My #1 is Eternal Fighter Zero. There is a character called Misaki in that game that is straight up homage to Fatal Fury series(plus she has double Jump and airdash for the sake of blending in), that I CANNOT quit playing. It’s not just her though, in general most of the characters in that game is homage to another fighting game, so I got addicted easily. The game has somewhat interesting “power” option that limits juggling, even though there still are some on-ground looping combos left.
Then comes the Melty Blood Games… I think it was '05 ish when I was looking for PC games to get, because frankly I was getting tired of SNKP. I thought it fell like the early Marvel games, but everyone I came across says it feels like GG. Oddly, I loved to talk about the game more than I played the game. It’s a pretty interesting game mechanics to dig into and it was interesting to see it change from original MB to many editions of ReAct to Final Tuned, and now into Act Cadenza and even newer editions. It reminded me of how I grew up with King of Fighters, only this time I wasn’t playing it by the years, the updates were as often as once four to five weeks at one point of time. Thing is that it’s one of the games where if I stopped playing for a week or two, it was very difficult to get back to where I was. Little things (like characters walking like turtles so having forced to dash all the time) got to me after I was trying to get back to it after little break. So that’s when I knew I couldn’t hang with rest of my community-Southern Cali at that moment of time.
I really love Queen of Heart 2001… aka Party’s Breaker. It’s not actually that great a game. I don’t think any of the QoH games really are though. There is a youtube video demonstrating the infinite chains for every character(for Yuu it’s infinite jump cancels). I still like it for what it is, an amateur game with soul. They worked hard for the effects, some of the moves’ effect look as good as a recent Tales of Destiny 2 game. They tried to make the game funny, and I thought it was for the most part. It’s a fun game.
Akatsuki series I kinda liked though I never got too deep on it, because it feels different. I wish it wasn’t so damn ugly.
Big Bang Age is great looking game. I liked the demo OK. It is basically combination of what I don’t like about Melty Blood, but I think I can get used to it if the game catches on.
The main reason I play these games are honestly, SNK is souless and capcom quit. Their games feel like a damn turn based strategy or something now. For now, I think I want to get into Monster and the Touhou fighters, simply because some of guys whom I consider mentors left EFZ and went to them.