| paleface [sys=PS2; cat=Fighting; loc=JPN] |
|Well so I got NESTS for PS2 to avoid the supposed input delay in PS2 games on the PS3 : P. I'm to unsophisticated to tell the difference, really, but I'll just add new comments about the three included games--KOFs 99, 2000, 2001--to this entry, since it's the one I'm playing now. For the comments prior, see the PS3 version, entry 1341.|
I didn't think so before (see entry 140, for instance), but 2001 is actually pretty darn fun. Eolith kind of took the KOF battle system from SNK and greased up the works. In a certain way it fundamentally breaks it, at least by the time they got to 2002, where you can definitely just combo by doing the same move repeatedly ; P (that may work in 2001, but I haven't seen it yet and at this point I really don't want to know x_x), but until you're smart enough to get to that point, it feels so darn fun and smooth.
The teammate/striker choice is a weird one. In team mode you can pick three characters and a striker (can you even pick four team members and no striker? now I can't remember; I didn't think so, though), or you can pick some other combination, such as...one team member and three strikers! That one team member seems to be stronger than individuals on a team with more members--kind of a CvS-style ratio system, really--so I wonder where the balance really comes out on this. Anyway, in my ignorance, it's kind of fun to mess around with.
I'm a little concerned about the difficulty level; at the default difficulty, and not really knowing the characters (even picking random characters in team mode, which re-randomizes them for each fight! (that doesn't get fixed until 2003), I got to the (first?) boss on the first try in both Team and Single modes! So hopefully the higher difficulties ratchet up appropriately, or, if I manage actually to get slightly better by playing this semi-regularly for once, I would face the what for me would be the ludicrous situation of out-leveling the non-boss CPU opponents in a KOF game for the first time ever. : o And then I'd have to ditch this (2001) for a harder KOF, ie any of them...well okay, except for XII. : P