Argh, which game do I get?! (fighters)

I want to get another fighting game. I've been rocking SF4 since its release, but I need something to switch off with.


I've been watching videos from the ArcadeInfinity YouTube page, seeing what's what and how a good match looks, and they're both pretty even in my eyes. I wish I could magically be able to get both, but that isn't going to happen.... so hmm. I'll embed a video from each that I really enjoy, so you guys have something to go off of, especially if you haven't been following them.

King of Fighters XII:

  


BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger

  


I have played KoF games in the past, which are all pretty decent, just I've never gotten hugely into them, but I do respect them. Seems pretty close to Street Fighter in the terms of general gameplay and mechanics, so seems like it would be easy to settle into, but then again, maybe it would be TOO familiar and not give me enough variety. BlazBlue looks like it borrows heavily from the guilty gear games, but goes more in a darkstalkers direction which I do enjoy. Seems like it would definitely be a night and day change from SF and might give me the variety I hunger for, but it could be a gamble because I have no idea if the gameplay will suit my style, as I've never played Guilty Gear for more than a few minutes. HMMMMMMmmmmmmmmm..................
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Posted by EightBitWarrior

I want to get another fighting game. I've been rocking SF4 since its release, but I need something to switch off with.


I've been watching videos from the ArcadeInfinity YouTube page, seeing what's what and how a good match looks, and they're both pretty even in my eyes. I wish I could magically be able to get both, but that isn't going to happen.... so hmm. I'll embed a video from each that I really enjoy, so you guys have something to go off of, especially if you haven't been following them.

King of Fighters XII:

  


BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger

  


I have played KoF games in the past, which are all pretty decent, just I've never gotten hugely into them, but I do respect them. Seems pretty close to Street Fighter in the terms of general gameplay and mechanics, so seems like it would be easy to settle into, but then again, maybe it would be TOO familiar and not give me enough variety. BlazBlue looks like it borrows heavily from the guilty gear games, but goes more in a darkstalkers direction which I do enjoy. Seems like it would definitely be a night and day change from SF and might give me the variety I hunger for, but it could be a gamble because I have no idea if the gameplay will suit my style, as I've never played Guilty Gear for more than a few minutes. HMMMMMMmmmmmmmmm..................
Posted by xxNBxx

For me I say KOF, but thats cause I really don't like the look of Blazblue.  The characters look like a paper cut out layed ontop of the 3D back grounds.  The characters look like they have no weight in their environment and that gives the game a disjointed feel.

Posted by Weltal

I'd say KOF. While I do like the art style of Blazblue and the Guilty Gear games the backgrounds and characters seem to blend together and make it difficult to tell whats actually going on. Maybe it'll be different when I'm actually playing it and have it on a nice screen but as it stands right now KOF just looks fantastic and has a nice history for being awesome.

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Posted by kmdrkul

Never liked Guilty Gear.  Especially the whole foreground/background fighting nonsense. 

Edited by lordofultima

I'm siding with BlazBlue, only because it's wildly different than both KOF and Street Fighter. I think the characters and art look way better in it, the effects in KOF with movie maker explosions look pretty bad. But that's just me.

I'll probably get both somewhere down the line here, but BlazBlue would be first.

Posted by Wolverine

I like KOF XII a lot. It is a truly great fighter and it is extremely competitive. I can't comment on BlazBlue because I have not played it. Go with KOF because well... it's the King of all Fighters.

Posted by c1337us

Neither are games I have been following but based on what you have posted there I would definately go with Blazblue. It looks great and should provide something a lot different to what you have been playing in SFIV.

Posted by MrGetBonus

I say BlazBlue. I like the art style and characters in it more than KOF and I like the different mechanics of the characters with one guy being able to steal life, one can freeze the opponent, one fights with a marionette in addition to himself, etc. etc. I'm pretty excited for it actually. I need another game to mix up the SF4 goodness.

Posted by ISmoochyI

I don't know enough about both games to put my input on, but I'd just say whichever game you feel plays better and whichever one looks more fun/exciting to you 

Posted by ImperiousRix

I'm going with KOF.  Although I've only ever played Fatal Fury games in the past, it just appeals more to me (both in look and gameplay).

Posted by xShR3Dx

BlazBlue because its diffrent but I would wait to see what people are saying about it. I have never really gotten in to the KOF series by the way.

Posted by DeVeAn

Blaze its comin much earlier you wont be able to hold out lol.

Posted by ThomasP

I'd say BlazBlue just because it's really different from SF4, while King of Fighters is more of the same. I'd pick up MK vs DC if you don't have that, though.

Posted by lordofultima

I'm going to say BlazBlue again, just because I can. Cmon! Blue blob dude and samurai guy are totally awesome! I'm so stoked for this game and I don't know why.

Edited by The_A_Drain

Honestly BlazBlue, but my only justification is that I absolutely cannot get into a KOF game, i've tried and i've hated all of them, they just dont 'feel' right to me. But i'm a huge Guilty Gear fan and BlazBlue looks awesome.

You could always get Battle Fantasia, should be cheap by now, I only had access to a friends copy for a short while but had a lot of fun with it.

Edit: Price irrespective, i'd flat out advise you to avoid MK vs DC, Virtua Fighter 5 and DOA at all costs, especially if you're lookg for something to unwind with.

Failing that, theres some decent ones on XBLA, Garou just came out (I don't like it, but hey) Hd Remix is 33% off this week, and theres a couple others up there I think.

Posted by lordofultima
@The_A_Drain: There'd be no point in getting Battle Fantasia, no one owns that game at all. Period.
Posted by The_A_Drain
@lordofultima:

Shame really, it's pretty good.
Posted by PureRok

I'd go with BlazBlue, but I'm getting both eventually. BlazBlue is what I'm getting first.

Edited by SmugDarkLoser

BlazBlue has much more style to it and it looks like it'll be the best fighter on the x360 and ps3 when it comes out. 
King of Fighters imo is Street Fighter.  Plays so similar except KoF is a tad faster generally.  Those are about tied.

Posted by Darro

Blazblue looks like a fighter I would somewhat enjoy and it has that nice art-style I like in those fighters.  KOF XII IMO judging from watching the first match doesn't look all that great and well if you want something different than SF in terms of gameplay, that will not be the right choice since it plays the same from what I see.  I go with Blaze but go whatever you want to play more, its what I always do. :)

Posted by Linkyshinks

shame you have to choose, I would get both if I were you. I would get Blaz first

Posted by Kush

I'm throwing my hat in the ring for BlazBlue. I personally love the art style and from what I've heard, the gameplay is quite different and full of depth for those who are willing to learn the system.

Posted by MysteriousBob

If you think KOF is too similar to SF then you've obviously not played KOF for any good length of time. BlazBlue looks dull as hell.


When it comes down to it- wait unti they're out before you choose.
Posted by TobyD81

I can't speak to the quality of BlazBlue (or Guilty Gear, since I didn't play it), but I know I'm getting KOF 12.

Posted by TheFreeMan

I'd personally get Blazblue first, but, I'm a big fan of Guilty Gear.

Posted by End_Boss

King of FIghters, if only for the way the announcer pronounces "challenger."

No, but seriously. KOF looks like the better game.

Posted by JJOR64

Maybe BlazeBlu.  IGN gave it a 9.4.

Posted by chronicsmoke

Id pick both up eventually if I were you thats what Im doin but since your lookin at only gettin one Id go with blazeblue

Edited by jakob187

If I play one of the two, then I'm probably going with KoF12.  The sole reason for that decision is that I'm more familiar with KoF12 than I am with BlazBlue...and I'm not a HUGE fan of Guilty Gear or Guilty Gear-esque games.  Also, BlazBlue has far too much clutter on their screens compared to King of Fighters.  Regardless, I don't like the background action in King of Fighters.  It's quite distracting.


So I'll probably just stick to SFIV.
Posted by Kou_Leifoh

Most people on this site don't really have any past experiences (Or not much experiences with a lot of other fighters) with the KOF games, which is the reason why there probably choosing BlazeBule.

I say go with KOF XII.

Posted by Ferginator4k

I've heard great things about BlazBlue, and ive never liked the KOF games so i'd go With BB.

Posted by EightBitWarrior
@MysteriousBob: Oh please, get that bullshit out of here. I've played many, many SNK fighting games, including at least 6 king of fighters games, fatal fury, garou, the last blade, art of fighting, samurai shodown, etc. It is very close to Street Fighter. Ever play Capcom VS SNK?
Posted by Stang

BlazBlue for fucking sure. I will have to rent KoF before making a decision....I just am not that impressed.

Posted by SlaughterX

I'm getting BlazBlue.  I might get KoF12 later on down the line when it's like $20 or something, it most likely will be before the end of the year...

Posted by Usagi

I'm going to get both.  For you, I don't know, but I'd say go with KOFXII.  Arc System Works' fighters are always very complex even when compared to others like Virtua Fighter.  KOFXII seems to be taking it back to the KOF '95 and '96 kinda feel and that might work better for you than BlazBlue.

Posted by Kou_Leifoh
@EightBitWarrior said:
" @MysteriousBob: Oh please, get that bullshit out of here. I've played many, many SNK fighting games, including at least 6 king of fighters games, fatal fury, garou, the last blade, art of fighting, samurai shodown, etc. It is very close to Street Fighter. Ever play Capcom VS SNK? "
No, they're different, the way you pull off supers and combos is different from SF. And as for Capcom VS SNK, of course it's similar to Street Fighter, the Capcom logo is on the title.
Posted by CowMuffins

How do you say Blazblue?

Posted by SmugDarkLoser

Hey, to that guy that said, no I haven't played KoF.  But I haven't played Blazblue either.
I did try out Garu though, which is a king of fighters, but not called it.   I like it more than street fighter, but it's similar.  I'm actually talking about Street Fighter 3.

Edited by KnightsofRound

I think BlazBlue looks pretty lame tbh.  Combat looks awkward and stiff to me also.

KOFXII on the other hand looks silky smooth, and generally just badass all-around.  KOFXII all the way.

I should point out I have never played KOF or GG before so... take my opinion with a grain of salt I guess... but I've watched a ridiculous amount of videos for both games.  KOFXII is definitely a day 1 buy for me just based on the videos.  BlazBlue, not so much.

Posted by Kou_Leifoh
@SmugDarkLoser said:
" Hey, to that guy that said, no I haven't played KoF.  But I haven't played Blazblue either. I did try out Garu though, which is a king of fighters, but not called it.   I like it more than street fighter, but it's similar.  I'm actually talking about Street Fighter 3. "
Garou is Fatal Fury, not King of Fighters. And yeah you haven't played BlazeBule but I have a strong feeling you've played Guilty Gear (Which is suppose to be a spiritual successor to BlazeBule).    
Posted by The_A_Drain
@Kou_Leifoh said:
"@SmugDarkLoser said:
" Hey, to that guy that said, no I haven't played KoF.  But I haven't played Blazblue either. I did try out Garu though, which is a king of fighters, but not called it.   I like it more than street fighter, but it's similar.  I'm actually talking about Street Fighter 3. "
Garou is Fatal Fury, not King of Fighters. And yeah you haven't played BlazeBule but I have a strong feeling you've played Guilty Gear (Which is suppose to be a spiritual successor to BlazeBule).     "

They look the same, and play the same, and feature a lot of the same characters, they might as well be the same. (KOF, Fatal Fury and Garou)

It's fine if you don't like Guilty Gear, not many people do it's a bit of an oddball. But i'd take it over an SNK fighter anyday.
Posted by Kou_Leifoh
@The_A_Drain said:
" @Kou_Leifoh said:
"@SmugDarkLoser said:
" Hey, to that guy that said, no I haven't played KoF.  But I haven't played Blazblue either. I did try out Garu though, which is a king of fighters, but not called it.   I like it more than street fighter, but it's similar.  I'm actually talking about Street Fighter 3. "
Garou is Fatal Fury, not King of Fighters. And yeah you haven't played BlazeBule but I have a strong feeling you've played Guilty Gear (Which is suppose to be a spiritual successor to BlazeBule).     "
They look the same, and play the same, and feature a lot of the same characters, they might as well be the same. (KOF, Fatal Fury and Garou)It's fine if you don't like Guilty Gear, not many people do it's a bit of an oddball. But i'd take it over an SNK fighter anyday. "
No only a couple of characters from Garou appeared in a KOF game. And beside, Garou has its own unique element such as T.O.P system and Just Defense, which is something you don't see in KOF.

And you don't like the SNK fighting games, whatever, that's fine.
Posted by The_A_Drain
@Kou_Leifoh:

I like Samurai Shodown, mainly for it's characters though.

Also, what's the difference? So a few characters are different and Garou has a few extra mechanics, it's still the same thing, theres no more difference there than there is between different street fighter games, why they saw a reason to change the name of the series 3 times is beyond me. It's still all the same.
Posted by Kou_Leifoh
@The_A_Drain said:
" @Kou_Leifoh: I like Samurai Shodown, mainly for it's characters though.Also, what's the difference? So a few characters are different and Garou has a few extra mechanics, it's still the same thing, theres no more difference there than there is between different street fighter games, why they saw a reason to change the name of the series 3 times is beyond me. It's still all the same. "
You mean Fatal Fury? It's still Fatal Fury, like Real Bout: Fatal Fury -Real Bout contain no story-line, and as for Garou, still Fatal Fury. Actually in the KOF XI booklet, the Garou characters were named the Fatal Fury: Mark of the Wolves Team.

And as you said, you are not that into the SNK fighters expect for Samurai Showdown, but you have to to into the SNK fighting games to understand the differences a lot more. And for about SmugDarkLoser, what he said about Garou and KOF, he honesty thought KOF and Garou were the same series.
Posted by The_A_Drain

Sounds like the SNK team don't even know what they are doing with their own characters...

You can talk about the 'differences' all you want, but really, they aren't very different at all, they all play the same bar a few interchangeable mechanics, if you like one KOF/Fatal Fury/etc game, you'll like the rest, if you don't, you wont like any of the others.

Of course the same applies to guilty gear and other fighters, but my point is that they are so similar you may as well throw them all in the same bucket like people do GG, SF, etc.

Posted by Red

As someone who doesn't play fighters, and has never touched a Guilty Gear or a King of Fighters game, BlazBlue looks much better.

Posted by Kou_Leifoh

I think the reason why people are saying BlazeBule is because of the flashy presentation, I don't think it has nothing to do with better gameplay.

Edited by lordofultima

While I don't think anyone is saying KOF and SF are the same game, BlazBlue is about as far in the opposite direction of Street Fighter that you could possibly go.

The gameplay looks wild, and I've been reading up on the gameplay systems in BlazBlue and they seem really interesting. The Barrier Blocks/Bursts, Distortion Drive, Rapid Cancels, and Haku-men in particular, since he has the Magatama to manage as well. The big ass juggle combos really remind me of Marvel, but in the best way possible (not in that broken way). There's 12 characters and they all seem to catch my eye and play wildly different.

Why do I have to pick three characters in KOF? I hate that whole system. The effects of speical moves look awful, like someone photoshopped an explosion image over someones leg.

Posted by The_A_Drain
@lordofultima:

Yeah i've always been kinda put off by that, I never understood why things had to explode to be cool, it's distracting quite honestly.
Posted by Kou_Leifoh
@lordofultima:  You have the option to pick a one on one fight in KOF? And besides, the 3 on 3 is great for learning three characters instead of just one, and that's always been KOF's thing.
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