The modern day equivalents do a great job of providing excellent mechanics and structure for competitive players and high level tournament play; but what if you aren't able to access those levels of skill, what if you don't have time to, what if you just want to have fun?
We've all been there: sofa full of friends and you're looking for a game to entertain the group. Rock Band isn't cool any more, there's only so much Bomberman you can play and whenever you suggest a fighting game it usually comes down to the same couple of opponents who either crouch and kick in the corner or constantly throw fireballs in an attempt to prove they still remember how. The sense of relief that washes over people's faces when they realise how simple the game is becomes infectious and people soon begin to reach for the controllers.
It's then that you can start pointing out that Divekick isn't just a flash game with an expensive price tag, there is some depth to be found. Hitting kick on the ground allows you to jump back and give up space to your opponent, once you have filled up your meter you can press both buttons together to execute a special move which varies from character to character.
Divekick is often absurd but is frequently funny, there is a story mode for each character which doubles down on this with brief story boards and random dialogue. You can also try your hand online for some ranked matches when you don't have any physical opponents at hand. Which is unquestionably the preferred method of play, watching two of your friends smack talk as they do a two button do-si-do before someone makes the first move, is the closet you'll get to that nostalgic arcade feeling outside of a large convention hall.
- Fantastic competitive couch play
- Easily approachable
- Random humour
- Lots of "in" jokes
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