At the end of the day, King of Fighters XII is a release for gamers that are already fans of the series, even if some of it has been simplified compared to past games. There isn't much to generate crossover appeal here. Unfortunately, those fans might find a sparse experience after purchasing. As a $60 retail release, this title is just hard to justify. It would have been perfectly suited as a $20 downloadable game, however. It just doesn't feel like a complete game.