A Very Beginner's Guide to The King of Fighters XIII

Charming, talented, and highly susceptible to flattery Atlus PR manager Aram Jabbari is joined by Dream Cancel community member Metaphysics in the first in a series of tutorial videos aimed at getting new warriors up-to-speed with the upcoming The King of Fighters XIII.

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While I doubt the series will touch on my special method of avoiding online multiplayer defeat (not playing multiplayer), I'm sure plenty of fighting fans out there are curious to see how lucky number XIII stacks up against all of those other numbers in the series. At least later videos in the series should. This one explains life bars. LIFE BARS.

The King of Fighters XIII is due out November 22 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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I think it's really cool that they're sitting down with us to teach us about not just KOF, but some of the standard fighting game tropes in general. You'd be surprised by how many people out there just don't know or understand ANY fighting game mechanics. I once had to explain to a close friend pretty much every basic mechanic in a fighting game (specifically Guilty Gear), all the way down to the health bar. But he went on to become an avid fan of the genre.