There’s something to be said for simplicity, and when a game is titled Girl Fight, you pretty much know what you’re going to get. Developed my Kung Fu Factory (who have worked on many a fighting game, including Spartacus Legends and Supremacy MMA), Girl Fight is a 3D brawler that gives you an all-female roster fighting to escape from a shadowy science corporation known as ‘The Foundation’.
The first thing I have to address with Girl Fight is kinda obvious… If for whatever reason you’re the type of player who is offended by a highly stereotyped version of women, then steer clear here. From the jiggling jugs to the mostly-naked unlockable concept art, Girl Fight hits every sexist cliché you can think of. If that’s not a problem for you though, read on because thankfully that’s not all there is to the title.
The actual fighting mechanics in Girl Fight are where the game really starts to shine. Quick and fairly responsive, each character of the Girl Fight roster has an interesting set of combos and the difficulty of the combat ranges fairly well from some easy fights that you can win with little challenge, to harder fights that even the most seasoned of fighting veterans is likely to find troublesome. While combat is somewhat simpler than other fighters, when it gets going it flows well and makes for a game that even players unfamiliar with fighting games can pick up and enjoy.
The element that sets Girl Fight apart from other fighters, is psionic abilities, or Psi Powers. There are a range of special abilities, from the ability to regain health every time you do damage, to the ability to turn your flesh to steel, greatly reducing your damage taken. These abilities are completely interchangeable and you can have any two abilities (that you’ve unlocked) on any particular fighter, allowing players to add some customisation to their character and better adapt the game to their own play style.
My biggest issue with Girl Fights is that it feels a bit thin on content. You’ve got 8 girls to fight with (all are unlocked to begin with, although Arcade mode requires you play through each individually to unlock the next), a handful of arenas, and a decent selection of powerups, but the arcade mode is fairly generic in its story and once you’ve played through that, all that’s left is quick matches and online, which sadly, at the time of reviewing, was lacking a solid community to help keep it interesting.
In the end, Girl Fight provides solid gameplay and some really cool design and visuals. It could do with a healthy dose of DLC, and isn’t going to appeal to everyone. Fans of the genre should absolutely give it a look, especially if they’re looking for something a little more unique than the usual releases.
While it could use a lot more content, what's there is good and the budget price-tag helps to justify the purchase.