Perhaps some of you young'uns don't remember, but the fighting genre was once the supreme ruling force in the video game world. And although those days are long gone, we can always look back on the glory days of bashin' with great fondness.
We're doing just that with our Best of the Best: PS2 Fighter category, and after the first week, the reader response is clear: Tekken 5 leads the way heading into the second and deciding week, but there's a whole lot of competition duking it out for second and third place. Positions 2-7 are separated by a mere 58 votes so anything can happen! Sadly, only 5 make it into next week, but that's okay. It'll be very interesting to see how things stack up once the fighting – obvious pun – is complete, but it does appear as if the latest Tekken installment will claim Gold and go up against the other Gold Medal PS2 winners. As most fans of the genre will tell you, Tekken 5 really pushed the franchise yet again, and there's really very little wrong with it. We're expecting great things from the sixth entry, loosely scheduled for next year, primarily because the fifth was just so good…and that one was on an out-dated piece of hardware. So anyway, here are the 5 that qualified for Round 2:
WWE SmackDown: Here Comes The Pain
Dead or Alive 2: Hardcore
Soul Calibur III
Tekken Tag Tournament
Yep, another Tekken snuck in there, just 1 vote in front of Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance . That's the way things shake out sometimes, especially when the #1 choice out-distances the competition, which is left fighting for the scraps. Well, we'll have to see which of the remaining five come home with a medal, so vote away!