Best Fighting Games of All-time

The Top Ten

Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008) Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008) Product Image

For casuals, Brawl is probably the best Smash game. It's full of great single-player content that could last a single person ages, it's music is great, and it's easy to control.

However, for hardcore Smash competitors, Brawl is a horrible game. There is no tech skill. The game so slow it feels like I'm in training with the speed set to 1/2. Tripping will always be the worst mechanic put in any video game ever. The only combos that exist are chain grabs. Edge guarding doesn't even exist. And the game is so unbalanced that the main thing determining a character's spot on the tier list is their matchup against Meta Knight. It's even worse than 64, which is slow and campy but still has tech skill, edge guarding, and a balanced roster.

There are mods to improve gameplay, such as the famous Project M, which is the only reason competitive players might own this game. However, you can't call Brawl a good game because of its great modding scene. That is to say that you should ...more

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.

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.

Mortal Kombat (2011) Mortal Kombat (2011) Product Image

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

This list is a joke really smash bro is one, mortal kombat should be number 1 best fighting ever made, who ever made this list need some good smack in the face from sonya blade.

This was like a love letter to Mortal Kombat Fans, they knew that MK vs DC was a bad game so they put a ton of effort into making sure that the fans were happy with this one, it had an amazing plot, gave relatively underrated characters like Nightwolf and Cyrax great storylines, and of course the absolutely incredible fatalities, my personal favourite being Sektor's Scarecrow fatality, oh and not to mention this was the game to introduce X rays.

Tekken 3 (1997) Tekken 3 (1997) Product Image

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.

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!

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

This game has high quality cutscenes that are still great even today

Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001) Super Smash Bros. Melee  (2001) Product Image

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!

Why is this game only at #4? Why in the world is it below Brawl? It demand justice!

This is my one of first gamecube games I ever had. This was the start of smash Bros competitive play. Lots of character are well balanced the game play as whole is enjoyable, even the soundtrack and the graphics are great. This game is hands down one of the best games dear to my heart.

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).

Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 (2000) Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 (2000) Product Image

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.

Top 2 Fighting Games of all time, a crime it isn't even top 5.

Yeah this should be higher up

You could fight dr doom as megaman. "enough said."-Stan Lee

Tekken 6 (2007) Tekken 6 (2007) Product Image

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.

Best martial arts game ever made this game is pure skill and no powers.. This is truly a challenge to talk abt tekken is a giant by itself and hopefully it will continue

My favourite is Hwoarang!

This is the best tekken and fighting game because the story makes sense, the characters are awesome and the graphics cannot be beaten

Super Smash Bros (2014) Super Smash Bros (2014) Product Image

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!

Better than melee for a lot of reasons: more characters and stages, new melee copies are out of print, not ridiculously over centralized with less OP characters, eight player smash.

I mean, the roster is pretty balanced. Even Samus, which is considered a low tier can beat high tier characters like sheik and Diddy. It's all down to skills and it's not too fast like melee. The perfect fighting game for me!

Love this so much, all my favorite characters are in it, there was a perfectly balance between brawl and Melee to make it accessible and fun

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 (2011) Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 (2011) Product Image

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.

The only thing I dislike about this game is that there is no mega man

Mortal Kombat X (2015) Mortal Kombat X (2015) Product Image

Big fan but it will not be number 1 never, excellent graphics, good voice acting, very good gameplay, pretty decent modes in general, mediocre story mode, good ideas for online modes, quite solid netcode but not impressive, variation system good in most of the cases but it's main problem it's the roster, pretty boring, 24 it's not that much having a couple of characters who look very similar, plus DLC characters after 2 weeks of release it's shame.

In conclusion it's good fighting game with a couple of missing things that can't be restored having boring micro transactions. Don't know if Tekken 7 but I'm pretty sure Street Fighter V will be better.

Best mortal kombat game yet! Mortal kombat 9 is good too

The best fighting game ever. Dark, violent and brutal!

The graphics make this game look realistic

Street Fighter II : The World Warrior (1991) Street Fighter II : The World Warrior  (1991) Product Image

Basically the father of all fighting games. All the characters are iconic (even though Ryu and Ken use the same attacks).

This game has some of the most recognized characters in fighting game history, including Ryu, Ken Masters, Chun-Li, Zangief and M. Bison

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!

The Contenders

Street Fighter IV (2008) Street Fighter IV (2008) Product Image

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

The soundtrack in this game is amazing

Best fighting ga- I mean BEST GAME EVER

Sf 4 is awesome

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 (2004) Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 (2004) Product Image

This games has lots of memorable characters from the Dragon Ball series

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)

Played this game when I was a kid. That is what I call a beautiful childhood indeed

Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013) Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013) Product Image

Great game. Cool storyline. Fun mechanics. STAR labs missions were fun to play. Oh, the hours I spent on BATTLES. This is a highly recommended game

How is this 47 should be 1 dummies

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

A masterpiece of a game

Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (2006) Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (2006) Product Image

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.

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

Had every mortal kombat character it was great for mortal kombat nerds

It's The Best Fighting GameEver

Soul Calibur II (2002) Soul Calibur II (2002) Product Image

! This shouldn't be at 19, it should be at least at number 4! This is one the best fighting games from one of the best fighting game franchises!

How is this so low on this list

My fighting game.

If this game isn't in your top 5, you either hate fun or suck at fighting games.

Tekken 5 (2004) Tekken 5 (2004) Product Image

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

Tekken is my favourite fighting game. Tekken 5 is my favourite Tekken. Awesome.

The best tekken game ever

Jin kazama
devil jin
bryan fury
steve
lee

Mortal 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

It's just a timeless classic.

This game created the ESPN voting on games. How the hell is it No. 9?

This game has a good soundtrack

Street Fighter III: Third Strike (1999) Street Fighter III: Third Strike (1999) Product Image

This game has a fantastic soundtrack

If you don't think 3rd strike is the best fighter of all time you're wrong and you should feel bad for being wrong.

Best Ever!

Killer Instict (1994)

Killer instict is a fun game with fun characters and your able to level up and get to fight real people and your friend at home and all the different skins you can unlock and shadow lords.

This game ha as cast of memorable and unique fighters, each with their own backstories that connect to the main story in a way

An excellent roster of characters all fine tuned to perfection. Each one has a good backstory and very original character design. The chain combo's are awesome and its easy to become engrossed in the fun for hours!

Good game with loads of characters

Tekken 2 (1995) Tekken 2 (1995) Product Image

This game has easier fights

Tekken 2 is the best Tekken

Dead Or Alive 4 (2005) Dead Or Alive 4 (2005) Product Image

Best doa game in my opinion 5 had better graphics new moves and costumes but there was just something about 4 I like a lot more

Please man, This game is ROCKS!

Because it's so aesome and fight new people

Boobs

Mortal Kombat II (1993) Mortal Kombat II (1993) Product Image

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!

This game has more characters and fatalities

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

For the nostalgia...

Soul Calibur (1998)

As good as it gets with an arcade stick.

The King of Fighters XIII (2010) The King of Fighters XIII (2010) Product Image

Beautiful 2D graphics and an excellent way to conclude the Ash saga. Honesty we learn the true intentions of a character that we use to hate.

I am playing this since 2000 and it's all player move, combo, punch, kick, power are unique than others. It is one of the hardest but easiest to learn the move and combo. you will like it when your opposite player is human

King of fighters is the best fighting game. No overdone combos, no exaggerated camera view and colors. Moves are simple and the game is easy to understand. Plus, it's a 2D fighter in HD look. The classic fighting games were 2D and now you have it in HD. Every fighting game fan should try this game.

I love this game it's great just like KOF 98

Injustice 2 Injustice 2 Product Image

Even better than the first one! Better rosters, epic storyline, and awesome multiplayer! Easily one of the best Video Games of 2017. 10/10

Amazing game roster is the most amazing ever I hope they make a third

Obviously better than its predecessor, voice acting, graphics and more. All amazing

This is the best game of 2017

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