[Written By// @K1ngEljay]
I have to admit something.
I’m a huge fighting game fan. Don’t get me wrong, there’s several genres of games I enjoy. I can tank 20+ hours into a role-playing game without even knowing if I like it or not (like, The Witcher 3, for example), I’m always down to pick up a shooter and blow enemies away, and sports games (mainly basketball, I’ll be honest) are always good for ruining friendships.
However, there is something much more intimate about being able to pick up a controller, hand your friend the other one, and beat the crap out of them with minimal excuses. You can’t blame lag, hit markers, your dog, stupid A.I. that wouldn’t run the correct play, or elements like we’re prone to do in RPGs. All of that goes out of the window when you have punch, kick, and block buttons and two characters with health, and your objective is to drain theirs.
At the same time, I thoroughly enjoy games that are aware of their surroundings. Some TV shows and even Anime are like that, making clever references to pop culture or music. I got to watch Black Lagoon for the first time the other day, and they made a Brett Favre reference that made me laugh. Those type of things add a layer of replay value for me.
So when games combine the best of both worlds, I – for lack of a better phrase – flip out. X-Men Vs. Street Fighter had me in my emotions. Super Smash Bros. came out for the Nintendo 64 and I was running around like an idiot with my cousins:
BRUH, YOU CAN PLAY WITH PIKACHU AND MARIO IN THE SAME GAME. N*GGA DID YOU HEAR ME?! SAMUS IS A GIRL, BUT SHE IN SUPER SMASH BROS. WHAT IS LIFE I CAN’T EVEN
I essentially thought that was as high as we could get in life, but then one day I stumbled across Def Jam: Vendetta. For those that don’t know, it was a wrestling game that combined the current rap roster from Def Jam and the newly minted Def Jam South with other artists, celebrities, and models and made them all go crazy with over-the-top wresting moves. In short, it was a precursor for greatness based off a simple premise, but there was a wrinkle.
I don’t like wrestling games.