Category Archives: Fighting

The WWE has been raking it in on the App Store with their stable of casual, free to play games aimed at wrestling fans. Games like WWE Champions [Free], WWE Tap Mania [Free], and WWE Supercard [Free] allow us to collect all of the over-the-top characters us wrestling fans love by way of breezy, casual gameplay that's well-suited for mobile. These games certainly aren't for everyone but it's hard to deny just how successful they've been. Today the WWE stable of mobile games increases by one with the release of WWE Mayhem [Free], which was created in partnership with Reliance Games. This is a casual fighting game in a similar vein to Kabam's Marvel Contest of Champions [Free] or NetherRealm's Injustice 2 [Free]. Here's the trailer for WWE Mayhem so you can see it in action...

After digging a little deeper into obscurities for the last couple of releases, SEGA has gone back to one of their tried and true 16-bit franchises for the latest addition to the SEGA Forever line-up. The Streets of Rage series has lain dormant for a very long time now, but in its heyday, it was one of SEGA's most successful action brands. To this day, I still consider Streets of Rage 2 to be one of the very best side-scrolling beat-em-ups ever made. But we're not here to talk about the sequel. Well, not yet anyway. No, today we're looking at the original Streets of Rage [Free], a game that may be lesser than its follow-up but still packs a pretty solid punch. Happily, SEGA has given the game the finest treatment we've seen for a new SEGA Forever release yet...




If you've watched Thor: Ragnarok (an excellent movie by the way), then you probably know that Hela, the Goddess of Death played by Cate Blanchett, was one of the movie's highlights partly because of her general badassery. Tomorrow, Hela is making her way to Marvel Contest of Champions [Free] and promises to be as devastating as she is in the movie. Hela's Special moves will be familiar to anyone who's watched the movie. Her first special move, Fury of the Dead, lets her stab her opponent in the heart (and not in a metaphoric, romantic way), her second, Soul Breaker, has her throwing twin blades and a huge axe with immense force, and her third special move, Hand of Glory, lets her summon a whirlwind of weapons just like in most of the movie's fight scenes...

I don't own an Android device and aside from covering news that pertains to both iOS and Android I don't really follow the scene over on Google's platform. But I'm pretty certain that none of Capcom's mobile iterations of Street Fighter have been on Android devices in the past, at least officially. Which makes today's news especially exciting for Android gamers as the Capcom Mobile Twitter account has tweeted out that they're looking for beta testers for the forthcoming Android version of Street Fighter IV Champion Edition [$4.99]. The tweet comes with a link to a survey which you can fill out to drop your name in the hat of potential beta testers...

It's been a long time coming for the latest entry in the popular Shadow Fight series, and we've been covering the development of the third game since it was originally announced in April of last year. After closed beta testing and a significant soft-launch period, Shadow Fight 3 [Free] has finally launched globally in the App Store. Shadow Fight 2 become a massive hit with its focus on extremely technical fighting and incredibly smooth animations. Basically, because its gimmick was that all the fighters were just silhouettes, they could add a tremendous amount of frames of animation to the characters without having to literally draw all those frames. It made for a really neat look, too. Well, Shadow Fight 3's major change is the jump into full 3D polygonal models and backgrounds, meaning the characters actually have details and there's a huge emphasis on all the crazy armors and weapons you can unlock and equip in the game which will change your fighter's appearance and abilities. Keeping to its roots though, the shadow fighting is still here, just as more of a special mode you can enter into during fights...

Injustice 2 [Free] players shouldn't be surprised to find out that today's 1.8 update has added all kinds of Justice League-related events and items, but that doesn't mean the additions aren't cool. The new update has added Justice League Batman, Justice League Aquaman, and Justice League Cyborg. And, of course, Mythic Wonder Woman is already in the game, ready to join the rest of the League. If you want to get your hands on these heroes, you can grab Aquaman and Batman through Arena Event rewards, which include a special Justice League Chest that should help you get those heroes a bit more easily...

Power Rangers: Legacy Wars [Free], fresh from its showcase at Amazon's Mobile Masters esport competition, is getting its biggest update yet that will have giant Megazords fighting other giant Megazords in a, you guessed it, giant Megazord on Megazord fight. There's something about giant mechs fighting other giant mechs that gets gamers' hearts pumping faster, so I'm pretty sure those who enjoy Power Rangers will have a gigantic blast with this new update. There are four Megazords to unlock, but who they are is a secret; you'll have to collect Zord Shards to find out. And during the Megazord Alliance Wars event, you can take your Megazords to battle against other Alliances, trying to deal the most damage to opposing Megazords to add to their Alliance's score...

When Capcom launched Street Fighter IV Champion Edition [$4.99] this past July, they had already laid out plans for at least two content updates for the game that would add in 6 additional players to the roster. The first of those updates landed the very next month, adding Evil Ryu, Guy, and Gouken to the mix as well as some welcome play balancing and performance optimizations. Now today, about two months removed from the previous update, Street Fighter IV Champion Edition has received the second of those promised content updates. ..

TGS 2017: Hands-On with Ganbarion's Gorgeous 'Shurado'

It seems like every year, I find one hidden gem that really jumps out from the rest. This year, that game was Shurado, a new action game from Ganbarion. If that name is ringing a bell for you, it's possible you saw it on any number licensed games based on properties like Dragon Ball or One Piece. Their most famous games in the West are probably the Nintendo DS Jump Stars fighting games that mash up a variety of manga characters. Shurado is something different for the traditionally console-based developer, but if what I played is indicative of the final game, they may have something big on their hands here...

I've ironically been waiting forever to make the pun 'I have an axe to grind with the SEGA Forever service' upon Golden Axe's [Free] release on the App Store. However, it turns out the company have radically improved the emulation of their classic titles recently, making great strides over the original haphazard efforts when the scheme first launched. While Golden Axe's gritty side-scrolling beat 'em up action may be a radical departure from the vibrant platforming gameplay of Ristar [Free], the latest entry in the SEGA Forever series does share the vastly updated emulation of the latter title, which means anyone wanting to play one of 1989's Genesis classics will have a suitable mobile iteration to try out on the go. As with the recent titles in the SEGA Forever initiative, Golden Axe is now available to download for free on the App Store, with an in-app purchase to remove non-SEGA advertisements (also available as a free download for anyone who owned the previous iOS version of the game)...

When you think of fighting games, you don't usually think of turn-based mechanics and cards (unless it's Yomi), but Martial Arts Brutality [Free], which has just released worldwide, is exactly that, a turn-based fighting game that uses cards. As you would expect from a free-to-play card game, you get to discover, collect, and upgrade your cards, and you try to build the best deck you can build. Once you're happy with that deck, you can take it online to fight either with or against your friends (the second being definitely more fun). And to make sure you can rub some salt on those wounds, the game includes a taunting system. The game lives up to its name by letting you inflict all kinds of injuries on your hapless opponents, which I'm sure will please many of its players...

We were surprised late last month when developer Nekki announced a new paid special edition version of their mega-popular free to play fighter Shadow Fight 2 [Free], mostly because the announcement came rather non-chalantly alongside the release date announcement of their upcoming sequel Shadow Fight 3. It seemed strange that, with so much focus on this brand new game, they'd be revisiting the game that came before it, but with Shadow Fight 2's more than 300 million installs perhaps they felt like the fan base was still hungry for more. Then early this month Nekki announced that the special edition would be launching on August 17th, but we were surprised once more when they announced a delay late last week. Well, it turns out the delay wasn't all that long, as Shadow Fight 2 Special Edition [$4.99] has finally launched in the App Store as of this morning...

Kabam definitely had lightning in a bottle with their most successful game, Marvel: Contest of Champions [Free]. It has been a resounding success since its birth on the App Store in 2014. However, now that it is nearing its official 3 year mark, many of the game's veteran players have been complaining about its lack of end-game content. It seems as though Kabam has come up with their solution to the aforementioned problem...

Simulating the complex and meticulous nature of a fighting game on a smartphone is a pretty formidable task, and arcade purists will likely lament the lack of physical controls and instant inputs that are so vital when a match is decided on solitary frames. That being said, Street Fighter IV Champion Edition [$4.99], the latest iteration of Capcom's classic fighting series on mobile, comes pretty damn close to an accurate brawling experience, and is a whole lot of fun to boot. Jared's glowing review earlier in July emphasised the title's abundant qualities - despite not being the revolutionary step forward from the older Street Fighter mobile iterations - and Capcom have repeatedly pledged further support for their latest App Store release. As a result, the first major update for Street Fighter IV Champion Edition is set to launch this week, with new characters Guy, Evil Ryu and Gouken being added to the roster as free downloadable content...

Injustice 2 [Free] 1.5 update is here to chill your summer with four new characters, Captain Cold, Sub-Zero, and two versions of Aquaman. Add all those together, and you can put out any fire and make those rising temperatures halt for a bit. As you would expect, each character has his own skills and style, with Sub-Zero freezing enemies, Captain Cold slowing your opponent's regeneration, and so on. Maybe these four will help keep your phone cool while you're playing in these pretty high temperatures. The update has also added more story for you to play, with Chapter 2 making its way into the game. You can play as Harley Quinn and get all those rewards at the end of the story rainbow...

'Street Fighter IV Champion Edition' Review - A Classic Mobile Fighter Gets a Fresh Coat of Paint

For being arguably the most well-known fighting game franchise in the world, Street Fighter has a pretty weird history on mobile. If you're interested in a bit of that history, well, read on my friends. If you're here just to read about the nuts and bolts of the Street Fighter IV Champion Edition [$4.99] which just dropped in the App Store, then skip on down to the sixth paragraph for more on that. Anyhoo, touchscreens have always been a sticking point when it comes to gaming on mobile devices. In the best of cases they have caused developers to think outside the box and invent new and exciting input methods for playing games sans physical buttons. For the most part though, bringing traditional console and arcade style games to mobile meant dealing with virtual buttons overlain on the screen. And fighting games have always been ALL about button inputs. It didn't seem like the best genre to try and bring to touchscreen devices...

'Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition' Hits the App Store

You'd think that with the popularity of Street Fighter and the success their previous mobile entries have seen that Capcom would have released a new game in the last five years, but unfortunately you'd be wrong. And the Street Fighter games that they have released have been withering away on the App Store in desperate need of updating to bring them up to modern standards. Well, it took a really long time but Capcom finally addressed the problem this past May when they announced Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition [$4.99]. Featuring support for larger screens and sporting improved visuals, Champion Edition also brings 3 new fighters into the fray, with 6 more planned for future updates. And finally, it features support for MFi controllers! While Champion Edition was scheduled to release last week, a glitch with the Apple submission prevented it from releasing, delaying it until sometime this week. Well eager Street Fighters, that time is finally here as Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition has just hit the App Store...

Lucky Kat have made a name for themselves as one of the most promising indie developers on the App Store, as their distinctive beautiful pixel art style combined with simple yet incredibly focused gameplay mechanics often lead to some perfectly suited mobile gaming experiences. Beat Street follows in this pattern, and features beat 'em up action that can be easily played with one hand. Fighting games - even on the iPhone - normally refuse to sacrifice complex mechanics for simple and accessible inputs, and while ports such as the Street Fighter series have worked out quite well on the touch screen, Beat Street could be a fantastic starting point for those who may have been turned off the genre as a whole. After a few months of laboured development, Lucky Kat have announced that the beta for Beat Street has been finished, and anyone interested in testing the title out before its launch can do so by signing up on our forum thread...

'Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition' Likely to Launch as a $4.99 Premium Title, as Gamevice Bundle Goes up for Preorder

The excitement surrounding the upcoming release of Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition has hit fever pitch as of late, with an endless barrage of teaser trailers revealing new fighters, MFi support and a whole host of features that are set to make Capcom's mobile brawler a serious challenger amongst the App Store fighting game community. Only last week did Gamevice release a new video that showcased Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition being played with one of their eponymous devices, and today the accessory company have revealed that an exclusive Street Fighter Bundled Edition is available to pre-order on their website, with a release date of July 2017. As we discovered last week, the Capcom Mobile Facebook page has previously suggested that the latest mobile iteration of Street Fighter will launch in 'early July', so the shipping date of the Gamevice controller should tie in nicely with the game's App Store launch. However, as eagle-eyed forum member ac166 has discovered, the fact that the bundle comes with a $5 Apple Gift Card strongly suggests that Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition will launch for $4.99 as a fully premium title...

'Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition' Trailer Released, Six Free DLC Characters Announced

Last month, Capcom unexpectedly announced that they would be releasing a brand new mobile iteration in the Street Fighter series, dubbed Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition. Owing to the quality of the last few games in the series that have made the transition to the smaller screen, and an abundance of awesome new features and characters, it was enough to get the iOS fighting game community on our forums excitedly anticipating what this sequel may have in store for us. While there is still no specified release date, Capcom have today released a brand new trailer for Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition, which gives a glimpse of the action, and also divulges some details on the characters we can expect to brawl as when the title finally reaches the App Store...

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