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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?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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james
james

And maybe the death of 3D fighting games? man I hate 2D fighting games. If you have actually palyed games in 90s then you must remember how we felt playing tekken 3, Soul Edge, Soul Calibur and virtua fighter 3. I thing the Idea of a 2D Mortal Kombat in 2011 is as bad as a 2D Call of Duty!

balaji
balaji

Ofcorse… Fighting game will lean 2011. But There only a few games. I love virtua fighter 5… Any comments about it

bryoneill11
bryoneill11

Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade
Street Fighter 3 third strike online edition
Mortal Kombat 9
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Street Fighter x Tekken
Marvel vs. Capcom 3

PaceyPimps
PaceyPimps

Don't for get Arcana Heart 3, Capcom vs Marvel 3, King of the Fighters XIII and they look amazing. Yes the were the worst platform type game as there were no updates but now in 2011 there are and they look amazing .This is only for the real hardcore gamers the real old school gamers. I hope Capcom comes out this a new Capcom vs SNK this Street Fighter X engine PLS!

Lioyd
Lioyd

Yeah daveyc, I mean it's not like people could possibly LIKE that genre, amirite?

Asshole
Asshole

People that hate fighting games just suck at them HAHAHAHA

daveyc
daveyc

omg these games have never been anygood since the days of snes and megadrive….at that time there was nothing better!!….i think they need to realise that people and technology has moved on…there is no call for this ancient type of game!!

Maniaxe
Maniaxe

I have always been ready for the return of 2D fighting games! I have played fighting games a lot in the 90s and I continued playing them in the 2000s. And now I will play them again in the 2010s.

damon
damon

all fighting games are the same they never change nothing

cfsbcvb
cfsbcvb

No brendan you are an idiot.

Kendell
Kendell

yea but mvc3 is a bit of a let down 30 chars graphics isnt that great so ill just wait to see how mvc4 turn out i am a serious Street Fighter & MVC player and i just don't like 3. like Brendan said that's just my opinion

jak d ripr
jak d ripr

Damn straight bro, 2011 is looking nice for fighting game fans to say the least.

john
john

I like how the author basically said no offense to FPS but this asshat brendon just trashes his favorite genre, nice going you giant douchebag.

brendan
brendan

nope they are some of the worst game types! but then again that's just my opinion. Also i'm a consumers and the success of a game is deicided by the consumers

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