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Fighting Games You Should Play If You're A Beginner

The world of competitive fighting video games has always been daunting. Since the late 1970s, when Heavyweight Champ was first released, fighting games have been insanely difficult to adopt. This genre of gameplay requires a certain finesse, some patience, and most importantly, precision. The flashy multi-combination system coupled with the incredibly fast-paced animation style is enough to send anyone home.

The fighting genre has evolved. In most instances, the mechanical difficulty of fighting games has increased. Every new fighting game that is introduced into the market is designed to target players that are already a part of the community. Action sequences are getting faster, fighting combinations have become more intricate, and execution requirements are through the roof. So what are the new-player-friendly fighting games?

Traditional fighting games lack proper tutorial functionality for new players. Although many games, offer a tutorial mode, this usually does not offer the same dynamic experience as playing against other players. Tutorials almost never explain the concepts behind the combinations, chaining advanced combinations, or providing information for hit-box mechanics.

If this all sounds too complicated — don't worry. Below are fighting games that you should play if you're a beginner.

Mortal Kombat 11 is easier on newcomers than older entries

Mortal Kombat has cemented itself as one of the best fighting franchises in gaming history. This franchise revolutionized the tournament-style fighting genre. Since 1992, the gameplay for Mortal Kombat has always been on the technical side, but Mortal Kombat 11 offers a diverse variety of game modes. The game offers new players a twelve chapter story mode, the Towers of Time, and the Krypt.

Mortal Kombat 11 has come a long way from its original form. Gone are the days of combo-heavy driven AI's that stunted progression. The game has evolved to be much more forgiving than its previous iterations. Mortal Kombat 11 has even gone as far as to provide a new option where the Fatality finishers can be performed with a single press of a button. If you are not interested in simply ripping the heads off of your opponents, then you'll still be able to enjoy the story and Krypt game mode.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. has become a competitive giant in the eSports scene. Somehow, Nintendo managed to make a fighting game based on the characters from their most popular titles. Players can take their favorite characters such as Pikachu, Link, and Mario into battle and compete against other players. The Super Smash Bros. franchise first made its debut in 1999 for the Nintendo 64 console. The game was slower than the average fighting games available at the time, which made it very easy for new players to pick up.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the latest entry to the franchise and is available for the Nintendo Switch. The game is so user friendly because many of the mechanics, have remained the same throughout all different iterations of the game. The move sets for each character are unique, but they still mostly function similarly. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the ultimate way to dip your toes into the fighting game community.