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The Best Fighting Games on PS4

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Everyone loves a good fighting game, don’t they?

Ever since the original Street Fighter 2 wowed us all those years ago, we’ve been hooked on fighting games. Basic ones, deep ones, cute ones, violent ones; we’ve played them all, and while we’re not going to be winning any tournaments with our ho-hum combat abilities, we believe we know which ones are the best to play.

On the PS4, there are an absolute tonne of fighting games available. Many of them are good, but which ones should you spend your time playing? Well, take a look at what we believe are the best fighting games on PS4. All of these games are well worth your hard-earned money.

1. Tekken 7

Tekken 7 has its downsides – namely that it’s not the best looking fighting game on PS4 and its loading times are woefully long – but that doesn’t stop it from being wonderfully rewarding to play. This is perhaps the best fighting game on PS4.

What we said: “In all honesty, Tekken 7 feels so good to play that you don’t really mind that it’s not the most fully-featured title out there. The combat is Tekken through and through, but it feels faster, smoother and more refined. Hits are weighty and feel like they have impact, even moreso when emphasised by a beautiful combination of zoom-in and slo-mo during the most dramatic moments. Battles are always tense too, the Rage system meaning you can never count someone out, especially with the introduction of supercombo-style Rage Arts.”

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2. Soul Calibur VI

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If you fancy fighting with weapons rather than fists, Soul Calibur VI is perhaps your best choice when it comes to fighting games on PS4. We particularly love its character creator, which allows you to create some really unique fighters.

What we said: “Without Libra of Souls, Soulcalibur VI would have been quite a disappointing entry in the series. It’s missing some modes that you just expect a fighting game to have as standard now, its character creation feels like a step-back, and visually it doesn’t really impress. Thanks to Libra of Souls though, Soulcalibur VIis undoubtedly the best single-player fighting game available right now. And while its online features don’t push the boat out, its unique brand of combat should make it essential for competitive fighting fans too. There’s just nothing else quite like Soulcalibur out there.”

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3. Mortal Kombat 11

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As ever, Mortal Kombat 11 feels a bit clunky to play. If you value single-player content and gory finishing moves, however, then consider it one of the best fighting games on PS4. There’s a free upgrade to the PS5 version, too, if you ever get your hands on one.

What we said:Mortal Kombat 11 is well worth your time. There are multiple play modes allowing you to dip in at your leisure and some genuinely surprising features, including some borrowed from Injustice 2 such as the ability to field teams of AI fighters. Mortal Kombat 11’s combat is fluid and intuitive, and even when you’re losing it’s a joy to play. It’s a game that’s fun just to mess about with, but once you master its nuances it becomes even more rewarding. Once a gory joke, Mortal Kombat has evolved to become one of the most accomplished fighters you’ll get your hands on.”

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4. Dead or Alive 6

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The Dead or Alive series isn’t for everyone thanks to its male gaze, but look past that and there’s an energetic fighting system that makes for fun, exciting battles. Just ignore the ridiculous amount of cosmetic DLC available for it.

What we said: “It perhaps plays things a little safe, but mechanically Dead or Alive 6 is up there with the best fighting games currently available. Whether or not you decide to make your way through its joyless story mode is up to you, but there’s plenty to do besides. Its penchant for showing flesh means that it won’t be to everyone’s tastes, but for those who don’t mind its titillation it offers countless hours of fast-paced pounding. Now with added cuts, bruises, scuffs and maybe a bit of dirt. That’s next-gen for you.”

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5. Dragon Ball FighterZ

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It may be a fighting game based on an anime series, but Dragon Ball FighterZ is cut above the usual. Keeping the action on the 2D plane helps – this feels like a true fighting game rather than a gimmicky brawler.

What we said: Dragon Ball FighterZ might just be my new favourite fighting game. From its stunningly sharp and wonderfully animated visuals to its frenzied gameplay, there’s just something utterly charming about it. It’s a fighting game that remembers that not everyone is a pro and not everyone plays online, and I like that. But there’s still a level of complexity and depth that will have fighting game fans battling it out until the early hours of the morning, honing their skills for competition. Whether you’re a Dragon Ball fan or not, Dragon Ball FighterZ is a fighting game that you need to add to your collection.”

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6. Injustice 2

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If you’ve ever wanted to beat up Batman or lay the smackdown on Superman, Injustice 2 is the game for you. It offers a wealth of single-player content and has all the usual multiplayer offerings you’d expect, making this one of the best fighting games on PS4.

What we said: “It really is simple; if you’re a fighting game fan who has for some reason not picked up Injustice 2 yet, now’s the time to add it to your collection. If you’re thinking of buying a physical copy, all of the content included in the Injustice 2 Legendary Edition is included on the disc, meaning you don’t have to deal with any download codes, and it really is a great game – even if you’re not going to touch its multiplayer offerings. With Injustice 2, NetherRealm Studios has leveraged its work on its Mortal Kombat franchise and taken on board feedback about the original Injustice, allowing it to craft its finest and most feature-rich release to date.”

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7. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

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Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite was disappointing. We know. Take solace, then, in the fact that Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is available on PS4. It may be long in the tooth now, but it’s still one of the best fighting games around thanks to its frenetic action and extensive character roster.

What we said: “There’s no doubt that this is the best version of Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 availableIt still has the issues that it always has, such as being unbalanced and having what has got to be one of the most aggravating final bosses in a fighting game ever, but the sharper visuals, improved performance and snappier load times more than make up for it. If you’re a fan of the game and own a PS4 then you owe it to yourself to get it downloaded, pronto. Those new to the series should seriously consider it too. With its bargain price, it offers a unique balls-to-the-wall fighting game experience that never fails to entertain, without doing too much damage to the bank balance.”

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8. Street Fighter V

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We were pretty disappointed with Street Fighter V at launch, but since then free updates and paid DLC releases have turned it into a much better game. Make sure you pick up the Champion Edition for the best value for money.

What we said: “When it comes to the fighting itself, Street Fighter 5 feels familiar, yet there are enough changes to keep the gameplay fresh and fighting fans on their toes. It’s got the usual six button setup, the signature special move commands still work, and Super Combos still exist, although now they’re called Critical Arts. Where it differs however, is with the inclusion of the new V-System and the myriad of both major and minor tweaks to the abilities of its character roster.”

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9. Guilty Gear -Strive-

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The newest game on this list, Guilty Gear -Strive- is also possibly the best looking fighting game on PS4. The good news is that it plays great, too. It’s just a shame that its story mode has no gameplay and is pretty dull.

What we said:Guilty Gear -Strive- isn’t the most generous fighting game available when it comes to content, but its wonderfully energetic combat makes up for it. Its characters are larger than life, each bringing something new to the table that’s worth exploring before settling on perhaps one or two to truly master. And while it’s the easiest Guilty Gear game to simply pick up and play, there’s a hell of a lot of depth to be discovered by those who wish to compete at a high level.”

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10. Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[cl-r]

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Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[cl-r] may not look all that great – nor does it have a biggest character roster – but it sure is a hell of a lot of fun to play. If you’re after the best fighting games on PS4, don’t overlook it.

What we said: “It’s the actual combat of Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[cl-r] that’s the real draw here. Thanks to its four button system, it’ll feel familiar to anyone who’s ever played a BlazBlue or Guilty Gear game. It means that attacks, from weak to strong, can be easily combo’d into each other, and then you can finish with a powerful special attack. On the subject of special attacks, they’re not arduous to pull off either; if you can perform quarter or half circles, you’re all set.”

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