10 Best Fighting Games of This Decade
Like those crazy cartoon battles you watched in awe as a child, the Tekken series offers you a chance to pick one of 33 outlandishly dressed characters, charge into battle with you best warrior grimace and proceed to pummel your opponent into oblivion using a wide variety of skills. Be a ninja, a sumo wrestler, a Russian Spetznaz member, or even a martial artist dressed in Native American attire, and mash those buttons to watch one of the wildest battles you’ve ever seen.
Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate
This flashy fighter game features 29 characters to choose from, and each one is a numbingly attractive super model of a 3D character (no wonder they release a volleyball edition). Despite its relatively ominous title, Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate is a well rounded, highly entertaining fighter game you and your friends can enjoy, taunting and gloating after each victory. Though, we all know that’s not what you’ll be paying attention to.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
If you’re looking for a complete detachment from reality, try 2008’s Super Smash Bros. Brawl which pits characters, such as Bowser, against characters such as Link. Dr. Mario is featured in it, as are a bunch of different Pokemon. You’ll also be glad to know that it’s not just 1v1. Battle it groups of up to four (with or without CPU combatants). It may not be particularly immersive, but it’s undeniably fun to watch.
Street Fighter III: Third Strike
This one is an oldie, back when fighter games were exclusively 2D and generally played in arcades. That was Capcom’s intention back in 1999. Over the years that followed, it was ported on to Dreamcast, Xbox, and Playstation 2, with good reason. Street Fighter III: Third Strike brought Chun-Li back to the series and featured a roster of 20 martial arts experts in total ready to knock their opponents down in pixelated victory.
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma
When discussing exotic 2D anime-styled fighting characters, BlazBlue boasts some of the most over-the-top. While it does have a relatively small roster of 26, BlazBlue’s gameplay makes up for it. Easy to master controls, satisfying fight moves, and cheesy taunts, promise two players everything they’d ever want to see in a versus fighting game.