The king of Fighters XV

The King of Fighters XV, also called KOF XV, is a fighting game developed by SNK. It was released on February 17, 2022 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S. This is also the first game in The King of Fighters series created using Unreal Engine 4, and the first to implement GGPO rollback networking. Taking place after the events of The King of Fighters XIV, the narrative primarily revolves around two fighters with multiverse-related supernatural powers, Shun’ei and Isla, among other returning heroes facing revived threats. King of Fighters XV generally received praise for its character roster, team-based gameplay, and smooth online performance, but criticism for its story mode, complex tutorials, and mechanics.


The single button “Rush” from The King of Fighters XIV reappears and is updated to help newcomers perform combos and special/super moves easier. Destructoid compared it with a fully charged Focus Attack from Street Fighter IV.Shatter Strike was designed mainly as a defensive system but it can be used offensively when making use of guard points. It will also be adjusted as it is apparently quite strong in the demo. In XIV, combos from quick activation were the main way max mode was used so the gauge consumption was increased from 1 to 2 to prevent players from being overwhelmed. Neutral state in XIV was not seen often so in XV attack power and guard crush are increased when neutral is activated. Since Max Mode activations in neutral were almost nonexistent in King of Fighters XIV, the developers are giving more incentive to players to not just use it as a combo extender.


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