Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 (Switch)
Fighting 22 September 2017
Another installment in the 3D fighting game series by Bandai Namco Entertainment, based on the extremely popular manga by Akira Toriyama. Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 utilizes the same formulas as its predecessor by combining the elements of all the series of the DB anime (Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT and Dragon Ball Super), as well as those from the movies. The game features a multitude of familiar characters and an option to create your own custom character; you can choose their gender, appearance and powers. Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 focuses on battles taking place in 3D arenas, during which you use a range of unique attacks and powers derived from the original manga and anime series. The game utilizes the cel-shading technology, just like its first installment, and features the original anime voice actors, but thanks to the capabilities of the new generation devices, the visual and sound layer are much better.
Pokken Tournament DX (Switch)
Fighting 22 September 2017
Pokken Tournament DX is an improved version of the Wii U game Pokken Tournament. In terms of gameplay mechanics, the game in topic is not much different from most popular 3D fighting games. Pokken Tournament DX offers over 20 pokemon from both the old and new installments of the main RPG series. Each of them has its own unique fight style and combo attacks. The game introduces one new pokemon that was not available in its 2016 version, Decidueye. In addition to that, the developers introduced two new game modes, Team Battle and Group Match Mode. The game also introduces a Battle replay system – we can record our matches and post them online. Pokken Tournament DX makes a good use of Switch’s unique functions and allows us to play in both handheld and stationary modes.
Fighting 16 June 2017
A 3D action game developed for Nintendo Switch which focuses on 1 on 1 battles taking place on secluded, spacious arenas. The contenders are equipped with large boxing gloves propped on springs that allow them to extend to large distances. We can choose from a number of fighters, with each having unique traits and abilities. Additionally, we can choose a set of gloves that correspond to our playstyle – e.g. a slow albeit powerful model, or a speed-oriented set. The arenas are also varied, filled with numerous objects such as traps, obstacles, or springboards. Arms contains an AI module, but player on player combat is the highlight of the game, with both offline and online game modes. The game also employs the unique capabilities of Joy-Con controllers, including its special sensors.
Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers (Switch)
Fighting 26 May 2017
Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers is a remastered version of the second game from the popular fighting game series, initially released in 1991. It was developed by Capcom and UDON Entertainment. The new edition has received a series of improvements and tweaks. There are two completely new playable characters available: Evil Ryu and Violent Ken. Each of the available fighters has their own story and set of moves, attacks, and combos. The game's visuals were also improved. All textures are now in high resolution, but we can still switch back to the retro-stylized pixel-art visuals if we want to. Though some things were changed and improved, the core of gameplay remains the same. The Versus mode allows us to fight with other players or against A.I. Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers also offers a special game mode where two players face the same A.I. controlled enemy.
Fighting tomorrow, 19 December 2017
A crossover between a 2.5D platform game and a brawler, developed by Romanian studio Angry Mob Games. Players take part in duels waged on small arenas, filled with rock formations and simple structures. In order to win you have to push your opponent off the ledge down to the ground or reduce their energy to zero. Brawlout offers a cast of playable heroes, each one featuring a unique set of stikes – individual attacks can be developed and modified as you continue to make progress. Besides, each hero has a deadly attack, called Rage, which can be launched after filling a special bar. Among the playable characters there are e.g. an agile monkey with a chain, or a Yeti, able to freeze his opponents. Brawlout can be played either solo (throughout the story campaign) as well as with up to seven other players online or locally on one screen. The game features an eye-pleasing graphics design kept in cartoonish stylistics.
Blade Strangers (Switch)
Fighting March 2018
A 2D fighting game by Japanese Studio Sauzensen, starring the characters from Cave Story, Code of Princess, and Umihara Kawase. Blade Strangers features ten playable characters with unique appearances, abilities, and special attacks, with eye-catching scantily clad warrior girls. The combat system was inspired by the popular Super Smash Bros series, while also taking into account fighting game novices. Blade Strangers features several gameplay modes. Apart from the story campaign, consisting of a series of arcade duels, there is also a training mode, in which you can test the attacks of every character, and online battles. You can also try to complete certain tasks, such as e.g. defeating your enemy as quick as possible with a special attack. The arenas on which you fight are 3D, while the character models are 2D sprites.
Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn (Switch)
Fighting May 2018
A reboot of a classic 1994 fighting game whose main protagonist is a former NBA player, Shaquille O'Neal. The new version was created by Big Deez Productions and contrary to the original game (which had as many supporters as it had opponents back in the 90s), Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn is a modern-day fighting game, which combines elements of such classics as Streets of Rage or Street Fighter with features of 3D action games, such as Devil May Cry. Again, the player assumes the role of a muscular basketballer who traverses diverse locations and fights various enemies, as well as powerful bosses. In combat, Shaq makes use of a set of techniques, punches, combos and power-ups. What is also helpful in eliminating the opponents, is the presence of destructible environments and different weapons. As the game progresses, the protagonist develops their skills in order to face more and more powerful enemies, and eventually, the mysterious Black Star Ninja.