The Top 5 Fighting Games on PC
When it comes to Kung Fu Fighting your opponents, there are a few places PC gamers want to head first. The fighting game market is saturated with a lot of games, but over the decade some really shining lights have come to reveal themselves as the genre progresses.
Button mashers and combo kings alike will want to check out these games as we break down our list of the Top 5 Fighting Games on PC.
1. Mortal Kombat X
Okay, so the movies based on the video game Mortal Kombat might not have been particularly well received, but I liked them. There I said it.
The video games, on the other hand, have always been well received and over the years have become legendary in the fighting game genre. The praise Mortal Kombat games receive is all justified. Not only have the captured brutality in their games but have also moved on to crafting beautiful cinematic stories as well. I can’t think of any other fighting games on the market that craft stories, as well as Netherrealm Studios, do in the Mortal Kombat universe.
With a history of unique and much-loved characters, MKX turned familiarity on its head with this game. After the events in MK9 most of the traditional characters died or disappeared and a new roster was introduced in this game. Once again they overwhelmingly delivered by introducing new characters along with some great gameplay mechanics.
X-Ray specials also return in MKX and I’m glad to say are as brutal as ever. The next Mortal Kombat has some serious work to do to eclipse this last title and I’m already placing my bets that it will.
Metacritic Score: 83%
2. Street Fighter V
Street Fighter once again returns with another great game. This is one that appeals to both casual gamers and hard-core combo lovers. The game still retains that classic Street Fighter look and all your favorite characters return looking better than ever.
Capcom has a knack for creating great fighting games that are accompanied by great soundtracks – Street Fighter V is no different. Hadouken your way through the game’s story mode as Ryu or Sonic Boom your enemies to hell with Guile, the welcome familiar is here.
New mechanics have been introduced in this Street Fighter iteration, such as the V-System. With the introduction of this, Street Fighter V becomes a game that’s easy to play and impossible to master. The V-System is a series of moves unique to each character. Each character will have access to at least one V-Skill, Trigger, and Reversal, adding a new element of tactical play to this beloved genre.
With a large roster of playable characters, Street Fighter V has a lot of replayability as well as being great value for your money.
Metacritic Score: 77%
3. Tekken 7
After nearly seven years since its last game Tekken 7 brought us back to the world we’d sorely missed. Both new and returning characters are both a welcomed sight as Bandai Namco introduced a familiar foe from the Street Fighter series. Not a welcomed addition from some sets of fans in all honesty.
Along with a host of new characters to fight with or against, Tekken 7 introduced a couple of new gameplay mechanics. Rage Art is one of those, which allows players to execute critical attacks dealing roughly 30% more damage.
The other mechanic is called Power Crush, this allows players to continue attacking, even when they’re being hit. New mechanics can sometimes break a game in certain aspects, but all they do in Tekken 7 is add an interesting new level to tactical fighting.
The story of Tekken 7 picks up from the events of the previous game in Tekken 6 where the war between the Mishima Zaibatsu and G Corporation continues. It’s an interesting story, it’s not perfect by any means, but it’s also not a disappointment.
Tekken 7 has a large cast of 39 characters for players to choose from, and with more planned, it’s safe to say there is a lot of content for gamers to explore.
The game also allows you to customize your fighters in ridiculous ways. It’s never been a better time to be a Tekken player.
P.S. The editor of this site is a huge Tekken fan and thinks it’s the best game on this list. So go play it! - Ed
Metacritic Score: 81%
4. Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom returns and pits your favorite Marvel characters against those of the Capcom world in fast paced actions combat. The roster of 48 characters sounds impressive, but not nearly as impressive at it actually is. Every character is loving recreated and individually shine.
Spider-man, Captain America, and Iron Man are just a few of the names fighting for Marvel. Street Fighters Ryu, Strider Hiryu, and Nemesis from Resident Evil represent Capcom. It’s almost like some child like what if dream. But with Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, it’s a reality.
The game feels somewhat similar to the Street Fighter series and heavily rewards those deadly combinations. Of course, if you a button basher like me, there’s still a lot of fun to be had.
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 story comes from completing the arcade mode with your chosen character. But that’s about a close as you get to a story here. Instead, this game focuses on its fighting style and proudly portraying loved characters. There are enough game modes to keep you interested as you take on missions, fight your way through the arcade mode or test your skill in online matches. The game also has some unlockable characters, which are achieved by completing certain parts of the game. I’ll leave the rest for you to figure out.
In the age of Marvel taking over the movie universe, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 is where you get your personal fantasies.
Metacritic Score: 77%
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5. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
The second installment of the Xenoverse fighting genre improved so much on the original it’s one of the reasons it’s made it onto our list. Another reason is that it’s so different to any of the other games on our list, not to mention all the other fighting games. It pays to be different sometimes.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is set in 3D fighting arenas that fans of the series will recognize. Along with a host of moves and attacks that come directly from the show, the player also has the option to create their own character to inhabit the world of Dragon Ball Z and take on some of its most famous advisories.
The game is almost like an MMO fighting game, where players create their characters and fight to earn XP and essentially unlock better moves. Players can choose from five races and a number of other customizable options.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 takes the player on a world wind story, running into your favorite characters from the series along the way. The sheer amount of options here is incredible - from your character’s design to your move list, there’s a lot to choose from.
This is a fighting game with a difference and I can’t wait to see what comes next for the Xenoverse game series.
Metacritic Score: 72%