The 30 best fighting games of all time!

Do you like a brawl in video games? Then discover the 30 best fighting games in history! These are games present on the most diverse platforms: from Arcades to consoles of the most recent generations. Check out what the games are and be surprised by the great titles of the genre

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Street Fighter III: Third Strike (2000)

Platforms: PS2, PS3, PS4, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Dreamcast, PC and Arcade

Street Fighter II is great. But Street Fighter III is wonderful. The best fighting game of all time mixes thrilling punching animations, dodges, and blocking with perfect timing and twists in fights that only Third Strike can manage.

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There are several innovations compared to the previous game in relation to combat, but also in relation to scenarios. They are more realistic, being part of every fight. And the mix of old and new fighters brings that nostalgia fused with newness.

Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001)

Platform: GameCube

Precisely because Super Smash Bros. Melee has none of the “traditional” mechanics of fighting games that he is almost at number one. Bringing together the best Nintendo characters in a fighting game, putting Link and Mario in a battle arena, is priceless. The game is fast, polished, and simple to master, which makes it as good as the current generation.

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Super Street Fighter II Turbo (1994)

Platforms: PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Switch, Wii U, Game Boy Advance, Dreamcast, Saturn, PC, and Arcade

Super Street Fighter II Turbo is considered by many to be the best in the franchise. First, because it had new high-quality combos, varied game modes, and, of course, the first appearance of Devil Fruit, the legendary flame-haired fighter.

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Mortal Kombat II (1993)

Platforms: PS1, PS3, Xbox 360, Saturn, Sega 32X, SNES, Genesis, Sega Master System, Game Gear, PC, and Arcade

The first game brought free violence, but the second Mortal Kombat brought high-quality battles. Fatalities and bloody battles were still there, but the combos and special moves gave the game a unique glow. Not to mention the secrets and unlockables that only the wildest could find.

Soulcalibur (1998)

Platforms: Xbox, Dreamcast, iOS, and Android

The first Soulcalibur was successful in allowing movement in 8 directions. At the time, this was jaw-dropping. With unforgettable fighters and a combat system based on weapons, the game stood out among the others and is still remembered fondly by players today.

Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes (2000)

Platforms: PS2, PS3, Xbox, Xbox 360, Dreamcast and PC

The franchise’s most ambitious game, New Age of Heroes features 55 characters in total. All are animated to look like their most iconic versions, especially the Marvel heroes. Playing with 3 fighters on the team at once, the number of combos you could do was infinite!

Tekken 7 (2017)

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, and PC

Tekken 3 is unforgettable, but 7 is the best. There are many iconic characters, an improved Rage system, and new camera options that make battles cinematic. Each fighter has over 100 moves for you to master, which gives you many hours of training.

Guilty Gear XRD (2014)

Platforms: PS3, PS4 and PC

Arcane systems, blocks, and crazy combos are the main feature of Guilty Gear. XRD, however, went one step further and “forced” players to adapt to a new combat system. The anime-style in the look is another cool point, making the game a fan favorite.

Samurai Shodown II (1994)

Platforms: PS1, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Switch, Android, iOS, and PC

In 1994 Samurai Shodown II was an absurd innovation. It brought a vast set of moves for a cartridge game, counterattack, and the ability to break enemy weapons. This allowed for fierce and contested duels, as players created several different strategies per battle.

Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (2010)

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, and PC

SSF IV is known to be responsible for repopularizing fighting games. It’s the connection of the past with the future of the genre, bringing all the most famous fighters in the series, with gameplay mechanics closer to what we see today.

Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of The Millennium 2001 (2001)

Platforms: PS2, Xbox, GameCube and Dreamcast

This Capcom crossover features characters from Street Fighter, Samurai Shodown, and King of Fighters. There are several fighting styles, the grooves, which give a different feel to the game. They copy character styles from SNK and Capcom games, which is very appealing to fans of older companies’ games.

The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match (2005)

Platforms: PS2, PS3, PS4, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Switch, and PC

The simple game focused on battles between two teams of three fighters. All characters from previous games are present, which gives super varied team combinations! Unlimited Match makes players want to play it dozens of times to find their Dream Team!

Darkstalkers 3 (1997)

Platforms: Saturn and PS1

Darkstalkers 3 is full of humor and horror. It takes elements from games like Castlevania and fighting games like Marvel vs. Capcom. All this mixture makes a cute game, with good animations, especially the special ones, which make you feel like you’re in front of a movie!

Virtua Fighter 5 (2007)

Platforms: PS3 and Xbox 360

Virtua Fighter always puts at least one game on the list of the best in the genre. In the case of VF 5, there are 17 fighters, well balanced, with unique movements, which requires different approaches from the players. You can’t just push buttons and hope to win!

Fatal Fury: Mark of The Wolves (2001)

Platforms: PS2, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox 360, PC, and iOS

Fatal Fury gave birth to King of Fighters but said goodbye with great quality with Mark of The Wolves. The combat system lets you choose before the fight starts when the Power-Up will be activated and under what circumstances. This makes the fight less predictable and more difficult, requiring players’ arms to maintain a good level of combat.

Dragon Ball FighterZ (2018)

Platforms: PS3, PS4, Switch, and PC

It will probably be a long time before another Dragon Ball Z game surpasses FighterZ in terms of fighting mechanics. The team fights, the look VERY faithful to the design, and the amount of extra content are other points that make this easy, easy the best ever released about Goku and company.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)

Platform: Switch

Use the term “Ultimate” for Smash Bros. can be risky as there is a perfect addition to this franchise. Still, one of the last games is pretty good. It brings all the fighters that have appeared so far and other new ones, representing the game with the most content in the series so far.

Street Fighter Alpha 3 (1998)

Platforms: PS1, PS2, PS4, PSP, Xbox One, Switch, Dreamcast, Game Boy Advance, and PC

Street Fighter Alpha 3 is not just another Arcade version of SF. He added “isms” to the characters, allowing them to have a variety of combo options. In addition, the defense system was super improved, bringing a blocking system with perfect timing.

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (2011)

Platforms: PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC

This game appeared as a simplified version of the previous version but ended up becoming one of the best in the franchise. With the ease of building powerful combos, some say you can take advantage of the game’s glitches and make infinite combinations of moves! Besides, fighters are a charm on their own.

Mortal Kombat X (2015)

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, iOS, and Android

Few fighting games are as enjoyable as Mortal Kombat X. Multiple fighting styles, diverse skins, multiple game modes, and brutal Fatalities make this one of the best games in the franchise. Aside from the presence of new characters and guest fighters, something that has become increasingly fun in MK games.

Soulcalibur VI (2018)

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, and PC

Soulcalibur VI learned from V’s mistakes and exceeded expectations. This franchise reboot brought the classic elements but innovated by bringing more unique traits to each character, taking a little of each successful element from other fighting game franchises. Other than that Soulcalibur VI has Geralt de Rivia as a playable character!

Tekken 3 (1997)

Platform: PS1

Tekken 3 is for many the best in the franchise since 1997. New fighters, refined combat, and a lot of unique combos made the game a rival to others in the genre. Besides, mastering all the poses and blows of each fighter was hard work, but one that brought immense satisfaction.

Killer Instinct (1994)

Platforms: Xbox One, SNES, and Game Boy

In 1994, Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter was in charge. But Killer Instinct managed to stand up to and win many loyal players. Visually it was pretty cool, and the sound effects, especially when the commentator went wild with their combos, were fantastic. So much so that it won a wonderful Xbox One remake.

Skullgirls (2012)

Platforms: PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Switch, PC, iOS, and Android

One of many Japanese anime-inspired games, Skullgirls features one of the most cartoonish visuals you’ve ever seen. In fact, it could be almost a predecessor to FighterZ, with chaotic team battles and fluid combat mechanics that are easy to master.

Bushido Blade (1997)

Platform: PS1

Bushido Blade brought a level of difficulty to fighting games considered extreme. Many sword duels could last no more than a few seconds, due to the game’s high level of difficulty and the fact that it is a realistic game. But the most skilled managed to make the fights last minutes, creating something almost cinematic.

The King of Fighters XIII (2011)

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, and PC

TKOF XIII kept the essence of the franchise and remained more 2D than 3D. Which was great, as it has a more Arcade feel, bringing sequential combos, quick blocks, and that classic team game from the series. The character and background sprites make the TKOF XIII visually almost unique today.

Blazblue: Central Fiction (2016)

Platforms: PS3, PS4, Switch, and PC

One of the few fighting games in history with a narrative as important as combos in arenas. Central Fiction is the grand finale of a great franchise, bringing 35 fighters to choose from. Although it has more complicated game mechanics than usual, it’s really worth it for those who like it.

Dead or Alive 4 (2005)

Platform: Xbox 360

One of the great Xbox 360 titles, Dead or Alive 4 brought online fights to the series for the first time, something new overall for the time. A very well-built combat and counter-attack system, impeccable soundtrack, and fluid animation of classic characters make this one of the great games of the genre.

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (2014)

Platforms: PS3 and Xbox 360

Persona 4 Arena pleases the franchise’s oldest fans, but also any other fighting game player. Ultimax brings RPG elements that have been very well blended into the brawling genre. With new characters, in addition to many classics, it is a game that moves between two very different paths, but it does it with great quality.

Injustice 2 (2017)

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, iOS, and Android

Injustice 2 doesn’t have as good a fun story as the first game, but the combat is more polished and with higher quality. Among the two games, this is the one that deserves to be highlighted for its graphic evolution, the multiple customization possibilities, and for bringing epic fights between even more epic characters from DC Comics.

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