Best Fighting Games of All-time

The Top Ten
1 Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008)

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.

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.

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.

2 Tekken 3 (1997)

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.

Tekken itself is the best fighting game because it help revolutionized fighting games that we know by introducing them to 3d fighting graphics.
It introduced us to amazing characters like Jin Kazama, Kazuya Mishima, Jacks, Yoshimitsu, Heihichi Mishima.

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

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!

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.

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.

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!

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).

5 Super Smash Bros (2014)

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.

The one that started all, such innovative playstyle in an era where all where combos and hard coded mechanics, this gave freedom like any game before it.

6 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.

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

This game is so hot the soundtrack and art this game is dang hot

7 Tekken 6 (2007)

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.

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

8 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)

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.

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! )

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

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

9 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.

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!

Putting tekken on top street fighter is just too retarded. I mean seriously if a tekken player tried to play street fighter 2 they would struggle to hell

10 Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 (2011)

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.

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

The Contenders
11 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.

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!

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

12 Street Fighter IV (2008)

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

Sf 4 is awesome

13 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.

14 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.

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.

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

15 Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013)

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.

16 Soul Calibur II (2002)

! 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!

My fighting game.

17 Soul Calibur IV (2008)
18 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?

It's just a timeless classic.

19 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!

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

20 Tekken 5 (2004)

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

21 Tekken 2 (1995)
22 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!

For the nostalgia...

23 Dead Or Alive 4 (2005)
24 Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (2006)

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

25 Soul Calibur (1998)

As good as it gets with an arcade stick.

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