New to Fighting Games - Recommendations?


I’ve owned a few fighting games, but I never really got into them until I recently bought Skullgirls. I find I much prefer the 2-D hand-drawn animation to the 3-D models of games like MK9, and I find hits much more satisfying and fun to watch with the 2-D effects. Also, I love the fluidity hit confirms gave when I was executing combos and using specials, a major gripe I had with MK. I don’t want to limit myself to just Skullgirls, but I feel I should get some other opinions before I end up buying something that suck/has no community.

To give you an idea of what I know, I have heard of but never played BlazBlue, Guilty Gear, and Persona 4 Arena.

So, what good, hand-drawn 2-D games would you recommend, and why?


Blazblue, GG, and Persona are all fine recommendations for 2D hand-drawn games. I would throw Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo (ST), CvS2, 3S, Vampire Savior, and Alpha 2 on the list of recommendations, though most of those are fairly old, so finding people to play with might be hard.

Check out GGPO for 2D fighting goodness on your PC.

The most important thing is to find people locally to play with, so check out the regional matchmaking part of the forum and see locals are playing.


Not sure what to tell you…it’s really something you should decide on your own.
All I got from you is that you like 2D sprite fighters, played Skullgirls, and like fluid hit confirms…that’s not much to really go by to recommend for you.

Here are some 2D fighters out that I know off the top of my head that are like that:

KoF 13
Blazeblue (new version coming out soon)
Persona 4 Arena
Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD(Digital)
Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R(Digital)
Arcana Heart 3(Digital)
Marvel Origins(Digital)
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure HD(Digital)
Darkstalkers Resurrection(Digital)
Melty Blood(not sure if it’s in US stores/outlets)
Chaos Code(not sure if it’s in US stores/outlets)

These games are good on their own merit…and for the most part have their communities. - KoF community - Persona community - Blazeblue, Guilty Gear, Persona4A, and Darkstalkers…maybe Jojo. - Melty Blood and Arcana Heart 3

You can check out those sites, ask some questions, watch some match vids, and hopefully come to a consensus of you think is best for you.


Thanks for the help, guys. Sorry I couldn’t give you much to go on, but I don’t know what I’m talking about well enough to actually make it clear.


I can’t believe I forgot KoF13.


KOFXIII and Vampire Savior (which is part of Darkstalkers Resurrection).

Both games have a very strong focus on offensive footsies. As a new player, this will probably help you out a lot, as newer players tend to focus more on execution than neutral game.

Both games also have a very balanced roster where no one character is utterly worthless, so you won’t have to worry too much about doing research before picking your character and can more or less just play the characters that appeal to you.