Games that stand a fighting chance.

Over the last few years, companies have been pushing the limit with fighting games, both in the violence and the scantily clad aspects of the games. Games keep showing more blood and gore while dressing their characters in less clothing. And c'mon, nothing bounces THAT much. This issue I'm going to talk about two fighting games that are going back to a bloodless time where it was just fun smacking each other around without showing off any inappropriate woman bits. Mind you, I think both games are for tweens just because they are fighting games, but here we go:

Street Fighter 4: (X360, PS3) ESRB Rated T for Teen
http://www.streetfighter.com/flash/#/sf4/en

Street Fighter has been around since I was a kid. From 1987 to today, it's held true to its roots. Characters fought it out with moves emulating true karate styles with special moves thrown in to make it awesome. Unlike most other games of the genre where winning involves killing your opponent in the most graphic way possible. And now 22 years after its original release comes Street Fighter 4, and it's as amazing as it was the very first day I played the original.

In Street Fighter 4, as I said before, you take on the role of one of 25 characters vying to be the champion of a street fighting tournament. Each character boasts their own martial arts style and has special moves like fireballs, flying head butts and wrestling style throws. Street Fighter 4 maintains the traditional 2D fighting style with 3D backgrounds, making the game a visual masterpiece. With the addition of super moves and ultra moves, Street Fighter 4 adds a new artistic aspect to the amazing piece of work it already is. The game has plenty of unlockables like costumes colors, online titles and movies. And using Xbox Live and the Playstation store, you can download new costumes for all of the Street Fighter characters. Even the online play is pretty solid, although I'm kind of bummed that we can't set up online tournaments.

Super Smash Brothers Brawl: (Wii) ESRB Rated T for Teen
http://www.smashbros.com/en_us/index.html

This game has been out for a little while, but it's by far one of my favorite fighting games. Nintendo's revolutionary fighter has taken the genre to a new level. No longer is it about one-on-one fighting on a level stage where when you run out of health, you lose. In SSB:Brawl, winning is done by knocking your opponent off of a complex 2D level. The more you hit your opponent, the easier it is to knock them off the stage, but each character has three different jumps to land back on solid ground. The addition of classic Nintendo items such as Pokeballs and Magic Mushrooms add a level of strategy to every match. Couple all of this with the huge cast of Nintendo and Sega characters, including Mario, Sonic, Link and Pikachu, and you have an amazing good time. All in all, there are 36 playable characters, with a majority of them as unlockables. The game has plenty more unlockables such as levels, items, music and collectible sculptures of classic game characters from Nintendo and Sega's history. SSB:Brawl also houses an online system via the Wii's WiFi connection, but it's hard to link up with friends and the connection's a little shaky.

Hopefully developers take some advice from these two games and realize that you can make an amazingly fun fighting game without making it a gorefest of scantily clad characters.