The King Of Fighters Destiny Mobile Game entered its final closed beta yesterday. I was fortunate enough to be able to get into the beta to see how far the game has changed for its previous beta few months ago.
As you expect the KOF Destiny mobile is a free to play game. But unlike most cash grabbing games that take a license from a known ip to run it through the ground, KOF Destiny is a well taught, well crafted complete gaming experience. The King OF Fighters Destiny is a beat’em up game. Think of Final Fight or Cadillac and Dinosaurs, now take these classic games and inject them with the most powerful hyper steroid and you get this game. You control your character through multiple stages beating thugs senseless. Control wise a virtual joystick is used to move your character on the screen and virtual buttons are used for special moves and supers.
The story of the game takes the anime series of the same name and flesh it out adding some intriguing details, and frankly, made the anime story even better.
The first thing that jumps at you when you play the game is the gorgeous art and beautifully drawn 2d Sprites. The game really is stunning, and the cut-scenes now have subtle animations that add a lot of life and flavor to the game.
Compared to the Closed Beta 2, the latest beta offers tons of new additions. For starters, there are more story chapters divided into story books, Each story book consists of 5 to 6 chapters (or stages). To give you an idea of how much the game fleshes the anime story, there is an entire story book about Billy and his sister Lilly, a character not seen in the anime. there is also a whole story book that deals with Yuri and how she stands up to Takuma and Ryo. The existing stories have all been fledged with new animated artwork and voiceovers (in Japanese) for cutscenes. the art for this game is one of the best you will see in a KOf game.
The latest The King Of Fighters Destiny Mobile also takes what was fun in the previous tests and multiplies it by 10. Remember that short chapter where you drive a car as Joe Higashi? Well that short segment is a LOT longer now and adds more enemies and a boss to battle. There are also more fun things to do in the single player missions. You are now able to pick up some stuff, like bottles, and use/throw them to hurt your enemies similar to old beat’em up games. Speaking of enemies, main bosses now get introduced with a splash page similar to how the anime introduce new characters. this helps non Chinese reading fans to know the name of these bosses.
As you play the game, you are rewarded with EXP and Items. EXP allows to level up, and as you level up you get access to more stages and story missions. The several items you get can be used to unlock new features, level up single characters, or unlock new special moves. There is a very large and detailed level up tree where you get to chose which of your characters special moves and supers you want to unlock or level up. you can of course unlock things faster if you prefer to purchase the game’s monetary unit, Blue crystals, which of course cost real world money.
In terms of other additions, the game now offers Auto-Play. This is a feature that most mobile games now have, which let your character become ai-controlled, and clear the mission for you. This might sound stupid (It did to me at first) but in games like these where you will have to grind some mission to level up, it gives you a good alternative to just re-playing the same missions over and over. Speaking of new things, the game now has both online and Vs. CPU battle mode where, similar to KOF games, you pick 3 characters from a large roster and you battle it out and well re-created stages from previous games in HD.
Ad yes, you read that right, The King Of Fighters Destiny, surprisingly offers a 3 vs 3 Online mode, where much like any KOF fighting game, you choose your three characters, their order and fight it out using the game’s controls. While i had tons of lag in the September beta (mainly due to the fact that i am in Morocco wile most players are in China), the latest beta somehow fixed that and i was able to a very good lag free match that you can see in the video preview below.
The game also offers a survival mode of sort, where you basically clear areas of south town using all your unlocked fighter with one single bar of life each. Whenever a character perishes you get to chose the next. It is a very fun and difficult mode that gives you a lot of rewarding items to level up your characters.
The King Of Fighters Destiny Mobile Game is currently having its final Beta test in China, i am hoping to be able to finish all the story content before the beta ends. There is currently no official word on release date, nor if the game will make it to the west. But with this level of polish and fun, it would be a sin to not release the game worldwide.
You can watch My first 40mn Gameplay session of The King Of Fighters Destiny Mobile Game in the video below. Let me know what you think of the game or if you want more videos from this awesome free to play game: