Mortal Kombat X will be released for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC on April 14th, 2015. Street Fighter V will is yet to receive a 2015 release date for the PS4 and PC, whereas Tekken 7 will released for Arcade systems in March, 2015. But which game will be the ultimate fighting master?!
Fighting games are a massively popular genre within the video gaming world, and every gamer has their favourite series that they've mastered. 2015 promises to be an exciting year for the fighting game, with even the likes of Dragonball: Xenoverse looking like a great experience for February 2015. But who will walk away with the prize in 2015 following last year's tremendous Super Smash Bros.?!
Mortal Kombat X - Get Over Here!!
Mortal Kombat. The beautifully violent gaming series that's been around since 1992. Its characters are famous throughout the gaming world, with the likes of "Get over here!", "Finish Him!" and "You weak, pathetic fool!" being instantly recognisable to many. Mortal Kombat, the reboot from 2011, was a well received fighting game. Not exactly universal praise, but every gaming publication gave the game some form of praise!
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Now, it's time for ROUND 2 for NeverRealm Studios, can they pull off a superior game to the one they gave us? The game certainly appears to have some intriguing new features in store. The increased interaction with the environment and using the surrounding area as a weapon adds a new dimension to fights.
But does this game have what it takes to go up against two of the biggest names in fighting game history!?
Unfortunately, Tekken 7 won't be coming home with you (not yet anyway). For the time being it remains an arcade game, one with some great new features. The first, Rage Art, allows the player to execute several unblockable moves that deal roughly 40-80% damage (depending on the character) once their health bar is critical, in exchange for inactivating the normal attack power increase.
The second, Power Crush, lets the player to continue their attacks even while being hit by the enemy, although they would still receive the damage dealt by the enemy's attacks. A new camera system, currently under testing, flips the fighting plane on one side, allowing both players who play at arcades with connected machines to start battles on the same side. Movement has undergone some changes and now is similar to the movement mechanics found in Tekken Revolution, most notably when characters walk backwards.
Is the fact that this game is only coming to arcades disheartening for you? Do you wish you could take it home and experience it? Let us know in the comments! Either way, this looks like a game that's embracing its roots, while adding some great new features to its chore mechanics.
Street Fighter V
Capcom's surprise Street Fighter V has a lot of people seriously excited, including Capcom. Let's face it, they desperately need a good and entertaining game. Their reviews have been deplorable as of late, and I'm sure they're looking to replicate the critical appraisal they generated with Street Fighter IV!
Street Fighter IV is regarded as one of the best games of the last generation of consoles, with the likes of Eurogamer even granting the title 10/10. Naturally, they'd love this kind of success again, but let's hope it doesn't impact upon the project in any negative ways. Pressure can destroy a game.
With the ability to break characters through the environments on the sides of arenas, and then still be able to navigate back to the starting point, matches are going to have a lot more space in Street Fighter 5 for players to destroy one another with a whole host of new moves. But can it defeat Tekken 7 and Mortal Kombat X in your mind?!
With all of these titles on the way, if you're a fighting gamer, how I envy you. Having only dabbled occasionally in the genre, I find myself lacking in terms of skill when it comes to these games. But you didn't have to love fighting games to know how tremendous Street Fighter IV was.
Can Capcom replicate this success or will someone take their glory from them? I'm voting for Street Fighter V, purely because I want Capcom to get their act together, what about you? Are you a Tekken 7 fan? Or a Mortal Kombat X follower?