Its interesting really that right now, after over a decade’s neglect, the versus fighting genre is appearing to be undergoing a small revival. Kick-started by the release of Street Fighter IV, a series of old, battle-weary names have been donning the gloves once more, with Killer Instinct, Mortal Kombat, Tekken and Dead or Alive all returning to the ring. I've played most of them too and, on the whole, they manage admirably to recapture what cemented the genre as a classic in the 1990s.
|I would never perform Mortal Kombat fatalities in front of non-gamers.|
The problem is, years of scornful looks by my mother, damning articles in red-top newspapers and, worst of all, shaming by companions who didn't "get gaming" in my youth have sort of programmed me to feel ashamed of playing them. How could I play BloodStorm with my girlfriend among the assembled party? How could I perform the pit fatality in Mortal Kombat with my mother in the same room? More importantly, as an avid gamer who believed totally in the industry’s power to entertain and educate, how could I welcome non-gamers to the fold by performing that combo with Ayane in Dead or Alive 2?
|Hotaru is so sexed-up in Mark of the Wolves that one of her specials actually sees her mount her opponent.|
Talking of feeling guilty, Guilty Gear X on the Dreamcast is just superb isn't it. My attention was drawn back to this excellent, albeit totally overblown, title this week thanks to the announcement that Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator was coming down the pipe and, having spent the last week away from my Dreamcast, chose to boot it up once more.
|Ky Kiske takes on the ridonkulous character Faust in Guilty Gear X.|
|The graphics are impressive, however the art style is totally overblown.|
Yeah, it’s that level of dumb.
|Yep, you are seeing right, May does fight with that giant anchor.|