The world of video games has undergone a dazzling evolution in recent decades, and the fighting game genre has established itself as an essential reference. Indeed, there are many equally captivating fighting games worth discovering. That’s why, we decided to present you 20 of the best fighting games in history. Thus, this selection offers an overview of the most striking and emblematic games, reviewing the different aspects that have allowed these games to rise to the top of their category.
1 – Super Smash Bros. pour Wii U
Super Smash Bros. For Wii U is a fighting game in the Super Smash Bros series in which players can play as a wide variety of iconic characters from the Nintendo universe, such as Mario, Pikachu, Donkey Kong and Link. Players can compete in a wide variety of game modes, including single-player, local multiplayer, and online.
The game was developed by Sora Ltd. In collaboration with Nintendo and was released in November 2014 in France. In short, Super Smash Bros. For Wii U is an excellent fighting game that provides an entertaining gaming experience for fans. With a variety of game modes and characters, it’s easy to immerse yourself in the game world and have hours of fun.
2 – BlazBlue : Calamity Trigger sur Xbox 360
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger is a 2D fighting game first released in the arcade and then on Xbox 360. Developed by Arc System Works, it is considered the spiritual successor to Guilty Gear. The game is set in a post-apocalyptic world in the year 2199, with a dozen fighters each possessing unique abilities and powers. BlazBlue’s gameplay is fast and technical, with plenty of combos to master.
The game is suitable for a wide range of players. All in all, BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger is a must-have title for all fighting game fans. With a captivating story and unique characters, this game marked the history of video games and remains a benchmark in its genre.
3 – Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. Brawl is an arena fighting game developed by Game Arts and published by Nintendo. It was released on June 27, 2008 in France, a few months after its release in Japan and the United States. The game features a large number of characters from the Nintendo world, such as Link, Pikachu and Mario, but also a few guests such as Snake from the Metal Gear saga and Sonic.
Super Smash Bros. was a huge commercial success, with over 13 million copies sold worldwide. Super Smash Bros. Brawl is a hugely popular fighting game with a huge variety of characters, game modes, and customization options. Its enduring success makes it a must-have for video game fans of all ages.
4 – Injustice 2
Injustice 2 is a fighting game developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros Games, which was launched in France on May 18, 2017. This video game offers the possibility of playing in single player or in multiplayer, using characters from the DC Comics universe, such as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, or even Harley Quinn.
The game takes place in dynamic and exciting duels, where players can face other heroes or villains. Injustice 2 is a pay-as-you-go game, which means players must purchase it to play. It has also been available in the US market since May 16, 2017. In sum, Injustice 2 is an exciting fighting game that offers an unforgettable gaming experience, with quality graphics and a variety of characters to use.
5 – WWE’12
WWE’12 is a fighting game from the famous WWE franchise, available since November 2011. Developed by Yuke’s Media Creation and published by THQ, this fourteenth installment of the fighting game features many innovations and improvements over previous versions.
WWE fans will find all the stars of the ring in this game, with more realistic and intuitive gameplay thanks to a new submission system and more precise controls. In addition, adapting combat techniques according to the health of your opponent makes the fights more strategic. Online multiplayer allows players to compete against other WWE fans around the world.
In summary, WWE’12 is an exciting fighting game that will delight WWE fans with its enhanced gameplay and innovations, and offers a personalized gaming experience through the ability to create your own arenas.
6 – Granblue Fantasy Versus
Granblue Fantasy Versus is a fighting game derived from the RPG Granblue Fantasy, developed by Arc System Works and published by Cygames. The game was released in Japan on February 6, 2020 and in France on March 13, 2020.
Granblue Fantasy Versus features intense and strategic combat with a variety of playable characters from the Granblue Fantasy universe. Players can also enjoy an engaging story mode as well as online multiplayer modes to test their skills against players from around the world. With its smooth gameplay and charismatic characters, Granblue Fantasy Versus is a solid choice for fighting game fans and gamers looking for a new challenge.
7 – Mortal Kombat 11,
Mortal Kombat 11 is the latest installment in the acclaimed fighting game franchise, developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Games. The game was released in France on April 23, 2019. Mortal Kombat 11 offers an intense combat experience with a variety of iconic characters from the series as well as new fighters.
Players can also take advantage of numerous online multiplayer modes to test their skills against players around the world. Overall, Mortal Kombat 11 is a great addition to the fighting game series, offering bloody and engaging combat with a variety of customizable characters. This is a must-play game for fans of the series and fans of fighting games in general.
8 – Super Smash Bros Ultimate
Super Smash Bros Ultimate is a Nintendo Switch fighting game developed and published by Nintendo. Released in France on December 7, 2018.The game offers a dynamic combat experience with iconic characters from the Nintendo series, such as Mario, Link, Donkey Kong and Pikachu, as well as newcomers such as Ridley from Metroid and Simon Belmont from Castlevania .
Super Smash Bros Ultimate is considered one of the best games in the series, with a wide variety of playable characters, superior graphics and soundtrack. All in all, Super Smash Bros Ultimate is an excellent fighting game for players of all levels, offering a game experience rich in characters, modes and challenges. This is a must have game for any Nintendo Switch owner.
9 – Dragon Ball Fighter Z
Dragon Ball FighterZ is a 2D fighting game developed by Arc System Works and published by Bandai Namco, released in France on January 26, 2018. This new adaptation of the famous Dragon Ball franchise offers explosive 3 versus 3 fights, featuring iconic characters from the series. Players can enjoy different game modes, such as story mode, arcade mode, online mode, and competitive mode.
The game is also very popular with fans of the series for its respect for the Dragon Ball universe, with impressive cutscenes and character interactions. All in all, Dragon Ball FighterZ is an excellent fighting game for fans of the Dragon Ball series, offering a dynamic and true-to-universe gaming experience. The game was very well received by critics and gamers alike, and has become a must-have for fighting game enthusiasts.
10 – Street Fighter V
Street Fighter V is the fifth installment in the popular fighting game series published and developed by Capcom. Released in February 2016, this game has won over fans of the franchise as well as new players with its smooth combat mechanics and new generation of global fighters.
The game offers a variety of game modes such as single player mode, online multiplayer as well as competitive multiplayer. In addition, the presence of new characters and the ability to play online add a touch of freshness to the franchise. All in all, Street Fighter V is an entertaining and exciting fighting game that will appeal to all fans of the series as well as fighting game enthusiasts. Players will be able to enjoy numerous game modes, unique characters and smooth battles for an unforgettable gaming experience.
11 – BlazBlue : Continuum Shift Extend
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend is a 2D fighting game developed by Arc System Works and published by PQube. This title offers the possibility to play with 19 different fighters in various game modes, including Arcade, Versus, Story, Challenge and Abyss. Players will enjoy beautifully animated 2D graphics and a fluid, fast-paced and strategic combat system. Online battles allow players to compete against opponents around the world.
The French version is available with texts in English and voices in English or Japanese. BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend is an interesting choice for fans of 2D fighting games looking for an intense and thrilling gaming experience.
12 – Street Fighter IV
Street Fighter IV is a fighting game developed by Capcom and released in 2009 on Xbox 360. This new opus offers players the opportunity to find their favorite characters from the Street Fighter II series while adding new fighters to the arena. Players will thus be able to discover new movements such as focus attacks and ultra combos which bring novelty to the gameplay.
The game also features an online multiplayer mode to compete against other players around the world. The success of Street Fighter IV has been such that the game has seen several sequels and remakes since its initial release. Street Fighter IV has therefore succeeded in appealing to both fans of the series by offering them a familiar gaming experience while attracting new players thanks to its novelties and its multiplayer mode.
13 – Tekken 7
Tekken 7 is a fighting game that will delight fans of the eponymous series. Released in 2017, this episode has kept the fundamentals of the franchise while adding new game mechanics and new characters. With over 30 fighters, the game offers players a wide variety of different fighting styles.
Solo players can immerse themselves in the story of each character in the “Story” mode. In multiplayer, Tekken 7 offers local or online battles to challenge players from all over the world. The game is available on multiple mediums including PlayStation, Xbox, and PC. With its iconic characters and dynamic combat mechanics, Tekken 7 is a must-have for fighting game fans.
14 – Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 is a fighting game based on the famous Naruto series, which allows players to relive the he key moments at the end of the manga. The game features both online and offline single and multiplayer game modes, as well as a wide variety of playable characters, offering unique fighting styles for each character.
With over a hundred playable characters, exciting game modes and spectacular graphics, Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 is a must for fans of the series and fighting game enthusiasts.
15 – Mortal Kombat X
Mortal Kombat X is a particularly gory and violent fighting game. It offers a choice of 24 characters with various fighting styles, with traditional weapons or supernatural powers. The game is distinguished by its brutality system called “fatality”, which allows you to end a fight by inflicting a particularly violent and exuberant kill on your opponent.
Mortal Kombat X also features new gameplay elements, like using the environment to inflict damage on your opponent. Mortal Kombat X is rated 18+, reserved for mature adults. Available on several media, the game also offers a French version with voices and texts in French.
16 – EA Sports UFC
EA Sports UFC is a fighting game that has the particularity of being directly inspired by the UFC, a very popular American free-fight championship. Players can use a wide variety of fighting styles, such as kicks, punches, knee strikes, elbow strikes, etc.
In single player or online multiplayer, players can compete against other players around the world to reach the top of the leaderboard. The game also has paid options that allow you to purchase customization items for fighters. MMA fans will be delighted to find the atmosphere of the famous American free-fighting championship in EA Sports UFC.
17 – Ultra Street Fighter IV
Ultra Street Fighter IV is a major update to the Street Fighter IV series of fighting games, providing players with new characters and new stages for even more intense battles. Players can play as new characters such as Rolento, Elena, Hugo, and Poison, and experience their unique fighting styles.
On top of that, the game has been rebalanced to improve combat fairness and make the game more interesting for all levels of players. Fighters can fight in different game modes such as arcade mode or local multiplayer, allowing players to play with their friends anytime. Ultra Street Fighter IV is a must-have for fans of the series and fighting game enthusiasts in general.
18 – WWE 2K14
WWE 2K14 is a wrestling game developed by 2K Games that allows players to play as their favorite wrestler in a variety of fights ranging from single face off to cage match to royal rumble.
The game also offers a 30 Years of Wrestlemania mode that allows fans to relive the most memorable Wrestlemania moments from the past 30 years. With a release in France in November 2013, the online multiplayer mode adds an extra dimension to the game, allowing players to challenge other players around the world and compete against them in intense combat.
In summary, WWE 2K14 is a sports fighting game that will appeal to wrestling fans, as well as fighting game lovers in general. With impressive graphics, a variety of game modes, and the ability to play online against other players, WWE 2K14 is a solid choice for any gamer looking for an intense and thrilling combat experience.
19 – Street Fighter X Tekken
Street Fighter X Tekken is a fighting game that has marked the history of the genre by combining two iconic franchises, namely Street Fighter and Tekken. It is developed by Bandai Namco and Capcom, so players can choose from a wide variety of fighters, including classic Street Fighter characters like Ryu, Chun-Li, and Zangief, as well as Tekken characters like Kazuya Mishima and Nina. Williams.
The game also features an online multiplayer mode, allowing players to compete against other players around the world in intense battles. With an “+12” rating, the game offers an adrenaline-filled and emotional fighting experience. In summary, Street Fighter X Tekken is an innovative fighting game that combines two legendary franchises to create a unique experience. With a variety of fighters, exciting game modes and online multiplayer functionality, the game provides players with an exciting and unparalleled combat experience.
20 – Tekken 6
Tekken 6 is the sixth installment in the legendary fighting game franchise, developed by Bandai Namco. The game features new characters, new game modes and an exciting story. The G Corporation group offers a reward to whoever brings Jin Kazama back to them alive. This is how the battles begin, with many characters competing to achieve their respective goals.
The game also features an online multiplayer mode, where players can compete against other players from around the world in intense and competitive battles. With an +16 rating, the game offers an adrenaline-filled and emotional combat experience with impressive graphics and captivating characters.
In summary, Tekken 6 is an exciting fighting game that offers a high-quality gaming experience with an engaging story and intense battles. New characters and game modes add even more depth to the gameplay and guarantee fans of the series an unforgettable gaming experience.