After a few rather sub-par attempts to bring the series “up to date” in 3-D, SNK Playmore has finally learned their lesson. Not only is the next entry going 2-D, after 14 years, the sprites are being redrawn in high resolution. The sprites look incredible. Kyo is especially apparent, and the small changes to certain moves such as Kim’s air kick are a nice touch for the die hard fans who have supported this series since its inception on the AES and MVS hardware.
While the visual changes are stunning, nothing has been noted as far as gameplay alterations. As much as the franchise needed a visual make over, it’s also in need of a fresh idea to bolster the gameplay. The Strikers, a fourth character allowed to jump in to land a quick assault, was the last notable shift towards something different. Here’s hoping the team can pull this off as well as the have the visual style.