Oh Where Art Thou At ReveLAtions, King of Fighters XIII?
In recent years, the King of Fighters franchise has been losing fans left and right. With new games like Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Super Street Fighter 4 released, people who are getting into the competitive scene flock to those games that are either easier to pull off decent combos or have been playing for years at arcades. Those who are playing King of Fighters XIII have either been long time fans of the franchise or who favor a challenge (of course, there are exceptions to this). So it was very interesting to see it gain its popularity back at this year’s EVO. For that reason, I wanted to see its turnout at ReveLAtions this year.
I tried my hand at KoF13 and needless to say…props to those who can pull off those combos. It was difficult to pull off some of the movements, especially with the timing in cancels and follow-ups. Playing it gave me a new insight as to the moves the competitors were pulling off at EVO. I could appreciate on a new level these competitors because it is so hard to pull off. I have heard stories of players of the game having to stop, not because they wanted to, but because they had to because of blisters forming on their fingers.
But upon reading this, I am only mentioning the game at EVO. But what about ReveLAtions? Unfortunately, due to an unforeseen circumstance, the King of Fighters XIII tournament had to be canceled. This was a bummer, considering I wanted to see some real competition right before my very eyes, but this year it was not going to happen. This was also a shock because of its popularity at EVO. Surely, the biggest fighting game tournament of the year would spark some hype into it and get the competitors back out and playing at ReveLAtions.
There are plenty of other opportunities for competitors for King of Fighters XIII to step forward and play against each other, but for the game’s sake, I hope it happens soon. Stay tuned onto Velocity Gamer for more King of Fighters news and coverage on ReveLAtions 2012!