The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga

REVIEWThe King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga contains five complete games, including the "Orochi Saga trilogy" (KOF '95, KOF '96, KOF '97) as well as KOF '94 and KOF '98: Dream Match Never Ends. The five games in this collection are emulated from the original Neo Geo versions, which didn't translate perfectly, but are decent playable ports for the Wii, PS2, and PSP - although the three versions do have slight differences. 

The PS2 & PSP versions have notably longer loading times than the Wii version, but the Wii edition doesn't feature aspect ratio options like the PSP & PS2 versions. The PS2 version also has a sound glitch that occurs sometimes after a match begins, where the announcer will say "Go! ...Winner!", as sounds from the previous fight somehow make it into the next battle... a pretty dumb glitch that should've been taken care of before this title was released.


It all began in '94... Kept on rollin' in 95'... Which was replaced with '96... And came to an end in '97...


The new in-game menus look pretty good, and they're straight to the point - allowing you easily select which installment of KOF you want to play. Also featured are a variety of unlockable bonus features like music tracks, and artwork which can be unlocked by going through each game's Challenge mode. The PS2 version also includes the Arrange music option and Color Edit mode.


And now we come to, here we go... KOF is here again...
Nothings gonna stop 'cause it's 1998!


With such a reasonable price tag, The King of Fighters Collection: Orochi Saga is an ultra convenient way to catch up on and own some of the earliest and most memorable versions of the KOF series on your modern system of choice. It's pretty much a no-brainer for old school fans if you don't already own these games several times over. For newcomers to the series, this collection is an excellent way to experience KOF's rich history, lore, classic 2D sprites, and beautifully hand-drawn backgrounds over the years.


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Page Updated: February 4th, 2020
Developer(s): SNK Playmore
Publisher(s): SNK Playmore
Platform(s): PS2, PSP, Wii, PS4
Release Date(s): June 21st, 2007              PS2
Sept. 2008
Oct. 28th, 2008
              PS2 / PSP
Nov. 25th, 2008
            Nintendo Wii
June. 28th, 2018          PlayStation 4
Characters Kyo, Benimaru, Daimon, Andy, Terry, Joe, Ryo, Robert, Mai, King, Yuri, Ralf, Leona, Clark, Athena, Kensou, Chin, Chizuru, Yashiro, Shermie, Chris, Mature, Vice, Iori, Chang, Kim, Choi, Yamazaki, Blue Mary, Billy Kane, Heidern, Takuma, Saisyu, Heavy D, Lucky, Brian, Shingo, Rugal

Featured Video:

Related Games: KOF '94, KOF '94: Re-bout, KOF '95, KOF '96, KOF '97, KOF '98, KOF '98 Ultimate Match, KOF '99, KOF 2000, KOF 2001, KOF 2002, KOF 2002 Unlimited MatchKOF 2003, KOF XI, KOF XII, KOF XIII, KOF: Maximum Impact, KOF: Maximum Impact MANIAX, KOF: Maximum Impact 2, KOF: Maximum Impact Regulation A, KOF: Neowave, KOF EX Neo Blood, KOF EX2 Howling Blood, KOF R1, KOF R2

Gameplay Engine

 7.0 / 10

Story / Theme

 7.5 / 10

Overall Graphics

 6.5 / 10


 6.0 / 10

Music / Sound Effects

 6.5 / 10


 6.0 / 10

Art Direction

 5.0 / 10


 7.0 / 10

Options / Extras

 7.0 / 10

Intro / Presentation

 7.0 / 10

Replayability / Fun

 7.0 / 10

"Ouch" Factor

 7.5 / 10


 8.0 / 10


 7.3 / 10

 Review based on PS2 version     


Final Words:

The "Orochi Saga" was the defining era in the original KOF storyline, also marking the franchise's rise to popularity in the mid to late 90's. This compilation is a great way to experience the early evolution of KOF since its humble beginnings. With some cool options like Arrange soundtrack select and Color Edit, the PS2 version is definitely enjoyable and worth owning.

This compilation is pretty much a must-have for hardcore KOF fans or nostalgia junkies... but without any online mode, replayability might be limited if you don't have local friends who also enjoy KOF.
~TFG Webmaster | @Fighters_Gen

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