Now that some fan-favorite PlayStation 2 games are coming to the PlayStation 4, I wonder how long it’ll be until some fighting games come out for Sony’s latest console. As part of this announcement, the video game company said that these games will support up to 1080p graphics and trophies, among other features that are possible on the PS4 (Share Play, Live Broadcast and Remote Play,) and I strongly believe that revisiting some PS2 fighting games with those features would be amazing. Here are some of the fighting games that should make a return to the PlayStation 4.
10. Capcom Fighting Evolution
I know that this isn’t the most popular choice, since Capcom Fighting Evolution wasn’t well received. The game was criticized for its copy-and-paste approach for the characters, a gameplay that lacked finesse and the fact that some fan-favorite characters weren’t even playable. But despite feeling like a missed opportunity, Capcom Fighting Evolution is still a fascintating game. This Capcom’s head-to-head fighting game featured characters from Street Fighter II, III, Alpha, Darkstalkers and Red Earth and seeing them in the same game was like a dream come true, even if it didn’t pan out in the end.
9. Neo Geo Battle Coliseum
Another two-on-two tag crossover game. In this case, the game has characters from several SNK and ADK titles. Like Capcom Figfhting Evolution, this game wasn’t well received, mainly because the story mode wasn’t very good and the graphics were poor even for its time. It may not be the best crossover game ever made, but if you want to play a fighting game that compiles all the characters from ADK, this is your best choice.
8. Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance
Although the Mortal Kombat trilogy from the PlayStation 2 era isn’t very popular (and with good reason), the game picks up right where MK 4 left off, so if you want to know how the lore continued, you need to play this. But that’s the only thing the game share with its predecessors. The gameplay, for one, is completely different. Each character has three fighting styles which you can alternate between them with the push of a button. There are fewer special moves, characters can’t run, there’s environmental interaction, there are new modes called Konquest Mode, Krypts and a bunch of minigames.
7. Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium 2001
This sequel to Capcom vs. SNK has so many new tweaks and features, that it feels like a completely new experience. The best part is being able to choose any characters from Street Fighter, The King of Fighters, Garou and Samurai Shodown. Note that there’s a version of this game called EO (it stands for Easy Operation) that everyone should stay away from. EO allows players to perform some of the most complex attacks by simply moving the right stick in a direction and while this might sound tempting, it ruins the execution part which is a significant portion of what makes fighting games so entertaining.
6. Tekken Tag Tournament
Tekken Tag Tournament uses combat mechanics from Tekken 3, but as its name suggests, it also incorporates tag team mechanics, making the experience familiar and fresh for fans of the series. Tagging could be use to recover the lost health of the recovering fighter and to perform combos and special throws. The result was a deeply rewarding fighting game that felt more accessible than its peers (mainly, the Capcom vs series.)
5. The King of Fighters XI
Although most of the fighting games from the PS2 era advanced to 3D graphics, The King of Fighters XI stayed true to its roots. But the fact that this game is two-dimensional doesn’t make it simpler. Quite the contrary actually, since its gameplay is remarkably complex and convoluted. For instance, some of the gameplay innovations came in the form of Quick Shift, Saving Shift, the Skill Bar and Dream Cancels. Explaining all those gameplay innovations would certainly take a long time, but let me tell that if you’re into hard-to-master fighting games, you should give The King of Fighters XI a chance.
Although it originally debuted in the arcades, Dead or Alive 2 received several enhanced editions, including the home console version of the game, Hardcore and Ultimate. Although the definitive version came out for the original Xbox (that would be Dead or Alive Ultimate,) Hardcore is still worth playing. DOA2 borrows heavily from Sega’s Virtua Fighter which means that most of the time you’re fighting, you’re using the following moves: hold, throw and blow. Hardcore also features new characters, stages, costumes, special moves, English voice-overs and a gallery mode.
3. Tekken 5
Tekken 4 introduced several changes which weren’t well received by fans of the series and the fighting game community. One of the best things about Tekken 5 is that it removes those changes and introduces a faster gameplay similar to that of the original trilogy. Tekken 5 has fluid gameplay, improved graphics, the Crush System (which makes certain characters invulnerable while they attack,) minigames, new characters, customizable features and more.
2. Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution
Virtua Fighter 4 is remembered as the most user-friendly game in the series, as well as for introducing some changes that made the game deeper. In simpler terms, you could easily pick and start playing this game, but if you keep playing, you’ll find layers upon layers of new mechanics and systems. Evolution is an updated version of Virtua Fighter 4 and the game introduced new characters, improved graphics, new modes and several improvements to the Quest Mode, so this is the one to play.
1. Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes
Marvel vs. Capcom 2 came out for both the PS3 and Xbox 360, but as it’s usually the case with this crossover series, the digital game is nowhere to be found on the aforementioned platforms. So for all of those people who missed that version (myself included,_ releasing MVC2 as an emulated PS2 title would be amazing. Marvel vs. Capcom 2 uses a tag-team based gameplay like its predecessor, but it also added 3v3 gameplay, a new character assist system, 2.5D graphics and a simpler control scheme.
Here are other PlayStation 2 fighting games that are worth mentioning even if they didn’t make it to the article: Guilty Gear X2, Arcana Heart, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3, Naruto Ultimate Ninja, Super Dragon Ball Z, Bloody Roar 3, Street Fighter EX3, King of Fighters: Maximun Impact, Digimon Rumble Arena 2, Marvel Nemesis, War of the Monsters and Soulcalibur II.