Gaming Nexus writes: "By far, the biggest and most dramatic change to King of Fighters XII is the astounding hand drawn characters. Screen shots and youtube videos have sort of spoiled everyone on how good this game was going to look. There is a little pixelation to be seen in those sprites, but that's what happens when you make a game with sprites. This game still looks astonishing and easily trumps anything previously released in the KoF series. From the characters to the locales they fight in, you're going to be amazed at how much is going on in the heat of battle with no unintentional slowdown. The crowds are especially interesting, from a French dockside filled with women suspiciously shaped like pigs, to the South American Aztec looking ceremony with countless worshipers swaying to the sounds of battle. This really is a game you have to see in motion to appreciate how good it looks."