Skullgirls is a fast-paced, drop dead gorgeous fighting game with an interesting and growing roster, one of the best tutorials for a fighting game and a helpful community. It's a must buy if you're interested in getting more serious about fighting games and a blast for playing casually with friends.
Despite never having played a 2d fighter beyond a really casual level, (although I do have a small competitive Smash Bros. background) it was very easy getting into the deeper parts of fighting games. The in-game tutorial gives a very good starting point. It explains basic and more advanced fighting game concepts and beyond that, there are brilliant guides and helpful individuals at skullheart.com, the dedicated forums.
The cast, albeit small, is intriguing and diverse, ranging from an amnesiac schoolgirl and her hairy parasite to a little girl-turned-cyborg wielding weaponry inspired by old cartoons. and soon, a saxophone man, dropping the beat on his opponents. The currently 9 characters have more than enough charm to make up for their lack in numbers, but there are 4 more characters (the sax-man Big Band, the egyptian songstress Eliza, the wrestler Beowulf and his trusty chair, and the enigmatic robotic version of Ms. Fortune) to be released over the following year that each have a free-to-download period thanks to the Indiegogo campain. And even after that, there is a sheer limitless character pool of astounding variety in the mind of the universe's creator.
The gameplay is fast and offers a vast amount of tools to be creative with your combos. No character plays like the other while the roster in it's entirety is incredibly well balanced. You can choose between fighting as one strong, two medium or three weak characters, allowing you to employ a variety of tactics and easing you into a team-based fighting style, should you be interested in such. The community and the developers have a great deal of interaction. This, along with the often updated beta version allow for fine-tuning and steady improvement of the already great underlying systems.
No matter how much you are interested in fighting game, Skullgirls is a great place to start, and a great place to stay!
Posted: November 16th, 2013