6 fighting games to help you in the Halloween spirit

Creepy combinations on the way

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for fans of all that spooky now that it’s Halloween again.

Fighting games are probably not what most people think of when it comes to the awful holiday, but there is a surprising amount of genre that is perfectly tailored for Halloween by including slasher icons, tons of excessive violence and / or the fun by dressing up in costumes.

As such, we’ve put together six fighters who can help set the mood for any Halloween party, even if it doesn’t mean they’re all creepy experiences.

There are, of course, the obvious ones with monsters and serial killers from the realm of film, while others just offer some thematic fun, whether you are with a group or hiding under the rug alone.

These titles range from fairly recent in terms of release to over 25 years old, so there should be something for any horror and fighting fan to put their teeth into.

Let’s start with the clear choice for them on the Capcom fighting game page.

Available on: PlayStation 1, Sega Saturn, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable

It’s impossible to talk about fighting games and Halloween without bringing up the series that first really melted the two together.

Darkstalkers consists of a list of classic horror icons that have been redesigned and given new life with some Capcom flair from the early 90s, and the third game is a perfect way to introduce people who love monsters but may not be super for fighters.

The cast is still going on to this day with succubus Morrigan, catgirl Felicia, demon Jedah and rocking zombie Lord Raptor left as standouts.

If you do not already own a copy of the now expensive original releases, the easiest way to play Darkstalkers 3 officially would be to dust off your PS3 or Xbox 360 and dig up Darkstalkers Resurrection.

Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Out of all the big parties found in Mortal Kombat’s realm, the tenth main feature of the series has the most to offer fans of horror.

This is the obvious choice considering Friday the 13th’s Jason Voorhees, Aliens Xenomorph and Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s Leatherface are all included in the list as long as you own the DLC Kombat Packs.

Every killer who became a fighter is full of nods and references to their source material between movesets, outfits and Fatalities for more casual gamers to enjoy.

In addition, there is just one fun and violent game under it all.

Available at: PC

For those who want the maximum possible horror experience, Terrordrome: Rise of the Boogeymen is probably your best bet, for who wants to deal with licensing rights that limit which characters you can play?

As a fan-made fighting game, Terrordrome gathers everyone’s favorite slashers into one list of people like Jason, Michael Myers, Leatherface, Ghostface, Chucky, Freddy Krueger, Candyman, Pinhead and more, all exploring it to see who kills best.

It’s certainly not the most competitive game on this list, but the animation and jank offer a fun charm that will make people cheer and get hype every time a great finisher is pulled off.

There’s a newer Terrordrome game called Reign of the Legends, though the developers decided to go more official with it, so you’re limited to monsters in the public domain like Dracula or mythological beasts like Wendigo.

Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

If you’re looking for a more general taste of horror, but want something more modern than Darkstalkers, Omen of Sorrow might be in your alley.

The game puts their own spin on classics like Frankenstein’s Monster, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Quasimodo and others and offers a dark and gothic atmosphere as well as some stylish combinations.

Just do not expect it to scare the pants of anyone.

Available at: Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis

For more experienced fighting game players, we would suggest going back to 1995 to take a look at the underrated Weaponlord for a bloody good time.

Although the visual style more closely resembles a metal album cover coming to life than traditional horror, the character designers fit and to see them being chopped to pieces with Death Combos destined for Halloween vibes.

Weaponlord may have been largely overlooked at its first release, but the game was clearly innovative in terms of gameplay structure such as new defensive mechanics and significant moving lists at the moment – so fans of the genre can find much to love here.

Just be prepared to find a good bit of clothing to go with it too.

Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

While the Soul Calibur series has some more spooky character designs like Astaroth and Nightmare, it is on this list for a very different reason than the rest of the games above.

Instead of featuring killers, monsters or graphic violence, the 3D fighting series has unique character and costume adaptations to the genre.

Back in the third and fourth games, my friends and I just spent hours putting together characters from our second favorite game and anime at the time and getting them to fight.

If you want something more casual and casual fun this Halloween, Soul Calibur 6 (or most of the other items) can bring in something different, whether it’s a challenge about who can make the best / craziest costume or download and struggle with the thousands of creations found online.

Are there other Halloween fighting game staples in your house? Tell us in the comments.

Everyone at EventHubs wishes you all a fun, safe and spooky Halloween.

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