Let me first say that I've been loving KoFXIII since I started playing it not too long ago (beginning of May.) I've been trying to learn as much as I can and have been working on putting together the best team I can.
But after playing a couple months, the one thing I can say I still really dislike about the game are the HD/NeoMax combos. They take a title with an amazing footsies game, perfect pace, and a well balanced roster and turn it into some Marvel-ized version of KoF where everyone can do a ToD or near ToD combo if they have enough meter and can set it up with the right move should their opponent make a single mistake. I think it's stupid that if I come in with a fresh character and get caught ONCE by the opponent, that character is as good as dead, and all I can do is watch while they juggle, cancel, and NeoMax them across the screen. Sure the combos take skill to perform, but wouldn't it take MORE skill to actually have to, you know, beat my character WHILE I CAN STILL CONTROL THEM?
It's also a matter of pretty much HAVING to utilize them if you want to be any good at the game. Even if I want to just play without them, the game pretty much makes it clear that there is a best way to do things and that way is by using HD/NeoMax Cancel combos. The fact that the timer moves as fast as it does makes that perfectly clear. Which is disappointing because as I said, the footsies game here is probably the best of any of the titles of this generation of fighters IMO. To me it's more fun to win with fast paced footsies going than it is to juggle/cancel/Max my opponent to death.
And before anyone comes in saying "You only hate them because you can't do them," I can do them. It's not an issue of not being able to do them, it's an issue of, why would a game that does SO many things well feel the need to add in such a silly mechanic.
I'm sure that another rebuttal will be something along the lines of, "Well, every character can do it, so..." Every character can X-Factor, but does that make it a good mechanic?
I guess what I'm asking is, am I the only one who feels like KoFXIII would be a better game without HD/NeoMax combos? I'm not trying to sound like a scrub, like I said, I genuinely love this game, but I wish they would keep Marvel outta my KoF.