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A brand new super move, the return of an old staple attack and a fresh take on his classic design — King of Fighters 15's Terry Bogard looks awesome

Obviously I'm biased when it comes to Terry, but it's hard not to be excited after that gameplay showcase

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • March 21, 2021 at 5:03 p.m. PDT • Comments: 20

Although we don't know when exactly King of Fighters 15 is coming out, its eventual street date is drawing ever closer as the game is still officially slated for a 2021 release. While on the way there, SNK keep supplying us with a fresh character trailer every week, more specifically on Wednesday evenings (Thursday mornings for their home region of Japan). This week, we got to see a character everyone was totally expecting to see in the roster but are nonetheless happy to see — perhaps SNK's biggest icons Terry Bogard.

While nobody with their head on straight had any kinds of doubt that Terry would be in the game's roster, it's still reassuring to see his trailer, especially for someone like myself who counts him as my absolute favorite character in the entire fighting game genre. After the character trailer itself, we were treated to some general gameplay featuring all the members of the Fatal Fury team which gave us a better glimpse at how the game is going to play. On top of this, we saw a lot of what Terry will have at his disposal for King of Fighters 15, so let's do a quick rundown.

First of all, we saw a multitude of completely expected Terry moves which he tends to always have. Iconic favorites such as Burn Knuckle, Power Wave and Rising Tackle all make their return, as they have for basically every game, alongside a few other special moves and he has the Power Geyser and beloved Buster Wolf as super moves.

On top of that, though, we did see the return of a special move Terry hasn't had in his moveset for a numbered main series title since back in King of Fighters 11 (which was 15 years ago, believe it or not).

This move is his Power Dunk, where he rises up and then dunks his fist down on the opponent. It really is one of his most classic and recognizable moves — he even has it in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

The trailer also shows some chaining together of various special moves and really gives a taste of how the combo potential likely will play out for the game now that EX moves are part of the regular movesets again, at least as far as we're aware.

There still hasn't been any confirmation of any sort of mode activation as is a recurring theme in certain King of Fighters games, and there's no indication in the video that any such activation has taken place either, suggesting that these combos are possible in any situation, assuming you have enough meter to use the moves.

Finally, we get a glimpse at what seems to be an absolutely brand new finishing move for Terry. While he does have both Power Geyser and Buster Wolf at his disposal, an even bigger and more climactic finisher closes out his trailer, and based on Terry's line when he performs it this new move seems to be called the Buster Launcher.

As has been the case with most cinematic supers for the game, we don't get to see the entirety of it in the trailer so it'll be interesting to see exactly how this move ends up looking when we get the finished product, but the fact that Terry has a brand new Desperation Move is definitely cause for excitement.

While it hasn't been that long since Terry got a new finisher (he got the fantastically named Star Dunk Volcano as a new move in King of Fighters 14), it's been quite some time since he got one that really stuck around, the most recent one probably being the Buster Wolf.

The fact that they included the Buster title in this new Buster Launcher as well suggests to me that SNK have confidence that people will embrace this new attack which makes me even more excited to see what they have in store for us.

As for Terry himself, he dons his classic threads as one might expect him to after having a high-profile guest appearance in Super Smash Bros. since the latest King of Fighters installment. With this in mind, it makes a lot of sense to try and keep him recognizable to any new fans that he might've nabbed up from said crossover.

I personally think the graphical style of King of Fighters 15 looks fantastic, though opinions have definitely been divided on that subject, and Terry highlights even further how good the characters can look in this new style. He's obviously a bit more buff than usual, but thankfully not to the ludicrous extremes of what his King of Fighters 13 sprite looked like.

In the leadup to Terry's unveiling for King of Fighters 15, I saw a lot of people hoping that he'd be donning his other classic outfit from his Garou: Mark of the Wolves appearance, which clearly did not come to pass.

Hope springs eternal, though — given that King of Fighters 14 had several alternate costumes, an endeavor which is much easier to take on when working with 3D models than 2D sprites, it wouldn't be farfetched at all to think that we might see Terry get this as an outfit in the game, though it'd likely be paid post-launch content, which is just the reality of current day gaming.

With Terry Bogard's inevitable inclusion now out of the way, it'll be interesting to see who's next on the reveal list. Given that we saw Yuri Sakazaki appear in-between Team Fatal Fury reveals, chances seem high it'll either be one of the Kyokugenryu boys of Ryo and Robert or a Women Fighter's team member such as Mai Shiranui, who we've already seen a brief glimpse of in the game.

We'll find out in a few days who's next once SNK releases the next trailer but given the high quality Terry has shown in his trailer it's getting really hard for me to contain my excitement. Truly, expectations are being shattered and I'm all about it.

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