7. Dead or Alive (Arcade, 1996; PlayStation, 1998)

Ah, the game that started it all. Say what you will about DOA showing up late to the party, but when gamers were willing to pump in the quarters whether or not they'd already played predecessors like Virtua Fighter and Street Fighter. While many speculate the game's success was due solely to its novelty factor, we’d like to credit the innovative and finely tuned graphics, as well as the quick realistic gameplay that finally made countering an artform. None of that air-blocking shit over here, shun!

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