Fighting Games

The Nintendo Switch's Initial Library Preaches Quality over Quantity [Preview]

by Jason Fanelli 21 hours ago
The Nintendo Switch is hoping to offer a vast library of varied titles right from the jump, and if the recent preview event in New York City is any indication that hope is resting on solid ground. The room holding the event housed over a dozen games coming either at launch or soon afterward.

10 Most Wanted Characters for Injustice 2

by T.J. Denzer 2 days ago
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Whether old standards of DC lore or simply sensible to what we’ve seen going on in the Injustice storyline, any one of these characters would bring an awesome wrinkle to the game that we’d love to take against our friends. These are the 10 characters we’d love to see in Injustice 2.

How the Original Killer Instinct Established the Early 2.5D Fighter

by T.J. Denzer October 28, 2016 @ 1:00 PM
Microsoft Studios
Tons of Mortal Kombat clones were produced, but only a select few ever came close to offering the level of hype that Mortal Kombat created. Among those games, there were perhaps none more compelling than Killer Instinct, originally released on this day in 1994.

Controversy, Regulation, and the First Mortal Kombat

by T.J. Denzer October 8, 2016 @ 12:40 PM
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
It was on this day in 1992 that Mortal Kombat was released, not only bringing a new style of brutal fighting action to arcades, but also helping to create the perfect storm that would lead to the establishment of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB).

E3 2016: Absolver Puts an Open-World Spin on Fighting

by Jason Fanelli June 23, 2016 @ 11:30 AM
Absolver is not your average fighting game. The term “fighting game” normally elicits two immediate thoughts: 2D fighters like Street Fighter or 3D brawlers like Tekken. While Absolver looks like it should fit the 3D fighter mold, this is a game that acts more like Journey than it does a typical fighter. That sounds like a strange combination but it absolutely works, and my time with the game at Devolver’s E3 parking lot jamboree has planted Absolver firmly on my most anticipated list.

E3 2016: King of Fighters XIV Re-Opens The Tournament on PlayStation 4

by Jason Fanelli June 22, 2016 @ 2:00 PM
The fighting game genre is in full renaissance mode, with Street Fighter V and Mortal Kombat X leading the charge into the newest generation of consoles. E3 2016 was a haven for the next chapters in the genre’s history with Tekken 7 and Injustice 2 featuring heavily throughout the Los Angeles Convention Center, but one particular title seemed to have been overlooked amongst the hustle and bustle of the show. The King of Fighters XIV from SNK Playmore is taking some big strides for the franchise, ditching the hand-drawn sprites of the two previous games for full 3D environments and character models and bringing 50 characters to the tournament this time around. Luckily the action translates perfectly to the new look, as my time with the show floor demo proved to be a ton of fun.