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Can you recommend a Premium Fighting Game?

06-16-2017, 01:29 PM
#1
Joined: Oct 2009
Posts: 43
Can you recommend a Premium Fighting Game?

I'm old school, but not hardcore.

Freemium tends to annoy me.

My fave fighting game series are Tekken and Virtua Fighter.

I have a 7+, an SE, and a Pro 9.7". But I do most of my gaming on the 7+.

What can y'all recommend?
06-16-2017, 02:31 PM
#2
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 3,906
I would highly suggest Kinetic Damage. It's an incredibly deep and strategic fighter based in real martial arts. The only drawback is it's old, and likely won't ever get updated which means it might not make it through the iOS 11 Appocalypse. The developer made it completely free a while back though, basically because he ran out of money and had to stop working on it but wanted people to be able to experience it if they wanted.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kinetic-damage/id653222766?mt=8

Other options would include any of the DotEmu NeoGeo ports, like the King of Fighters games, Samurai Shodown II, and Garou Mark of the Wolves. My two top picks would be Garou or KoF 98. They suffer the same problem of not being updated for 64-bit yet, but given DotEmu's reputation I'd say there's a pretty high chance they'll be updated eventually.

SNK store page: https://itunes.apple.com/us/developer/snk-corporation/id343539874

Then there's Street Fighter IV Volt, which has great online play but is also woefully outdated (seeing a pattern?). it still works fine, but doesn't have true widescreen support and looks a little fugly on larger devices. That said, it's still really fun! HOWEVER, a new Street Fighter is coming soon which will have widescreen and all the other modern trappings (http://toucharcade.com/2017/06/16/sf...ition-trailer/) so if you really wanted a Street Fighter game it's probably best to wait for that one instead.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/street-fighter-iv-volt/id432849519?mt=8

Finally, the King of Fighters 2012 is a really robust fighter with TONS of characters and also has online play like Volt. It's also not true widescreen but they did at least update it with border art and made the sidebars touch friendly so it still plays really well. Also there's a free version you can check out first.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-king-of-fighters-i-2012/id507937883?mt=8

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-king-of-fighters-i-2012-f/id958070620?mt=8

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06-16-2017, 02:45 PM
#3
Joined: Mar 2013
Posts: 3,256
Kinetic Damage is the ios fighter. It is an achievement in design and remains challenging to this day.
06-16-2017, 04:46 PM
#4
Well you jave an amazing fighter in the vein of dissidia that is not very well known, called Thirteen Souls. The game is awesome and is a mix between fighter and strategy genres
06-17-2017, 04:15 PM
#5
Joined: Jan 2011
Posts: 927
The Executive!
06-21-2017, 10:17 AM
#6
Joined: Oct 2009
Posts: 43
Great suggestions— thanks, everyone!