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Genre: Versus fighting

Group Description

Versus fighting games (sometimes referred to as one-on-one fighters, though this definition is not precise) is a branch of fighting games that confines close-combat opponents to a small, enclosed area. As opposed to brawlers, the player-controlled character does not traverse a stage (level) in order to proceed to the next one; rather, the advancement is determined by winning a match and proceeding to face the next opponent, similar to boxing and wrestling games. Also, unlike in beat 'em up games, the opponents in versus fighting games are usually equal in numbers and comparable in strength, which makes these battles last longer than the battles in brawlers.

Versus fighting games often include competitive two-player modes. A typical feature of these games is the ability to control different characters, selecting them from a roster. The majority of versus fighters are one-on-one; however, tag-team fighting mode can sometimes be included as a mode or even become the main gameplay style in the game.

Limitations: Boxing, wrestling, and other games that may have a versus fighting structure but that deal with a sports branch should not be included in this group.

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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Samurai Shodown V2003Arcade, Neo Geo, PlayStation 2, XboxSNK Playmore USA Corp.4.19
Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition2003Game Boy AdvanceMidway3.73
Dogma2003WindowsInudon Empire3.86
Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition2003Arcade, PlayStation 2Capcom Co., Ltd.4.09
SVC Chaos: SNK vs. Capcom2003Arcade, Neo Geo, PlayStation 2, XboxSNK NEOGEO USA Consumer Corporation3.40
Guilty Gear X2: The Midnight Carnival #Reload2003PlayStation 2, PSP, Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360Majesco Sales, Inc.3.30
Bloody Roar Extreme2003XboxKonami of America, Inc.3.14
The King of Fighters EX2: Howling Blood2003Game Boy AdvanceAtlus U.S.A., Inc.3.62
The King of Fighters 2000/20012003PlayStation 2SNK NEOGEO USA Consumer Corporation4.40
The King of Fighters 20032003Arcade, Neo Geo, PlayStation 2, XboxSNK Playmore USA Corp.3.73
Shin Gōketsuji Ichizoku Tōkon: Matrimelee2003Arcade, Neo GeoPlaymore3.83
Bloody Roar 42003PlayStation 2Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.2.88
The King of Fighters2003J2MEdbi Games2.00
One Must Fall: Battlegrounds2003WindowsDiversions Entertainment2.94
Kakuto Chojin: Back Alley Brutal2002XboxMicrosoft Game Studios3.50
X-Men: Next Dimension2002GameCube, PlayStation 2, XboxActivision Publishing, Inc.3.25
Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance2002GameCube, PlayStation 2, XboxMidway Home Entertainment, Inc.3.56
Bikini Karate Babes2002WindowsCreative Edge Studios, Inc.2.41
Gundam Battle Assault 22002PlayStationBandai America, Inc.5.00
Guilty Gear X22002Arcade, PlayStation 2Sammy Studios, Inc.3.92
The King of Fighters 2002: Challenge to Ultimate Battle2002Arcade, Dreamcast, Neo Geo, PlayStation 2, XboxPlaymore3.77
Majewelune World2002Windows4.14
Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution2002Arcade, PlayStation 2SEGA of America, Inc.4.03
SoulCalibur II2002Arcade, GameCube, PlayStation 2, XboxNamco Hometek Inc.3.85
Rage of the Dragons2002Arcade, Neo GeoPlaymore4.00
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Selected Covers

Samurai Shodown V Xbox Front Cover
Front cover for Samurai Shodown V
Bloody Roar Extreme Xbox Front Cover
Front cover for Bloody Roar Extreme
SoulCalibur II PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for SoulCalibur II

Selected Screenshots

Title screen.
Screenshot from Samurai Shodown V
Namco logo
Screenshot from SoulCalibur II
Title screen
Screenshot from Rage of the Dragons