With Injustice: Gods Among Us still smashing through walls and Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition finally hitting PC, MyGaming decided to look at some of the most bizarre fighting games that history forgot.
Sonic The Fighters
While Sonic may have leaped into just about every other genre out there, fighting is probably not an expected category; but everyone’s favourite little anthropomorphic hedgehog did.
Developed by the team behind Virtua Fighter, Sonic The Fighters came out in the late ‘90s and took all of the franchise’s favourite characters and threw them into an arcade death battle.
The game is strange, unorthodox and doesn’t really fit into the Sonic the Hedgehog mould, but there’s something charming about beating the hell out of Knuckles with Tails.
Battle Raper 2
There’s probably a reason why Battle Raper 2 was forgotten about, and odds are its the name.
Nope, its not a typo – the game really is called Battle Raper 2 and was developed by Illusion and required player to knock their opponents’ clothing off.
The first Battle Raper actually featured rape, where the sequel didn’t, and instead gave players the opportunity to have consensual sex with any female characters they finish the story with.
Why Shaquille O’Neal got roped into video games is a mystery; well, it was probably to make money for both himself and the developer…
A basketball game would have made sense – instead, Shaq starred in Shaq Fu, a fighting game that required players to beat up generic enemies in order to save a boy from an evil mummy.
The game immediately went down as one of the worst games ever made, and was practically erased from gamers’ memories, but it still lurks, somewhere at the back of a dusty rental shop or in the depths of the internet.
BCV: Battle Construction Vehicles
If you love games that make you feel like you’re trying to reverse a truck, then you’ll adore Battle Construction Vehicles.
The PS2 game allowed players to pick from a number of oversized and poorly-manoeuvrable construction vehicles and smash one another to bits.
Each vehicle had a special move, although you’ll probably not play enough to even get to the point of using one.
Xenophage: Alien Bloodsport
Aliens going head-to-head is always a winner, but Xenophage: Alien Bloodsport had a secret weapon: Barney the Dinosaur.
This is no joke, as the nightmare-inducing purple dinosaur was an actual playable character in the game, murdering his enemies with love… just like he does in real life.
Have you come across any ridiculous fighting games? Let us know in the comments.