Virtua Fighter 4

Virtua Fighter 4

Virtua Fighter 4 is aimed squarely at the hardcore fighting brigade so if you do not have the time and patience to devote to this game you will not get your money’s worth. It seems to be a bit more accessible than previous entries, but is unlikely to wow fans of Tekken and Soul Calibur.

Gameplay: A beat ’em up where the focus is purely on the fighting and not the story or other bonus thrills.

Graphics: Pretty good considering its age.

Sound: A mixed bag, but not bad overall

Koihime Enbu

Koihime Enbu

Join the all-female cast of fighters in Koihime Enbu for some great 2D fighting. The character roster is fairly small, but very unique and the game is designed to be accessible to newcomers. However, there is still plenty of depth and experienced players can take the fights to a whole new level. Even if you are not familiar with the source material we recommend the game to anyone looking for a fun, accessible and great looking 2D beat ‘em up.

Gameplay: Deceptively simple, but with enough depth to keep you coming back for more.

Graphics: Great character designs with plenty of detail and colors.

Sound: Full Japanese voice acting and some nice background music

Final Fight One

Final Fight One

The Gameboy Advance needs more original titles and less ports, but at least Final Fight One demonstrates how to do a port right. Based on the original 1989 Arcade title this brawler packs a lot of action and some pretty big sprites. It also includes the level that was cut from the SNES port of the game so fans finally have the full experience in the palm of their hands.

Gameplay: True to the Arcade so expect lots of action with little depth.

Graphics: Large sprites and colorful visuals.

Sound: Not bad considering the hardware

Dead Or Alive 5

Dead Or Alive 5

Apart from the more realistic visuals and a couple of new characters, Dead Or Alive 5 isn’t that much different from the previous game. Fans of the series will still enjoy it as it contains all the outlandish female characters and breast physics that made the games famous. Those expecting a complete redesign will probably have to wait a bit longer.

Gameplay: Not a drastic leap forward for the series but still entertaining.

Graphics: A more realistic approach than past titles.

Sound: Passable

Dead Or Alive 4

Dead Or Alive 4

An impressive debut for the series on Xbox 360 but it is far from perfect and is way more suited for the multi-player crowd than those that prefer their fighters single player only.

Gameplay: Highly frustrating in single player, but a blast in multi-player.

Graphics: It’s good, but there are still some noticeable flaws.

Sound: Nothing really remarkable about it

GUILTY GEAR Xrd -SIGN-

GUILTY GEAR Xrd -SIGN-

With its crazy cast of characters, baffling storyline and perplexing amount of technical terms Guilty Gear Xrd can be a little daunting at first, but a comprehensive tutorial will ease you into things. After mastering the basics you’ll find a ton of modes to try out whether you want to take on the computer, your friends or random strangers on the internet. The visuals are excellent, the audio incredible and the gameplay very entertaining, which makes it an all-round great game. It also features enough content, including a lengthy story, to keep you busy for ages.

Gameplay: Plenty of depth for veterans, but thanks to the tutorial it is also very accessible for newcomers.

Graphics: The perfect fusion of 3D graphics and 2D style.

Sound: The soundtrack is rocking and the voice acting great

Injustice: Gods Among Us

Injustice: Gods Among Us

While Injustice doesn’t surpass Mortal Kombat, it at least doesn’t feel like a clone either. There is a sizeable roster of heroes and villains plus plenty of extras. The story mode is over in a flash, but it is just a small part of the overall package. If you are a fan of the DC comic universe, then you will thoroughly enjoy this game. If not, it is still a great fighter.

Gameplay: Very easy to get into but can feel a bit stiff initially.

Graphics: A very gritty interpretation of some famous superheroes.

Sound: The voice acting is good and the music fits the game

Facebreaker

Facebreaker

This game is really not worth it if you plan on playing the single player mode. Fights boil down to luck and button mashing more often than not. Multi-player is its sole redeeming feature, but even then it becomes boring quite fast. Definitely one to avoid.

Gameplay: Fast paced, but unfortunately not a lot of fun.

Graphics: The best part of the game.

Sound: Typical EA Trax

Dead Or Alive

Dead Or Alive

Dead Or Alive has a few nice tricks up its sleeve to make it appealing to fans of the genre. The characters are interesting enough and the fighting is quite fast. Overall not a bad title for your collection.

Gameplay: Fast and frantic.

Graphics: Sparse backgrounds, but good character models.

Sound: Unremarkable

Bleach: Heat The Soul

Bleach: Heat The Soul

Despite the fact that this game is Japanese only there are more than enough western fans of Bleach. While the story is all in Japanese the rest of the game is easy enough to understand. The fighting is fast and the visuals look good, but with only a total of six characters the game is rather limited. It is fun while it lasts but unfortunately that is not very long.

Gameplay: It is a decent enough button basher, but the limited amount of characters is a drawback.

Graphics: The 3D cell shaded visuals capture the look of the series perfectly.

Sound: Authentic voice acting and good tunes