Today is a homage to fighting games. I love fighting games. They are fun especially when you first get them. I used to sit there for hours on end as a kid and try to master Street Fighter but usually I fail. The rules though of this list are simple. Only one game per series is allowed, otherwise this list would be all Street Fighter. Although some games in series’ are weak and lack some of the vitality of previous installments others well, here I am just going off on a tanget.
7. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi
DBZ was a great show. I don’t care who you are you cannot hate on me for liking the show. Every single game they made was awful until they made this series. The first game was a great, it was missing a few things but nonetheless it was a great game. The second one really missed the mark but they hit it dead on with the third one. I remember playing this one for hours on end with my friends sophomore year at college. It was a great time and a great game.
6. Mortal Kombat
Violence and MK go hand in hand. MK had a standard fighting game plot in which the fate of the world was at stake. There was no different plot for any of the characters other than a small sub story that the character had. Most of the characters you can mention in a conversation with a gamer and they will know exactly who you are talking about. Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Reptile, Johnny Cage, etc…see what I mean? And with MK9 due out at some point in the future we can see this franchise is not dying.
5. Super Smash Bros.
Smash Bros. did something that no other game did. 3-D fighting. Nintendo took their characters and placed them in pseudo 3-d environments and had them duke it out. The game has reached it’s third installment complete with custom maps and Sonic the Hedgehog. As the game evolved so has the graphics. The maps have changed too making it more expansive than it was already. The question is what will they call the next game?
4. Soul Calibur
Don’t say you get this games f#%$ed up plot. That’s a load of bull. SC has a plot that only the makers can understand. From the beginning this game was a visual masterpiece. It looked beautiful. When SC2 came to the PS2, XBox and GCN it was considered to be one of the greatest games of all time (at least for fighters). Namco delivers a great experience with each subsequent edition of the game. One can only wonder how they will top themselves with the fifth installment. How many more memorable characters like Voldo will we see?
BlazBlue is impossible to understand. The story is twisted and convoluted. But the art is amazing, it looks like how shall I put it, an anime. I hate anime. The controls feel smooth and responsive. It’s just a great series that one can hope will expand with time. If it doesn’t though, I can tell you there will be a large amount of fans disappointed.
2. Street Fighter
Street Fighter stands out because even after all the different iterations it’s still a quality game unlike some fighters. SF features a robust cast of characters that, while aren’t the greatest, are notoriously known for being who they are. Everyone knows Ryu, Chun-Li and Guile, and if you don’t you obviously live under a rock. Street Fighter 4 just launched a few years back and helped bring the franchise back to life and with the release of SUPER Street Fighter 4 the series still somehow manages to maintain its fun while being annoying as all hell with the combos.
1. Marvel Vs. Capcom 2
Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 is not only the single greatest fighter of all time but one of the greatest games of all time. Good luck actually finding this game for your PS2 or Xbox. Your best bet is to shell out the 15 bucks it costs to buy it on Xbox Live or the PSN. MVC2 is arguably one of the best fighters created simply for the fact that its a unique fighter. In the vein of Capcom’s notoriously well known fighting games, it combines a line up of Marvel characters with Capcom characters. This game did feature a swap out system where you hit a button (or two) and you swap out one character for another. It was/is pure ADD madness. And with Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds on the way in 2011 expect this game to only look better and better.