Neo Geo Battle Coliseum
is a Neo Geo fan's game. Now admittedly, there probably aren't many of you out there. But some pretty unique characters are gathered here, and whether you've seen them before or not, it doesn't make much difference. To name a few of the games they hail from, you've got the side-scroller Metal Slug
, the samurai fighter Samurai Showdown
, another samurai fighter called Last Blade
, and of course The King of Fighters
. The line-up is decent, and chances are you will be able to find your favorite fighter from among the many games sampled here. But it's still not as expansive a lineup as say Capcom vs. SNK 2
. So because of the team play here, you might have trouble putting together a team of people you like.
You won't see much for story, but that's pretty typical for a fighter. The back of the box has about as much story as you can expect to see in a single play through. Other options like Color Edit mode and graphics options are included in this game as it was in The King of Fighters XI. It seems that this is just another flavor of a very similar game.
The way team battles are handled here is a bit unique. You have a team of two people, and you can tag them in and out of the fight. In the Arcade Play mode, you will lose if either one of your fighters dies. You can use tagging to your advantage if you play defensively. When you tag your injured partner out, he'll start to heal if you can keep the fight going for at least 8 seconds. As a consequence of these team rules, you can be in for some really long fights, if you're fighting people who like to tag in and out, or some really short ones since you only have to defeat one team member.