The Best 5 Fighting Games
By: Peter Warrior on: May 27, 2014
It's been a long road since Ryu defeated Sagat and his mighty dragon punch left that scar on the Thai's chest. Then Fatal Fury, Art of Fighting, Samurai Shodown, Mortal Kombat and, of course, the King of Fighters joined Street Fighter in an exclusive club we call 2D fighting games.
As it couldn't be otherwise, 3D fighting games, being Virtua Fighter the pioneer and Tekken the spearhead overran the arcades. Many came later, and a new generation in console gaming brought Soul Edge, Dead or Alive and Toshinden, among many, many others, with different luck.
Story ends so far abruptly. 2D fighting games haven't been able to land on mobile devices at all, not because tech requirements, but input interface issues: nobody knows how to make a half quarter forward on a touch-screen, whereas 3D fighting games are closer to close quarters FPS rather than truly fighting games. Anyway, here's a selection of the best we've found, both in 2D and 3D. Hope you like it.
KOF started in 1994, this is nearly twenty years ago. Fatal Fury (Terry, Mai, Joe...) and Art of Fighting (Ryo, Yuri, King...) characters joined the newcomers Kyo and his friends (later Iori, Leona, Chizuru...) to create a saga that endured till 2010 and, unfortunately, brough SNK (and collaterally, Neo Geo) close to bankruptcy.
Sad stories aside, here KOF for mobile, the only major fighting franchise able to be ported over Android so far.
Asura Cross does its best to bring to mobiles something we were been expecting for consoles since the early dawn of Playstation, or even before: the chance to customize our characters' movements and upgrade them. In addition, Asura Cross comes with a sophisticated storyline in which you have even to take choices. It's a game for fighting gamers made by fighting gamers.
Team Dragon avoids fantasy movements and adds some interaction with the high-res environment. It's perhaps the safest bet of this list, though it has some bothering touch response issues. Anyway, characters are gorgeous and we'd like that future developers took Team Dragon as a path to be followed.
Roblade represents the 3D fighting games in this list. It's pretty original and outstanding on its own, showing that mobile gaming can has its very own ideas and has no need of bringing them from consoles.