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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

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The 5 best Martial Arts Games

Postby Eternal Darkness » 05 Sep 2012, 14:53

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The 5 best Martial Arts Games

Postby kricca » 05 Sep 2012, 14:54

No IK+ ?
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Re: The 5 best Martial Arts Games

Postby unacomn » 05 Sep 2012, 15:01

Oni is one of my all time favorite hand to hand combat games. Another one would be Fallout 2 a martial arts playthrough.
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The 5 best Martial Arts Games

Postby toaplan » 05 Sep 2012, 15:03

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.
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Re: The 5 best Martial Arts Games

Postby alexc47 » 05 Sep 2012, 15:03

Oni, anyone? :D
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Re: The 5 best Martial Arts Games

Postby Squall5005 » 05 Sep 2012, 15:05

I would personally put Shenmue 1 and 2 at the top of this list.
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Re: The 5 best Martial Arts Games

Postby dubplate240 » 05 Sep 2012, 15:15

kricca wrote:No IK+ ?


Agreed, first game I expected to see on the list.
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Re: The 5 best Martial Arts Games

Postby plightstar » 05 Sep 2012, 15:20

alexc47 wrote:Oni, anyone? :D


Yes! Haven't played it in ages, miss the old Bungie games, still hoping they will buy back the Myth rights from 2K and make a Myth 4. Though I doubt it will ever happen.

Also I would include Bruce Lees's Dragon on the Mega Drive on the list.
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Re: The 5 best Martial Arts Games

Postby ninja-key » 05 Sep 2012, 15:25

Jet Li Rise To Honour on the PS2
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Re: The 5 best Martial Arts Games

Postby Barry316 » 05 Sep 2012, 15:43

Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure.

Yeah, i know it's not martial arts but i don't think they'll be a top 5 spray paint fight em' up anytime soon!
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Re: The 5 best Martial Arts Games

Postby jezpotter » 05 Sep 2012, 15:55

kricca wrote:No IK+ ?


Absolutely! IK and IK+ were the definitive fighters on the Amiga, worth a spot on this list for the real Bruce Lee sound effects alone!
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Re: The 5 best Martial Arts Games

Postby MrPirtniw » 05 Sep 2012, 16:10

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. :mrgreen:
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Re: The 5 best Martial Arts Games

Postby BeansOnToast » 05 Sep 2012, 16:33

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.
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Re: The 5 best Martial Arts Games

Postby ensabahnur » 05 Sep 2012, 16:43

dubplate240 wrote:
kricca wrote:No IK+ ?


Agreed, first game I expected to see on the list.

Double agreed and still the one game that should be released on every single system out there! Anyone know who owns the license now so we can petition them to release on XBLA/PSN?
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Re: The 5 best Martial Arts Games

Postby Down with robots » 05 Sep 2012, 17:05

International Karate was the only fighting game I ever liked, and that was mainly for the music. Still surprisingly good fun even today.
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