Over the years video games have changed, the games consoles get more powerful and are now able to offer the user much more. However, there are some gamers who do not like the direction of these new games and much prefer old school games and these games are now seeing a resurgence.
The most popular game genre has to be fighting and a handful of the old school fighting games are now making a comeback. A popular game that is making a comeback after almost 18 years of the original release is The King Of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga, and is available on the Sony PS2, PSP and the Wii, which is the version that we are reviewing.
SNK Playmore thought that they would treat its loyal fans from the series by launching The Orochi Saga Collection; the collection consists of KOF 94, 95, 96, 97 and 98 all on one disc. Go back 18 years and imagine what your face would have been like knowing that 5 games were squeezed on to one disc.
The games were originally on the Neo Geo system and it was able to play the game just how it was in the arcade. For today’s system like the Wii, it can run the game easily without even breaking into a sweat.
The moment that you run the game you see that you are offered more choice in controls for the Wii version. Firstly, you have standard controls; this will allow you to play the game with just the Wii Remote by holding the controller sideways. To punch and kick you need to press buttons A, B, 1 and 2. To move you just need to use the directional arrows. That setup is boring and the Wii is not made to be boring so I choose the other setup.
The Wii remote plus nunchuk setup is the perfect way for the Nintendo Wii. To move you just use the nunchuck, the attack buttons are also on the nunchuck as well as the A and B buttons on the Wii Remote, this is a much better set up and allows you to get a greater feel for the game. It is always best to get into a quick match and try out both setups before you truly immerse yourself in to The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga.
Do not expect the graphics to blow your mind as the game is not about that, it is just good old fashion fighting, and that is fun in itself. Games these days are trying too hard, sometimes you need games like this to let off some steam.
I have a 40-inch Samsung Full HD 100Hz TV and I have to say that this game was never designed to play on such a TV; the poor graphics certainly show on a larger screen. The games are extremely pixilated, a result of the games just being blown up and not designed to work on a screen of this size.
The Orochi Saga is a great reproduction of the original games; all of the characters are back complete with their signature moves. Each of the games contains improvements over the original games; most of them are so minor that they are sometimes hard to spot, unless of course you are a true fan.
The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga for the Wii is not about great visuals and amazing colors, it is all about gameplay, and the gameplay is superb. Be warned for those of you who have never played these games before, do not expect them to handle as well as Street fighter, but the games are still great in their own way. We found that spending some time in the training mode allowed us to get used to our controls and practice on our maneuvers. Remember to try both control configurations to see which one is best for you.
The game includes the vintage sound tracks from all those years ago, some of these still sound great but some are showing their age. We found that the training mode and challenge mode was great to help bring a bit of life to the game, but the game itself is still the 2D fighting format, so only hard-core old school gamers will appreciate this.
The game does lack online multiplayer, which would have been a nice feature for fans of the series. Do not let that get you down; we just invited one of our friends over to play as the game still supports two players.
The game itself takes some time getting used to; being so used to modern fighting games, the precision of The Orochi Saga is certainly something different. I found that I was losing a lot of fights at first, but after a few goes, ok a lot more than a few goes, I found that I was getting used to the not so precise controls of the character.
Overall, the KOF series for the Wii are faithfully duplicated to what they were all those years ago. As we said, gameplay is the main feature and it does not disappoint.
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