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You love checking out your friends’ Avatars. You know who’s rocking the Master Chief armor and who laid out $10 for the stormtrooper outfit. It’s okay, we do too. And as embarrassingly amusing as it is to look at those creepy doppelgangers, you know it’d be even more fun to knock their silly bobbleheads right off. You know what? You’re right.
While there is certainly no shortage of games that let you knock the teeth out of your fellow Avatars, Super Avatar Fighting Tournament does the best job of replicating an actual 2D fighting game. The fisticuffs borrow pretty heavily from Street Fighter 2 and Mortal Kombat 2, complete with fireballs, sweeps, dizzies, and a muffled announcer yelling “fight!” before each round.
While it can’t hold a candle to the original games in terms of depth or longevity, it’s not really fair to expect it to. But it does handle surprisingly well, moves are easy to pull off, and it feels like you’re playing a real fighting game, unlike some of the other Avatar fighters. It also features an unintentionally hilarious pose when one character loses; it’s fair to say they submit to the victor.
You begin by customizing your Avatar’s fighting style; you get four points to distribute between boxing, karate and tae kwon do. The areas you choose affect the special moves your Avatar will be able to pull off, but otherwise they all feel pretty much the same.
Like most fighting games – and most games involving Avatars for that matter – your enjoyment will most likely be dependent on having friends to play with. Beating up on the computer gets pretty old quickly, even though it is cool that they’ll play as someone on your friend’s list. But a bit of friendly competition goes a long way, and it’s oddly satisfying fighting as someone that looks like yourself, especially when he’s wearing a Joe Danger helmet.
Price: 80 MSP ($1)