Best Fighting Games of All-time


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1Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008)

The original brawl is slow, lacks any technical skill, and focuses on simplistic spacing tactics. Brawl would not be on this list if the community did not crack the game and create Melee physics for it. The most notable of these mods has to be Project M, which returns the Melee physics and balances the cast to the new environment. If you haven't seen a Brawl mod I would highly recommend you go check one out.

Melee is a better game... But if I can't vote for that I guess I have to vote for this! Super Smash Bros. In my opinion is the best fighting series for multiplayer with friends, as I can play for hours on end without getting bored at parties and such.

Brawl is better than every possible way! Melee fans just can't accept it! - Danteem

I'm so excited to see what they bring in the next installment. With an impressive character roster and stage selection, in addition to how unique each of the characters are, makes it one of the only 2D fighting games that I will play.

Smash Bros. Wii U and Melee are way better!

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2Tekken 3 (1997)

This is by far the best tekken game. If I had to play one fighting game for the rest of my life it would definitely be Tekken 3.

It is more challenging to fight a characters using martial arts and wrestling than moves with super powers even if yoshimitsu can heal and slash his enemy. Slower the kill the more interesting the fight - ronluna

I grew up with this. Literally the best video game of all time. The only game that even possibly rivals it would have o be tekken tag tournament 2. However as it seems, besides tekken 4, tekken just keeps getting better and better!

Why is a Nintendo game number one? The Tekken series is one of the most well-known fighting series ever.

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3Mortal Kombat (2011)

The best Mortal Kombat ever done. 2d gameplay done well, awesome graphics, and two things most other fighting games don't have: an actual elaborated Story mode with a good storyline and a massive Challenge Tower with 300 challenges for you to waste your time in. Plus, all of the gore Mortal Kombat was always famous for is back. FINISH HIM!

Another brilliant mortal kombat game with superb graphics, fights, arenas, fatalities, gore, konquest mode etc - Magnolia

"By far the best fighting game of all time it should be number 1 for sure not tekken" You Got that RIGHT!

Even the complete edition is good I have the complete edition

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4Tekken 6 (2007)

My top 5:
1. Nina Williams
2. Xiaoyu
3. Hwoarang
4. Kazuya Mishima
5. Law

This game is way better than any other tekken game on the spot! It has great graphics, awesome combo moves, huge amounts of pain, and exquisite power within each character. Especially the character Law.

My favourite is Hwoarang!

I am very surprised IGN rated this game 8.8. It's a masterpiece.

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5Street Fighter II : The World Warrior (1991)

Street Fighter II is the game that jump started the Fighting series genre. It may not have a complexed story, but gameplay is decent and well developed, and most of the characters are extremely likeable.

Street Fighter is like one of the first fighting games ever therefore it practically inspired most of these fighting games you can't beat that! That's like reaching the impossible!

This was the True inauguration, not only to its predecessor, but to the fighting game genre itself with many other fighting games coming in as a joint second place: depending on your personal preference.

Not even the best in it's franchise.

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6Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001)

Melee continues to be played competitively in tournaments all around the world more than ten years after its release. The game is well balanced, with over half of its characters consistently placing well in tournaments, it offers movement over much larger and more intricate levels than almost any other fighting game, and it has great graphics, soundtrack, and mechanics. The inclusion of items and custom game modes allows for complete beginners to have fun and do well without having to button mash (To many serious gamers' great delight, button mashing works worse in Melee than nearly any other fighting game), while the exclusion of items allows competitive players to have pure, unadulterated fights as technical and dramatic as any other fighting game. Not to mention the ability to play as all of the most iconic Nintendo heroes of all time!

The Melee Community is gigantic. It has spawned thousands of tournaments, players, a documentary, and fun for millions. Tons of content, ridiculously fast gameplay that is exciting and fun, and hundreds of trophies, modes, etc. Masterpiece. It is the best Super Smash Bros. Game, and the Best Fighting Game. (Mortal Kombat 2011 and SF2:Turbo Fighting are next).

I gotta pick this, because it was one of my first Gamecube games, and sad as it may sound, it was probably my first ever Nintendo game, so it holds a place dear to me in my heart.

Brawl sucks because this game.

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7Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 (2004)

Ok to make the point clear to the DBZ haters, look because the game is from a series that you don't like (which by the way I love) that shouldn't automatically make you hate the game. I for a fact know someone (actually my cousin) who hates dragon ball z (or anime as a whole) but will play these games for HOURS. Best fighting game ever.

A very good Dragon Ball game and a good fighting game, with a lot of characters. (By the way this game is not from 2004, it was released in 2007) - LDes

Best fighting game
And have many players. in this game we do fusion and also become super saiyan
And learn combo attack to defeat opponent easily

This is the very first video game I ever played

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8Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 (2000)

The crazy 56 character roster, mad fast-paced action and just excellent craft should have this one AT LEAST in Top 5 in my opinion.

Yeah this should be higher up - nytrizzle

9Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 (2011)

Best fighting game because of all the marvel and capcom characters I'm getting this game. I love it for its insane gameplay.

Should be higher has really intricate gameplay and plenty of tactics for high level play, and the excellent aesthetics compliment it very well, great game.

This is bull. This is my favorite fighter and it's this low.

Great roster, good mechanics, nice graphics. Overall pretty great - CastlevaniaFanboy128

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10Tekken 5 (2004)

The best fighting game ever it has great roster and the story mode and devil within mode are great
My best characters are =
1=jin kazama
2=bryan fury
3=marshall law
4=kazuya mishima
5=nina williams

The best tekken game ever

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?Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

This should be number 1 - mccloud

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The Contenders

11Street Fighter IV (2008)

Come on, you know it is the best...

Soul Calibour 4 is the best fighting game, its really really fun to play, in my opinion its better than all the rest soul calibours

12Soul Calibur IV (2008)

I personally loved it more then 5 because you get to put your character in the intro and your character can even have an ending and finishing moves are awesome and when you customize a character and they can even look like that in there ENDING - GamerGirl

13Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013)

How is this 47 should be 1 dummies

This is the best fighting game this should have been #1

A very fun game

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14Mortal Kombat (1992)

Takken is no.1? Don't get me wrong, I like Tekken but Mortal Kombat fighters destroy the whole Tekken in 5 seconds. MK influenced tekken in many aspects. MK is the most creative and unique fighting game - Magnolia

It's just a timeless classic.

15Mortal Kombat II (1993)

Mortal Kombat 2 is the greatest MK game there is. It had all of the charm and great aspects of the first one, plus a lot more characters and all new game mechanics. This was "THE" ultimate fighting game of its time and it's still a great game today!

The only thing I hated about it was 'Toasty! '
It happens third time you uppercut and I never played it again

16Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (2006)

I actually think the fighting was the best thing in the game especially the air combat it's like the only mortal kombat where special moves didn't really matter

Story mode is great and I love the fighting in it but they kinda screwed up with versus mode, there are no combos but in the story mode is awesome.

17Dead Or Alive 4 (2005)

Please man, This game is ROCKS!

Because its so aesome and fight new people - kid626

18Super Smash Bros (2014)

No doubt about it! Definitely the best game I ever played, and DAMN That I have played a TON of good games, but not any like this one! Not even the previous Smash games compares, specially Brawl, is a bit slow actually, which is ironic since the fastest thing alive were in this game, but this is not about Brawl, IS ABOUT SMASH 4! EPIC AND I DON'T EVEN HAVE TO RECOMMEND THIS GAME BECAUSE YOU PROBABLY ALREADY HAVE IT!

Are you kidding me this is the best game I've ever played

BEST SMASH BROS GAME! The smash series is getting better by the game and the latest one is GOD!

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19Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 (2013)
20Tekken 2 (1995)
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Top Remixes (27)

1. Tekken 6 (2007)
2. Tekken 5 (2004)
3. Mortal Kombat (2011)
1. Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (2012)
2. The King of Fighters XIII (2010)
3. Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 (2011)
1. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008)
2. Mortal Kombat X
3. Tekken 3 (1997)

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