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  • MrAptronym - April 16, 2013 10 p.m.

    A good article for sure, but I think it leans a bit to heavy on street fighter. That's something I say with respect to what is honestly the king of the fighters, (No pun intended) but it it leaves out a huge contingency of the major fighting games today, and where the market resides. SFIV is a big hit, yes, but it is by no means the only major player or innovator out today, and I think attributing the resurgence of the genre to that game alone is a bit misguided. The 3D fighter genre is basically left unmentioned with the sole exception of Virtua fighter. This is a vibrant community that also happened to dominate much of the market until 2D's recent return. Tekken and Soul Caliber are not just big franchises, they are a major segment of the fighter market. And innovators, especially Soul Caliber. Closer to my heart, seeing Guilty Gear religated to a corner mention is sad. This is a game that has a massive following. The flashy visuals unique cast and most importantly the character gimmicks have spawned an entire sub-industry of what are often called "Anime Fighters" or "Doujin Fighters" with innovative mechanics like the Burst that it really perfected. Spiritual successor Blazblue was also barely mentioned, but I believe it was also integral to the fighting resurgence around SFIV's release. Sales numbers were not as high, but were, and remain significant. If anything, it deserves a mention for delivering sprite graphics in HD and arguably advancing storytelling for the first time in a decade of fighters. GG and BB have smaller followings than SF, especially in the west, and among players easing into the genre but they are major players none-the-less and are there at every fighting convention, every comicon. How many fighting gamers can't remember "Heaven or hell?! LETS ROCK!"
  • AdonisX82 - April 15, 2013 7 p.m.

    bio freaks ruled lol and I would LOVE a new Killer instinct
  • Boromir - December 17, 2012 6:47 a.m.

    The Drabon Ball Z (DBZ) series on super nintendo and Killer Instinct (arcade and super nintendo) are strangely missing in that story line. They were really awesome games.
  • TheDudeFromNowhere - December 17, 2012 12:58 a.m.

    I love fighting games. Thanks GamesRadar for putting up such an interesting read.
  • LordZarlon - December 16, 2012 6:12 p.m.

    You know what? I'm a fan of all fighting games. While I cut my teeth on Street Fighter 2 my best friend introduced me to Fatal Fury, Samurai Showdown and King of Fighters. I got into Virtua Fighter and Soul Blade and my buddy got me into Tekken. We both liked Mortal Kombat and I introduce him to Street Fighter Alpha. What's great about this genre is that we have so many great games. Lets enjoy the bounty of greatness.
  • pin316 - December 16, 2012 3:23 p.m.

    streetfighter fans much? most of the article is pretty nice... then get to a slide that reads "decline of the fighter", only to add a quick note saying this is when Tekken, VF, DoA and the Soul series started in this period. Can't believe you classify this era as the decline - this was the golden age of fighters, where popularity had been established in a wide audience and there was enough focus on the genre for multiple series to not only be released, but to do so with quality products that all flourished... Decline, my ass sandplasm - to miss the Soul series from your list is big mistake. Completely unique product, and it only introduced the concept of 8-way movement to the genre....kind of a major deal for any 3D-fighter
  • Vordhosbn - December 17, 2012 7:07 a.m.

    Totally agree with this comment. A whole era of well received games was glossed over. I can understand the 2000-2009 lull being included, because it did get a bit stale. But to ignore the impact games like Tekken and Soul Edge had is criminal!
  • phatsnake - December 17, 2012 9:55 a.m.

    I strongly agree. You can't just cover decades of 3D fighters represented by Tekken, DoA, and the Soul series in 1 or 2 sentences : / and mark that area as the decline of the genre. Those were the best days for 3D fighting fans and I think now is the decline for us.
  • sandplasma - December 16, 2012 8:56 a.m.

    Fighting games can be summarized as Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, VF/Tekken. I don't think any other fighter has brought anything new to the table.
  • mafyooz - December 16, 2012 12:22 a.m.

    I loved Yie-Ar Kung Fu and Way of The Exploding Fist back in the day. Slightly surprised Barbarian didn't get a mention, it wasn't the greatest game ever made but chopping your opponents head off never got old :)
  • shawksta - December 15, 2012 5:42 p.m.

    Nice insight on the evolution, really spot it. Kudos to the mention of Smash Bros. Whether want to people accept it as Fighting game series or not, it still broadened the view in its own twisted way that made it awesome.

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