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Best Fighting Game of 2021

Best Fighting Game of 2021 - Article

by Craig S , posted on 11 January 2022 / 2,954 Views

The fighting genre was one of the slimmest categories for this year's game of the year awards, but there were still a handful of quality new releases to be found. Our shortlist consists of a well-timed but far from lazy Demon Slayer fighter; the highly acclaimed Guilty Gear -Strive-, which seems to have finally broken the series out of its niche confines and given it mainstream success; Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, which beat the odds by managing to pull off the mascot crossover fighter with crashing and burning; and finally Sega remembered that Virtua Fighter exists outside of the Yakuza series and released an enhanced remaster of fan-favourite Virtua Fighter 5.

   

The Shortlist:

  

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl

   

Guilty Gear -Strive-

   

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles

   

Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown

    

    

     

   

The Winner:


Guilty Gear -Strive-

Runner-up: Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl

The staff here at VGChartz have written a lot in praise of Guilty Gear -Strive- over the course of the last six months or so, from an incredibly positive review that pegged it as one of our highest-scoring games of the year, to a couple of in-depth feature pieces, culminating in this heartfelt homage to the game's Tower system. We were clearly smitten with Guilty Gear -Strive-, but so, apparently, were you guys, as the community poll gave it a 20% lead over its nearest rival. This mechanically rewarding, visually sumptuous, and aurally satisfying fighter has clearly been the benefit of some great word-of-mouth. It deserves all the plaudits.


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8 Comments
gauxel (on 11 January 2022)

Haven't played any Guilty Gear these few years. Might check this one soon!

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Kakadu18 (on 11 January 2022)

I haven't played it, but it's visually very stunning.

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Kakadu18 mZuzek (on 12 January 2022)

Why exactly is it garbage?

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Kakadu18 mZuzek (on 12 January 2022)

Cheap, yeah. It looks cheap too. Smash 64 hadn't gotten the formula down yet, it was Melee that made the franchise great.

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TheRealCSH mZuzek (on 12 January 2022)

I think Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is enjoyable in the slightest.

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