A while ago I read a post by Aniplays about his love for fighting games and how much they mean to him. When I read it, it made me think about my own love for fighting games and how special the genre is to my life.
Fighting games have a very special place in my heart for various reasons. Not only are they fun to play but there is a certain charm to them that makes me come back for more. As a small boy my first exposure to fighting games was Street Fighter II. I obviously didn’t know how to properly play a 2D fighting game back then but I just loved playing it. When I got an arcade emulator on my PC that was one of the games I would always play. Naturally, as I grew up, I started becoming more exposed to other 2D fighting games, such as Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters. It was only until I bought Tekken 3 on PS1 that I started to play 3D fighting games.
Tekken 3 was one of my favourite games growing up – almost everyone in my family played that game. The gameplay and fighting mechanics were top notch at the time and it was just very fun to play. I remember playing as Forrest Law most of the time, spamming that flip kick on my opponents. My sister’s poison of choice – and still to this day – was Hwoarang. My best friend, sister and myself still have some hectic matches against each other when we play Tekken. My best friend is a Lili fighter and I’m more of a Jin fighter these days. He sometimes gets quite annoyed when I spam combos on him but that’s Jin Kazama for you.
Some people have said that fighting games are starting to become a dying breed and there is some half truth to that statement. While fighting games may have struggled to stay relevant in the past, there seems to be a resurgence in the genre today. Street Fighter IV, in my opinion, helped to make fighting games relevant again and is still one of the most popular games to this day. Following the success of Street Fighter IV came Netherrealm Studios’ remake of a classic title: Mortal Kombat, which was a strong competitor to Street Fighter IV.
To this day I still love playing fighting games – my friend and I will still occasionally fight each other in Street Fighter IV. Fighting game tournaments, such as EVO, still exist today; with many different fighters pitting themselves against one another to see who the top fighter is. With upcoming titles, such as Street Fighter V and Tekken 7, as well recent releases, such as Mortal Kombat X, the fighting game genre still has enough life left in it before it receives a KO.