The launch of Street Fighter V brought back old memories of our youth when the breakthrough Street Fighter II debuted in 1987. Being the grandaddy of all fighting games, Street Fighter (SF) inspired many other fighting games to be developed. We now take a look at which are the best in the fighting video gaming arena.
The King of Fighters XIV
King of Fighters (KOF in short) was released back in 1994, with the combination of characters from SNK’s previous fighting games such as Fatal Fury (Terry Bogard, Mai Shiranui, Andy Bogard) and Art of Fighting (Ryo Sakazaki, King, Geese Howard etc). Compared to Street Fighter roster of 16 characters, King of Fighters hold an impressive 50 fighters for you to choose from. The 3D models in the 2D fighting plane is supported by beautifully crafted backdrop. The ability to choose 3 characters per battle ensures you can play all your favourite fighters in a shot.
Amongst the best selling fighting games of all time, Tekken boost a pedigree that few others can rival. Tekken 7 will include the legendary Akuma from the Street Fighter series in it’s all 38 heavy cast of usual and debutant pugilists. Tekken is also known for a fighting game suitable for both complex and casual players, depending on how in-depth you may want to master your fighter. If you want a game excelling in graphics, story and gaming engine, then Tekken is the one for you.
Dead or Alive 5: Last Round
Best known for its roster of fighter babes the game has to offer, this Dead or Alive 5: Last Round edition offers up to 34 characters, the largest selection ever in the game franchise. I also loved the selection of costumes that you can choose for your fighter. Dead of Alive may not have over-flashy combo finish like Injustice, but the fighting element still remains fabulously smooth and a joy to play with. Do you know Dead or Alive (due to their stable of babes like Kasumi, Honoka and Marie Rose) have their own Beach Volleyball game in Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball and Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Fortune?
Mortal Kombat X
When Mortal Kombat was first released back in 1992,it was well-known as the most brutal game play you can get. Exploding heads, blood everywhere, dismantled bodies, you name it, they have it. Fast forward 25 years later, this is still their trademark. But guess what, the Mortal Kombat series have evolved to such an extent, that in Mortal Kombat X, the excellent story line and extensive character roster, not to mention stunning graphics, totally complements this fantastic fighting game. If you can take the gore, then this is a must play fighting video game for you.
Soul Calibur V
Soul Calibur is a fighting game of weapons vs your usual martial arts like Street Fighter or Tekken. The combos of each swordsmen is flashy and background graphics is just wonderfully crafted. Not to mention the game has one of the most beautifully detailed characters (both female and male) There are also enough in-depth fighters for you to thoroughly have fun with the game. Soul Calibur V’s both complex and yet balance game mechanism will make allow you straight into the game.
With the boom of the super heroes era where every major super heroes films breaking records, who wouldn’t want to play your dream hero in video games? Whether anot you are a fan of DC comics, Injustice 2 is just a fighting game that you just got to have in your games archive. Characters include your Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Flash and many many more (32 and counting).
Fabulous story plots, stunning graphics and smooth game mechanism (you can even knock opponents off walls) just make Injustice 2 tonnes of fun. Another unique system of Injustice 2 is that you can travel to different “worlds” to level up and upgrade your equipment , armour and weapons. Think RPG but in fighting Street Fighter format, where this RPG element allows for more gameplay than your usual fighting games.
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
First started out as X-Men vs Street Fighter, Capcom and Marvel decided to up one notch to roll out the Marvel vs Capcom series. Not only are you playing in familiar Marvel background, you get to choose your favourite characters from both the Marvel and Capcom universe, from Thor to Iron Man to Mega Man to Chun-Li. Another new addition is the use of the Infinity Stones (From the Marvel universe) to greatly enhance the game play and your fighting capabities. Also, having a partner in battle gives you tonnes of different combos that you can mix and match with to defeat your opponent. Be aware though, that Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite’s gameplay is both fast and furious.
Super Smash Bros
Another game company franchise rolling out a fighting game with it’s very own characters. For Super Smash Bros it’s all about Nintendo. A worldwide success when it was first launched back in 1999, the latest version is for the 3DS and Wii U platform. Choose your Nintendo fighters from Mario to Pokemon to Zelda. Special characters such as Mega man, Ryu and Cloud are also added to the game. This game is just what it is, a brawl. Messy battlefields where tonnes of players (and yourself) battling your guts out.
Street Fighter X Tekken
This is practically like a 2-in-1 and even more. Street Fighter characters combining with Tekken fighters give you access to over 38 pugilists. A universe with 2 of the most popular fighting games around comes out with intriguing storylines. It is a dream fighting game when you are using Ryu to beat down Kazuya with your Hadouken. To double the fun, each battle allows you to choose up to 2 characters, thus becoming Ken and Ryu vs Kazuya and Heihachi.
A relatively forgotten fighting game since its last release Darkstalkers Resurrection came out back in 2013. Also part of the Capcom stables of excellent fighting game (btw, just for info Street Fighter is under Capcom too), when at it’s prime, Darkstalkers easily rivalled any other fighting game. Darkstalkers is set in the vampire monsters gothic theme where vampires fight against werewolves and other monsters. The fighting characters are colorful and wonderfully designed. And through this game created many iconic characters such as the seductive Morrigan Aensland as well as the dark and powerful vampire Demitri Maximoff.