NeoGeo Battle Coliseum
An Overlooked Gem
Upon hearing the name alone, one might think that SNK's "Neo Geo Battle Coliseum" is another anthology title of some sort. Not so, however...this is a 2D fighting game SNK released in Japan around 2005-2006 that pits characters from across all of their franchises against each other. Among the usual suspects (Terry, Ryo, Mai, Haohmaru), there's also a few surprise characters too, like Kisarah from "Kizuna Encounter". Even though most of the sprites here are cut-and-paste from SNK's older fighters, this is still an excellent game. Basically, you choose a tag-team of two characters and duke it out with fighting mechanics very similar to the KOF series. It's worth noting that the team combos in this game are a bit unorthodox: Instead of bringing in both characters to do a huge, devastating super attack via "Marvel Vs. Capcom", the main use of team combos here is to chip away your opponent's recoverable health (the red portion of the energy bar that can heal after being hit), and to build a super charge that makes your partner more powerful when they next enter the fray. "Neo Geo Battle Coliseum" lacks the polish of some of SNK's more recent titles...the graphics and sound aren't as sharp as "King Of Fighters 11", and the English translation is poor in most areas. This doesn't stop it from being extremely fun though, and it's a good excuse for fighting fans to dust off their PS2 once in a while.
Seriously, it's about damn time they got around to a US Release of this baby. It's been available in Europe for quite a while, and I've been anticipating this (and KOFXI, which comes out about 20 days before this baby) very greatly. It's nice to see that SNK has tried to do new things with their already solid battle system; in this case a 2 on 2 tag format with team up attacks. If you're familiar with KOF, especially the 2003 battle system, this game looks like it's tailored for you. I know I'm gonna pick this baby up (after I've picked up XI of course).
pbetter now than when it first came out
i have had the japanese version on ps2 for a couple years now, and im glad to see it finally come out. when i first got it, i didnt like it all that much. the loading was really bad. but on a ps3, the loading is far less, the game is more enjoyable now. the strange thing is, this game, along with KOFXI seems to be a re localised version of the PAL game. you can actually see the signal change when the game boots up! anyone who plays imports should recognize that flicker instantly.. kinda cheap, but glad to see them in the usa finally
A Collection of Great Characters
I have been dying for this game. It's one of those games like Marvel Vs Capcom 2 where you are totally taken back by the creativity and dedication that the team has for making this game. There is not another game where you can play as Marco or MudMan from the Metal Slug games. There are some characters that have been revived from older fighters from SNK like World Heroes and Last Blade. I can't wait for this game. Great action, Great Tag system, and just great game.
I've been waiting for this game for quiet a while now. Sitting on youtube all day watching videos...drooling. Best of all it's releasing on my birthday... Characters like Asura from Samurai showdown 64.... Cyber woo from king of monsters. Those are only some I can't wait to play with. Just like XI this game will be great. PS. Mudman is from World Heroes not Metal Slug...Steeloyangster
I want it...now...
I want this game, just like KOFXI. MINE!!! Give it to me...why do these two awesome games keep on getting pushed back? It's not fair, and I've been waiting for these games to come out for months now. GS, please stop teasing everyone? It's not nice...MINE!!!! (I'm so greedy, LMAO)
Not quite a successor to the throne.
Well all know SNK's King of Fighter's series, pick 3 team members and battle against another team of 3, wash rinse repeat. This game is SNK's attempt at tag team battling a la the Capcom vs. series. You pick a team and can switch between them on the fly and perform team attacks. It has a ll the special attacks you would expect from your typical 2d fighting game, dragon punch motions and hadoken fireball motions abound in this one. One thing i never understood about SNK fighting games is the way they set up their super attack moves. A typical capcom game would require you to input a command of two dragon punch motions and then an attack button or a dragon punch motion and all three punch of kick buttons but SNK games require something like a down toward then down toward back motion and an attack button. It was just really confusing having been mostly a Cacom fighting fan for the majority of my life. That being said the game does offer over 40 characters from varying popular SNK franchises, Including for the first time ever Metal Slug. The graphics in the game are about what you would expect from a late generation SNK game, the backgrounds are pretty detailed but the character sprites have that distinct, semi blocky SNK feel. One thing I was really happy about is that they included characters from the Last Blade series in this game, which is one of my all time favorite SNK games, Which was previously only available in america on the Dreamcast. The moves are good, the graphics are decent, the sound is average for a 2d fighter and it's nice to see SNK get into the tag team battle system, even if it is almost 10 years too late. Its an average game but if you're a fan of SNK or 2d fighting there is enough here to keep you entertained for a whlie.
Super Combo Finish! K.O.!
I remember seeing the japanese trailer for this game, i was stunned. This game has a collection of NeoGeo fighting game characters. It is a must-have for 2-D fighting game fans. I have it pre-ordered already.