GayGamer writes: "SNK Playmore meant for King of Fighters XII to celebrate the venerable fighting series' 15th anniversary, so I guess it makes sense that it is aimed at hardcore fighting game lovers who are already fans of the series. Because for casual fighting game players or newbies, KOF XII can be both overwhelming and more than a little off-putting.
Unfortunately, I have to admit up front that I am much more of a casual fighting game fan, so I am obviously not the target audience here. Therefore, my opinion should be taken with a grain of salt. If you're a huge fan of KOF, your mileage may vary. Still, any game that puts their gay character on the box cover (Ash Crimson, with the blonde bouffant) scores at least a few points!"