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Kick! Punch! Patch! For King Of Fighters '98 UMFE

Looking better after a wonky start

The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match Final Edition may have launched on PC last week, but this week it might actually be worth your time, which is why I'm writing this here post about it. The revamp of the revamp of SNK's vintage fighting game was in a bit of a sorry state at launch, see, suffering problems including fiddly controls and shoddy netcode. Pretty important when punching men in the face, those two things are. After a little public testing, porting wizards Code Mystics have now dropped a patch which makes KoF '98 UMFE sounds like a reasonable way to punch faces.

If you want to see what they fixed up, check the patch notes for the public beta they shunted into the main release. To offer a whirlwind tour of the highlights, it tightens up the netcode, makes the controls a bit more like the old Neo Geo version, and adds an option to remove the border art padding out the screen.

If you've missed what KoF '98 even is, it's a version of ye olde SNK fighting game with bags of characters, ranked online play, tweaked balance, a remix-o-mode, and the original Neo Geo game thrown in t'boot. It's £10.99 on Steam or £18.99 for two copies. Have a trailer:

I never did hear back from the (different) folks publishing BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend about why their own newly-released face-puncher isn't on the European Steam Store, by the way.

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