When you bring up 3D weapon-based fighting games, the SoulCalibur series can’t be beaten. From its remarkably fast-paced gameplay to its baritone-laden announcer, it’s a franchise worth following if you so much have an inkling of love for good fighting games.
However, the tale of souls & swords that is eternally retold has its fans that can’t decide which is the better game: SoulCalibur or SoulCalibur II.
Good ol’ Capcom recently released a collection of their finest beat-em-ups that in one retro-collection for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Unfortunately they can’t put in licensed fares, which means no Aliens vs Predator, no Cadillacs & Dinosaurs, and no Punisher. But what we ended up with are worthy timewasters that should be on every retro gamer’s shelf.
To celebrate, let’s rank each of these 7 beat-em-ups based on their importance in the company’s legacy of close-ranged pugilism.
What else is there to say about Mega Man (or Rock Man if you’re from Japan)? He is Capcom’s original mascot with the run-and-gun fun and also innovates with the boss weapon-stealing powerup. While the X and Zero games superceded and improved upon the weapon-stealing formula, you can’t forget your 8-bit roots.
But which Mega Man game is the best? Which Blue Bomber battle royale is the one with the best stage ideas? The best weapons catalogue? The best aesthetics?