For me street fighter was so amazing for its great characters and fantastic moves which they performed on each other, with some groovy music to fight to. I loved the arenas which you battled on. There was always repeating movement from people and animals in the background which was really bad now looking back but at the time playing it looked quite cool but then it again it was only 32-bit.

Made first in 1987 but had very little impact. This game introduced the trademark special moves of the Fireball Hadouken Dragon Punch Shouryuken, and Hurricane Kick (Tatsumaki Senpu Kyaku) . In this game, only Ryu or Ken were playable characters (depending on which side of the machine the player plays), and there were ten enemies to defeat, in five countries. I never played this version because I was to young but luckily there was a better one to come.

Then came legendary Street Fighter II, released in arcades in 1991 it was one of the most popular games of the early 1990s, which set the standard for all beatem ups forever. With fantastic game play and great fight techniques, it became a very successful game. The game characters were (Ryu, Ken, Blanka, Zangief, Dhalsim, Guile, E. Honda, and Chun-Li),(Balrog, Vega, Sagat, and M. Bison).

Like any game there were fun bonus missions where you had the chance to demolish cars and take out barrels in a best time mode.
It was obvious that street fighter had a lot more of a lighter feel than mortal kombat yes there was blood in it but not people getting killed ,just opponents beating the crap out of each other. There were very few character with a dark feel to them apart from M Bison and Sagat mainly.

As any thing that becomes very successful wether a comic or a game the live version was made with van damme the star playing Guile which was a complete load of garbage your better off watching the manga version which was very good and enjoyable to watch. The film was really a joke it was so badly made, I’m a Van Damme fan but I will admit that film was just awful. In my opinion Ryu and Ken are the main characters with the rest just supporting and Van Damme is a great fighter but playing guile was very stupid, someone like Dolph Lungdren should of been more suitable.


Once you’ve kicked every ones ass its M.Bisons turn and depending on what difficulty you had it on he was a get to defeat with his repeating trademark slide and side kick and then you had the pleasure of watching the amazing ending with great graphics.

Out of all the games since street fighter2 there only one beat’em up that I found really enjoyable again and its x-men vs. Street Fighter, I thought it was absolutely amazing, with non stop fighting which make your thumbs Kane after a while doing the special moves, great fun.



Finish him!

Mortal Kombat was just a full on brutal blood fest game, back in the day I think parents tried to get it banned because of this. It had realistic fight movements with scanned in real people to pick as your warrior.

Seven martial artists from Earth must battle in sorcerer Shang Tsung's super secret tournament. For the past 9 of these tournaments, Shang Tsung's four-armed mutant bodyguard Goro has won all of them. Should he win the tenth, Earth will be left at the mercy of Shang Tsung's Outworld. Playable characters include Raiden, the Thunder God invited to fight in the tournament, in human (and thus killable) form; Liu Kang, a Shaolin monk determined to stop Shang Tsung; Johnny Cage, a Hollywood movie star who wants the publicity; Sonya Blade, a US Special Forces agent; Kano, a tyrant being pursued by Sonya Blade; Sub-Zero, a mercenary ninja with orders to assassinate Shang Tsung and Scorpian, a murdered ninja who has been brought back from the dead to try and kill Sub-Zero, the man who murdered him.


The bonus missions were quite fun where you had to hit your button to break the most amount of boards, I was nether that good at it so I stuck to the fighting mainly.

Mortal Kombat was great for its blood fest but the fatalities just topped it all off with a finishing death move which would leave your opponent headless or hit into a pit of spikes, I think every ones favorite was sub zeros finishing move ripping the spine out of you. When the sequels started to come out the fatalities were better each time mk3 was a perfect example.

I managed to get to the last boss once, shows how good I was and it was an old dude named Shang Tsung but very hard to beat, if I can remember he had long knives for fingers which he sliced you with or was it where he never clipped his finger nails.

Now we come to Mortal Kombat movie which was a lot better, it looked as if it stayed more true to game with an amazing Goro boss it wasn’t as bloody as the games but it was more enjoyable to watch and less camp than street fighter. It was a lot more darker which was what the games were like any way and they had professional martial artists which was more realistic to the characters.

Both games have changed over the years I think because of graphics being so amazing now they are 3d which I don’t think is as good as the original games but I will always remember them as the classic platform version. I think in my opinion they were both equal, they both had their qualities and their bad points but were both legend games that will live on for along time so the next generation can play and enjoy it.