What are the best PS4 fighting games? The fighting game genre is part of the old guard of video game history, yet it continues to thrive to this day due to the boon of online multiplayer and competitive esports. In recent years there’s been a resurgence in the genre, with a fine selection of fighting games appearing from different corners and in different styles.
So if you want to find your perfect opponent then we’re here to help. Join us as we face off with the best PS4 fighting games around!
We’ll be adding more games to the list as we go.
03/06/18 added Street Fighter 30th Aniversary Collection
Best PS4 Fighting Games: Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection
A stellar compilation of the golden era of Capcom’s Street Fighter series, the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection brings together of a veritable who’s who from the two-dimensional arcade era of the franchise.
Encompassing everything from the ugly duckling of the bunch in the original Street Fighter, through to the numerous variations of Street Fighter II, Street Fighter Alpha and then finally the formidable Street Fighter III games, it’s a minor miracle that in 2018 whole new generations of PlayStation gamers can experience the games that have shaped the most legendary fighting franchise in the history of the industry.
Beyond the efficacy of its resurrected offerings from Street Fighter’s past, this compilation also excels in how passionate it is about its heritage too. An in-depth museum mode that allows players to not only take a glimpse at how these games were made, but also to hear music tracks from each game in the series, soak up a massive amount of factoids about each one and then finally view the animations of each every character with loving granularity, it’s reflective of a collection at large that is an absolute love letter to the source material it has so carefully studied.
Best PS4 Fighting Games: Tekken 7
Arguably the best game in the Tekken series since Tekken 3, Tekken 7 flew onto PS4 after a huge eight-year hiatus for the main series. As expected, the game has a fantastically robust and complex fighting system. Cinematically it looks great too, but it’s the combat that really does the talking.
The engaging new Rage System adds some extra clout and battles are like a well-orchestrated dance routine of stunning combos and impressive finishers. Tense, exciting and just damn good fun to play, Tekken 7 is very much at the top end of its genre.
Best PS4 Fighting Games: Guilty Gear: Xrd REV 2
Whether it’s the strides taken by Arc System Works to make Guilty Gear’s traditionally sophisticated combat system more tenable to newcomers, the gargantuan amount of social life swallowing content that has been stuffed into the game, or, just the eye-searing visual presentation, there can be no doubt that the latest Guilty Gear has a hell of a lot to offer any fighting game fan.
Though it arguably sits at the zenith of a series already lauded for its impressive caliber, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 does not innovate all that much over the base game with which it shares its name.
Yet away from such minor complaints, it absolutely soars in a way that few fighting games have managed to in recent memory. If you’ve shied away from the series until now (or were just ignorant of its existence), you’ll find no better time to jump into a series that deserves far more attention.
Best PS4 Fighting Games: Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition
Yes, Street Fighter V had an incredibly poor launch, with large chunks of content missing. It was, however, and still is, a bloody great fighting game that only improved with time. By the time Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition arrived early in 2018, it was up there among the best PS4 fighting games.
There’s now plenty of modes, characters, and a finely-tuned fighter to be found here. Further amplifying the qualities of a colorful classic deserving of more praise than it gets.
It took two troubled years, but Street Fighter V is finally where it should be with the Arcade Edition update. If you haven’t gotten round to it yet, there’s never been a better time to tackle this true king of the fighters.
Best PS4 Fighting Games: For Honor
When you think about fighting games in general terms, you tend to think 2D/2.5D matchups, energy bars, and flashy combos. For Honor is very much a fighting game, but also a very different take on it.
Ubisoft brings Knights, Vikings, and Samurai together in epic clashes that appear to be quite far away from what you’d consider a fighting game when glanced at.
Yet diving into the combat, you soon see why. For Honor provides an intoxicating marriage of precision mechanics, battlefield tactics, and progressive systems. Stabbing and slashing folks into quivering slivers of butcher meat from a third-person perspective has never been quite this satisfying, nor quite so nuanced.
Even the basic meat and potatoes of attacking and defending isn’t just a matter of mashing buttons or memorising long combo chains either, instead every strike and block can be set to one of three directions, while the ability to dodge, counter, or break your opponent’s guard also deftly compliments the moves on offer.
The result is a surprisingly cerebral take on the fighting genre and For Honor brings artistry to its violence.
Best PS4 Fighting Games: Mortal Kombat XL
NetheRealm’s big silly, bloody fighting franchise arguably reaches its peak with Mortal Kombat XL. The over-the-top story mode is among the highest level of gaudy entertainment you’ll find in the genre. Yet, as ever, it’s the ridiculously inventive and brutal fatalities that really show off Mortal Kombat XL’s quality.
The other quite breathtaking addition found in XL is the DLC characters, who are largely comprised of classic horror and sci-fi movie icons. Leatherface, Jason Voorhees, the Xenomorph from Alien, and The Predator joined the existing cast (and Jax got a lovely skin that made him into Carl Weather’s Dillon from Predator), only amplifying how gloriously silly the game is.
Make no mistake though, Mortal Kombat XL is a quality fighter in its own right, filled with plenty to occupy fight fans on and offline.
Best PS4 Fighting Games: EA SPORTS UFC 3
With EA Sports UFC 3. EA Sports have finally nailed down the brutality and tactical nature of MMA fighting in video game form. Much like For Honor, this is a more methodical dance of death (and unlike For Honor, far less death) and the beauty and skill of applied agony really come to the fore.
Quite honestly, it’s the feel of two highly trained, Mixed Martial Arts gladiators absolutely leathering the crap out of each other that EA Sports UFC 3 gets the most right. More than ever before, each of the fighters in EA Sports UFC 3 carries a truly pronounced feeling of weight and heft.
From the almost imperceptible snap of Demetrious Johnson’s step-in jab to the markedly more telegraphed and potentially fight-ending rear head kick of Stipe Micoic; every single combative action in EA Sports UFC 3 has a real sense of physicality assigned to it which separates it from any other fighting game on the market.
Best PS4 Fighting Games: Dragon Ball FighterZ
Arc System Works will probably make a few appearances on this list, but Dragon Ball FighterZ is a shining example of what they can do with the fighting game genre.Not to mention a licensed property to boot!
Dragon Ball FighterZ is a superb fighting game in its own right, but its treatment of the Dragon Ball license is quite frankly stellar. The story mode is an intriguing rewrite of Dragon Ball history and sets the stage to make each 3v3 encounter feel suitably epic.
It’s also an incredibly gorgeous sight to behold when you see it in action. So much so that it perfectly encapsulates the tone of the many anime series made about this superpowered cast.
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