KOFXIV is up there with my favourite KOF games - let's get that right out of the way. While the graphics are some of the worst in the series, relative to the standards of the times, the gameplay is smooth and there is a great variety of characters, including some interesting new members. The battle system has been somewhat simplified from KOFXIII, in that the 'MAX' mode is a bit less unwieldy. A good thing in my books.

I've played for a few hours with some friends and had a great time getting to grips with the game, even though it felt a bit sluggish at first.

The default difficulty for the computer is pretty much a pushover though :P