The Fighting Games You Need to Know About for 2014

J-Stars Victory Vs.

J Stars Victory Vs

Release Date: March 19, 2014 (Japan)

For gamers looking to play this wild fighter, you’re gonna have to spring up some import dollars for it. It should be well worth the trouble though, since there’s all types of characters from Dragon Ball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho, Naruto, Bleach and more.

Buy J-Stars Victory Vs. here.

Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution

Naruto Shippūden Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution

Release Date: September 16, 2014

This next CyberConnect2 developed Naruto Shippuden fighter is going to be packed with over 100 ninjas, a 4-player battle royale system and even a robotic version of Naruto himself. The introduction of “Combination Ultimate Techniques” will turn the epic meter up to 1,000 this time!

Buy Naruto Shippūden : Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution here.

Shin Kohime Musou: Otome Taisen Sangokushi Engi

Shin Kohime Musou: Otome Taisen Sangokushi Engi

Release Date: February 20, 2014 (Japan)

This all-female fighter features a storyline that’s set around the Three Kingdoms era that was one prominent in China. The major male characters of that era have all been transformed into warring females. The combat look flashy and there’s a focus on weapons-focused skirmishes. Looks pretty import worthy to us.

Sakigake!! Otoko Juku: Nihonyo Korega Otoko Dearu

Sakigake!! Otoko Juku: Nihonyo Korega Otoko Dearu

Release Date: February 27, 2014 (Japan)

Only the most ardent Shonen Jump manga followers will find any of the fighters in this game familiar. Akira Miyashita crafted this manga series and it’s massive characters and brutal combat are transitioning over to the PS3. The wide open arenas and environmental traps makes this game look even more visceral than some of the other fighters on this list.

Buy Sakigake!! Otoko Juku: Nihonyo Korega Otoko Dearu here.

Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

Release Date: August 28, 2014 (Japan), September 30, 2014 (U.S.)

The initial installment in the Persona fighting game series was a stylish, zany fighter that we couldn’t get enough of. The developers have noted the key character requests and balance changes that the game’s community requested and have thrown them into the upcoming Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold. This update comes with new fighters, Shadow-based spinoff characters, new stages and the implementation of the new tactical “S Hold System.”

Buy Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold here.

Guilty Gear Xrd: -Sign-

Guilty Gear Xrd

Release Date: December 4, 2014 (Japan), December 16, 2014 (U.S.)

Guilty Gear’s unique brand of awesomely named fighters (SOL BADGUY!) and a thrashing metal soundtrack are making an HD comeback this fall. This wonderfully looking 2D fighter is hitting the PS3 and PS4 with new mechanics such as character close-up’s during battle. Everything looks a lot more explosive in this entry and it looks like the oddities on this game’s roster will get the chance to shine once again.

Buy Guilty Gear Xrd: -Sign- for the PS3 and PS4.

Digimon All-Star Rumble

Digimon All Star Rumble

Release Date: November 11, 2014

In 2014, the Digimon are still alive and kicking. Bandai Namco has chosen to go the Super Smash Bros. route with this all-star fighting game. A host of Digimon from the series extensive past and current history will do battle with each other in 4-player brawls. With all these characters comes 10 arenas, an all new story mode and some easy-to-understand fighting game controls.

Buy Digimon All-Star Rumble here.

Killer Instinct: Season 2


Release Date: October 15, 2014

SUPREME VICTORY! Iron Galaxy Studios have been handed the reigns to the rebooted, fighting game madness that is Killer Instinct. The game’s 2nd season arrives with 8 new characters (TJ Combo, Maya, some weird mummy dude and some surprise returns), new stages, a rebalanced roster, new costumes and so much more. It’s time to return to the world of KI to dish out some new Ultra combos! We can’t wait to burn some bums with Cinder (*keeps fingers crossed*).

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