If you’ve ever played any of the Street Fighter
and/or King of Fighters
installments, you should be very used to the way this game works. Each of the 26 (!!) playable characters has his/her own unique fighting style, complete with an array of special attacks and super moves (or ‘Methods of Mayhem,’ as SNK commonly calls them) with which to destroy the opponent.
One of the great features about Match of the Millennium though is the option of playing in either Tag mode (two-character tag-team style from Capcom’s famous ‘versus’ games) or Team mode (SNK’s three-character King of Fighters style), allowing for a welcome sense of variety in this already mind-blowing game.
Off the bat, the player has a choice of 18 familiar characters, including Kyo, Terry, Mai, and Haohmaru on the SNK team, and favorites like Ryu, Morrigan, Dan, and Guile on Capcom’s side. If that isn’t enough to satisfy you, though, eight secret characters can be acquired with some hard work and determination. And these aren’t crappy, predictable secret characters, either! I won’t give away too many surprises in this review, but you can find some of these characters in the Darkstalkers, Fatal Fury, and Last Blade series games. Happy hunting!
In addition to Sparring and Entry (similar to Street Fighter Alpha 3’s ‘World Tour’ mode where you can develop your own special team of characters through training), SNK vs. Capcom has a VERY cool Olympics mode where the player has some fun in a variety of mini-games in order to build up experience points, which can be exchanged for hidden Level 2 Methods of Mayhem to be used by each character in combat. On the SNK team, games like Target 9 and Blade Arts (starring Marco from Metal Slug and Jubei from Samurai Shodown 2, respectively) are available, while the Capcom team features Ghost Trick and Catwalk (where you can play as Arthur from Ghouls ‘N Ghosts and Felicia from Darkstalkers); both teams share the Survival, Time Attack, and First Blast games. What does this all add up to? Replay value out the wazoo, that’s what!
Linkplay is a blast, too! Just hook up with a friend using the NGPC link cable (sold separately), and get ready for hours of competitive fun.