I’ll do you a favor and skip the “Let’s get ready to rumble” cliché while you cash me ousside, howbow dah? The Fighting genre (Fighters) is a fast and furious one, whether 2D or 3D, and it’s been a staple of gaming since 80’s arcades. Typically they’re characterized by 1v1 bouts spread over a few rounds, with the objective of reducing your opponent’s health bar. Over the years, they’ve become more and more complex, inaccessible even, though once you git gud at ’em you can really impress some babes. So I hear, at least. Taking down the AI, or better, a human foe with close combat combos, air combos, and elaborate specials brings a feeling nearly more exhilarating than in any other sector in gaming. These rely on muscle memory and mastering them achieves a kind of instant hand-eye-coordination trance where your fingers and hands can input incredible moves in microseconds… or you can just button-mash your way to victory.
Are you ready? FIGHT!!
The Green Screen Mage
Dragonball Z Budokai 2 or 3. I honestly don’t remember which one I played when I was younger. Honestly, I don’t care much for fighter games, but this is Dragonball Z! Also, Vegeta’s downward kick was such a cheat move. I loved it.
The Black Humor Mage
I love Super Smash Bros Melee because of the gameplay, but I love Brawl because it has way more characters and stages. So what’s the best remedy? Project M babyyyy. I haven’t had this mod for very long, but it makes Brawl so much better and the perfect Smash game. Smash for Wii U came really close though.
The Midnight Mystic Mage (Sublime Reviews)
Street Fighter II. This is one of those undeniable classics that I personally spent my time playing on the Super Nintendo. It would be fun to be able to know how many hours me and my sisters/friends actually put into this game way back when. Fun little story line and a great.
The Spoony Bard Mage (Nerd Speaker)
While I grew up playing a lot of Mortal Kombat and Smash Bros., the one fighting game that definitely absorbed most of my hours and attempt to actually get decent was Soul Calibur 2. I had it for GameCube, and would constantly play with my friends during high school. Used to main Voldo, Ivy and Maxi. My friend played Nightmare, and we could never beat him. I still have nightmares about his Nightmare.
The Final Fourteenth Mage (Cilla vs. Games)
Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 3. When the Wii U first came out I ended up trading it in for the price I paid for it and getting five games instead. One of these happened to be Naruto UNS3. I had been wanting to watch Naruto for ages but the vast amount of episodes really put me off. Learning about the story through UNS3 was fantastic and I immediately began to watch the series. When I caught up and the series went into a year long filler session I started to read it instead. I loved the combat system in this game as well as the roster of characters. It’s true that UNS4 has a larger roster and some nice mechanical additions eg. being able to change between team members on the fly. However UNS4 took many different canon scenes and altered them severely and that really didn’t sit right with me. Therefore UNS3 will always be my preferred game in the series.
The Hopeful Handheld Mage (Retro Redress)
Aside from the great combat, Virtua Fighter 5 had a great single player mode. Rather than the usual ‘beat everyone and a cheap boss to get an ending that doesn’t happen anyway because it’s not canon’ arcade mode, Virtua Fighter did something more realistic. It cast you as an arcade game player, touring arcades and working your way through the ranks. The more you won, the more you could customize your character. Cue Wolf Hawkins – fashion model.
It’s almost like a ‘single player e-sport mode’ and is a feature I wish more games would use.
The Rage Mage
The Well-Red Mage
I have a really hard time getting into new tournament fighting games, so my favorites are inevitably titles that I’ve played to death. Of these, three stand out: the first DarkStalkers, Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes, Super Smash Bros. series. I was great at these, to varying degrees, at some point in my life, just to cover my tracks with as much vague language as possible. In the arcades, I can distinctly remember besting teenagers when I was a preteen with DarkStalkers and MvC2 (it’s all about Tron, bone claw Wolverine, and Servbot in that game). I used to dominate in high school as blue Kirby in Super Smash Bros., much to the dismay of the other students who simply wanted to play GoldenEye, and I’ve had moderate success as Bowser, Solid Snake, and Mr. Game and Watch in later entries (minus the Wii U game in which I tried to play as Mega Man my boy but sucked bad), but I’m going to have to give the ultimate nod to DarkStalkers: the Night Warriors. It was the first fighting game I got really, really good at. It was the first time I “owned” a character, Rikuo, and I only ever played as the merman, using his devious tricky fish attacks to catch opponents off guard. I liked all the bizarre characters, especially the bosses Huitzil and Pyron. Though I’ve never been as good at fighters since, these sepia-toned memories still represent major gaming peaks for me.
Well? Did you barely break a sweat or did you get K.O.’d? Don’t worry, tomorrow’s challenge features a genre that’s thankfully much more slow-paced, but it’ll test your brain more than your body. All you have to do is come back again, point your cursor in the right direction, and click.