Ho, ho, ho, and Merry Christmas!
Christmas is a wonderful time of year. If you’re in the north then you get to enjoy snow, hot drinks, the wonderful colours of decorations and the smell of a freshly-cut Christmas tree. If you’re south of the equator, it means blistering hot weather, beer, and the wonderful colours of decorations and the smell of a freshly-cut Christmas tree.
Christmas is a time for good food, family, and friends. It’s a time for celebration, and Christmas is the time of year where it’s okay to be a kid all over again, and count down the days to gifts and celebrations one day at a time. Each year we get into the spirit of the season ourselves with a countdown of our own; the 24 Games of Christmas!
(Read our review of the game here)
Learning the basics of a new fighting game takes maybe an hour. Perfecting your execution of them and using every trick in the book to its full potential is a lifelong discipline.
Fighting games don’t actually have to be tied to the glory of roaring crowds and world championships, of course. Nevertheless, they’re a time investment if you want to stand a chance against middling opponents so the holiday season is the perfect time to take a series you’ve never tried for a spin. If you’ve got a sparring partner around, you’re golden.
Even if competition isn’t your priority, why not give King of Fighters XIV a shot? While not exactly Divekick in terms of accessibility, it’s a far friendlier game for newcomers than past entries have been. Button execution no longer requires surgical precision, the mechanics are well-explained, and combos are more approachable than ever. Heck, with the dozens upon dozens of fascinating characters to toy with out of the gate, you can probably be content just mashing buttons against a few pals and chugging back the booze.
– Clark A.