It's not a secret that we have a huge affinity and appreciation for fighting games. The sense of enjoyment derived from making a full comeback against an overpowered opponent with less than half of your life bar is unparalleled.
Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Marvel vs. Capcom, and the King of Fighters series are some of the most world renowned and incredibly fun fighting games… ever. We’ve noticed that a bunch of equally popular (and somewhat lesser known) fighting games haven’t gotten the sequel treatment lately. We see this as a gaming crime against the hardcore fans who champion these games on numerous gaming forums. These are the 12 fighting game franchises that deserve another round. Current generation or next generation? IT DOESN’T MATTER! We just wanna play new versions of these fighters and piss off our less talented buddies.
We don’t call it spamming, we call it “skillfully abusing one move over and over.”
12. Melty Blood
Never heard of this one, huh? Well you can officially consider yourself in the know now. Melty Blood is one part Japanese visual novel, and another part pure insane fighting game action. You had your usual array of fighting game mechanics here, but the EX-Shielding motion enabled players to counter their opponents (which is kind of similar to Street Fighter III’s parry system).The characters (especially Shiki and Akiha) were awesome. They simply looked sweet as they moved in fast and fluid motions on the game’s 2D battlefield. We would froth at the mouth if we saw a new version that featured the animation seen in games like BlazBlue and Guilty Gear. A digital release of a new entry could bring some more eyes to this hardcore fighter.
11. Battle Arena Toshinden
Owners of the first PlayStation know what we’re talking about here. Before Soul Blade/Edge took the crown for best weapons-based fighting game, Battle Arena Toshinden arguably held that title. The full-scale 3D arenas and fun gameplay started the cool trend of great fighting games on Sony’s console. It may have been left in the dust by the fighters that followed it, but we still look back on our battles with Eiji and Ellis fondly. Since Soul Calibur is a bit stagnant right now, we think someone should acquire the publishing rights to this series and give us an alternative. Open up those arenas even more, clean up the graphics, keep the entire roster from the third game and you got yourself a revitalized Battle Arena Toshinden.
10. Samurai Showdown
SNK has made some strides this generation with the welcome revival of its King of Fighters series. Sequel number 12 was a bust, but part 13 made up for that unintended blunder. One series that still has not gained back its credibility is another SNK series – Samurai Showdown. After the atrocity that was Sen soured old school/newfound fans, the series’ goodwill took a nosedive. SNK needs to ditch its plans for another 3D version and return to the series 2D roots. The FGC needs a super gory and blood filled 2D weapons fighting game. Some of the new folks who debuted in Sen could get a new lease on life, as well as Haohmaru and the rest of the returning cast.
9. Tatsunoko vs. Capcom
Yeah, we know Capcom’s clash with Marvel is more popular. But to be honest, we had a bit more fun with the Vs. game that dropped a few obscure anime characters into the fray. The Tatsunoku brand still has a wide range of faces that would make perfect rivals for the rest of Capcom’s roster. We know this probably won’t happen but hear us out. Tatsunoku vs. Capcom 2. Same graphics, same mechanics, but this time? Three-on-three battles and a story mode that’s fan fiction perfection. Add on Mega Man X, Lieutenant Linn Kurosawa (Aliens vs. Predator), and some more obscure Capcom characters. Then supply peeps like Gingka Hagane (Beyblade: Metal Fusion), Luna Kotsuki (Neo-Human Casshern), and Astral Chameleon (Hurricane Polymar) and you’ve got yourself a game!
8. Star Gladiator/Plasma Sword
First off, we have to say this – this series features some of the coolest looking fighters we’ve ever had the pleasure of controlling. Hayato, June, Saturn, Bilstein and the rest of the space faring crew all have distinct designs and fighting styles. Way back during the PSone and Dreamcast days, Capcom created these two under-the radar fighters. We grew accustomed to the awesome Plasma Combo system, plus we loved the 3D plane that let us move around more than your average fighter. Capcom, we know you’re not fixing to release any more digital collections any time soon (which saddens us). But please – release these two games in a collection, then go ahead and create a third one for christ’s sake! It could be a downloadable game for all we care! We just want to whack our friends with a Plasma Sword once again.
7. Fighting Vipers
Doesn’t seem like Sega is interested in the fighting genre nowadays, huh? Sure, they still dole out those quality Virtua Fighter games. But that seems to be the only fighting IP they pay attention to. This has to change. Sega has another awesome fighting game series in its back pocket that needs to see a resurgence – Fighting Vipers. The strange mix of armored city dwellers beating each others clothes off while trapped inside cages was pretty endearing to us. Could you imagine if another Fighting Vipers got the Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown treatment? The graphics would look flawless and the original game’s stand out features would be much more improved. Sega, make sure these youngsters know who Grace and Raxel are. Here here for Fighting Vipers 3!
6. Power Stone
It’s a damn shame that this series has seemingly fallen by the wayside. Capcom’s equivalent to Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. series was one of the best fighters on the Sega Dreamcast. There were wide open arenas with multiple floors, 4-player battle royales, a laundry list of usable weapons and items, and even boss fights against maniacal machines in the middle of the desert. And who could forget the super-powered modes that characters would change into once they got three Power Stones? Power Stone 3 needs to become a real thing. Falcon, Wang-Tang, Ryoma and Rouge have gone missing for far too long. This sequel could be a nice Wii U exclusive and attract some Super Smash Bros. players. Lord known the Capcom heads would flock on over to the Wii U for this one, too.
5. Rival Schools/Project Justice
And we return to yet another underrated Capcom fighting game that’s long overdue for a sequel! The concept behind these games sounded so ridiculous, but they ended up working. Gather a bunch of high school stereotypes, split ‘em all up for three-person squads, and let ‘em at it! This 3D fighting game series was surprisingly deep, thanks to double and triple team attacks, the ability to stop those attacks, tardy counters, and those massive air combos. These two fighters deserve the online collection treatment, plus a third full fledged sequel. Bring back the entire roster, add a few more HS types (throw in a school janitor!), and improve that character creation mode, Capcom. YOU GOT YOURSELVES A DEAL!
So are the rumors true? Are the Darkstalkers NOT dead? What’s the deal Capcom? From our side of the fence, it looks like this supernatural fighting game series is due for a next-gen sequel. The Darkstalkers Resurrection package seemed to do well (but not well enough for Capcom, according to what we’ve read). There was a contest for new character designs too, so we have a feeling those winning creations will get featured in a new game. We imagine another Darkstalkers game with Super Street Fighter IV’s visuals and all of the old mechanics that were specific to the DS series. The Dark Force system with a cel-shaded sheen would look marvelous. J. Talbain in HD graphics would look even more incredible.
3. Bloody Roar
Rumors were running rampant over another entry in this human/beast hybrid fighting game series. But sadly, they weren’t true. We haven’t given up hope just yet, though. Bloody Roar’s popularity can be attributed to its use of animal transformations, epic ring out’s and gory action. Some of the characters weren’t particularly memorable, but their beastly personalities made up for their flaws. We’re itching to head back into that cage and rip bunny rabbits to shreds with Jin Long’s ravenous tiger form. Hudson Soft, a bunch of loyal Bloody Roar fans still exist out there. Bless them all (and us) with a sequel.
2. Capcom vs. SNK
The Fighting Game Community still plays this game religiously. In our opinion, that’s completely understandable. The Capcom vs. SNK series is top quality, fighting game crossover action. Part 2 was as perfect as they come and gamers are frothing at the mouth at the thought of an online edition. Those fans are also losing their minds over the prospect of this series gaining a third entry. Capcom and SNK have created a long list of memorable characters since they last met in the arena, so picking and choosing who can be in this game will be a breeze. Capcom’s additions – C. Viper, Juri, Makoto, Roy (Rival Schools/Project Justice), and Ingrid (Capcom Fighting Evolution). Then SNK’s additions – Ash Crimson, K’, Wolfgang Krauser, Bonne Jenet (Garou: Mark of the Wolves), and Elisabeth Blanctorche. We’d like to see this game made in the style of King of Fighters XIII.
1. Killer Instinct
So we heard from Microsoft that Rare is set to unveil something great at this year’s E3. Before that ,we heard that Microsoft was working to get the rights back to a certain fighting game that Rare developed back in the day. These two rumors could only mean one thing – Killer Instinct 3 is coming to the Xbox One! Man, we hope this series gets another shot at glory. The past KI games are still some of the most addictive fighting games we’ve ever played. The rocking music, the insane graphics, the ULTRA COMBO!, the boob flashing fatality etc. all made this series a top contender. This game could be the killer app and system seller the Xbox One needs. Jago and B. Orchid, we surely do want you back…
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