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

This game has always been my favourite wii game to play. I just love how you can get to play all types of nintendo fighters and I just think that everyone should love it. If it wasn't for that game, Smash Bros Wii U wouldn't of came out either. It has shown to be my favourite game to play with friends (multiplayer) and I will keep on loving it forever, because when I was 5-7 yrs old, Link,Kirby,Luigi, and pikachu are my favourite characters to beat butt with. Whether you play alone, with friends or family, you will keep on loving nintendo for a long time.

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.

Super Smash brothers is a more interesting game because you don't have a health bar. You have a number instead. The higher the number, the easier you are to knock off the edge.

This game is more interesting because you need to adjust your fighting style based on the opponents health, not just trap him in a corner and spam attacks until they die.

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

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.

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!

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.

Bringing the series back up after a few misses, MK (2011) had great game play, great characters, and a story mode. While still keeping the older nostalgia inducing parts of the game involved.

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

It is a perfect game. I have played this probably more times than another other game in my life. It is the second highest rated fighting game on both game rankings and metacritic, behind SoulCalibur. However I rated this higher because I don't know one person that played SC (cause it was Dreamcast and Arcade only), and I also have never seen an actual arcade machine of it, while I've seen several Tekken 3 cabs over the years. It also has more characters than SC and everything in this game just seems perfectly crafted. This is a fighting game masterpiece. Not only is the music amazing, the FMVs are awesome. The animation was all motion captured, which was mostly unheard of for games in 1997. This made the animations so fluid and the speed of the game was unmatched for 3D fighters until SoulCalibur. It was clear in the late 90s that Namco was the master of fighting games. This and SoulCalibur are still the two best 3D fighting games ever made.

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

Tekken 3 is well liked by people of all ages because of its great fighting types! Its players specially Jin, Julia, Lei, Law, Nina are just fab!

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!

One of my favorite games ever, and my favorite fighting game ever, both competitively and... as a Nintendo fan :D. The original Smash Bros set up the formula that makes me prefer Smash Bros to other fighting games (specifically Blast Zones and Edgeguarding, along with the physics), but Melee perfected it. Melee is GLITCHY, but not game-breaking - in fact, many of the glitches have become "advanced techniques"

Project M is also amazing, but I'm not going to vote Brawl because of a mod.

This and tekken 3 are near perfection games not just fighting games. They are 2 of the best games of all time. Super smash bros melee just edges it. I think a good fighting game must have good and hard to unlock characters which both of these have brawl does not, you unlock all the characters while playing through the subspace embacy. Melee just edges it past tekken 3.

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.

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

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

Yeah this should be higher up

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

This game introduced
New characters
New locations
New gamemode (Ghost battle)
A whole giant campaign
Better graphics
Amazing storyline and cutscenes
Amazing additions to the campaign
More, more and some more of the damn more.

Lists
My top 10 characters
10: Lee
9: Yoshimitsu
8: Eddie
7: Bruce
6: Raven
5: Jin
4: Devil Jin
3: Jack-6
2: Feng
1: Bob (Don't know why, but he has an amazing combo)

My top 10 locations
10: Fallen colony
9: Festival deal tomate
8: Rustic Asia
7: Tunnel Disaster
6: Urban War Zone
5: City after Dark
4: High Roller's Club
3: Lightning Storm
2: Gargoyle's Perch
1: Noh Theatre

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

The best teoken game and has an amazing roster of 40 characters and a great campain with lars, who is lit. Has so many great characters and is SO so fun. Great multiplayer

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

Let me just say that people who say Melee and Project M is better than this. Y'all are stupid. Smash 4 improves the physics and balances the roster a bit more evenly (except for Greninja and Bayonetta and Cloud). This game also takes practice and time to master almost every character. There is not one bad character. While the stages lack on the Wii U version. The 3DS Version has about 20 good stages out of about 30 which is impressive. This game would be better if Smash Tour didn't replace Subspace. Smash Tour isn't bad, but Subspace 2 would have been better. Smash 5 should be like this but enhanced graphics, Subspace 2 and less clones.

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!

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.

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!

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

The soundtrack in this game is amazing

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

Sf 4 is awesome

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

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

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)

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

In my opinion, this is the last elite DBZ game and they should make a DBZ game hall of fame. BT3 in the front w/ the company of BT2, Budokai, Budokai 3 and Burst Limit. 'enough said.

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

How could you not love pitting your favorite DC heroes & villains against each other? The characters have awesome, accurate movesets, the stages are blow-your-mind awesome-looking, & the character matchups are some of the most potentially-awesome possibilities! I have been playing this game for years without getting bored of repetition once. That's how awesome it is. How this is only #11 now, I have no clue.
- JohnOfArcades

From the makers of Mortal Kombat 2011, Injustice is the perfect balance fighting game. It has great and a lot of characters including Scorpion from MK itself. Also the dynamic gameplay with environment in gamearena make it looks so badass.

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

This game has an epic story and is very fun to play with friends.

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.

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.

Had every Mortal Kombat character it was great for Mortal Kombat nerds

This game has tons of MK characters

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

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

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

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

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

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

This game has a good soundtrack

It's just a timeless classic.

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

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.

This game has a fantastic soundtrack

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018) Product Image

Good game, but the online SUCKS. It's actually terrible. They don't take non-competitive players into consideration at all, because they added GSP points which affects everyone. And it drops insanely every time you lose. It was much better when they had the "For Glory," and "For Fun," options. Also, I hate playing someone else's rules. There should be default settings that everyone has to play in that specific game mode.

The sheer amount of content is great, the learning curve is smooth, and the roster is ever-growing! Best game in the Smash Bros. series in my opinion

How is the Super Smash Bros. 64, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl above this? Besides online, this deserves to reach Brawl’s level on this list one day! Even ’ Banjo-Kazooie is going to be in it! (As a DLC, you would have to pay $6 for him. I did that whEn I payed for JOKER FROM PERSONA 5, BOIS! )

27? It is the best game of all time other smash games were good but this game? I have been satisfied ever since I got it

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.

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

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

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

This game has easier fights

Tekken 2 is the best Tekken

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!

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

Such a good game. One of my all-time favourites! Plus Kitana made her debut in this one! Bonus!

This game has more characters and fatalities

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

Because it's so aesome and fight new people

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!

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.

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 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

The cinematic cutscenes look beautiful in this game

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