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The Best Fighting Games on Xbox

Street Fighter 6 review

Whether you have a score to settle with family or friends, or simply like the idea of delivering beatdowns to unknowns online, the fighting game genre is the one for the job.

Once the beating heart of arcades, the fighting game genre isn’t quite as popular now as it once was, but there are still some heavy hitters around, and every once in a while a newcomer shows its face to try and make an impact. Unfortunately, many fighting games released these days don’t make it onto Xbox consoles for some reason. And so with that in mind, you might be wondering what are the best fighting games on Xbox right now? That’s hopefully something we can help you with.

We’ve put together a short list of the best fighting games currently available on Xbox consoles. All of the games on this list are playable on Xbox Series X/S thanks to either native support or backwards compatibility. If you still game on an Xbox One of some kind, more than half of them are playable on that, too, although you might not have the best experience.

In any case, these are the best of what the genre has to offer, and range from online-focused brawlers to those with fleshed-out single-player modes for those who’d rather be tested by the CPU. A little something for everyone, then.

More great games on Xbox

1. Street Fighter 6

Street Fighter 6 review
  • Playable on: Xbox Series X/S

The Street Fighter series has always been top dog in the genre, though Xbox gamers were left out when the fifth entry was developed as a PlayStation exclusive. Thankfully there are no such shenanigans with Street Fighter 6. With a wealth of new mechanics, as well as new modes, characters and a push to make everything more accessible, Street Fighter 6 isn’t only one of the best fighting games on Xbox, it’s one of the best fighting games of all time.

It’s simply a joy to play whether you’re a seasoned pro or an absolute newby. Even better, it caters for those who like to play against others online and those who like single player adventures, boasting a fantastic lobby system and a story-driven world tour mode.

Read our review of Street Fighter 6

2. Mortal Kombat 1

Mortal Kombat 1
  • Playable on: Xbox Series X/S

You’d think, being called what it is, that Mortal Kombat 1 would be a reboot of sorts. And it is, yet it’s also very much a sequel to Mortal Kombat 11. So, what does that mean? On the one hand this is a great starting point for new players as it introduces some new mechanics, has a wealth of features and revitalises its cast of characters with new faces while giving many stalwarts meaningful reworks. But on the other hand, if you jump into the game’s story mode without knowledge of prior events, you might soon find yourself a bit lost.

Ultimately, Mortal Kombat 1 isn’t as much of a reboot as we’d have liked, but as Mortal Kombat games go, none are more enjoyable to play.

Read our review of Mortal Kombat 1

3. Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct (1)
  • Playable on: Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

Now over 10 years old, this reboot of Killer Instinct was a launch title for the Xbox One. It’s because of incredible support since then, however, that it remains one of the best fighting games on Xbox, and also one of the most interesting exclusives on the platform. A fighting game focused around performing insane combos, Killer Instinct feels somewhat unique to play.

While the base game is playable for free, pick up the Anniversary Edition or gain access to it via Xbox Game Pass and you’ll find that a vast roster of fighters is available including some surprising guests. It still looks impressive, too, despite its age, thanks to it being being first enhanced for Xbox One X, and now Series X/S consoles.

4. Guilty Gear Strive

  • Playable on: Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

Like your fighting games a little more anime-inspired? In that case, you better pick up Guilty Gear Strive. This latest entry in the long-running fighting game series looks absolutely stunning, using 3D visuals to bring its 2D antics to life like never before. The gameplay remains faithful to the series roots, though, but has been fine-tuned to make engaging in combat more engaging than ever before.

The worst thing about Guilty Gear Strive is that it doesn’t have much to offer those who wish to play alone, with its story mode basically just being a movie. Those who like to take the action online, however, are likely to fall in love with it.

Read our review of Guilty Gear Strive

5. Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 2
  • Playable on: Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

Like Killer Instinct, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 is another fighting game on this list that has stood the test of time. It may not look all that hot these days, but jump into Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 and you’ll find that it has an unparalleled roster of fighters and intense fighting action that’s so fast and furious that it’s hard not to get overly enthusiastic about it all.

The only problem is, with it being so old, its online community mainly consists of hardcore players now. So, if you jump in as a newbie you’re likely to get your ass handed to you time and time again. Put in some practice or simply play it with friends and family, however, and you’ll still have a great time.

Read our review of Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3

6. Soul Calibur VI

Soulcalibur VI 2-min
  • Playable on: Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

Soul Calibur is a much-loved fighting game series that refreshingly finds combatants fighting each other with weapons rather than simply their fists and feet. And while the latest entry, Soul Calibur VI, isn’t perfect, it does enough to stand out and make itself a worthy of a place on our list of the best fighting games on Xbox.

For a start, with its wide range of modes it caters for all types of fighting game fan, from those who like to challenge others online to those who like to sink their teeth into a lengthy single-player adventure. What really makes Soul Calibur VI stand out, though, is its character creator that lets players put together their own fighters. Hilarity often ensues.

Read our review of Street Fighter 6

Editor in Chief // An avid gamer since discovering the wonders of the Acorn Electron in the '80s, Rich has nearly played more games than he's had hot dinners. Not one to put all his eggs in one basket, Rich is happy to play games of all genres, but he particularly enjoys racing games and anything that's full of non-stop action, especially if it includes a good dose of humour, horror or crudeness!