Melty Blood is an anime fighting game series started in 2002. It is, at the time of this writing, 2018, and Melty Blood is still worth talking about.
Based off a visual novel, this game’s legendary meme of having tournaments in bathrooms and parking lots makes it easy to forget to the lesson it holds: the series that started developer French Bread on the track to FGC reverence did so against all odds, and purely because of how good it is. It doesn’t matter when, where, or how — Melty Blood players will always play this game, and have a blast doing so.
So, why? Why did Melty Blood survive when so many other indie fighters of the early 2000s didn’t?
For those unaware of how Under Night In-Birth‘s spiritual prequel plays, novriltataki has put together an excellent intro to educate new players on the Melty Blood basics. With an active community and a reputation that precedes itself, there’s never a bad time to learn this FGC mainstay.
Melty Blood’s final version, Melty Blood Actress Again: Current Code, is available on Steam.