All-girls fighting games aren’t a new concept, but rarely are they done with such a charming pizzazz as in Skullgirls. It’s the perfect blend of enchanting visuals and rock-solid mechanics, with art and game balancing done by industry veterans. The game’s eight-woman roster alone is well worth the price of admission, as each aggressive mademoiselle plays with a completely unique style: grappling, floating mines, disembodied biting heads, you name it. Better yet, you don’t even have to leave the house to buy it, and the Xbox Live / PSN play is silky smooth.
But because it wasn’t a project with a huge budget and thousands in ad dollars, it didn’t take off with gamers outside the hardcore fighting community. That shouldn’t stop you from picking it up and having a comic-book-style blast with it--and, as always, it’s infinitely more fun when playing with an equally skilled friend. We highly recommend playing as Peacock, a Steamboat Willie-esque hitgirl, and Parasoul, with her army of bodyguards and tricky gel mines.