Top Fighting Games of All Time

Fighting games are brilliant, aren’t they? They’re the most civilised way to punch your mates in the face, or rip their spinal cords out of their backs, if you’re into that sort of thing, which we at VideoGamer most certainly are. The biggest and most popular franchises in this time-honoured genre have been around since most people reading this were old enough to drive (probably), and it looks like they’re here to stay, despite some notable ups and downs over the years.

Street Fighter, Tekken and Mortal Kombat will surely be well represented here, but despite their dominance in the field, many other series’ will be poking their heads in, and some of are bound to surprise you.

Although Street Fighter does have an unfair advantage, given that there are multiple versions of each installment, it doesn’t get the number one spot. How could that possibly be? You know what to do.

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    Street Fighter V Review

    Street Fighter V

    Street Fighter 5 is the best fighting game your money can buy. Note: As servers aren't currently on we can't yet test online play. As such,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,PlayStation 4

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    Fighters Uncaged Review

    Fighters Uncaged

    Fighters Uncaged is a game that is not only technically impaired, but also one that is plagued with bizarre design choices and lacklustre visuals. "Punch to start" it says, so I throw a mean left hook. The screen shatters... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

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    Deadliest Warrior Review

    Deadliest Warrior

    The Deadliest Warrior only costs 800 Microsoft points, but you could definitely spend them on something better. I think it's the Centurion, personally. He is the Deadliest Warrior. Those... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 3,Xbox 360

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    PowerUp Heroes Review

    PowerUp Heroes

    Ubisoft's Kinect game means well, and will certainly appeal to younger gamers, but its execution is sadly what we've come to expect from Kinect titles - a bit too messy. Super heroes are cool. That's one of the things that makes films like Iron... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

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    The Fight: Lights Out Review

    The Fight: Lights Out

    It might be fun for an hour or so –the combined efforts of Danny Trejo and a pumping soundtrack do wonders in getting the adrenaline flowing – but there's no real lasting appeal here. Half an hour into Sony's The Fight: Light's Out, and I'm sprawled on the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 3

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    Killer Instinct Review

    Killer Instinct

    The combat system has potential. Shame everything else is so poor. Loitering temptingly in the Xbox One's store, Killer Instinct's freemium... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox One

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    Arms Review

    ARMS

    Stretching your limbs across the battlefield to stop an impending throw is good fun, but there's absolute anarchy when you throw in an extra body. The mediocre mini-games, and antiquated single-player further block the punch of Arms. We don’t get a lot of new IP from Nintendo; granted, they have a cast of... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo Switch

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    PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Review

    PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

    You can't play PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale without ever feeling like something crucial is deeply lacking. If PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale's roster was as packed out as its... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 3,PS Vita

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    Soul Calibur V Review

    Soul Calibur V

    SoulCalibur V is definitely a step in the right direction for the maligned series. However, the game is still too complex to be casual and too flawed to be taken seriously. For a game that boasts to be a tale of soul and swords eternally retold,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PlayStation 3

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    Dead or Alive 5 Review

    Dead or Alive 5

    Despite originally pitching itself as a more serious fighter, Dead or Alive 5 stays very true to its roots. "Oh my god!" screams Tina as she falls to her feet, pushing her heaving... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PlayStation 3

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    Injustice: Gods Among Us Review

    Injustice: Gods Among Us

    It's Mortal Kombat's shell but with Batman. And everything's better with Batman... Statements I never thought I'd write down #1: Injustice: Gods Among Us and... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,PS Vita,Wii U,Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,iOS,PlayStation 4

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    Tekken 7 review

    Tekken 7

    The frenetic fighting and over-the-top fun of Tekken 7 is great, but it's let down by light offline modes and online matchmaking that, right now, simply isn't working well enough. A warrior clan whose lineage is traceable through the extreme angriness of... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,Xbox One,PlayStation 4

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    Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite review

    Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

    Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is, like football, a game of two halves. The actual fighting half, which is arguably the more critical 50% anyway, is fun and exciting. The other half is a bit confusing.  In the years since the last new Marvel vs. Capcom was released there's been... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox One,PC,PlayStation 4

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    UFC Undisputed 3 Review

    UFC Undisputed 3

    UFC Undisputed 3 is still a game that's best enjoyed with likeminded fight fans, on the same couch and with the same competitive spirit. Do you know what it actually feels like to take a Muay Thai roundhouse to... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PlayStation 3

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    Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Review

    Tekken Tag Tournament 2

    Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is the best home console version of the series to date. At first glance Tekken Tag Tournament 2 feels like a novelty; take the core... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U,Xbox 360,PlayStation 3

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    Persona 4 Arena Review

    Persona 4 Arena

    A proficient interpretation of Persona’s world with Arc System’s beat em up smarts. For a fighting game, there sure is a lot of talking in Persona 4 Arena.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PlayStation 3

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    Mortal Kombat X Review

    Mortal Kombat X

    Absurd, gruesome, ridiculous fun. I've just punched someone so hard in the crotch their head came off. Johnny... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4,Xbox One,Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC,iOS

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    SoulCalibur VI review

    SoulCalibur VI

    SoulCalibur VI is an addictive and satisfying fighter, and more importantly the strongest the series has been in years SoulCalibur VI’s penchant for weapons-based combat gives it a more... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox One,PC,PlayStation 4

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    Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Review

    Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown

    At such a low price, and including fully-formed online battling, character customisation and the best AI in the business, it’s a true grand master. Training starts now. Don’t be late. Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown is the antithesis of everything that's... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PlayStation 3

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    Nidhogg Review

    Nidhogg

    One of the best local multiplayer games I've played in years. Bushido Blade by way of Prince of Persia, Nidhogg is one of the best local... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,PlayStation 4,PS Vita

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    Injustice 2 Review

    Injustice 2

    Fast, satisfying combat and the most ambitious single player for a fighting game yet, Injustice 2 is a great game elevated further by its attention to detail and Cavill-esque good looks. Injustice 2 is a responsive, fun, meaty fighting game, which is what we... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,Xbox One,PlayStation 4