Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 fighting game


Best of 2013

2013 was a great year for fighting games. EVO 2013 was one of the best ever, and interacting with the community was one of my favorite highlights of my gaming career. While there weren’t a whole lot of brand new games, the few and the proud made an impact on the industry at large, and a ton of pre-existing fighting games are still going strong.

Here are the nominees for best fighting game of 2013

Injustice: Gods Among Us

Going intoInjustice, I worried that as much as I enjoyed the game that I would wish it was just aMortal Kombatgame instead. My greatest fear was unfounded. As much as I enjoyed the game’s outlandish story, intense combat, and various modes, I can only imagine how much more it will mean to someone who is also a DC junkie. Instead of asking for Sub-Zero to appear inInjustice, I am now prepared to ask for Aquaman DLC in the nextMortal Kombat. Because Aquaman feeds his enemies to sharks. And that’s pretty badass.

Read the fullInjustice: Gods Among Usreview.

Killer Instinct

Killer Instinctmay not be the new king of fighting games, and it feels a bit rushed in terms of content, but it is very solid and far exceeds my expectations for it. With a pricing scheme that doesn’t feel exploitative and a balanced character roster, the well developed mechanics will keep you busy until the new content drops next year. It’ll be interesting to see what the community at large thinks of it over time, but in my living room, it’s a welcome addition to my fighting game roster.

Read the fullKiller Instinctreview.


You will not lose inDivekick!because your opponent is better than you at dialing in big damage combos or successfully completing complex hand motions. You will not lose inDivekick!because you haven’t learned a library list of character specific moves, or how to exploit the details of a highly variable combat system. If you lose inDivekick!, it’s only because you didn’t make the right decisions at the right time. It levels the playing field between people who love, hate, or are just plain intimidated by the genre like few other games have. If you’ve ever enjoyed flying kicks in any form,Divekick!is the game for you.

Read the fullDiveKickreview.

AquaPazza: Aquaplus Dream Match

I guess good things do come to those who wait.AquaPazzais a charming little fighter that should highly appeal to anime fans and the most hardcore of fighting denizens. Beautiful visuals, catchy music, and a fighting system that perfectly culminates everything Examu has done up to this point. It’s a strong technical fighter that exudes fun and gives me some old-schoolWaku Waku 7vibes with its eclectic cast.

Read the fullAquaPazza: Aquaplus Dream Matchreview.

Tekken Revolution

As a free-to-play game Tekken Revolutiontook a chance, and it succeeded in winning over droves of new franchise fans. It’s not a true substitute for a premium game like Tekken Tag Tournament 2, but it scratches that itch all the same.


Congrats to all the nominees! We’ll be announcing the official winner on Monday, December 24.

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In the mean time we wantyouto tell us which game this year was the best new fighting game of 2013.

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