Fighting games are a hard genre to pull off, yes the idea is simplistic enough, throw together a few interesting characters with diverse move sets and fighting styles then watch the battle cry and laughter ensue.

The execution is nowhere near that simple though, with a vast multitude of things needing attention. From having at least some believable elements in the story, to mixing the characters and providing animation which doesn’t detract from the fight itself.

Girl Fight unfortunately manages to fail at almost every obstacle

Girl Fight unfortunately manages to fail at almost every obstacle

Girl Fight unfortunately manages to fail at almost every obstacle, missing the point entirely and leaving us with something that feels like a oversexed and underperforming copy of Dead or Alive. This may sound a little harsh but from a title that has spent so long in development, you’d expect more.

Based around ‘THE FOUNDATION’ , a secret organisation that collects the best female fighters from all around the world (who conveniently wear as little as possible) in order to train their psychic or ‘PSI’ abilities in a virtual reality known as ‘The Mainframe’, each woman must fight their way to the top in order to free themselves from this battle laden hell.

Each fighter’s move set is fairly basic and feels overly sluggish, leading you to essentially rely on punch-kick-kick-punch combos to work your way through the eight characters you must fight for freedom. The game’s AI is just as sluggish, meaning if you’re not playing on the hardest setting you could easily get through every fight by repeatedly hitting the X button while moving forward. Starting you off with only one fighter to choose from, completing the set over and over is your only option if you want to experience everything the game has to offer but in all honesty you’ll most likely have given up by then. Unless the reward of a nude drawing, featuring your victorious fighter, is enough to spur you on.

Each fighter's move set is fairly basic and feel overly sluggish

Each fighter’s move set is fairly basic and feels overly sluggish

The only saving grace, and it’s not a huge one, is the option to select your fighters ‘PSI’ abilities, which range from moves like ‘Steel Skin’ that will cover your huntress in (you guessed it) steel for a short period of time, to moves like ‘PSI Wave’ which will eradicate your opponents abilities for a short time and leave them open for a beating.

Each fighter has their own snippet of story which is explained through a single sentence being read out between each fight, by a voice that can only have come from googles standard text reading function. An apt truth considering the final fight is against the computer itself, known simply as ‘Chrome’. It almost feels as if Girl Fight was designed with half-naked girls first and everything else was slapped on at the last-minute.

Each fighter has their own snippet of story which is explained through a single sentence being read out between each fight

Each fighter has their own snippet of story which is explained through a single sentence being read out between each fight

Visually Girl Fight has gone for a cel shaded look which unfortunately comes out looking really blocky and like something from the early days of last generation, an odd move for a game trying its hardest to make its characters look sexy. This unattractiveness follows through into the game’s soundtrack which is a small mix of the worst Dubstep you can dare to find.

Overall Girl Fight is a game that attempts to wow with flashy trends but overall lacks large amounts of substance, forgetting what made the great names in the genre great in the first place. The controls are basic and rough, with the visuals following suit.

You might enjoy this for a short amount of time with some friends, but in all honesty I wouldn’t bet on that either. If you’re looking for a good fighter (which perhaps doesn’t offend those of the fairer sex) then look elsewhere.

Review: Girl Fight
The good
  • Customising PSI abilities is a nice idea
The bad
  • Awful fight mechanics tagged with idiotic AI
  • Rough visuals
  • Horrendous dub-step exclusive soundtrack
30%Overall Score
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If he's not saving the world from zombie hordes (yes he works in retail) Ben can found playing almost any game he can get his hands on! Hitman and Max Payne are his games of choice but don't let that fool you, he can hold his own in a game of C.O.D! He also likes Tea, Whiskey and short walks home...to his Xbox! Say Hi! I love to talk!