Not many fighting games came out in 2012, but there were a few treats for fans of the genre.
First, a confession: I don't play fighting games. Getting good at a fighting game generally involves memorising strings of button presses to pull off the best moves, and working out complex rock-paper-scissors relationships. Apparently they also require complaining on Twitter about opponents spamming unblockables. (Damn those unblockable spammers!)
However, just because I don't possess the attention span and patience to play fighting games, doesn't mean you readers don't. I know there are many of you out there who love your Street Fighter, Tekken, and Dead or Alive, so get your voting finger ready.
Early 2012 was packed with fighting games. Namco kicked off the year with Soul Calibur V, followed only a fortnight later with BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend. UFC Undisputed 3 followed hot on its heels, bringing an end to THQ's ownership of the licence - EA will be making UFC titles from 2013. Street Fighter X Tekken was next, all before the end of March.
After that, releases slowed down and started to space out again. Download-only title Skullgirls popped up on XBLA and PSN in April, Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown arrived in June, and Persona 4 Arena in August.
Toward the end of the year, things got crowded again. September saw the release of two of the biggest and best-reviewed fighters of the year, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Dead or Alive 5. Judging from reader reactions on Jason's Monday articles, I'm guessing the poll winner will be one of these two.
Finally, the year wrapped up with WWE '13 in October and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale in November, with the latter being the most family-friendly brawler of the bunch. Honestly, who doesn't want to see Sackboy kick the crap out of Nathan Drake? (Or vice versa, for that matter?)
Okay, time to vote. This is a shorter list of nominations, so only one vote per person on this one. Results are secret, to be revealed next week, and if I've left off the game you want to vote for, it can be written in the "other" field.
Thanks for voting, everyone.
- James "DexX" Dominguez
DexX is on Twitter: @jamesjdominguez