I know that the Fighting genre isn't too popular on these boards, but it owns a special place in my heart. Since I was young, my brother and I would go to arcades and compete with other kids on Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, and Killer Instinct (those were the ones that were most favored among us and our friends). With the recent release of Mortal Kombat X, I figured to lure those of you who at least somewhat enjoy the genre into a conversation about it and its evolution into the modern age. I'll start by listing my favorites: 1) Mortal Kombat X. Sure, giving this game the primary rank might seem based on the novelty of its newness, but Mortal Kombat X is a robust fighter full of fan service. It improves upon elements Netherrealm introduced in Mortal Kombat 9 and Injustice and blends them perfectly. Recent Mortal Kombat games have also come along way in how they now portray a narrative. Story mode is something definitely unique within the genre, and Mortal Kombat 9 pulled it off splendidly. MKX maybe isn't as self-serious as 9 was with its narrative, but it's still very enjoyable. The addition of various online modes and Faction Wars adds a whole new element to the genre, one that certainly breathes fresh life and replayability. Netherrealm did a fantastic job here and, imo, probably created the best fighting game to date. 2) Killer Instinct 2013. Microsoft and its partners created a very complex fighter with this one. They took an old property and revived it for the modern era. While it may look like a darker version of Street Fighter 4, KI's combo system is simultaneously more approachable and more intricate. The pricing models are also rather affordable and I never feel pressured into spending additional real world money on in-game items. Its developers are constantly updating and tweaking the game per gamer feedback, which means that the game is constantly changing. With regards to online gaming, Killer Instinct doesn't offer as complex an online system as Mortal Kombat K, but I find that KI is faster to get a game going (ie. not as many steps). However, Killer Instinct's online community can be unappealing and is full of poor sports (ragequitters, etc). 3) Soul Calibur 2 GCN. A somewhat old title, but great nonetheless. Soul Calibur 2 was my first foray into this series and remains the best title by Namco/Project Soul that I've played. The guest character on the Gamecube, Link, fit perfectly (definitely more so than the nonsensical appearance of Star Wars characters in Soul Calibur 4). While SC doesn't let you jump, it gives you almost free movement over the rest of the arena, which adds something truly unique to the genre overall.