August 2019 Community Game-Along: Fighting Games

To celebrate Evo 2019, this month’s Community Game-Along is all about fighting games! Fighting games can have a steep learning curve, but they’re a whole lot of fun!

As with every monthly Community Game-Along, participation is easy. Just pick a game that fits the theme and play it sometime during the month! Share your impressions by tweeting, writing a review, doing a live stream, singing a song, or whatever else tickles your fancy! Just be sure to use #FightingGameMonth so others can see it!

Every month, I like to share some game ideas for those who might be stumped with what to play. While the Community Game-Along is always a great time to tick off a game in your backlog, it’s also an opportunity to branch out of your usual gaming habits and try something new! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Soul Calibur 6 2B screenshot

Soul Calibur VI (PS4, Xbox One, PC) The latest entry in the Soul Calibur series features classic Soul Calibur characters along with special guest Geralt from Witcher 3. If you’re willing to spring for a DLC character, you can even play as Nier: Automata‘s 2B! This game also sports a very robust character creator to make your very customized own fighters.

BlazBlue Central Fiction screenshot

BlazBlue: Central Fiction (PS4, Switch) – I can’t pass up a chance to mention one of my personal favorite fighting game series, BlazBlue! The story at this point is a convoluted mess, so if not understanding what’s happening in the story mode is a turn-off, you may want to stay away, but you won’t find a more stylish fighting game series than BlazBlue (okay, well maybe Guilty Gear…). You can even play in a special mode that makes it much easier to do flashy combos, which is perfect for beginners!

Super Smash Bros Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch) – It’s Super Smash Bros.! What more needs to be said? This one is definitely the most accessible fighting game on this list, and it’s a real crowd-pleaser at parties!

Samurai Showdown 2019 screenshot

Samurai Showdown (PS4, Xbox One) – This reboot of the classic series featuring fighters in a feudal Japan setting has been getting rave reviews since it came out in June. If you’re interested in a weapons-based, slower style of fighting game, it might be up your alley!

Kill la Kill IF screenshot

Kill la Kill IF (PS4, PC, Switch) – Kill la Kill IF is an arena-based fighting game featuring characters from the hit anime by Studio TRIGGER. The story features an alternative perspective from the anime, following Ryuko’s rival Satsuki, so fans of the anime should definitely check this one out!

Thanks to EVO, there are also a lot of fighting games on sale at the moment. Check out this list for some great deals if you’re looking for a fighting game to play this month!

Since I’m a big BlazBlue fan, I’m hoping to finally dig into BlazBlue: Central Fiction on the Switch. What will you be playing this month? Let me know in the comments!

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Also known as apricotsushi. Anne can be written with the kanji for apricot (杏), and sushi was the most quintessentially Japanese thing I could think of when I was 13, resulting in my goofy, albeit memorable, nickname.