Fighting games have evolved since the 2020s started.

Fighting games have evolved since the 2020s started.

Fighting Games: A Humorous Journey Through Evolution

Street Fighter

Fighting games have come a long way since the golden age of Street Fighter 2 and Mortal Kombat on the SNES. From the 3D fighters like Tekken and Soul Calibur on the PS1 and Dreamcast to the comeback of Street Fighter 4 and Mortal Kombat 9 on the PS3 and Xbox 360, fighting games have gone through quite the evolution in the past three decades. But they haven’t stopped there!

The PS4 and Xbox One era brought us Street Fighter 5, which had a rough start but paved the way for other successful titles like Tekken 7, The King of Fighters, and Mortal Kombat. However, the real evolution came with the arrival of the PS5 and Xbox Series in 2020. In just a few short years, fighting games have grown exponentially in terms of gameplay, features, and so much more.

Street Fighter Embraces Change

Street Fighter has always been at the forefront of the fighting game genre, and it’s no different now. While Street Fighter 5 had a disastrous launch and faced criticism for toning down the complexity of fighters, Street Fighter 6 is set to change the game once again. With new mechanics like V-Shift, a diverse cast of characters, and visual improvements, SF6 is breathing new life into the franchise. The changes that began in 2020 have finally come to fruition in 2023, and other fighting games are following suit.

Learning From Mistakes

Fighting Dads

The PS4 and Xbox One era taught fighting games some valuable lessons, especially the importance of good online play. Granblue Fantasy Versus Rising, with its rollback-infused revival, is a prime example of how developers are prioritizing smooth online experiences. But it’s not just netcode that has improved. Fighting games now offer better tools for both veterans and newcomers. From modern control schemes to flashy abilities, these games strike a perfect balance between aggression and accessibility. It’s clear that fighting games have shed their old limitations and are embracing new ideas to keep the genre fresh and exciting.

So, buckle up and get ready for a wild ride through the evolving world of fighting games. With exciting new releases on the horizon, this genre is set to entertain and challenge gamers for years to come.


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