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Fighting Games will Rule 2011 – Who needs Call of Duty?

If you grew up playing video games in the 90s, you’ll know that it was one hell of an experience for fans of fighting games. In the era of the SNES and Megadrive, gamers were treated to Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat games in their finest hour – and that is all set to make a return in 2011 on the Xbox 360 and PS3.

If the 90s belonged to beat-em-ups, then this period of gaming is probably all about First-person shooters. Luckily, developers like Capcom, Namco and Midway (or Netherrealm Studios) have decided enough is enough and its now time to bring back the good times with some upcoming titles, all of which will be available in that standard 2D format that everyone loves.

It is fair to say that it didn’t really work when Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat had various 3D games out, so I’m really pleased to see them returning to their roots with the likes of Street Fighter X Tekken and Mortal Kombat 9. Don’t forget that we have just had a confirmation of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 too, so 2011 will really be the rebirth of 2D fighting games.

Mortal Kombat 9 looks immense, and just what the doctor ordered with their decision to make it the most violent game yet. Street Fighter X Tekken looks like an ambitious project, combining two of the most popular fighting games period – but let’s see how it pans out before we all make early judgements on the game.

Then of course we have the little matter of Marvel Vs Capcom 3 – arguably the most popular franchise ever. I think Capcom was testing the water with their arcade release of MvC2 onto the Xbox 360 and PS3, and now that they know fans still love it – they decided to go full blast with MvC3. We’ve had plenty of characters confirmed for the game so far, but since it’s not out till Spring, theres still time for plenty of additions yet, and even more via DLC after release.

This is not a criticism of FPS games just to let you know, but if you grew up in the 90s, watching people play Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat in arcades was the coolest thing around at the time. I’m spoilt for choice on which fighting game I’ll be picking up next year – maybe I’ll just get them all.

Are you ready for the return of 2D fighting games?

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