The Week in Arcade: King of Fighters, Worms 2

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Two game grace the Xbox Live Arcade this week, and both are worthy purchases even if one makes the orignal obsolete.

King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match

For those suckers (me) who bought the PlayStation 2 version of this a few months back for $20, you (and me) got hosed. The Xbox Live Arcade version is half the price and features online play.

KOF ’98 is considered the best game in the series, and Ultimate Match tweaks the gameplay further for increased balance. There have been no visual upgrades, and while the sprites were used excessively, they remain some of the best work of the era. Compared to last weeks Mark of the Wolves, it’s a faster, tigher game, although not better. The refinement isn’t there comparitively, but it makes for a fantastic King of Fighter XII warm up.

Worms 2: Armageddon

People who bought the first Worms on the Live Arcade (me)? Yeah, they (and me) got hosed too. The sequel is a masterpiece of Worms design, including all of the proper weapons, better visuals, more sound effects, and most importantly, the Concrete Donkey. For those not in the know, the Concrete Donkey is a devastating piece of turn-based strategy weaponary, able to wipe out an entire section of the map with ease.

This is an improvement over the first in every way, including a massive (and fun) single player campaign, easy to use online, tons of randomly generated maps so it never gets old, smoother/faster play, and it’s all for the same price. Awesome stuff and a must have for friends too.

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