This is will be a day one purchase for me. I've always enjoyed the KI series and these graphics truly seem next gen.
While shooters & multiplayer online gaming make up the vast majority of my current gaming time. Fighting games like KI have always been about quick & immediate fun that can be shared with friends of all gaming experience. Whenever you have a bunch of friends over, they make for great, instant entertainment with short matches that give everyone an opportunity to play & win. I can already see KI playing on the big projector screen in my basement, with the surround sound & subwoofer pounding. And a bunch of my drunk friends watching some girl who has never even played the game before, push buttons really fast and kick some guy's azz who is supposed to be an expert at the game. Moments like that, take the energy level up tons at parties and make for good old fashioned endless fun.
I remember so many moments exactly like that. As friends played Dead or Alive: 4 on my OG Xbox, in 480p on my RCA rear projection HDTV with 5.1 surround sound. And people literally fighting over the controller arguing about who has "next". Considering this was way back in 2001.. I cannot put into words exactly how "next-gen" those experiences felt. As it was very rare for someone to experience resolution, graphics & sound like that almost 12 years ago. Even more impressive considering it was in someone's home.
Fighting games, friends & some adrenaline (or go-go juice) never fail to entertain a crowd and are a big reason why fighting games were so popular in arcades in the mid to late 90s. 3 minute matches of straight adrenaline & aggression.
Edited by Daekwan - 7/15/13 at 9:10am