Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Cassie's Top 5 Fighting Video Games

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Fighting games have always been hit or miss for me. I can be quite picky and I actually dislike most of them (with good reason). However, I have successfully completed this difficult task. Some might disagree with this list simply because many classics will be left out, but I feel as though there are a number of hidden gems that deserve your attention.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Yes, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is my favorite Tekken game of all time. This might sound strange to some, but I absolutely love the gameplay mechanic of being able to use two fighters. In this installment of the Tekken franchise, you can choose two fighters to fight with and switch between them anytime you would like to in the fight. Once you tag a fighter out, they will gradually recover their health. This adds a lot of strategy to winning each fight and can encourage a defensive play style. This also allows you to perform some extremely awesome tag team moves. The character roster is impressive as always for Tekken, so there are plenty of combinations to try.

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3

Dragon Ball Z is covered and known all over the world, but I feel that the video games never get the respect they deserve. This is the case with Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3, as it still remains one of the most in-depth fighting games ever made. Instead of the traditional 2D fighting games we are all

used to, this game is completely 3D. It also has every character that you could want. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is a fighting game that takes a long time to master due to all of the different elements to its system. I could go on, but just know that each aspect of the game takes a lot of practice to get used to. It feels amazing when you finally master the game.

Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late

It really wouldn't surprise me if you have never heard of this game. Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late is another anime fighter, but it's strictly a 2D fighter. It may be easier for you to understand what this game is if I told you it plays exactly like Guilty Gear. If you have played that and liked it, you will love Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late. The main differences are that the game is faster and it's also easier to play. Although there are only a few characters in this game, all of them are truly unique and support amazing move-sets. It is absolutely worth checking out.

Soul Calibur II

As good as Soul Calibur is, Soul Calibur 2 is simply better. One of the best parts about Soul Calibur 2 is that every single character has their own weapon. If you go through the game's Weapon Master Mode, you can unlock several more weapons exclusive to each character. Every weapon for each character has its own characteristics, which requires you to use a lot of strategy for each fight. Much like Tekken, Soul Calibur 2 supports one of my all-time favorite character rosters. If you close your eyes, you can probably imagine the designs at will.

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3

There is simply not a better fighting game than Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3. This is due to the amount of control you have during each fight. Some fighting games revolve around button mashing and pure luck, but this is not the case with Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3. Every single character has their own Ki bar, unlike the previous installment where all characters had the same Ki bar. Some characters, like Omega Shenron and Vegito, have max Ki at all times. In each fight, you must watch your Ki and control it. Without Ki, you will find that your character can’t do too much. Once you start learning how to control it, you’ll master the game and really start to appreciate the complexity.  

Again, I am sure that I missed a number of your favorite games. Yet did you notice anything you loved? What are some of your own favorite fighting games? Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

About the Author: Cassie is an entertainment and online blogger who loves playing games in her spare time. She hopes that if you haven’t heard of these fighting games that you will try to give them a shot. Check out other articles by Cassie at Culture Coverage and Secure Thoughts. You can follow her on Twitter: @cassie_culture

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