SNK’s King of Fighters XIV isn’t coming stateside until August 23rd, but those of us that want an early taste can download a free demo starting tomorrow that packs quite the punch.
As a long-time fan of the series, I’ve been hesitant toward KOF XIV purely based on its ugly screenshots and seemingly half-hearted attempt at transitioning from a once beautiful 2D sprite fighter to the JRPG-style 3D realm. After watching Street Fighter V EVO 2016 pro LI Joe stream the demo earlier today though, I’m 100% sold. It’s smooth as silk and he had nothing but great things to say about it.
So what’s in the demo?
You’ll have 7 fighters (of the game’s massive roster of 50) to choose from:
- Kyo Kusanagi
- Iori Yagami
- Mai Shiranui
- King of Dinosaurs
You can brush up on your skills in the game’s tutorial training mode and battle against local friends or the CPU AI in 1v1 or traditional 3v3 versus matches. Yes, local friends. The game doesn’t come out for over another month, so I highly doubt there’s working netcode right now. We’ll just have to deal with old school local versus for now, but the demo should be more than enough to sway your opinion if you’re on the fence.
Oh, and there’s a free dynamic theme included with the demo. So yeah.
If you need to see more King of Fighters XIV prior to the demo’s launch, why not watch the EVO 2016 Top 8? It’s pretty nuts what these people were able to come up with on a single day’s practice.
Interested? I can’t wait.