#8 - Tekken 2
Tekken 2 may not have been the first 3D fighter - or even the first in its own series - but for many, the game is 3D fighting. Texture-mapped 3D graphics brought unprecedented realism to the fledgling genre, making Sega's Virtua Fighter combatants look like the colorful block people they were. With the emphasis on learning moves and combos rather than lightning-quick reactions, it rewarded patience. Namco had a winner on its hands - and so did the PlayStation.
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