Best Fighting Games of All-time


The Top Ten

1 Super 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.

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.

This game had the broken meta knight

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2 Tekken 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.

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 - ronluna

Probably the best fighting game of all times, by the way, smash bros is the most overrated series of all times, boring games, and shouldn't even be in the top ten

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3 Mortal 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

Even the complete edition is good I have the complete edition

In My Opinion This Is The Best Ever Made

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4 Super 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!

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).

Melee is unlike any fighting game ever created. Movement alone should put this game at 1

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5 Tekken 6 (2007)

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!

Best fighting game ever...

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6 Super 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!

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!

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.

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7 Marvel 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

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

It got Cable

8 Street 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.

What a classic! - neehawgamer

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9 Dragon 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


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10 Ultimate 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.

Much Characters

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The Contenders

11 Street Fighter IV (2008)

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

12 Mortal Kombat X (2015)

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

Why is it not 1

Mortal kombat 9 and x were a big comeback for the franchise! Xs reissue with added characters which is xl is by far my favorite game of all time!

13 Tekken 2 (1995)

Tekken 2 is the best Tekken

14 Tekken 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

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

The best tekken game ever

Jin kazama
devil jin
bryan fury

15 Mortal 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.

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

It's The Best Fighting GameEver - MEGAMANZEROSTRIDER

16 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 - Magnolia

It's just a timeless classic.

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

Mk2 is better in my opinion

17 Mortal 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

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

18 Killer Instict (1994)

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

YES! Sorry but ki will always be best in my opinion. C-C-C-COMBOBREAKER!

19 Soul Calibur II (2002)
20 Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013)

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

This is a really good game. It should be in the Top 10. - B1ueNew

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21 Soul Calibur (1998)

As good as it gets with an arcade stick.

22 Dead Or Alive 4 (2005)

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 - kid626


23 Soul 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

Why is it so low on the list

24 Street Fighter III: Third Strike (1999)

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!

25 The King of Fighters XIII (2010)

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

26 Street Fighter 2 (1991)
27 Street Fighter Alpha 3

It was a good game

28 Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 (2013)
29 Super Street Fighter II (1993)
30 Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (2012)

The Best Physics in any Fighting game ever. Period!

31 Punch-Out! (1987)
32 Super Smash Bros. (1999)

Hands down. This fighting game needs to be at least top 5. Why? The use of crossover characters, the wonderful graphics, the game's release in 1999 with it, the awesome music, this has got to be one of the most underrated video game with general acclaim from reviewers. The gameplay and multiplayer make this game one of the best games of all time!

33 Skylanders: Swap Force (2013)
34 Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 (2010)
35 Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (2011)

The best tekken ever...

Bro best game ever

36 Injustice 2

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 - Vegeta40049

Best fighting game. DC game>>>>>>>>>>>Marvel game

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37 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)

Great game, combing a huge roster, with good fighting mechanics.

It is the newest one and it is super awesome

How is skylanders swap force above this

38 Tekken 4 (2001)
39 Garou: Mark of the Wolves (1999)

The most fun 2d fighter ever made. During the time period of the best fighting games that modern games just can't replicate. The 1 game that can beat the greatest Sega Dreamcast Street Fighter games which are a handful of the best fighting games ever made.

This game deserved be in the TOP TEN

Most balanced! All I got to say

40 The King of Fighters '98
41 Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition (2012)

Best graphics... More than 50 characters to select.. Very cool fighting arena.. Many exciting mini games... This is one of the best!

42 Capcom vs SNK 2 (2001)
43 Bushido Blade (1997)
44 Street Fighter X Tekken (2012)

This is an AMAZING Crossover between 2 of the best fighting franchises out there. What's not to love?

Good game with characters of Street Fighter and Tekken
best fight game. In arcade, you and your friend or mom... And fight together vs the PlayStation...

45 BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II (2010)

Should be higher has the anime feel

Nightmare Fiction

46 Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (2008)

They gotta make a sequel to this game. Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe 2: Dark Kahn's Return. Heck, it could even settle the differences between the two sides of the Insurgency and the Regime.

UNDRERATED is this games middle name.

47 Asuka 120% Burning Fest. (1994)
48 Street Fighter V (2016)

No. It's good by gameplay standards, but is one of the worst Street Fighter games. It lacks content, and has a shallow story and mediocre online servers. - MKBeast

49 Virtua Fighter 5 (2006)

This game is underrated and overlooked... Sadly Sharing the same fate as its creator Sega. Great characters, simple controls, meshing with complicated blocks and movement, definitive experience in the virtual fighter series, a adults fighting game that does not need the fancy bells and whistles.

50 Soul Calibur 5 (2012)
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Top Remixes (37)

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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