A fighting game is a genre of video game in which the player controls an on-screen character and engages in close combat with an opponent, which can be either an AI or controlled by another player.
If you’re someone who’s looking for thrill and exhilaration, this game is perfect for you. With so many available fighting games created though, it’s hard to choose which one is the best. To make your gaming life easier, we’ve compiled some of the best fighting games created.
Dragon Ball FighterZ
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
If you’re a kid from the 90’s, then you must be one of the millions who got hooked with Street Fighter II. When it was created in 1991, it revolutionized the game genre with its brilliant super-precise control systems and magical warriors. Because of its popularity, many sequels and spin-offs were created.
Though Street Fighter series is still widely popular up to this day, there’s a new kid in town that has taken the limelight. Dragon Ball FighterZ was developed by Japanese fighting game stalwart Arc System Works and was published by Bandai Namco.
Dragon Ball FighterZ draws in a lot of crowd, even those who have never heard of the Dragon Ball Z anime. It’s not only the most visually stunning DBZ games ever created; it’s also one of the most approachable fighting games. This game paves a path for diehard fans and genre newcomers to get to know the characters well.
The graphics of the game has been created perfectly. Well, it’s not a surprise since Arc System Works is notoriously known in creating exceptional games, just like the Guilty Gear fighting game series that they’ve popularized.
The studio has also toned down some of the more challenging combats while keeping the game exciting and captivating for newbies and hardcore gamers alike.
Marvel vs Capcom Infinite
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One and PC
Developed and published by Capcom, this game is the sixth main entry in the Marvel vs. Capcom series of crossover games as well as the ninth overall entry in Capcom’s Vs. Series. Just like with previous games, the player gets to control the characters from Capcom universes and Marvel Comics to compete in tag team battle.
Unlike the preceding titles, Infinite features two-on-two fights. They have removed the traditional character assists of the series and incorporated a tag-based combo system instead. This system allows players to instantly switch between their two characters to form continuous combos. They also introduced Infinity Stones, a new mechanic in the gameplay which bestows player temporary unique abilities and stat boosts depending on which stone was selected.
Since its release on September 2017, the game has received mixed reviews. While others criticize the initial character roster and presentation, some players praised its new gameplay elements.
Formats: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment, this fighting game is the ninth installment in the Tekken series. Amongst these series, Tekken 7 is the first that used Unreal Engine.
Set shortly after the events of Tekken 6, the plot of this game focuses on the series of events that led up to the final battle between martial artist Heihachi Mishima and his son, Kazuya. Elements such as Power Crush and Rage to increase the power of the characters have been introduced in Tekken 7.
Limited arcade was released in Japan in March 2015. The updated arcade version which is Tekken 7: Fated Retribution was released in Japan in July 2016, and features expanded content including new costumes, stages, characters and items. Since its release, this game has sold over three million copies worldwide by the end of 2017 proving that it’s a commercial success.
There are 40 playable fighters in the game with 20 of who make up the default cast on launch while the other characters can be added over time.
Mortal Kombat X
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
This fighting video game was developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
It was initially released for PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows and Xbox One however version for Android and iOS devices have been developed as well. They also tried to develop a version for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 however this was eventually cancelled because NetherRealm could not get the seventh generation of consoles versions to the expected level of quality.
Just like with the previous installments, the gameplay is consist of two players, or one player and the CPU. With their selected character, they fight against each other using the wide array of specific attacks of their character.
The game contains several modes such as:
- Several ‘Tower’ modes – features dynamically changing challenges
- Story mode – takes place twenty years after the previous Mortal Kombat game
- Krypt mode – this is played a first-person perspective where players explore the areas unlocking a variety of in-game items.
- Numerous online modes
Upon its release, the console version of Mortal Kombat X garnered mostly positive reviews from critics. Others are calling it the best game in the Mortal Kombat series while others like the overall gameplay, game’s controls, story, graphics and characters.
Pokken Tournament DX
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
This game was developed by Bandai Namco Studios and published by The Pokémon Company. It combines the characters from Nintendo’s Pokémon franchise with gameplay elements from Bandai Namco’s Tekken series. It was released for Japanese arcades in July 2015 and worldwide for the Wii U in March 2016. An enhanced port for the Nintendo Switch, titled Pokkén Tournament DX, was released in September 2017.
The game involves two fighters battle against each other using various Pokémon. The arcade version uses console-style controllers, which are designed for players who are having trouble using the arcade sticks. There are 23 different Pokémon characters across all game versions. Sixteen of these characters are playable in all of the arcade, Wii U, and Nintendo Switch ports, with other versions having additional characters.
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