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7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

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  • Summary: Fantasy Strike is a colorful fighting game where fantasy meets martial arts. It focuses on depth and strategy rather than difficult execution. It's designed for tournament play, but also to welcome you to the genre if you haven't played other fighting games before. Online play uses theFantasy Strike is a colorful fighting game where fantasy meets martial arts. It focuses on depth and strategy rather than difficult execution. It's designed for tournament play, but also to welcome you to the genre if you haven't played other fighting games before. Online play uses the excellent GGPO networking technology. Includes several single player modes. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jul 25, 2019
    85
    Fantasy Strike is not what I originally thought it would be. With the vibrant world and brightly colored characters, you will have a good time fighting against computer enemies or real people. For the price of $29.99 USD, there is plenty for you to do. It is a full game, just like Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter, but for half the price. If you want a change in pace from those other guys, give this one a try.
  2. 85
    As someone who is primarily a casual fighting game fan, Fantasy Strike scratches an itch in a different way than Street Fighters and the like do. The simplicity of the control inputs puts it more in the space in between, almost like a less platforming-focused Smash Bros. The overall approachability makes it a great choice for less experienced fighters, but beneath the sheen of less combos and button inputs still lies a deep game with tense strategy, complete with a variety of ways to play it both online and off.
  3. Jul 24, 2019
    80
    Fantasy Strike’s philosophy of a truly “accessible” fighting game is a successful one, with plenty to love for new fighting games players and veterans alike.
  4. Jul 24, 2019
    80
    Fantasy Strike isn’t going to blow anyone away aesthetically and its arcade mode is a little barebones. However, in terms of gameplay, it absolutely achieves what it sets out to, offering fun and accessible fighting action to newcomers whilst at the same time possessing enough technical depth in its roster of characters to keep more seasoned fighters interested. Online ranked team matches and Boss Rush modes are an absolute blast and, in stripping away many of the complex layers that have built up around fighters over the years, this is a game that’s rediscovered the simple pleasures that lie at the beating heart of the genre.
  5. Aug 19, 2019
    80
    Sirlin Games’ Fantasy Strike is looking to make pros out of all of us with a simple pick up and play style that hides considerable tactical depth.
  6. Edge Magazine
    Aug 15, 2019
    70
    What we've got here is one of the most thoughtfully constructed fighters we've ever played, but Fantasy Strike initially presents as off-puttingly amateurish, and we fear few are likely to give it the second chance it deserves. [Issue#336, p.122]
  7. Jul 24, 2019
    60
    If you really are new to fighting games, Fantasy Strike is worth giving a go. But you’re probably going to want to move onto something a little more advanced fairly quickly. It’s a well made game, but the action just gets too repetitive too fast because of its limited movesets. I just can’t help but feel that Fantasy Strike is a little too simple for its own good.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Aug 17, 2019
    10
    By far my favorite fighting game on Switch, maybe period. It takes all the depth and fun of SFII and all the ease of play in Smash and putsBy far my favorite fighting game on Switch, maybe period. It takes all the depth and fun of SFII and all the ease of play in Smash and puts together one of the most intuitive games I've played. While it feels simple to play, everytime I play I learn something new or notice combo opportunities I had never spotted before. Though I've been a decent player at fighters for years this is the first one to make me feel and see noticeable progression between rounds.


    People who've never played fighters will have an easier time time catching up here, veterans players will find a tremendous amount or depth as they master reading opponents. The netcode is solid and Switch had crossplay with PC, if you're more interested in single player the boss rush is my favorite from any game to include one with a perk selection between rounds that buffs your character. I could only come up with two complaints; the roster is all top tier, but fairly small, and the music isn't the best. It isn't terrible, but it isn't the best. I just play some spotify and cut the BGM down.
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  2. Aug 27, 2019
    10
    This is one of those games that got decent hype before release and you go in thinking..alright..it’s out now..time to see if it’s good and itThis is one of those games that got decent hype before release and you go in thinking..alright..it’s out now..time to see if it’s good and it sorta ends up disappointing at first. I tried it a few times and from what everyone was saying how it’s accessible yet deep it was, i thought..hmmm...it’s not that good. Sure street fighter is a game that you really have to understand not only the game mechanics but being an input master at a joystick is paramount. It’s truly rewarding but you pretty much master one character and that’s it. Sure you might know how to use the other characters but you most likely won’t get their full potential unleashed unless you really dedicate a lot of time to understand how they work. Fantasy strike was suppose to eliminate all the need to know so much stuff to have a good time yet be deep enough for someone looking to get more from this genre. Like I said..when I first tried it..it felt barebones. It was like smash brothers, tekken and street fighter rolled into one but with far less depth. I played it for a bit to give it a chance because it wasn’t winning me over. Finally I just thought,.blah..I wasted money on this. So it got lost in the shuffle. It wasn’t until a few days ago I thought..ohhh..this game...so I turned it on and to be honest..it clicked..what I thought was mediocre turned out to be truly awesome...it’s real magic kicks in when you play multiplayer. The mind games you can play on the other person is a blast..after you win you literally have the shakes because the matches are close a lot of times. I’m still getting good at this but it’s not a lifetime of learning as it really is accessible but decently deep. Give it a try or wait for a sale and then pick it up. The roster isn’t huge but big enough for variety and hey..most times the majority of fighting games get broke in the process of adding to many fighters because the balance gets way off. Heck even fighting games just clone moves but just swap out the character art but add maybe something to make them different like this guy shoots a fireball but the other guy throws a hammer but the rest of their moves are the same..woah..a lot of work went into that. But the worst part is..one guy may have two extra frames which makes him more better or cheap. Anyways...fantasy strike really does get things right. I actually love it. Expand
  3. Jul 28, 2019
    10
    Excellent fighting game, great depth, netcode, and very accessible. I've played for over a year and I still learn something new each time I play
  4. Aug 5, 2019
    10
    An intense, fast-paced fighting game that beginners can also play. Streamlined controls make it feel kind of like that scene in the MatrixAn intense, fast-paced fighting game that beginners can also play. Streamlined controls make it feel kind of like that scene in the Matrix where Neo gets kung-fu installed in his brain, then goes straight to lightning-fast sparring. Basically, it's designed to help beginners stop being beginners as fast as possible, to go straight to the exciting stuff. Plus, it's the first proper fighting game that's actually genuinely playable for real on a single Joy-Con. I cannot recommend this game enough, both for existing fighting game players and for people interested in checking out what the genre has to offer, but without spending hours practicing joystick motions before they can actually play for real.

    Not sure why the landing page says "no online play" though! Someone at Metacritic needs to get their act together, or something, heh. Instead, it has extremely good online play, especially on the Steam version (which has crossplay with both consoles)!
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  5. Jul 25, 2019
    10
    This is a perfect fighting game for the Switch: accessible yet still strategically deep, great netcode to work within wifi limitations, easyThis is a perfect fighting game for the Switch: accessible yet still strategically deep, great netcode to work within wifi limitations, easy to play for 5 minutes or hours. The new boss rush mode is a great way to mix up the action and get a wild and fun single-player experience. I've been playing this in early access on Steam for the past couple years and I'm so excited to be able to play on dad time on my switch now. Expand
  6. Jul 27, 2019
    10
    This is the fighting game I’ve been waiting years for. Tons of depth, but easy execution. When you lose, you know it’s because you made badThis is the fighting game I’ve been waiting years for. Tons of depth, but easy execution. When you lose, you know it’s because you made bad decisions, not because you misinputted. Expand
  7. Jul 28, 2019
    9
    A sharply cut diamond. All the depth of the best fighting games without the chaff. David Airline strikes gold again!

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