Friday, December 17, 2021

Fighting Games are Awesome

I've had a love/mostly hate relationship with fighting games growing up. My first exposure to the genre was Street Fighter II Turbo on the Super Nintendo and while I enjoyed it I grew frustrated at never being able to beat the game. It seemed that no matter how good I was the enemy was better. Come to find out, however, decades later that Street Fighter II Turbo is actually one of the most difficult game in the series. That experience kind of scarred me as I never really took the time to get good at any other fighting games of that kind. I still would play the latest Street Fighter, or the odd Anime based fighter, but I never really expressed any desire to get good at them.

Platform Fighters/Super Smash Brothers is kind of the exception to this rule as I spent many hours on those growing up (more recently found Rivals of Aether which is amazing too!).

As I mentioned last week, I got my hands on Garou: Mark of the Wolves and it quickly ignited a desire to revisit the genre as a whole. While I still haven't beaten Garou, I don't find it as intimidating as Street Fighter II Turbo was when I was a kid. 
Lucky for me, the desire to revisit the fighting genre came around Black Friday/Cyber Monday and managed to nab many titles as well as a fight stick. 

Garou is still my combo based fighter of choice. I have a difficult time believing this game came out decades ago because of how good it looks and feels. More recent fighters may have more bells and flash than older fighters but there's something I find quite appealing in a pixel based fighter and its my hope that more of them will come out in the future.

What's next?

Well, I feel like I've got a lot of catching up in terms of the Fighting game genre and I've been focused in doing that for the past few weeks. My hope is to find people in my area to play with and have some good old fashion couch gaming sessions where we spend hours trying to master all combos. 

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