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Video Games: Fighting

This guide aims to help gamers of any level of experience to find something new to play.

Fighting Games

Fighting games are a type of competitive action game where two or more on-screen characters fight each other. Players are limited to offensive and defensive moves, with specific combinations creating powerful combos. Fighting games typically involve hand-to-hand combat, though many games also feature characters with melee weapons or projectile attacks.


As the traditional fighting game, 2D fighters take place in a fixed-size arena with movements limited to two dimensions. Players can navigate this plane horizontally by walking or dashing, and vertically by jumping.


3D fighters allow characters to move anywhere in the 3D space. In addition to left/right and up/down movements, players can move  "in" and "out" of the camera. These games typically add dodging as a defensive maneuver.


Much like 2D fighters, platform fighters are limited to two dimensions. However, players have a greater area of movement, often with layered or moving platforms. The increased space allows greater variety in victory requirements. In addition to the traditional health depletion, it can include knocking the opponent off the stage or achieving the most points in a match.