Fighting games for 2018 and beyond
Christmas is always a great time of year for gamers. Developers just love pushing out new titles in October and November to try and grab the Christmas crowds. It’s the time of year that we see new releases for Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty, Battlefield and any other major titles. This year is no exception and has a long list of incredible titles releasing in October, November and December. We can all appreciate a new Pokemon game, Red Dead Redemption 2 and even the HD Spyro remake called the Spyro Reignited Trilogy. It’s a great time for gaming in general and everyone can enjoy this time of year.
Fighting game fans always have slightly less to look forward to than some other genres but that’s no reason to dismiss this time of year. There are certain times of year when developers want to release their games to maximise sales and the end of the year is one such time. Those of us who enjoy fighting games can also be pleased with what the season offers however if nothing catches your eye for what’s left of 2018, there’s no reason to be too sad. Next year is already looking very promising with the revival of an old favourite and a new IP.
Take a look at these games coming for the rest of 2018.
Dragon Ball FighterZ
This one is already out and has been since the start of the year. However, it only just released for the Nintendo Switch in September so if you have a Switch then you’ll definitely want to pick this game up. It’s a fantastic fighting game and to be able to take it on the go with the Switch is perfect for any fighting game fan or anyone who grew up with the Dragon Ball series.
It also needs to be said that this game is one of the highest rated fighting games this year so regardless of the platform if you need a good fighting game to get someone (or yourself) as a present then this is definitely a good option. Just make sure they don’t already have it!
Sure it’s probably not a game that’s ‘worthy’ for hardcore fans of fighting games but there’s a lot to be said for the WWE game series. It’s good simple fun and perfect for playing with friends or family regardless of their experience or ability level with fighting games. This game released on October 5th so it’s still a fresh release but there will be plenty of gameplay online for you to take a look at it. If you need a game for the family to play this Christmas then you might want to consider this one or go back a few years depending on how large your budget is.
The next SoulCalibur is here! Well, almost here. The game released on October 19th and carries on the weapon-based fighting series where warriors fight over the legendary Soul Swords. However, this game does take a little step backward as you’ll be looking at the events of the original game in order to find new secrets and uncover the truth. Avoiding any potential story spoilers, it looks like a promising game! Plus it features Geralt of Rivia from The Witcher series which is a nice bonus.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
For anyone with a Switch, this game is a must buy. It’s unlikely there will be a fighting game that sells better on the Nintendo Switch than this one because let’s face it, us Nintendo fans love these characters and the combat in the series. It hasn’t been released yet and it’s probably a classic already for the pure reason that it has every Smash Bros. character ever in the game. That’s right, if you somehow haven’t heard yet then you’ll be surprised and pleased to hear that Nintendo is including every previous Smash Bros. character in this new game. Along with a few new additions, of course, such as the Inklings from Splatoon. Sadly, Waluigi hasn’t made it into the game and the internet hasn’t been letting it go.
There will be a huge number of stages to battle on and a lot of items have also been confirmed for players to use in fights. Confirmation has also come that there will be a single-player Classic Mode which is something that many of us have been hoping for since the release of the Nintendo Switch.
Nintendo is cutting it close to Christmas on December 7th though so you will need to pre-order this is you want it for Christmas.
It might seem like there’s a long way to go to 2019 still but it’s creeping closer with every day. So it’s time to consider what games you might want to pick up within the first few months of the year so you can budget accordingly. Or maybe just pre-order something as a present for yourself!
There are some great titles promised for the coming year which are worth keeping an eye on. We can assume there won’t be much news on most of them yet so don’t expect to see lots of gameplay for most of these games until early 2019 at least.
We only got to see a little bit of this game at E3 2018 but it showed several characters from different manga and anime fighting with one another. Plus there was a bonus Light Yagami and Ryuk from Death Note at the end of the trailer but it’s already been confirmed that they won’t be playable characters sadly. If you missed the announcement for Jump Force, it’s a new fighting game IP with a range of different manga/anime characters in it. There will be a story mode which will feature some Death Note characters but that’s pretty much all we know right now in regards to what the game will be. We’ve already had a new trailer including Yugi from Yu-Gi-Oh summoning various monster cards such as Dark Magician and Slifer the Sky Dragon. Hopefully, more details will come soon.
It’s supposed to be releasing in 2019 but we don’t know the details just yet.
Dead or Alive 6
If you love this series then you’ll be pleased to know that it’s currently put down for a February 15th 2019 release date. Plus, there are a few gameplay trailers available for the game right now including some character trailers. The game was actually showcased this year at Evo 2018 so if you were at the event then you might have seen it playable there. Even if you didn’t then you most likely heard that the developers are looking to make the series more ‘newcomer’ friendly by reducing the sexual fanservice that the game has become well-known for. In the long run, this will be a very good thing for the series but it’s also one of those reputations that will take time to change. Here’s hoping the game becomes even more popular due to the change.
Samurai Shodown (Samurai Spirits in Japan)
It’s a good time for fighting game fans, both the young and old. SNK has announced that a new Samurai Shodown game is coming to the PlayStation 4. The last game was released in 2008 for the Xbox 360 and this new title marks a new start for SNK. For those who got into fighting games in the 1990s, this series is a classic and one of those “whatever happened to___?” series but it’s finally back in the fight. SNK is expecting to release the new Samurai Shodown game in 2019 though there are no details on exactly when just yet. There’s not a lot of information for it right now so all we can do is hope that new game has been worth the years of waiting for the revival of this classic fighting game series.
Kill la Kill the Game: IF
Let’s face it, it’s always concerning when “the game” is used in a title for a video game and it’s even more concerning when a video game is created based on an already existing universe from TV, movies or anime. Sometimes it can come out well, other times it’s just okay but we only really remember the terrible ones. Kill la Kill is a very visually striking anime but developer Arc System Works is good at anime visuals and pretty good at making IP’s work in fighting games. So there is definitely still hope here.
The fights in this game will be set in an open arena similar to the ones seen in the Pokken Tournament series. We don’t know much about this yet and no release date has been announced at all. It could be something worth keeping an eye on just in-case it is a must-purchase in the end.