I recently got into this game, and I think it may be my favorite of the Neo Geo era of KOF. Even though I really enjoy 98 and 2K2, my biggest complaint with those games and the KOF's from 96 to 2K2 is the poor controls. I may be in a minority, but I have read that others on here agree with this issue. 98 In particular has very stiff controls, there have been numerous times where a simple
attack or a
refuses to come out and costing me the match. 2K2 has better controls, but it's not so much as stiff as it is 'picky.' For example, to do a basic 3-4 hit combo, your timing has to be exact, there is zero room for fucking up. The game is very specific, if you hit down, downback, and punch, Iori's recka punch will refuse to come out. It will only come out if you do the full qcb motion and hit A or B just as you hit back. Keep in mind that I've used a Joystick and Controller, and the issues persist. I don't have these problems in Last Blade 2, Garou, or SF3, not by a long shot.
95 has very smooth controls, if you fail, you just suck, you can't blame the controller. Even thought it doesn't have as many characters, and lacks short hops. It just has that 'feel' and attention to detail that pulls you in. To be honest; the game truly feels like SNK's take on Super Turbo. It's hard to describe, but it has a similar vibe and really appeals to the fans of the older fighters.
Check it out.