I can say with the utmost certainty and a smirk in my face that if you like Fighting games, you’ve played any KOF. You haven’t you say? Well, in that case you haven’t seen the sun in the last 14 years either!
The great KOF series, starting as a revival project for SNK’s “Art of Fighting” and “Fatal fury” franchise, featured a lot of familiar faces from the SNK world, Terry “Are-U-Okay” Bogard and Ryo Sakazaki (the true Ryu clone), just to mention two of them, in this new franchise that offered a better way to make big bucks: making it yearly.
But today the topic isn’t how Kyo’s looks are influencing the fashion industry in Japan or how Ash’s emo-gay looks and combos are the cancer killing the KOF franchise; this time we talk about the characters with the best story in KOF. Not the Yashiro team in the Orochi Saga, or the other Ash team fiasco in the 2003 saga, but the Psycho Soldier team (Kensou, Athena, and as of 2007, Momoko).
Released in 1986 for the Arcade, Psycho Soldier is a side-scrolling shooter, where you get tons of power ups and shields to destroy a lot of enemies invading Japan. As you may think, the shields are the famous 4-balls protecting Athena when she does her special power in the KOF series.
It is very important to note that this was the first arcade to feature a full-vocalized song by Kaori Shimizu. My, imagine all the stuff needed to do that in the 1980′s. Wicked. . .and you guessed right, the song is the Psycho Soldier Team song for the KOF game.
One last easter egg for the followers of the Soldiers’ adventures: When getting a certain power-up in Psycho Soldier, Kensou transforms into a dragon and Athena into a Phoenix (Connecting the dots, aren’t we?!)
Here, moffstarr shows us the first minutes of the game. I tell you, if you can play the game, do it, it’s lots of fun!