Shooting games are better than fighting games

Lucas Seilheimer, Staff Writer

I have played many different video games in my short 16 years of existence, and in that time I have never preferred a fighting game over a shooting game.

Shooting games take more skill than fighting games. In a fighting game, all you have to do is master one character’s movesets to become good. 

For example, in the game “Mortal Kombat 11” there is a character named Scorpion. He has a specific move that allows him to teleport behind his opponent. Once you master this one move, it becomes almost impossible to lose. 

In shooting games, on the other hand, you have to become good with multiple different guns, memorize different maps and be able to work with your team. 

An example of this is Tom Clancy’s “Rainbow Six Siege.” There are 20 different maps each with specific bomb sites that you either protect or defend. There are also 61 different operators, each with different weapons and abilities. After you learn some maps and figure out how to use some operators, you then have to apply them to a 5 vs. 5 situation and work together to beat the opposing team. Clearly there is a skill difference between them. 

The number of players also factors into the difficulty and entertainment aspects of shooting games especially in comparison to fighting games.

Junior Keyton Macinnis said, “I like shooting games because I can play with a team of people, which is more fun than 1 vs. 1.” 

In most fighting games, it is only 1 vs. 1. This doesn’t leave much room for you to play with your friends. Of course you can play against one other friend but if you want to play with more than one other person you can’t. 

On the flipside, shooting games can vary from 1 vs. 1 all the way to 30 vs. 30. This means you can play with up to 60 different people at once.

Finally, shooting games are more realistic. Junior Aden Dewees said, “You can’t name a fighting game that doesn’t have some sort of unrealistic powers or abilities.” 

Realism is good because you can grasp the concept of the game better since it is more logical and you can take the game more seriously from a competitive view.