High kicking, martial arts action from our essential selection
The recent success of Sleeping Dogs provoked a lot of debate in the CVG office and had us nostalgically leafing back through our gaming library to select some of the top martial arts games from times past.... read more
Street Fighter 2-4 are some of the best fighting games ever, but as strictly Martial Arts titles they are too unrealistic with all the fireball-throwing and wacky super-combos. Virtua Fighter is an equally great, but more realistic fighter series.
IK+ on the Amiga was another fantastic Martial Arts game, although comically fast, at least on the "turbo" setting.
Squall5005 wrote:I would personally put Shenmue 1 and 2 at the top of this list.
Same here, or at least near the top- the sequel was the better one though. Not only did it have some cool (if a little cumbersome) fighting in it but it explored some of the philosophies of martial arts weaved into it's story which I found really interesting. Carrying piles of books was Shenmue 2's equivilant of wax on wax off I guess.
"Stop your putrid whining you dank tuft of rectal pubic hair." Currently playing:
Bruce Lee was an excellent game, I used to play it with my mate on the ZX Spectrum. You could play two-player with one person being the slow fat sumo guy teaming up with the CPU controlled ninja to try to stop the main player who was Bruce Lee.
One of my favourite martial arts games was the Last Ninja 2 on Spectrum.
Irem's Kung-Fu Master in the arcades was brilliant as well.