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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  • 30.

    Tekken 5 Dark Resurrection

    Now that you can play online, this is the most essential version of Tekken yet and a great use of the PSN. UPDATE: Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection has been replaced by Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection Online and is no longer available.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 29.

    Soul Calibur IV

    t's gorgeous, and an essential purchase for any fighting game fan who likes aggressive counters and weapon clashes, but it's no fighting game revolution. One of game journalism's greatest clichés is recommending a sequel... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 28.

    WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009

    SDvR09 is better than last year's effort, no question, on account of it being yet another iteration of a tried and trusted game engine and packed full to bursting with features old and new. Earlier in the year a fellow video... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 27.

    WWE Legends of WrestleMania

    If you're one for watching old episodes of Transformers on YouTube, Legends of WrestleMania is for you. Nostalgia is a beautiful thing. Rose-tinted goggles make us all long for the days when we ran home from school so fast... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 26.

    Blades of Fury

    While Blades of Fury is not the real deal, it's as close as we can get to at the moment, and that is not a bad thing, not a bad thing at all. Playing the ever so demanding role of If-No-One-Else-Will-Do-It, We-Will-Copy-It... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iPhone

  • 25.

    Tekken 6

    In a year destined to be remembered as the one that saw the resurgence of the fighting game, Tekken 6's star is too dull to shine brightest. It seems difficult to criticise Tekken 6 for feeling like an uninspired effort from... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 24.

    Tatsunoko vs. Capcom

    TvC is a lot of fun, albeit in a throwaway manor. The game's fighting system is deep, and its roster well balanced - pretty much every character is viable, which is one hell of an achievement. As far as 2D fighting games... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 23.

    BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger

    When it comes to learning everything in BlazBlue to play it competently, well, the game is going to make you its bitch. Learning curves are a bitch. And Arc Systems' learning curves are even bitchier. And when it comes to... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 22.

    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game

    Scott Pilgrim stands out as a strong game in its own right. It’s an impressive little throwback that functions as a love-letter to early games culture, a treat for a nostalgic gamer demographic. The simple three-step guide... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 21.

    Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds

    Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is a gorgeous fighter with vast depth, but it slightly lacks the tightness and coherence that made Street Fighter 4 such an instant classic. It's early days yet, but the opening screen of Marvel vs. Capcom... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 20.

    The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile

    The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile is a more inclusive and competent game than its already accomplished predecessor. Despite the relative success of the original, The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile is still primarily the work of one... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 19.

    Mortal Kombat

    Mortal Kombat feels like the return of an old friend - a thoroughly unhinged friend, but one we're delighted to have back. One of the best things about Mortal Kombat's Fatality system is that it tempts you to flirt with disaster.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 18.

    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 the leg? If... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 17.

    Street Fighter X Tekken

    Street Fighter X Tekken is a resounding and admirable success. In this battle of Street Fighter and Tekken, Capcom has landed the first knockout blow. I can't wait to see how Namco responds. God it's daunting, isn't it? That... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 16.

    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 of Tekken 6 and bung in a tag mechanic so Namco Bandai can laugh... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 15.

    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. Whereas the story mode in Mortal Kombat or Injustice flies along... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 14.

    Mortal Kombat X

    Absurd, gruesome, ridiculous fun. I've just punched someone so hard in the crotch their head came off. Johnny Cage has left a signed headshot on the corpse and departed, presumably to fight the next soon-to-be bow-legged... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

  • 13.

    Street Fighter Alpha Anthology

    Street Fighter Alpha Anthology is how a retro compilation should be done. It's reasonably priced and provides a comprehensive compendium of five superb games. Ah, Street Fighter. It's been a while since we had a good new... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS2

  • 12.

    Virtua Fighter 5

    Virtua Fighter 5 on the 360 is the best version of the game. The introduction of online play is brilliant, making it a must-own beat-em-up for all fighting fans. Virtua Fighter 5 was an exclusive PS3 launch title here in... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 11.

    Super Smash Bros. Brawl

    With an epic online mode, dozens of unlockable characters and stages and hundreds of collectible trophies, Brawl deserves its place in every Wii-owner's collection. Does the date November 19, 1999 ring a bell? If you're a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 10.

    Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix

    This is one for the fans, and fans will absolutely love it. Of course Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix is stupendously brilliant. It's yet another refinement of the Super Street Fighter II fighting engine, perhaps the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 9.

    Street Fighter IV

    Street Fighter IV effortlessly captures the Street Fighter spirit. It's instantly familiar but with enough innovation to interest fighting game fanatics willing to dig a little deeper. It's been just under 12 years since... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 8.

    Street Fighter IV

    Basically, the PC version is the console version with a couple of new tricks, but it’s still absolutely awesome. When you think of PC gaming, you don't think of fighting games. And yet the genre's got a history on the platform... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 7.

    Marvel vs Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes

    Online play makes this classic 2D fighter an essential purchase. 2009 may well go down as the year fighting games fought back. In February Capcom unleashed Street Fighter IV, a game many have said has almost single-handedly... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 6.

    Super Street Fighter IV

    Super is an essential purchase. It is the best fighting game available on this generation of games consoles, and further reinforces Capcom's dominance of the fighting game genre. It's 1994 all over again. Michael Schumaker's... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 5.

    BlazBlue: Continuum Shift

    BlazBlue will teach you things, broaden your horizons, and give you a damn good time; think of it as the Mrs Robinson to your brawling Benjamin Braddock. "Boing! Boing! Boing! Your boobies are still the best!" she trills,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 4.

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 3.


    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 multiplayer games I've played in years. Its surreal looks and beautiful animation are... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 2.

    Super Smash Bros.

    The best Smash Bros. in the series to date, giving the Wii U version a lot to live up to. Fighting games often require countless hours of dedication in order for players to become some semblance of 'not shit'. The beauty... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: 3DS

  • 1.

    Super Smash Bros.

    Smash Bros. for Wii U outshines its portable counterpart, comfortably sitting as one of Wii U's very best games. Update - 29/11/2014: Now that EU servers are live it's finally possible to test the online portion of Smash... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U