The Fighters Are Back

Hope your thumbs are ready, hope you’re ready to memorize a string of combos, and I hope you have a decent directional pad, Xbox. Because come fourth quarter and beyond – prepare for some of the most intense, brutal, and most importantly – fun fighting games to be released in the last few years. A smorgasbord, a variety of flavors for every fighting game fan. Literally.

Another exciting and inventive title to be released will be motion controlled with Sony’s new PlayStation Move peripheral, called The Fight: Lights Out. Taking Wii Sport’s Boxing game, and upping the ante in brutality – a gritty game with an air of the movie Fight Club, this games characters, and background are all in a muted color, of blacks, grays and whites, not including the solitary red standing out in blood, and the lights of any of the backgrounds featured in the game and a few other accents. The game releases in October, so possibly expect a review from the great writers of Platform Nation.

The Fight: Lights Out

Another highly anticipated title is going to be one of the hottest fighter in the last ten years. And it should be since we’ve been waiting that long for it. Marvel vs. Capcom 3: The Fate of Two Worlds releases next year, finally bringing back characters from one of the greatest comic book company out there, and characters from one of the greatest video game company as well. Expect old fan favorites like Ryu, Chun-Li, Spider-Man and Hulk along with new comers like Wesker from Resident Evil, Thor the Thunder God, and Dante from Devil May Cry. It plans to not only bring back the fun of hype combos and insane three on three battles, but it’s also bringing back something Marvel vs Capcom 2 was sorely lacking – a story or narrative. Though present in the first MvC game, and all of the previous cross overs [X-Men vs Street Fighter, Marvel Super Heroes vs… etc] – sadly MvC2, arguably the most popular was missing a story. Thankfully the next installment will have one for us all to dig into while dealing severe damage to each other across our preferred platforms.

The next game you should be looking forward to is the new Mortal Kombat game. Ed Boon and co, have been through the wire the past few years with a few hits and misses in the Mortal Kombat series, and then coming out of left field [though maybe not] with Mortal Kombat vs D.C. Universe, going the Marvel vs. Capcom route almost with Scorpion and Superman butting heads. Though an interesting story, though the Teen rating, and mixed reviews from even the most die hard Kombat fans left all us wanting more. And the MK Gods have listened, giving us what is surely to be the most brutal and gory Mortal Kombat ever. Set between the first three Mortal Kombat games, and utilizing the 2.5D fighting style graphics, tag-team Kombat, and even a online mode where players can watch each other play to prepare themselves should be the kind of kick that fighting games need going into the next several years.

Another top title is the freshly announced sequel to Namco’s Tekken Tag series. Announced at the Tokyo Game Show, showing off Jin Kazama, Leo, Kazuya Mishima and Asuka Kazama in an intriguing gameplay trailer of quick tags and linked combos and linked throws. I haven’t played Tekken in a long while, but this is looking pretty fun in itself. Hope to get my Eddy Gordo on soon. Enjoy the gameplay trailer.

There are many other games within the fighting genre that are coming throughout the year, including two major crossovers in Street Fighter x Tekken [developed by Capcom, with Street Fighter 4 graphics], and a Tekken x Street Fighter [developed by Namco with Tekken 6 graphics]. Surely a 2010 WWE Smackdown vs Raw venture, and an already announced WWE All Stars wrestling game with over the top graphics and attacks.

Twenty Eleven is going to be a spectacular year across all genres though, and fighting especially. What fighting games are you looking forward to this coming year, and which characters are you most excited to see?

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