We’ve talked about fighting games on several occasions, always mentioning the classics such as the one that started it all, Street Fighter, and its closest competitor both in the East and the West, Mortal Kombat. These games were pioneers — trailblazers if you will — and single handedly launched the fighting game genre into the hearts and minds of the general populace. For instance, the first Street Fighter was certainly nothing special, with its clunky controls and OK combat, at best. However, with the arrival of Street Fighter 2 and its combo system — which was, at first, a bug which players exploited —, the genre got a huge layer of technical depth which allowed the games to be played competitively, rather than casually. Similarly, Mortal Kombat also followed suit and had its own combo system, coupled with realistic digitized actors and over-the-top gore which helped the franchise to achieve its iconic aesthetics.