The Top 10 Best Fighting Games of All Time

The 10 Best Fighting Games of All Time 

It’s been a great year for fighting games this 2017 with Injustice 2, Tekken 7, Pokkén Tournament DX, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, as well as Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite amongst new content for other games like Street Fighter V. We were also blessed with the announcement of Dragon Ball FighterZ releasing next year. Looking prior to 2017, we’ve still got some killer current gen fighting games available like Super Smash Bros, King of Fighters XIV, Mortal Kombat X, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Skullgirls and more. With such an abundance of fighting games just for the current gen alone, what games are the best of the best? Well, we’re here to tell you just that and give you our personal favorites. In doing so, we’ve limited our list to one game per franchise to avoid going crazy over sequels, updated installments, etc. Also, these are the 10 best fighting games in no particular order as each contributed and pioneered in their own respective fighting mechanics and style respectively. Nonetheless, without further ado, here are our 10 best fighting games of all time.

 

Rival Schools: United By Fate

Rival Schools: United By Fate is a team fighter game that is one of the many franchises Capcom has seemingly forgotten about. With Teachers and Students pitted against one another, it’s an over the top game that is largely deemed the polygonal Marvel vs. Capcom game.  One of the most famed characters, Batsu, debuted in Rival Schools and has appeared in the likes of Tatsunoko vs. Capcom as well as Project x Zone. Sakura from Street Fighter also made an appearance in the game. It’s a franchise many are hoping to see make a return with a remake or even sequel.

 

Mortal Kombat (2011)

The ninth main installment in the Mortal Kombat series and reboot of the franchise, Mortal Kombat (2011) had the gore, violence, characters, story, and fighting mechanics return that was filled with so much nostalgia. It truly brought Mortal Kombat back into the fighting game scene and declared itself again as one of the biggest North American fighting game franchises. And, without a doubt, this influenced the development and release of Injustice, Injustice 2, and Mortal Kombat X.

Soul Calibur 2

Soul Calibur II, a weapon-based fighting game, introduced improved graphics, new characters, stages, and music setting the stage for the installments that came after. It was also the first time where special guest characters from other series were introduced such as Link for the GameCube, Heihachi Mishima for the PS2, and Spawn for the Xbox. This trend eventually continued into the PS3 and Xbox 360 era where Darth Vader and Yoda were special guest characters respectively. The battle between Soul Calibur and Soul Edge is also being pleaded to make a return by fans.

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  • Nice list of old fighting games, but almost all of them are just outdated now and don’t belong in a list of the best fighting games of all times anymore.

    • iMacX299VegaFTW

      Care to offer alternatives? Good luck rummaging through all the shovel ware.

      • MK X
        Killer Instinct (2013)
        KOF 98 / 2002 UM
        KOF XIV
        Guilty Gear Xrd
        BlazBlue CF
        Injustice 2
        TTT2
        SoulCalibur III
        Dead or Alive 5 / Final

        • iMacX299VegaFTW

          MK been trash for a while.

          KI 2013, yuck, it’s OKAY at best.

          Alright

          Never played, but the graphics look disgusting, no omphh to the action.

          Agreed

          I mean they said BB already..

          This is the worst (tied with MvC: I)

          Meh, nothing exceptional, just good.

          Not better than 2 was.

          DoA5 I personally enjoyed very much, but for whatever reason, no one takes it serious. It should have been here, I agree.

  • iMacX299VegaFTW

    You nailed it, when I saw the last game, I instantly knew this list I just went through was done by someone who knows what fighting games are. Well done. Site bookmarked.