SNK really dropped the ball with the new sprites


#1

As a KOF fan I’m honestly very disappointed in this new sprite style they’re using. Some characters look fine(such as Shen Woo), but some look quite awful. King, Yuri, and Mai are some of the worst spritework I have ever seen in a high end 2d fighter. First off, King and Yuri are way way too skinny, namely their arms. They actually have skeletal looking arms. Mai seems fine, but she shares the same godawful face that both Yuri and Athena have, it makes them look like really ugly loli/dolls or something. King’s hair is poofy looking, it doesn’t even match her ingame art! We already know the problems with Clark and Ralf, so we need not mention that.

The stages are no better. They look really uninspired and bland, there’s nothing all that interesting about them. We went from fat people stages and that large generic looking stadium in XII, to that weird japanese arena surrounded by sumo, an elephant party in India, and some really bland UK stage that just looks boring(it oddly resembles that really boring America stage in kof 2001). Why no really cool stages like the ones from kof 99, or 96? The sewet stage in 99 was really interesting and looked to have much more thought put behind it than these stages, which seem to be just SNK slapping tons of weird looking people into generic bgs.

The sprite style itself just isn’t that good honestly. Old school kof had very realistic looking sprites with realistic proportions on characters. These sprites just look really odd and like some weird anime, even the shading has taken a dive(if you notice, some sprites the shading seems off and not as detailed as in old kof sprites). What SNK should have done was make sprites in a style more similiar to the following games:

Art of Fighting 3
Daraku Tenshi
Akatsuki Blitzkampf

All three of these games have a much better art direction with their sprites, the characters have more realistic proportions and actually look good. I’d prefer if SNK had done XII and XIII in the style Daraku Tenshi used, it would have fit kof much much better. These current sprites feel more like something ArcSys would make, just with slightly more shading to be honest. I think for XIV SNK should go back to the drawing board, and redo these sprites in a more realistic style. I realize this would be hard, so they can simply edit the current sprites they have into something better. Perhaps hire Shinkiro or Hiroaki to work with the spritework. Anything but what they are currently doing, it just doesn’t look that good to justify the time wasted on it.


#2

They’re not the only ones dropping balls! :smile:

http://www.shoryuken.com/showthread.php?t=226135
http://www.shoryuken.com/forumdisplay.php?f=308


#3

Here at SRK, so many balls are dropping you’d swear it’s the 6th grade. :smile:


#4

Thank you, perhaps I can take my discussion to the proper thread.


#5

This seems like the perfect time to use the “blah blah” smiley for the first time: :blah:
He doesn’t get much love.

Seriously, what a whiny wall of text.


#6

I wish we could pay money to have people’s IPs banned…That would make prem worth it.


#7

It’s not whining, it’s addressing a real issue. A lot of people just don’t care for this sprite style. Honestly, if SNK won’t make the sprites more realistic looking in the style of old kofs, they may as well do what capcom did and just use 3d models on a 2d plane. Would be much better and far more cost effective.


#8

That’s really juvenile and childish to want someone banned for having a differing opinion from yours. Are you from Iran or some place like China?


#9

“A lot” of people might not care for the art-style, but a bunch of people really like it. Personally, I think it looks fantastic now that they have shrunk the sprites to an appropriate size. Especially anorexic Yuri; she looks just right.


#10

Not only is this a subject over a year old, it’s complaining about something that had virtually zero chance of happening from the second they announced they were going 2D in KOF12. SNK doesn’t exactly have enormous amounts of capital like Capcom, and even Capcom wouldn’t abandon their new visual medium halfway to suddenly start developing games in a new format. Too much development time and money wasted to justify going through with it, even if it did sell well.


#11

Oh shut up now. How can you speak for “a lot of people”…seriously…


#12

Is it weird that I actualy like Yuri’s KOFXIII look?

Also from what I’ve seen of the loketest videos, this has some of the prettiest fireballs I’ve seen in a fighting game.


#13

You make me laugh everyday. I think Im getting a crush on you.


#14

I love the sprites and art style. I see no issues with it what so ever. Wait to complain about something important, like gameplay and (I pray not) bad net code.


#15

i wish time machines existed
so i could travel back to 1998
and live inside a kof machine forever


#16

i dont like them having raiden in it, or no yamazaki. why dont we all make threads about retarded shit?


#17

I agree I’m a long time KOF fan, and I even loved KOF12 (still playin’ it) and the new art direction is beautiful. A lot of people tend to complian about cosmetic things. When really we have not seen a 2d fighter quite as nice as 13 and probably will not see another that looks half as nice for a long while.

Fighting game fans will always have a weird divide when it comes to KOF vs. SF, but SF4 does not look even half as good as this game.


#18

#19

Shut up.


#20

OP is a casual gamer