Best Fighting Games 2022
DNF Duel, a spinoff based on an online free-to-play game, defies expectations as it brings the unique fighting-game-inspired approach of Dungeon Fighter Online into a traditional fighting experience. Despite its dated origins, the game rejuvenates the MMORPG with quick-to-learn but hard-to-master combat. A surprising and successful adaptation indeed.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle on PlayStation 3 stands as a standout licensed game, boasting content aplenty. However, the dated experience on PS3 may hinder accessibility. The manga-inspired art direction remains fantastic, with Cyberconnect 2’s work shining through. Minor nitpicks arise during close-up shots with textures appearing somewhat lower in quality.
Final Vendetta, an arcade-style throwback, pays homage to late 80s and early 90s brawlers. Its reverence for classic game consoles and memorable set-piece levels is evident. A solid look, feel, and a techno/house/drum n’ bass soundtrack composed by Featurecast and Utah Saints complete the 90s beat-‘em-up package.
Capcom Fighting Collection
Capcom Fighting Collection fills the niche of compilations for older releases. Stylish and easy-to-navigate UI allows for game ROM region switching, difficulty tweaks, and other settings. The pack includes training modes, unlockable art galleries, remixed tracks, and in-game achievements. The online component remains untested during the review period.
King of Fighters XV
King of Fighters XV marks the series’ post-arcade resurgence on next-gen consoles. While presentation gripes exist, its solid engine and fun gameplay shine through. Versus Mode, Mission, and Training Modes provide ample opportunities for skill-building and engaging battles. Each character boasts a distinct style, showcasing the game’s refreshing uniqueness compared to clone-riddled counterparts like Street Fighter.