Thanks to GameSpy.com for their ongoing series of articles on fighting games
, including 'A Brief History Of 3D Fighters' - Part 1
and Part 2
. As the article notes, "It's been ten long years since 3D fighters first appeared. In that time, we've seen the genre toddle from flat-shaded polygons and floaty jumps to extremely realistic texture-mapping and gameplay depth that can exceed some of the best 2D fighters"
. although the piece points out "...things have been somewhat slow [within the genre] in recent times."
There are also histories of the Virtua Fighter
and Soul Calibur
series, all thanks to the recent release
of the budget-priced Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution
for PS2, and next week's release of Soul Calibur 2