Best PS4 Fighting Games: The Ultimate List (2018)

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Street Fighter V Arcade Edition


Capcom

It may be one of the harder genres to get into, but fighting games stand tall as one of the best.

For years, gamers have decided to end their disputes by finishing each other with Critical Arts, Fatalities, limb-breaking submissions, and other types of game winning maneuvers. Big name franchises in the genre have allowed fans to play out dream scenario matches and compete at a high level of play at fighting game tournaments. The PS4 is home to a huge variety of quality games and most of them happen to be top-tier fighters. Sony’s 4th-generation console and its comfortable controller layout both provide the preferable playstyle most fighting game fans stick to.

If you’re in the market for a fighter you may have passed up or are starting out your collection of PS4 fighting games, this master list will push you in the right direction.


Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition

Developers: Capcom, Dimps
Publisher: Capcom

Capcom’s world renowned fighting game franchise didn’t start out too hot when its fifth iteration arrived. A lack of meaningful single-player content, a small roster, and online connectivity issues hampered the initial launch of the game. In 2018, Street Fighter V got a new lease on life with the much needed Arcade Edition update. With it came all of Season One and Two’s DLC roster additions, a full-fledged Arcade Mode, a second V-Trigger for every character, new challenge modes, and even more added characters. Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition is the definitive version of one of the finest fighters on the market.

Buy Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition here.


Mortal Kombat XL

Developer: NetherRealm Studios
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Ed Boon and the fine developers at NetherRealm Studios may have created gory perfection with Mortal Kombat X. In its base form, there was already a ton of content to busy yourself with. Once this blood and guts fueled fighter ballooned to include even more characters, it transformed into the excellent Mortal Kombat XL. Just look at the full lineup of extra characters this special edition comes packaged with – Goro, Jason Voorhees, Predator, Tremor, Tanya, Bo’ Rai Cho, Triborg, Leatherface, and Alien. Consider all that with the game being in its most balanced form and you get Mortal Kombat’s best effort to date.

Buy Mortal Kombat XL here.


Injustice 2

Developer: NetherRealm Studios
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

The DC Universe got flipped onto its head when its heroes and villains did battle in Injustice: Gods Among Us. With a roster full of recognizable and lesser known DC characters, the game attracted comic book fanatics and non-fans alike. The ante was most definitely upped with an amazing sequel. While a few beloved roster members have gone missing, they’ve been replaced with worthy combatants such as Brainiac, Robin, and Black Canary. The guest characters (YOU CAN PLAY WITH THE NINJA TURTLES!) are worth the price of admission alone! Thankfully, the tightly tuned combat, epic story mode, and gear accruement mechanics will give you enough reason to hop into Injustice 2’s heroic duels.

Buy Injustice 2 here.


Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite

Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom

The complaints lobbied against MVCI are legit – it looks…off, the roster pales in comparison to UMVC3’s, and the story mode was lamented by those who played through it. Even with all those issues, the gameplay itself is still a complete joy. The return of the Infinity Stones and the newly added ability to tag in your partner whenever you please makes this entry the best playing version of “Mahvel!” yet. Don’t judge this superhero vs. gaming icons book by its lackluster cover – it offers an immensely rewarding combat system and a few great DLC characters that make MVCI a diamond in the rough.

Buy Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite here.


Dragon Ball FighterZ

Developer: Arc System Works
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment

Past attempts at producing a 2D fighter based on the beam blasting battles of Dragon Ball Z were passable at best. It may have taken forever and a day, but Arc System works finally got the formula right. Dragon Ball FighterZ replicates the craziest battles of the anime via 3v3 team brawls, flashy super moves, and a wealth of clever Easter Eggs. From the looks of things, this crisp looking 2D fighter will grow even more powerful once additional modes, characters, and balance adjustments come down the pipeline.

Buy Dragon Ball FighterZ here.


Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2

Developer: Arc System Works
Publisher: Aksys Games

Arc System Works is known for regularly updating their fighters and giving then even weirder sub-titles. Guilty Gear Xrd is no exception. The latest and greatest version of that game is the only one you need to seek out. The REV 2 update brings a highly requested female samurai and a unique ninja businessman to the fray – Baiken and Answer. Improvements have been implemented across the board and all the DLC featured in past Xrd releases have been included. Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 embodies the hardcore spirit of heavy metal and stands tall as one of the best anime fighters ever made.

Buy Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 here.


Tekken 7

Developer: Bandai Namco Studios
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment

Buy Tekken 7 here.


Gundam Versus

Developer: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment

Buy Gundam Versus here.


BlazBlue Central Fiction

Developer: Arc System Works
Publisher: Aksys Games

Buy BlazBlue Central Fiction here.


Garou: Mark of the Wolves

Developer: SNK
Publisher: SNK

Buy a PSN Gift Card here so you can digitally purchase Garou: Mark of the Wolves.


Skullgirls 2nd Encore

Developer: Reverge Labs
Publisher: Marvelous Entertainment

Buy Skullgirls 2nd Encore here.


The King of Fighters XIV

Developer: SNK
Publisher: Atlus USA

Buy The King of Fighters XIV here.


Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

Developers: Capcom, Eighting
Publisher: Capcom

Buy Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 here.


Ultra Street Fighter IV

Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom

Buy a PSN Gift Card here so you can digitally purchase Ultra Street Fighter IV.


Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st]

Developer: French-Bread
Publisher: Arc System Works

Buy Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] here.


Samurai Showdown V Special

Developer: SNK
Publisher: SNK

Buy a PSN Gift Card here so you can digitally purchase Samurai Showdown V Special.


EA UFC Sports 3

Developer: EA Canada
Publisher: EA Sports

Buy EA UFC Sports 3 here.


Dead or Alive 5: Last Round

Developer: Team Ninja
Publisher: Koei Tecmo

Buy Dead or Alive 5: Last Round here.


Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy

Developer: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Publisher: CyberConnect2

Buy Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy here.


Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition

Developer: NetherRealm Studios
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Buy Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition here.

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