Ben 10 Fighting Games

Ben 10 Fighting Games

Ben 10 is a cartoon that has spawned many games across multiple genres. Many of these games have had titles based on the idea of “fighting”, but that doesn’t mean they are all traditional fighting games. Therefore, this article will deal with four types of Ben 10 themed video games: 2D scrolling fighters, 3D fighters, arena brawlers, and beat ’em ups.

The first sub-genre is the two-dimensional scrolling fighter. This sub-genre consists of side-scrolling action games where you don’t move in three dimensions. Most fans of the genre would agree that this style came to prominence with Capcom’s release of Street Fighter II for arcades in 1991 ( IGN, 2014). Since then there have been many, many different scrolling fighter games.

Ben 10 started in 2008 and has had a number of video games based on the franchise. In one of them, Ben 10: Protector of Earth, there is a 2D scrolling fight sequence where you get to play as Grandpa Max or Rook… for exactly three seconds each ( IMDB, 2014). It’s more like an interactive cut scene than anything else. The same goes for the other side-scrolling fighters released by D3 Publishers such as Ben 10: Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks and Ben 10 Ultimate Alien Cosmic Destruction.

The second sub-genre is the one that we’re going to discuss today: 3D arena fighters. The Ben 10 franchise was a perfect fit for this style of game, and High Voltage Software (the developer) and Cartoon Network Games (the publisher) proved it time and again with games such as Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks on Nintendo DS, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360, and the Nintendo DS version of Ben 10 Ultimate Alien Cosmic Destruction. This isn’t some cash-in attempt either. In 2013’s Best Licensed Game Evar article it ranked

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There are a number of reasons why these games work well as fighting titles — let’s break’em down:

The Ben 10 series has of characters and it’s tap-dancingly insane. Some of the aliens would be utterly bizarre for this kind of game, such as Arctiguana (ice/water), Clockwork (steampunk tech), Chromastone (energy) — but at the same time, there are also quite a few aliens that make perfect sense, like Four Arms (heavy hitter), Heatblast (fire), and Big Chill (ice). What makes matters even better is that some of these aliens can turn into pure energy or morph their bodies into weapons.

 It’s an easy transition to go from ethereal form to fighting on solid ground with melee attacks, making team composition even more interesting. It’s easier to go from fighting an invulnerable enemy to fighting a vulnerable one, and all the while you’re just looking at Ben Tennyson’s face on your opponent’s body. That alone should sell this game.

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