When I think of the best video fighting games, I always think back to those created in the late 80’s and early 90’s. These were the games created before WII and internet access to play games online was a luxury, rather than a need. The fighting games that were the best were the ones that were originally created as an arcade game, simple and fun. This list is my personal opinion of the top five video fighting games in no particular order.
1. Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat first began as an arcade game in 1992, later becoming a game for the home console. It has animated cartoon graphics, with seven fighters combating in tournaments with each other. A s the first versus fighting game to feature a secret character, Mortal Kombat is one of the most popular American fighting games. It was notable for its high levels of violence and its graphic fatalities.
2. Street Fighter
Street Fighter was first released in 1987 as a series of fighters competing against each other in different parts of the world. The game was centered around a martial artist competing in worldwide tournaments in five featured countries. Each character has their own special move that can win the tournaments. The characters also have their own stats and background information. The latest release in the series was Street Fighter IV released in 2008.
3. Street Fighter II
Released in 1999, Street Fighter II was the first one on one fighting games that allowed players to choose from a variety of characters with different moves. Each character had 30+ moves and 2 or 3 special attacks. Like the first Street Fighter, the game takes place in different parts of the world.
4. Art of Fighting
The Art of Fighting was originally released in 1992. The game contains a variety of opponents whom the player completes against in the best two out of three matches. The characters each have a different fighting style and fighting techniques. It was the first fighting game to allow characters to have a “super attack”. The latest sequel of the game was released in 2008.
5. Fatal Fury: King of Fighters
Originally released in 1991, the game is set up to be centered on a martial arts tournament called “Kings of Fighter’s”. The scene is a fictional American city. The player competes against opponents in the best two out of three matches. Special moves are shown to the player throughout the game.