SNK released the latest trailer for King of Fighters XIV, detailing the three entrants on the Official Invitation Team, which features a crazy lady, a guy you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley alone at night, and a performance dancer.
Gematsu picked up on the news and offered a breakdown of the character profiles, explaining how Sylvie is a nutty, former NESTS member gone a bit crazy from the body modifications she received under the organization. Kukri is a strange fellow with a similar style to Ron, but he mixes his manipulation of sand with his underground street fighting techniques. Mian is the most interesting of the three, in my opinion, combining traditional Chinese kung-fu with performance art.
Check out the trailer below to see each of the three characters in action.
Sylvie takes a kind of moe approach to the whole NESTs thing, her goofy outfit and outlandish attacks are childish and cartoony. Her fighting style is goofy. That’s about the best way to sum her up.
Kukri reminds me of a mix of Duo Lon and Shen Woo combined together. His style isn’t bad and if you like the kind of rough-around-the-edges street fighting and brawling that he brings to the table, along with his ability to manipulate sand, then he might be one of your favorites.
The one character who actually looks really cool that I might actually main is Mian. In the roster images it was impossible to tell what she was supposed to be, but in the trailer you can clearly see the inspiration from the Chinese stage operas. Her movements are pristine. That’s the kind of the classical martial arts I fell in love with from the King of Fighters series, and I’m oh-so-thankful that they included a character that really pays homage to the opera house kung-fu.
Her movements are as fluid as water.
King of Fighters XIV is due to drop on August 23rd for the PlayStation 4. It’ll be releasing throughout that week in both Japan and Europe through the 25th and 26th.
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