Reviewing fighting games and getting buying advice


#1

Amongst all the genres out there, fighting games require a specific “eye” to really understand and appreciate comparatively (you have to look at more than things such as graphics, gameplay modes, or story to effectively sell a fighting game to genre fans).

So how do you evaluate a fighting games’ worth and value when you see a new one on the market?


#2

Don’t bother with reviews, play it yourself and come to sites like this to judge its worth.


#3

Reviewing games in general needs that specific eye not just fighters. And since your asking for how one evaluates a fighter on a competitive site is much different to the answers you will get from an everyday reviewer from like IGN or something. Small list of a generic checklist for fighters i can think off the top of my head. Single Player (Story, Extras, Hours Of Gameplay), Roster (quality not quantity), Training Mode (competitive ppl thing), Versus Screen (fast set up like buttons, gems, assists, etc., easy to find characters?) Engine (mostly competitive but if something is too complex or just doesn’t make sense even casual players will put it down), Main Fight Screen (overbearing hud or attack visuals?), Tutorial/Trials, Overall Aesthetics, Load Times, Online Net Code…hmmm


#4

I usually just stick with the first two.


#5

Take into several things. Price, graphics, sound quality, fluidity of the animation, roster size, developer, community involvement and support, extra features, etc etc. Also be sure to review several reputable gaming news sights to see their reviews, its scores, and how it relates to other sites’ reviews of that game.

Ultimately, you’ll have to scrutinize the gameplay vids and/or demos that you can get your hands on. Which skills does this cater to the most? Is it slower paced and more strategic? Faster paced that favors solid execution and mix-ups? Perhaps it focuses more on mobility and creativity to control your character? How about a highly technical game that rewards game knowledge and utilization of frame data? Most games contain all of these factors, but focus primarily on a few. Figure out what you want out of a game, and see how each game measures to your standards.


#6

The solution may sound surprising but like most video games… you play it.


#7

I’m on the fence with Soul Caliber V, looks good, but I hear SC players saying it’s not as good as it could be.

Wanted Tag 2, but eh…Snoop Lion.

Can’t really think of any others that would potentially warrant a purchase other then my precious KOF.


#8

I know one thing, don’t use sites like these to make a decision (hatahz all over this bitch). Just ask me, I’ll tell you what you should be buying. lol


#9

High-level match videos. That is all. If those don’t exist then I’ll wait until they do. Don’t take anyone’s opinion on fighting games.

Of course, early in my life I just said to family members “get me a fighting game” for Christmas/birthdays or picked it because the cover looked cool.

Best impulse buy of my life.


#10

Rented that a few times as a kid, my cousins may have even owned it.

Shit was awesome, especially playing as the bat guy.


#11

All of you talk like I can still rent games in this day and age. >_>


#12

simple. play 3s.


#13

you can, but you can also go to a meetup and try games there. or buy and return.

reviews on fg’s mean zilch


#14

Last I checked, all the complaints about SCV were from the casual side of things, complaining about characters being taken out, story mode being short, etc.


#15

http://www.gamefly.com


#16

There’s only 1 answer to this and everyone knows it:
www.playthirdstrike.com


#17

Almost perfect

One more thing I might add is disregard everyone’s opinion of this new game if a car is being offered to play it.


#18

the issue with fighting games is, that unlike other genres (except maybe some racing games), most of them get first an arcade release, then a console release follows (perhaps even a PC or smartphone release).

So basically you have to take into consideration its arcade version as well. Playing only the console version does not do the game justice. A lot of reviews ignore the arcade version or havent played it at all. Hence you see so few arcade reviews.


#19

Nice, thank you.


#20

Where do I go to hear DoA5 is not shit?