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KOF: Maximum Impact (KOFケーオーエフ マキシマムインパクト) is a fighting game for the PlayStation 2, produced by Noise Factory and published by SNK Playmore in 2004. A slightly enhanced version was released for Xbox and PlayStation 2 under the title KOF: Maximum Impact - Maniax.

Although marketed as a spinoff of SNK's major fighting series The King of Fighters, from whence many of its characters originate, KOF: Maximum Impact is actually intended as a continuation of the Fatal Fury and Art of Fighting series to which the game owes much of its look, feel, and style. KOF: Maximum Impact is the first 3D fighter made by SNK since Samurai Shodown: Warriors Rage. The game was followed by KOF: Maximum Impact 2.

Some players have criticized the game for an inferior hit-detection grid, several bugs and exploits, awkward English voice acting (however, the Xbox version included an option to use the original Japanese voice tracks), and a limit on combo damage. Others acclaim the game's originality and depth, and find that the combo limit adds balance and reduces one-sided matches. Further releases (PAL PS2, all regions Xbox) have added a choice of language options. Xbox version also includes an online match mode where you can play other players via Xbox Live.


Addes was the most powerful gang in Southtown. Its leader, a man known only as Fate, was considered a modern-day Robin Hood to the poor and downtrodden. He himself had adopted two twin brothers, Alba and Soiree Meira, and trained them to be successors to his legacy.

Six months before the in-game events, Fate is killed by Duke, the leader of the up-and-coming Mephistopheles gang. Duke then proceeds to exploit the poor to serve his own twisted thirst for power.

In the present day, the Mephistopheles Fighting Tournament is beginning, with the venue being all of Southtown. The participants (minus the Meira Brothers and Lien) believe that the tournament is being sponsored by a charity organization known as the Metatron Foundation, but they soon learn that its true sponsor is the Mephistopheles gang. Alba, Soiree and Lien are contacted directly by Hyena, so they know Metatron has nothing to do with this.

Gameplay Modes

Story Mode

The story mode is experienced as a single character through the Mephistopheles Fighting Tournament. For most characters, this consists of fighting six characters only, with Duke's cronie / Consigliere Hyena announcing the next opponent between matches. For the final match, one faces Duke himself. However, for a few certain characters: Alba, Soiree and Lien.

Versus Mode

In versus mode, a single match is fought, either against the computer or another player in a single fighter battle or a 3 vs. 3 battle.

Mission Mode

Mission mode has the player complete four levels of 10 missions. Each mission has settings and conditions to be completed. Most of the game's unlockables come through this mode.

Time Attack Mode

In time attack mode, the player has to defeat a number of characters as quickly as possible.

Online Mode

This mode is available only on the Xbox version. You can play with other players online via Xbox live with this option.


KOF: Maximum Impact has twenty playable characters. Most of the roster, aside from the original characters, is inherited from the King of Fighters series. One noteworthy exception is Rock Howard, brought in from the most recent Fatal Fury chapter, Garou: Mark of the Wolves. Six additional characters were created for the game, four of whom have a deeper connection to the main plot than the others the four being Alba Meira, Soiree Meira, Lien Neville and Seth. However, Seth's role was downplayed somewhat in the second title seeing as he is not an original character to this series but a prominent face from the 2D King of Fighters storyline.

The characters' alternate costumes were conceived as alternate personalities, but little is made of this in terms of gameplay, as their move lists and dialogue remain the same. Some alternate costumes are radically different from the defaults, such as Terry's Garou: Mark of the Wolves look, Clark's professional wrestler persona, and Leona's outfit that makes her look more Rambo-like. In addition to the alternate costumes, characters can be modified with unlockable "rigging models," which add details to the available costumes, such as a wolf mask for Terry, a Mr. Karate mask for Ryo and Yuri, and a party hat and banner for Seth.

The new characters added to the series (and created exclusively for this spin-off series) are:

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Alba Meira, the protagonist of the spin-off series, is a boy who raised with an orphanage until his 14. He is the elder twin of Soiree Meira, and along with him, settled in South Town. He and his brother also were adopted by Fate, and turned members of the organization founded by him, besides seeks revenge after Duke, a powerful criminal and King of South Town, killed his adoptive father.
Soiree Meira, the other protagonist and Alba's brother, is other boy who raised with an orphanage until his 14. He is the elder twin of Soiree Meira, and along with him, settled in South Town. He and his brother also were adopted by Fate, and turned members of the organization founded by him, and seeks revenge after Duke, a powerful criminal and King of South Town, killed his adoptive father.
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Lien Neville, an assassin woman whose parents were brutally murdered by Duke, a powerful criminal. She raised up with the criminal, with a deep admiration for him and a deep desire to kill him.
Mignon Beart, an apprentice white magic witch whose grand goal is to bring peace to the world through magic. Whether a fault of her fine breeding or not, she knows little of determining the tenor of circumstances around her but once she has decided on something, has the strength of will to fulfill her goal.
Chae Lim, a Taekwondo student and Kim Kaphwan's apprentice, is rumored to be Kim's secret weapon for the King of Fighters tournaments. The Maximum Impact tournament marks her first professional debut.
Duke, the boss of the game, was the King of South Town and the leader of the Mephistopheles gang, a sub-syndicate of the underworld organization Addes. Fearing that Fate who was seen as the leader of the South Town following Geese Howard's demise was the only person capable of rivaling his power over the city, he had murdered him.

Official Roster

New Characters

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Alba Meira (protagonist)
Soiree Meira (protagonist)
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Lien Neville
Mignon Beart
Chae Lim

Old Characters

From The King of Fighters series
Kyo Kusanagi
Iori Yagami
Leona Heidern
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From Fatal Fury series
Terry Bogard
Mai Shiranui
Rock Howard

From Art of Fighting series
Ryo Sakazaki
Yuri Sakazaki
From Ikari Warriors series
Ralf Jones
Clark Still

From Psycho Soldier series
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Athena Asamiya (in KOF '98/UM costume)



NPC Character



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