SmashPad’s Top 10 Games of 2016

5. The King of Fighters XIV (PS4)

“When Chinese firm Leyou Millennium bought legendary arcade studio SNK, what first looked like a liquidation grab quickly became a revival, as a wave of mass hires and rehires led to the resurrection of SNK’s R&D1 studio and the announcement of The King of Fighters XIV. Armed with solid financial backing for the first time in their existence and energized by the opportunity to properly make its mark on the fighting landscape once again, SNK proceeded to lay down an instant classic that was exactly the game the fighting genre needed at a time it was searching for a hero.” – Patrick Mifflin, Senior Editor