5. The Last Blade
Samurai Shodown may be the most well known weapons-based fighting franchise for the Neo, but it’s certainly not the only one. The Last Blade may not get the same recognition as SNK’s pioneering ninja slash-fest, but it’s arguably the superior series. This is in no small part thanks to The Last Blade‘s breathtaking visual direction and refined fighting engine that’s built around a clever parrying mechanic. Tapping the “D” button at the last second allows you to deflect your enemy’s attack, leaving them vulnerable for a punishing counterattack. It’s a smart system, and it’s executed flawlessly, making for a game that shines when played competitively. Combine that with a varied cast of characters that includes a giant who can turn his skin to stone and a ghoulish assassin who eviscerates his foes with a massive twin-blade and you have a recipe for one kick ass fighter.
Those who’ve yet to experience the series are in luck, as The Last Blade 2 will be making its way to the PlayStation 4 via the PSN Store on May 24th.