Is there really a fighter that takes no skill whatsoever? I don’t think that I’ve ever played one where the amount of time I put into learning the game is overpowered by someone mashing buttons/getting lucky.
Here are my thoughts on this in refrence to recent fighters I’ve played:
DOA4- Countering is easy to do, and players do get that “lucky counter” occasionally. However, if you are mashing buttons against me, rest assured you will be pwned, and a lucky counter every now and then won’t stop me.
VF5- No explanation neccessary. If you are mashing buttons and somehow manage to take away half of my lifebar—it’s just because I was using you as a training dummy to learn new combos.
Tekken- You may score a few hits on me, maybe even a few more if you’re using EDDIE/CHRISTIE. However, those few hits don’t really mean much when I juggle you for 85% of your lifebar–back up–and then do it again.
Soul Calibur- You’ll score a few hits–might even win a round by ringing me out(OCCASIONALLY)—but I wont lose the match. If you piss me off—I’ll just go super cheesy with Seigfried and score a perfect (or close to it) every time.
Street Fighter- Is it really possible to mash buttons and win in this game? Unlike 3D fighters if you mash you’l probably just stand there whiffing normals into the air. Maybe you’ll get a fireball every now and then…
Mortal Kombat- Last one I played seriously was MK Deception—but I can guarantee with any MK game that if you button mash you’re going to get sick of seeing my character’s fatality every match.
Now obviously some fighting games are deeper (Which does not mean “Better” or “More Fun”–that’s depends on your opinion) but as a fighting game player I’ve yet to witness a true “button masher”