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Game Of The Show E3 2012: Best Fighting
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E3 has come and gone yet again, and in the wake of the sensory-overloading convention we are left with nothing but anticipation for the games to come over the course of the next year. Some games stood out more than others, though, and it is these games that we are celebrating with our Game of the Show awards. So without further ado, let's get right into it: These were our favorite fighting games at E3 2012.
And the nominees are:
Dead or Alive 5 took a turn for the (even more) absurd this E3 when series mainstay Hitomi took the stage wearing a clown outfit. In addition to the bizarre new costumes, new stages were unveiled as well. A rooftop battle promises to be highly interactive, just like the circus level shown off earlier this month. By smashing your opponenets through the various machinery on the rooftop, it's possible to deal heavy damage. You can also toss enemies off of the roof entirely, at which point the battle goes to street level, complete with flying cars and exploding traffic. It was a flashy stage for sure, but we just hope that all of the background action doesn't distract from the actual fighting.
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is the other major Japanese fighting game releasing this fall, and it looks like competition between the two heavyweights will be fierce. Featuring gorgeous graphics and hardcore two-on-two action, this Tag Tournament will be one to watch for fans of multiplayer fighting.
Injustice: Gods Among Us comes from Mortal Kombat developer NeatherRealm, which in itself should be enough to get most fighting fans salivating in anticipation. Injustice doesn't just copy/paste the MK mechanics into a new setting with new characters, though. New systems such as Clash, which sees both opponents betting portions of their Super meter in hopes of beating out the other player, should inject new life into this super-hero-themed fighter.
Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale is certainly the most casual of the fighting games on this list, having taken liberal amounts of inspiration from the classic Super Smash Bros. series, but its hectic, character-driven gameplay could very well be the most fun. With dynamic stages that mash up classic Playstation brands and a strong roster of characters, each with their own entirely unique moveset, Battle Royale won us over at the show.
Persona 4 Arena dazzled us with its beautiful HD sprites and out-of-this-world particle effects, while effectively coddling our love of Atlus' heavyweight RPG franchise. P4A may hit all of the nostalgic notes, but its fighting system seems nuanced as well. Developers Ark System Works are actively attempting to make the game easier to get into than some of their past work, while still nurturing the hardcore fanbase that tends to spring up around these things. So far, this seems to be working out to a great balance.
And the winner is...