Fight! Five Classic Fighting Games You Need To Play
We pick five retro fighting games you need to play.
Fighting games occupy a special place in the hearts of gamers. They’re also responsible for countless broken controllers, strained friendships and immensely satisfying victories. Quite nostalgic, isn’t it?
Well, here at That Gaming Site we thought it was time to revisit some of the best games in the genre, and after countless hours of discussion and several bloody knuckles, we have finally agreed on this list of five brawlers that we really love.
It’s not necessarily the top five of all time though – while trying to generate that list, the Editor in Chief and a certain contributor threatened to beat each other to a pulp over which game would occupy the top position.
Street Fighter 3
Released in 1997, Street Fighter 3 was released at a time when arcades were beginning to decline in popularity in North America due to the increased popularity of home consoles, despite this the game was still able to make an impact on gamers and the industry.
A sweet cast of new characters, great gameplay, and flawless animation made this game a great fighting experience and a real keeper back in the day. It was the sequel to a game that had left a huge impression on gamers and it had some big shoes to fill. Not only did it fill those shoes, it ruthlessly slapped down its predecessor with a stunning one-two combo.
But as good as it was, it wasn’t without flaws, and it would take Capcom not one but three iterations to finally perfect the game. So, when “Third Strike” finally arrived as the definitive version, fans couldn’t fail to recognize that it contained everything a sequel should and some more to boot.
The lord of all tactical fighters, Soulcalibur featured unique weapons of mass destruction and one heck of a colorful cast of characters. Soulcalibur proved to developers the world over that there was indeed a market for tactical fighters out there, and all it needed was a little push in the right direction to hit the mainstream and translate into money.
The Dreamcast port of Soulcalibur is regarded by many as one of the best fighting games of all time, the title also saw financial success by selling over 1 million units on the Dreamcast alone. Dreamcast users who have the "fishing rod" peripheral can also play the game with motion control through the use of the rod.
As a tactical fighting game however, the Soulcalibur series had little pick-up-and-play value unless gamers invested the time to decipher its fight mechanics. All of a sudden, mastering every combo became a high priority on every console gamer’s hit list. The learning curve to master the game was long, but once mastered, gamers were able to smack down their friends in a brutally challenging and immensely rewarding onscreen challenge.