Game: Shadow Fight Arena by Nekki
Platforms: Android and iOS
Fighting games have evolved over time and seen many changes to their form. On the mobile too, we have seen the format of fighting games change with controls becoming simpler while other systems become more complex. Shadow Fight is an old player in the mobile segment, and with Shadow Fight Arena it aims to bring a multiplayer fighting experience inspired by the classics.
Shadow Fight Arena learns from all its past experiences to bring a truly unique fighting experience. You can fully control the movements of your character like a console game. Among the attack options, you can punch, kick, throw projectiles or use your special power. Your special power can be used after filling up the shadow meter as you play the game. Among the other movement options you can sidestep, block, counter and throw your opponents. The gameplay speed is not very fast but is a little slowed down, giving more importance to the timing of your attacks as you try to outwit and out manoeuvre your opponent.
The most important part of a fighting game are its fighters and Shadow Fight Arena does not disappoint on this score. There is a roster of 15 characters, each with a unique style and gameplay. These characters are unlocked one by one as you progress in the game. They have an interesting mix of themes; there are Japanese, Chinese, European and even African fighters. Enough attention is paid to the characters to ensure that they are not stereotypical and each has a personality of his or her own.
The most important reason to choose a fighter is their move set and play style. Some characters use weapons while some fight with their bare knuckles. They differ in their range and speed of attack. However, each character is carefully balanced to ensure that no one feels too power-ful or too powerless against an opponent.
Along with a character system, there is the expected levelling up process. Shadow Fight Arena follows the tried and tested cards system where you get random character cards through treasure chests. Once you have the required number of cards, you can upgrade your character using coins. However, every time your character levels up, you are provided with a choice as to which aspect of the character you would like to level up. This gives players the opportunity to level up their characters according to their playstyles.
VERDICT: The focus of the game is the multiplayer PvP mode but you can also test your skills against AI or your friends. The game provides a standard battle pass experience combined with a League System to keep you motivated as you progress through the game. The game still has some bugs and, being a multiplayer game, the experience suffers when there is a connection lag. However, if you are a fan of fighting games, Shadow Fight Arena is currently the best game out there. I would go so far as to rate it nine out of 10.
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