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Best fighting games on PS5

The Best Fighting Games on PS5

We love fighting games, and now that the PS5 has been available for a number of years there are plenty of them available on the format. Thanks to backwards compatibility, all of those great fighting games previously available on PS4 are also playable on PS5, too. Even better, they generally look and play better than ever. With so many fighting games playable on PS5 then, you might be wondering which ones are the best. Which are the ones that are actually worth your valuable time and hard-earned money.

Hopefully we can help you with that. We assembled a short list of the best fighting games you can play on PS5. These are all native PS5 releases, too. Whether you prefer fighting with weapons rather than fists, or prefer anime-inspired visuals over a more realistic look, there’s something for you here. And of course, we’ll keep it updated over time so you can be sure that the games on this list are always the best that you can get. If you want more, you can also check out our list of the best fighting games on PS4.

1. Street Fighter 6

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Image: Capcom

We obviously couldn’t have a list of the best fighting games on PS5 without kicking things off with Street Fighter 6. This latest entry into the long-running series might just be the best yet. Not only does it look fantastic and bring back our favourite characters in a new light, it also introduces a roster of brand new, capable fighters that we’re absolutely loving. It’s one of the most accessible fighting games ever made, thanks to new control schemes making it easy for newcomers to go toe-to-toe with more competent players.

Whether you’re playing by yourself or wanting to fight others online, you’ll find a mode in Street Fighter 6 to suit. The online action is excellent, but so is the single-player campaign. There, you can even walk around the streets, starting a fight with anyone you come across. There’s so much fun to be had here, and if you’re a fighting game fan, you’re going to love it just as much as we do.

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2. Tekken 8

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While Street Fighter 6 is the best 2D fighting game available, Tekken 8 is the king when it comes to 3D fighting games. The latest entry in this long-running fighting game series doesn’t disappoint, featuring a wealth of modes that will keep players entertained whether they’d rather play against others online or against the CPU. There’s a cinematic story mode that’s utterly ridiculous but also fun to make your way through, and also an Arcade Quest single-player mode that challenges players to develop their skills in a fairly stress-free environment.

Of course, it’s those who choose to take the action online that will get the best out of Tekken 8. Thanks to online rollback this offers the best online experience in the series yet. And in addition to easily being able to get into casual and ranked matches, a virtual lobby system also allows players to interact with other, throwing down challenges, checking out ghosts and more. All in all, Tekken 8 is easily one of the best fighting games on PS5.

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3. Guilty Gear -Strive-

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Image: Arc System Works

The latest entry in the Guilty Gear series launched straight onto PS5, and wowed us not only with its graphics but also its gameplay. Developer Arc System Works has taken steps to make Guilty Gear -Strive- the most accessible entry in the series yet. It results in a fighting game that’s easy to pick up but hard to master, welcoming newcomers while also offering depth for those who want to take it seriously. What’s most notable about Guilty Gear -Strive-, however, is its sumptuous art style. Combined with slick animation, it’s perhaps the most eye-catching fighting game currently available.

It’s just a shame that unless you like fighting online, Guilty Gear -Strive- doesn’t have much to offer. Its story mode is nothing more than an animated movie using in-game visuals, so for those who like fighting against the CPU there’s only really arcade and survival mode. It does have Rollback netcode though, so playing online is as good as can be.

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4. The King of Fighters XV

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It’s crazy to think that The King of Fighters is on its 15th mainline instalment, but here we are. And as long as SNK keep delivering fighting games as good as this, they can keep them coming. Focusing on team-based battles, The King of Fighters XV offers a whopping 39 characters at launch, with more to be added as DLC. Needless to say, you’ll spend hours just trying them all, putting together your favourite team. It’s just a shame that, like so many other fighting games, those who like to play against the CPU aren’t particularly catered for. There’s an arcade mode that you’re likely to play through multiple times, but that’s about it.

For those prepared to take the action online, however, The King of Fighters XV will provide them countless hours of fun. Especially considering it looks rather nice and has rock-steady performance on PS5. Anyone familiar with the series will be in their element here. And so will fans of Street Fighter keen on something fresh but familiar to play. It is undoubtedly one of the best fighting games on PS5.

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5. Mortal Kombat 1

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The latest entry in the Mortal Kombat series features reworked combat mechanics, making it the fastest and smoothest when it comes to the act of fighting so far. It also backs that up with a brand new story mode, which is as cinematic as ever and genuinely entertaining. Throw on top reworkings for most of its major characters and a new Kameo system that lets you call another character in to help you during battle, and you have what is undoubtedly the best playing Mortal Kombat yet.

Compared to Mortal Kombat 11, however, character customisation lets Mortal Kombat 1 down; there isn’t anywhere near as much of it. Some may also find the new RPG-like Invasion Mode a bit a of a disappointment. On the whole, though, Mortal Kombat 1 is great, and is easily one of the best fighting games on PS5. Some of its fatalities simply have to be seen to be believed.

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6. DNF Duel

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Based on one of the most popular RPGs in the world, DNF Duel is a 2.5D fighting game that might have passed you by but is well worth a look. Rather than having characters with specific names, like Eric or George, instead the fighters here are known by their professions. You have Hitman, for example, and Berserker; simply choose the one that sounds appealing to you and would suit your playstyle. Whichever you choose, you’ll find DNF Duel easy to pick up.

Things like roll inputs are optional here, making DNF Duel suitable for players of all skill levels. It has a wide selection of modes, too, making it attractive for those who like to play online or off. And for those who do like to play online, there’s rollback netcode to make sure things play out without a hitch. It might not be as easy to find a match online as it is with other games on this list, however.

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7. Mortal Kombat 11

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Image: NetherRealm Studios

While Mortal Kombat 11 wasn’t designed with PS5 in mind like Mortal Kombat 1, also on this list, it’s still one of the best fighting games available on it. Enhanced for PS5, it benefits from increased resolution and improved special effects, making every frame of its a spectacle. Even better, loading times are fast, and performance is rock solid. It’s undoubtedly the best way to play the game.

Single-player content is where Mortal Kombat 11 most noticeably shines. It has a wonderfully cinematic story mode to play through. After that there’s an ever-changing assortment of towers to complete, each with a range of rewards to enhance your playing experience. You can use the Koins you earn while playing to unlock additional goodies within an explorable Krypt, too. Mortal Kombat 11’s online offerings are solid if you want to battle against other human players, however. And of course it has fatalities, which are more brutal than ever. Be sure to pick up the Ultimate version of the game if you want access to a solid range of additional characters and yet another story to play through.

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8. Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising

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Image: Cygames, Arc System Works

Another 2.5D fighting game based on a hugely popular RPG, Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising is considered a sequel by its developer yet it feels more like a Definitive Edition of the original game. In any case, it can’t be denied that it’s an excellent fighting game, with easy-to-pick-up gameplay but considerable depth for those who put in the hours to master it. It has a wealth of characters, too; all of those from the original game make the cut, as well as those released as DLC and more.

The only real disappointment here is the story mode, which is still fun to play through but has had most of its RPG-like features stripped out. Still, there are plenty of other modes to dive into, both online and off. And rollback netcode makes sure that your online exploits are hiccup-free. If you’re after a fun fighting game with a neat anime aesthetic, then, you can’t go wrong with Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising.

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