General Tips, Tricks, and Cheats for Fighting Video Games

Stand a fighting chance in games for PS4, Xbox One, and PC

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The basic formula for fighting games has evolved as video game consoles have become more powerful and advanced. Now that almost every title includes an online component, gamers have an endless number of challengers. Here are some general tips and cheats for fighting games like Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe.

Tips in this article apply broadly to all fighting games. You can also find specific cheats for fighting games on PS4 and Xbox 360.

Know Your Controller

The new generation of fighting games is more complex than ever before. Beyond remembering specific button combinations for each character's moves, you'll need to execute those combos without looking at the controller. Random button mashing isn't going to cut it anymore.

Complicating matters more, traditional fighting games are based on arcade controls, which utilize more buttons than a typical game controller. If you play on a PC, it helps to have a controller with 6-buttons made specifically for fighting games. There are also special controllers designed for console games such as the Mortal Kombat X Fight Pad for Xbox One.

Know Your Opponents

Whether you play fighting games alone or online, you need to know the basic characteristics of every fighter in the game you are playing. Experiment with every character to get an idea of their strengths and weaknesses. If you play online or local multiplayer and have to wait your turn to fight, observe the other matches to learn new tricks.

Practice Makes Perfect

Many fighting games feature a training mode where you can practice attacks and counter-attacks. Fighting against the same character you are playing as is a great way to learn the ins-and-outs of every fighter. Most games also include difficulty settings, so if you're playing alone, there's no shame in starting with easy mode to learn the basics before working your way up to the higher difficulties.

Don't Broadcast Your Next Move

When playing a fighting game, you typically need to set up your enemy before delivering a powerful combo. If you give away your opening move, your opponent may block or reverse the attack.

Switch stances and styles every chance you get. Instead of starting with a punch every time, try a kick or a slow approach instead. As in real life, sometimes the best offense really is the best defense. Waiting for a kick or punch and then countering it often has the same effect as attacking first. Mix it up and don't be afraid to try new moves.

Fighting Against AI vs. Real Opponents

Many gamers make the mistake of treating every enemy the same, but there's a big difference between challenging the computer and challenging another person. While an AI may give away a move by their stance, this may not be the case when playing against someone else. Pay close attention to your opponent's fighting style and craft your strategy accordingly.

Frustration: The Unknown Enemy

The worst enemy lies within the self. If you get mad or frustrated, you're going to make mistakes, so take breaks and remember that it's just a game. The player kicking everyone's butt online didn't learn all those fancy moves overnight. With enough practice, you too can become a champion.