Derek Boleware Jr. writes, "It wasn't too long ago when SNK-Playmore's arcade fighter known as King of Fighters celebrated its 15th anniversary with the release of its twelfth installment in 2009. But if you were anything like me, and snatched up King of Fighters XII with the anticipation for greatness, then you probably had your high expectations crushed when you realized that the game was made up of complete and utter failure. As a fighting game fan, King of Fighters XII's shortcomings hit me a lot harder than I had expected – especially since I wasn't entirely fond of Street Fighter IV at the time and had only purchased titles such as BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger to hold me over until the main dish was ready to be served, a dish I would send back to the chef shortly thereafter. Fortunately, my faith in this franchise hasn't been sent to the garbage disposal as King of Fighters XIII is in a position to make up for past mistakes. And by the looks of what we've seen so far, it's doing a pretty damn good job."