The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match Final Edition, just received an important update on Steam. In this update, fans who were already playing this Final Edition, will have some amazing news that fills this fighting title that is a real nostalgia for Arcade players of the 1990s.
This update fulfills the desires of many fans to enjoy a smoother online experience by implementing the netcode rollback. In addition, the update also includes Online Lobbies, which can accommodate up to nine players, and spectator modes so you can watch your friends fight.
And the game?
For those who haven't acquired the title, or didn't even know it existed, it's a great opportunity to acquire this The King of Fighters. The game from '98 maintains the same arcade pattern from the SNK era, when it was released and surpassed any other fighting game.
The King of Fighters '98 to this day is considered one of the best fighting games ever made, so it was no surprise when SNK revealed to fans that they were bringing this Final Edition. In this version, SNK left the title more balanced, added new characters, stages, movement sets, among others.
Its gameplay has been improved as it should be, but it owes a little to the Playstation 2 version. Even so, its PC version stands out as one of the best fighting games ever made.
Well, it's a KOF, so yes. But before the obvious statement, it is important to understand the representativeness of KOF'98 and the reasons why it won an update on Steam.
The game arrived at the height of SNK and fighting games, well before the company went bankrupt and doubts arose about its titles. And this is one of the reasons that KOF'98 is so important to fans and the gaming industry. In addition, this edition retains the 3-on-3 combat, the pixelated backgrounds that are still successful today, a fantastic soundtrack, but without the 3D backgrounds.
Even without these backgrounds, the game remains very good, even more that the 2D sprites are better without the 3D version that ended up colliding and disrupting the game. KOF´98 still uses the 3 famous game systems: Advance, Extra and Ultimate.
For those who still don't understand this system, here's a summary:
Advance lets your fighter run, perform rolling dodges, unleash MAX super special moves, and charge the strength meter, spreading and taking damage.
Extra lets you perform short jumps, dodge attacks, perform MAX super special moves, and charge your energy meter by holding the attack buttons.
Ultimate is a nice transition from KOF '98: Ultimate Match, which lets you combine Advance and Extra elements to create your own hybrid fighting style.
Another aspect that makes this game enter Vale a Pena is the adjustment of movements. The spells became more fluid and similar to the version of KOF'99, as well as their blows. Geese for example has his mortal coming from Fatal Fury: Real Bout, which is completely different from the one seen in KOF'96.
In terms of online, the title is also very good, including the new lobbies, where you can create rooms to line up your enemies who want to try their luck in a heads-up game or just watch the matches. During the online game by the way, there was no loss of quality and finding matches was very simple.
Now if you are thinking that you need a super ultimate mega gamer computer, rest assured. The King of Fighters'98 Ultimate Match Final Edition was played on Acer i5 notebook with 6GB RAM. It may sound like a lot, but we are talking about a note with almost a decade of use.
Summing up, The King of Fighters'98 Ultimate Match Final Edition is a fighting game that is worth it for having a fun fighting system, ultimate mode that allows the player to customize their combat options, elevate the design of scenarios and characters, have a unique trail, Neogeo menu that keeps the mood from the arcades by bringing nostalgia in a unique way to old SNK players.