I just noticed a bunch of fighting games are on sale, pretty much all EVO has to offer, and as you might have noticed I’m passionate about them even as I personally don’t put a lot of time into them. I watch a shit ton of tornaments on the side though and dabbled in most of them a little. My most beloved are Street Fighter, Guilty Gear and Skullgirls.
So here are my quick impressions. You might wanna know that I dislike 3D fighters quite a bit, so Tekken and Soul Calibur aren’t my particular cup of tea. I include videos from a few online tornaments to give you an idea what the gameplay is like. The steam sale is lasting until Sunday!
Street Fighter 5 - the base game is 8€ however I recommend the “Street Fighter V: Champion Edition + Season 5 Premium Pass Bundle” for 42€.
The champion edition includes all the previous characters plus you get the final season with this too. The arcade edition with its changes are included too Especially the season 4 and 5 characters are absolutely fantastic and really break with some of the original gameplay and let you do some crazy stuff. That is beside them being some of the more iconic characters or fan favourites from other franchises. For example I adore Lucia which was added in season 4 and next week Oro and Akira are dropping and I can’t wait.
Since the vanilla release SF5 got pretty much reworked, more content and variety added. Its well worth the money, even the higher “SFV: Ch.Ed. + Season 5 Premium Pass Bundle”. The gameplay is very grounded with lots of footsie play, mid sized combos and mostly more tactical. With the newer characters it becomes slightly more dynamic and faster pased. The netcode is in theorey “Rollback Netcode”, the best type for Fighters, unfortunately its not well implemented.
Skullgirls 2nd Encore - I wrote a whole article over here of this gem of a fighting game. The base game is a no-brainer at 8€, the dlc (base +dlc 21€,) was mostly for fans to get more content, Annie is quite fun to play, and there are more characters to come (Umbrella just got announced). Its a small team so the DLC is quite spread out over almost 3 years (last one releses next year). Quick sum-up: fast pased game with fantastic eye for detail, can be played at either 3v3 or mixtures (1v3, 2v3, …). The UI is well thought out and lets you quickly change characters and color pallet, combine that with a wacky character design and outstanding netcode (Rollback) and you have a hell of a winner.
Them’s Fightin’ Herds - I didn’t play this one, BUT imagine Skullgirls but with ponies. If you get around the initial shock of Ponies, it has all the hallmarks of a good fighting game with excellent netcode too, 14€ isnt too bad either if you like Ponies
DB Fighterz : this one is an easy sale. Do you like Dragonball ? Did you evver wanna play the characters ? This game is the closest you will ever get to the movies or TV series with entire scenes being almost 1:1 rebuild in this. Outstanding job by Arc Systems Works with the graphics of this game. It is a 3 vs 3 team fighter , with tag mechanics, which gives you quite a lot of options. At only 20 Euro for the entire roster ( !!! 43 !!! ) it is a must have for any DB fan evenr emotely interested in fighting games. For only 9€ its not too expensive to get an idea either.
Mortal Kombat 11 - got its reputation over its outstanding story mode and is propperly most known for its absolutely brutal gameplay. Each character has more variants which you can unlock in some of the other gamemodes, which makes the game quite grindy. I played around 50h of this and still miss a bunch of stuff. Its a bit rough, especially for new players as you simply miss some of the tools older players have. This said, for around 15€ base game, Ultimate for 24€ (more story and chracters) and Ultimate + Legendary for 35€ it has pretty good value if you don’t mind the grind.
Tekken 7 : its very beloved by its community for its weighty gameplay and very nuanced chracters. One downside to this is that knowledge is king and you will get boddied hard by experienced players. Its sort of in the middle between SF and Mortal Kombat. Hyper realistic characters but more similar to SF when it comes to gameplay. That aside it is a 3D fighter with side stepping, less flashy than other games for sure. If you like more of a realistic fighting style, maybe MMA or UFC I would recommend this over all the other games. 10€ base, 23€ for Ultimate (Season pass 1+2).
Guilty Gear Strive - best current netcode, outstanding character design and slightly more beginner friendly. If you don’t mind wacky characters, but slightly more rooted and realistic than in earlier games of the franchise, this is a stunning game. Very flashy gameplay that will tell you quite obviously when you got a counter, fantastic in depth, sometimes on chracter basis, tutorial. However, the lobby system is still full of bugs and breaks alot and the story mode is literally a built in anime (no interaction at all). Currently at 48€ for the base or 68€ if you want the first season pass too. I highly recommend it, once you get going its a blast to play. Me & friend have some issues with the lobbies and netcode though and we don’t know why. Other people play from the US to japan and have a stunning connection, but we got big issues with it. Skullgirls, SF5 or event he older GG Xrd Rev2 for example SEEM to wok a bit better at their best. I assume its my conenction, still really weird.
Soulcalibur 6 - what happens if you mix a 3D fighter with actually weapons? I played a bit fo this but it just didn’t click. The customisation options are absolutely insane as you can build completely random characters. Choose a base character, alter the body, add “stuff” slap on a base weapon fighting style and lets go. Quite the variety of different characters and weapon styles, everything from oversized anime swords, realistic 1h rapiers, chinese staffs, giant hoola hoops with baldes on it or simple daggers. Sort of Tekken with weapons? 9€ base, 14€ base + season 1
Granblue Fantasy: Versus - mixed bag. I realy wanted to buy this gamewhen it came out for PC but the giant price tag annoyed me. Even now, with the discount to 36€, or with all characters for 40€ I’m still not sure. This game has a very unique style a slightly more newbie friendly combat system. The design can maybe be described as realistic animestyle?
Killer Instinct - one of the OGs of fighting games. The game itself might seem simple at first glance but it can be absolutely brutal and punishing. The combo breaker mechanics, ultra combos and or counter breaker make for insane action. It has rollback netcode, probably one of the weirdest spread for characters but similar to Tekken, because the game barely changed over time, old players have a massive advantage over new people.
Last are “BLAZBLUE CROSS TAG BATTLE Basic Edition” and “UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH Exe:Late[cl-r]” . Best description I could give, both of these are anime fighters on steroids. Blazblue is a 2v2 but UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH is a 1v1. Both are made by Arc System Works. I played neither, but the latter will get a Rollback NEtcode upgrade!