Fighting Game

What Does Fighting Game Mean?

A fighting game is a genre of video game in which a gamer battles against another character controlled by another gamer or the game’s artificial intelligence (AI). Fighting games often feature special moves that are triggered through rapid sequences of button presses or associated mouse or joystick movements. These games traditionally show fighters from a side view, but multiple viewpoints are now used in many of the newer games in this genre.


Techopedia Explains Fighting Game

Fighting games are a form of action game in which two on-screen characters engage in one-on-one combat. Fighting games frequently feature unarmed fighting, such as boxing or martial arts, but can also include fighting with weapons like swords or guns. Players are given options to control the on-screen characters and engage in close combat with opponents. The first fighting game, “Heavyweight Champ”, was designed in 1976.

The characters in fighting games often have highly exaggerated martial arts moves and extreme power. The gameplay structure usually includes several rounds per fight and the ability for gamers to choose from various difficulty levels. To be effective at fighting games, players often need to master techniques such as combos, blocking and counter-attacking. A combo means chaining together a series of attacks.

Some of the most popular fighting game series include:

  • Capcom’s “Street Fighter”
  • Midway Games’ “Mortal Kombat”
  • Namco’s “Soulcalibur”

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