Destructoid Jonathan Holmes writes "King of Fighters XII is not the best 2D fighter available on current-gen consoles, but it's still one of my favorites. It just looks so good. To a dyed-in-the-wool fan of 2D fighters, KoF XII is the only game in recent years to truly look right. It doesn't look like a CGI animated imitation of a 2D fighter, or an anime imitation of a 2D fighter. It looks like the real deal, and I love that. It may not have had the features of Street Fighter IV, or the originality of BlazBlue, but it was the only current fighter to truly take pride in its sprite based roots."