayer (both offline and online) KOF 14 is the most content complete fighting game on the market.

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VideoTime
8.9 / 10.0
8.9 / 10.0
Aug 23, 2016

The King of Fighters XIV is an excellent fighting game, probably the most complete one that has been released in the last years, pitifully its brilliance is obscured by a presentation that without being bad deviates from the tradition of the saga. Their fighting system is impeccable and the amount of fighters is wide enough that you can find a fighter that suits your style.

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Everyeye.it
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2016

The fourteenth episode of King of Fighters is a fighting game that goes straight to the point. It doesen't get lost in useless graphical showoff, and gives back to the fans the good old combat system, flawless and huge.

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CGMagazine
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2016

While The King of Fighters XIV isn't as flashy or good looking as other recently released fighters, it is jam packed with content by comparison having 50 characters playable on the disc.

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Gaming Nexus
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2016

Visual inconsistency aside, the newest entry in the King of Fighters proves to be one of its best. The gameplay and mechanics are as solid as ever and there's plenty for newcomers and old guard alike to enjoy.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
4.25 / 5.0
4.25 / 5.0
Aug 22, 2016

All in all, KOF XIV is a great addition to the franchise that launches with a full feature set unlike its more popular rival Street Fighter V. It doesn’t look as fancy as Street Fighter V and some veterans might feel that it doesn’t add anything revolutionary to the mix. Its fundamentals, however, are rock solid and the classic KOF style and humor shines. If you’re looking for a fully-fleshed arcade fighting game experience from home, you can’t do wrong in picking up this one.

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PushStartPlay
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 25, 2016

It’s been 22 years since the release of the original King of Fighters and with The King of Fighters XIV, it’s a gem of a game that’s stayed true to its roots, but remains as relevant as ever.

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EGM
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2016

Though its visuals still betray the legacy of SNK’s rich and gorgeous 2D sprite work, The King of Fighters XIV revives the glory of the franchise where it counts most: gameplay and core mechanics. This will hopefully be the first step in a better future for the series, but even this unpolished first entry is worth the time for longtime fans and newcomers alike.

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TechRaptor
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 28, 2016

King of Fighters XIV brings one of the genre's longest running franchises to the current generation with mixed results visually. The gameplay is deep should players want to explore it and friendly to newcomers just jumping on with the series. The soundtrack is fantastic and the net code is far improved over its predecessor. We have a winner folks.

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Level Down Games
85 / 100
85 / 100
Aug 22, 2016

The King of Fighters XIV is definitely the best version in the series to date. With the introduction of the 3D models and beautifully realized graphics, on top of the traditional and classic fighting system that SNK has perfected over the years, this one will keep fans coming back for quite some time.

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ZTGD
8.5 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Aug 24, 2016

The King of Fighters XIV is everything I wanted it to be going in. There is enough content to keep me testing out the teams of fighters. With 50 playable characters to experiment with, it is fun to learn match-ups and play with friends. I found myself coming back constantly to this game, and always finding new characters I really enjoyed playing as.

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GameGrin
8.5 / 10.0
GameGrin
Nathan_908

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2016

King of Fighters XIV is brilliant. It is certainly an upgrade on the last game, with upgraded visuals, a cool story mode, depth of characters, and great locations being the main boasting point. Having said that, the actual gameplay is brilliant stuff, with the combinations and movement of characters being a particular highlight. It is just a shame the online experience is rather hit and miss, even after the patch.

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God is a Geek
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2016

A fighting game that packs a punch and is worthy of the series’ name. Once you see past some questionable animations you’ll find countless hours of fun mixing and matching teams on and offline.

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Pardis Game
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 13, 2017

Given that the computer port has many problems, the game itself is of great value. Despite of its average graphics, The King of Fighters XIV is one of the best recent fighting games because of a huge roster, numerous playable modes and a fantastic gameplay

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Impulsegamer
4.1 / 5.0
4.1 / 5.0
Sep 18, 2016

A more than viable alternative to Street Fighter V, King of Fighters XIV offers up a refined combat system, an incredibly deep and responsive mechanical experience and a huge roster of characters, each with their own subtle martial arts discipline and varied approaches to fighting.

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Wccftech
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Aug 24, 2016

The King of Fighters XIV is a solid entry that’s sure to be played in tournaments for the next couple of years and establishes a foundation for newcomers to pick up a controller and learn what the hype is about.

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IGN Italy
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2016

While offering only discrete graphics and gameplay still be refined, The King of Fighters XIV is an excellent starting point for the rebirth of the brand. Content-rich, affordable and fun, the last SNK title is still far from its former glory, but the basis laid are so solid to ensure more than a hope for the future of the series.

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GameCrate
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2016

A fresh direction for the series that acknowledges the characters that made it what it is, while adding enough new characters to make this entry worth playing.

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We Got This Covered
Aug 22, 2016

Don't get thrown off by the new visual style — The King of Fighters XIV still offers solid fighting action for veterans and newcomers alike, and the slate of 19 new characters is a real treat.

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2016

King of Fighters XIV falls somewhere between XII and XIII. It's not exactly bare-bones and the roster is mighty, but the gaudy presentation and by-the-book story is distracting, and takes away a lot of the uniqueness of the series.

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Digital Chumps
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 25, 2016

A strong release for 2D fighting fans and an overall successful return for one of the genre's most legendary franchises.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2016

The King of Fighters XIV is a fully featured fighting game. It still feels like its classic predecessors, but it has been updated in some important areas to feel like a modern take. Its roster is both a celebration of the series that also signifies that this is a new step forward. I’m excited to see KoF back in the spotlight, and I hope to see SNK continue building on this great installment.

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Game Revolution
Aug 23, 2016

Aside from some faulty matchmaking, the package is a fighting game worth playing. It looks good enough and runs smoothly, and even when lagging, the online play is nice and clean. And it doesn’t bring anything new to the table (besides Nakaruru from Samurai Showdown in her console KoF debut, along with one or two other new faces), but everything it’s doing is being done right. Finally, King of Fighters is beginning to summon that feel SNK had harnessed generations ago, and it feels damn good. It’s going to have to innovate further to reclaim its crown, but at least it’s back in the court.

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PCMag
Aug 31, 2016

SNK's first mainline 3D King of Fighters title boasts an impressive roster, technical gameplay, and enough content to keep you brawling for a very long time.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Aug 22, 2016

King of Fighters XIV has some rough edges, but is outstanding overall.

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Gamers FTW
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2016

King of Fighters 14 is rough around the edges and is certainly not a perfect game, but what it lacks in graphics and compelling story it more than makes up for in gameplay. Delivering some of the best fighting in the series to date with fresh takes on old mechanics, any fighting game fan would be missing out if they judged King of Fighters 14 by its graphical punch.

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Readers Gambit
8 / 10.0
Readers Gambit
Guest Reviewer
8 / 10.0
Aug 28, 2016

Starting with The King of Fighters XIII, I have been excited for the next in the series and boy did The King of Fighters XIV deliver. The series has always been looked at with a touch of fear and apprehension from outside players, but those who give the game a moment of their time will find that it’s both an accessible and deep fighter, offering to the new and old alike.

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ThisGenGaming
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 31, 2016

Overall for this being my first time playing a game in this franchise I felt the game was a pretty solid offering. It was pretty easy for me to pick up and play but it has that depth the more hardcore fighting game fan may be looking for. I prefer 1v1 fighting games but the 3v3 didn’t bother me too much and it works well with the huge roster on display here. I’m also not a big online player in fighting games so I wish there was more single player content as the story mode isn’t very long. I don’t think this is the king of fighters but I do think The King of Fighters XIV is worth checking out.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 22, 2016

The King of Fighters XIV may not impress you with its visuals, but the accessible-yet-complex mechanics make it a well-executed fighter worth your time.

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Marooners' Rock
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2016

If you’re a fan of King of Fighters then King of Fighters XIV is a welcome new addition to the family. It’s a great fighting game that players of other fighting games can respect and get into quite easily.

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Niche Gamer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 8, 2016

The King of Fighters XIV is an odd beast of a fighting game that has tons of depth and great character variety. It’s not much to look at and it does a terrible job at teaching you how to play, but once you get it down it’s one of the most satisfying fighting games out there to learn and destroy at. If you have the time to get over that brick wall, this will probably be one of your favorite fighting games.

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GameSkinny
Aug 23, 2016

Is King of Fighters XIV an impressive addition to the year of fighters, or is this an unwelcomed comeback to the ring?

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 24, 2016

A successful soft reboot for the venerable fighting game series, and a great jumping on point for those dissatisfied by Street Fighter V.

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USgamer
Aug 22, 2016

With 50 fighters (17 of whom are all-new), 19 stages, and a host of gameplay modes, SNK is coming out swinging with King of Fighters XIV. The roster is diverse and interesting and the game is easy to get into. The game could definitely use a boost in the visual department, as the art style can come across as safe and bland, but the game itself is solid. As the beginning for a whole new era of SNK, King of Fighters XIV is a win.

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IGN
8 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Aug 24, 2016

King of Fighters XIV offers an astonishing amount of content, with nearly double the playable characters of most other games available on day one. The fighters themselves are interesting and well designed, both visually and mechanically, and they push limits with an execution ceiling higher than perhaps any other fighting game. King of Fighters XIV’s netcode and technical shortcomings are itis biggest stumbling blocks, but mastering its characters and leveraging what you’ve learned remains satisfying regardless. There are no shortcuts to becoming the new King of Fighters, but the journey to the top is well worth taking.

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TrustedReviews
Aug 26, 2016

King of Fighters XIV is very much a new KOF game. It retains all of the hallmarks of the series, from the beautiful backgrounds and giant roster to the challenging combos and large amount to learn. If you’re into the genre and are looking for something that will reward you for putting in time, then SNK’s reputation for building fighting games that allow for that should speak for itself.

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Digiato
75 / 100
Digiato
Arash Parsapour

Top Critic

75 / 100
Feb 13, 2018

King of Fighter XIV is a new beginning for the fourth arc of the series story and its success has made SNK into remastering other games like Samurai Shodown. If you're into fighting games and you're looking for a real challenge, King of Fighter is the proper choice instead of Tekken and Mortal Kombat series.

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Areajugones
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2016

The famous fighting saga comes back with a renewed aspect and brings back the gameplay mechanics that made these games great. The King of Fighters XIV is a very entertaining game for the fans of the genre, even though the graphics could run better on the PlayStation 4.

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NZGamer
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2016

All the depth of 2D King of Fighters, none of the beauty.

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Game Informer
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Aug 23, 2016

Lots of characters and online modes to tinker with, but the single-player portion feels limited

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Video Chums
7.1 / 10.0
7.1 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2016

Even though The King of Fighters XIV has less than stellar graphics and an empty promise of being more accessible, it's still chock full of fantastic fighting that fans will love every second of.

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TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 23, 2016

As a new entry in the series that pushes it into uncharted territory, King of Fighters XIV is an admirable effort. Boasting a huge roster, accessible action and smooth gameplay, there’s a lot to like, but the mediocre transition to 3D and inconsistent netcode hold it back from greatness.

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Slant Magazine
Aug 26, 2016

The first game in this series since 2010 offers a no-frills story mode that echoes the arcade experience.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 22, 2016

It's perhaps disingenuous to claim that King of Fighters XIV marks a glorious return to form akin to that of Street Fighter IV, because the more recent 2D instalments in SNK's franchise have been excellent examples of technical fighting brilliance. What the fourteenth entry in this esteemed franchise does is lay down the foundations for future sequels which will – thanks to the relentless march of technology – use 3D models instead of handdrawn sprites. While King of Fighters XIV looks positively shabby when placed alongside Street Fighter V, it arguably offers more depth and variety. The three-person mechanic encourages players to master more than one fighter, and the cast – while perhaps not as instantly-recognisable as the likes of Ryu, Chun-Li, and Blanka – has something for every type of player.Ironically, the biggest sticking point with King of Fighters XIV is the one aspect designed to make it more appealing to outsiders; the new "Rush" mode allows even complete newbies to look like combo-crunching experts, but it's likely to divide opinion with serious players who prefer to rely on their own skill and knowledge when it comes to unlocking the game's most potent moves. Even so, this single concession to a mainstream audience is easy to forgive when taken as part of a package which rewards methodical, technical play in a way that no other fighting game does.

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GamingBolt
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2016

King of Fighters remains what it has always been with its latest entry: a niche fighter with a great cast, an unforgiving learning curve, and a lot of heart anchored by an incredible fighting engine. It’s not for everyone; no game is. But if you’re willing to dedicate yourself to it, and learn it, it’s a tournament worth entering and a fight worth fighting, all these years later.

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Twinfinite
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Aug 22, 2016

At its worst, The King of Fighters XIV feels like a game of missed opportunities loaded to the brim with potential and at its best, an incredibly well-built fighter that is sure to please longtime fans of the series and veteran fighting game players alike. Even though the game feels bogged down by a poorly constructed story, weak character models, and a slightly off putting over-pandering to new players, there is still so much about KOF XIV that feels genuine and unique.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
Az Elias

Top Critic

7 / 10
Aug 30, 2016

The King of Fighters XIV is a solid comeback for the series, and the generally subpar 3D visuals are quickly gotten used to after a few minutes with the game. The proof is in the pudding; the same classic 2D fighting gameplay KOF has been renowned for is meaty, with plenty of depth for series vets to work with, an easier time for newcomers looking to get into it, enough modes for both solo and online players, a supersized character roster, and plenty to unlock in terms of artwork, music and more. Improvements could have been made in other areas, such as the weak story and presentation (menus and models), but more importantly, KOF XIV should have some great competitive legs, and deservedly so.

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games(TM)
7 / 10
games(TM)
games™ Team

Top Critic

7 / 10
Nov 1, 2016

A solid and welcome return

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Gaming Masters
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2016

In Summary, if you are looking for a fighting game on PS4 this year, pick it up as it's good fun even though complicated in places. The graphics are a generation behind, however, this doesn't really effect the gameplay at all. If you are looking for a story mode, I would avoid King of Fighters XIV as it's too shallow to be worth £50 unless you have played the previous games.

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The Game Fanatics
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2016

If you aren't a diehard fighting game/KoF fan, rent it or wait for a price drop. Fighting game/KoF fans? Go crazy. You'll enjoy it.

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Rice Digital
Aug 21, 2016

Whatever the reason The King of Fighters XIV feels like it lacks some of the magic of the earlier games. It's a game that really wants to be the "king of fighters" itself, but has forgotten that means having some fun along the way.

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Nintendo Life
6 / 10
6 / 10
Mar 29, 2017

King of Fighters '94 may be the title that started the entire series but it pales in comparison to its sequels - such as the superb King of Fighters '98, also available on the Switch eShop. With that in mind, there's little point in buying this if you already own that particular title, unless you're keen to see how far the franchise advanced in the four years that separate them. King of Fighters '94 is fun to play and presents a stern challenge, but it's a long way from being the best the lineage has to offer. Unless you're really keen on this entry, you're better off buying King of Fighters '98.

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