Top 100 Best Fighting Games

by Zabon | created - 04 May 2012 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

It's only fair that there's a complete list of worthwhile fighting games if there's going to be a list of FPS, platform, and beat 'em ups. Fighting games have come a long way and have stood the test of time. In particular, many of the predecessors are some of the best in the genre and deserve all the worthwhile attention.

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1. Mortal Kombat II (1993 Video Game)

M | Action

When emperor Shao Kahn invokes a Mortal Kombat tournament rematch, Raiden gathers his Earthrealm warriors and takes them into Outworld.

Stars: Richard Divizio, Ho-Sung Pak, Carlos Pesina, Daniel Pesina

Votes: 2,123

2. Mortal Kombat (1992 Video Game)

M | Action, Fantasy

Seven martial artists from Earth must battle in sorcerer Shang Tsung's super secret tournament.

Stars: Daniel Pesina, Richard Divizio, Carlos Pesina, Ho-Sung Pak

Votes: 2,760

3. Mortal Kombat (2011 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A reboot of the Mortal Kombat franchise with a retcon to the earliest periods in the series, featuring a multitude of game modes.

Director: Dominic Cianciolo | Stars: Ronald M. Banks, Dana Lyn Baron, Ed Boon, Terrence 'T.C.' Carson

Votes: 2,786

4. Mortal Kombat Trilogy (1996 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A Mortal Kombat game that has 26 characters and 4 hidden characters make this a killer game.

Stars: Richard Divizio, Sal Divita, Kerri Hoskins, Chris Alexander

Votes: 1,063

5. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 (2006 Video Game)

T | Action, Thriller

Explore the key fights of the dragonball, dragonball z an dragon ball GT timelines. With an all new and innovative fighting system. Unleash powerful super and ultimate attacks on your enemies. Explore the DB world like never before!

Stars: Andrew Chandler, Bill Townsley, Bob Carter, Brice Armstrong

Votes: 275

6. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (1995 Video Game)

M | Action, Horror

Update of Mortal Kombat 3 (1995), adding an altered gameplay system, new features, and additional characters Kitana, Jade, Reptile, Scorpion, Classic Sub-Zero, Ermac and Mileena.

Stars: Richard Divizio, Kerri Hoskins, John Parrish, Michael O'Brien

Votes: 1,175

7. Tekken 3 (1997 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

19 years after the second King of Iron Fist Tournament, Heihachi Mishima hosts the third Tournament to attract Toshin, a God who killed the mother of his grandson, Jin Kazama.

Stars: Isshin Chiba, Alex Easley, Banjô Ginga, Daisuke Gôri

Votes: 2,187

8. Super Street Fighter IV (2010 Video Game)

T | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Fight it out with new characters with Street Fighter IV.

Stars: Hiroki Takahashi, Kyle Hebert, Yûji Kishi, Reuben Langdon

Votes: 583

9. Soulcalibur IV (2008 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Engrave your name in history! During the reincarnation of the soul calibur and soul edge swords something awakened! The battle between the two swords is in its final phase! Be part of the ultimate fight!

Directors: Katsutoshi Sasaki, Jaehyung An, Stephanie M. Fernandez, Keiichiro Miyoshi, Daishi Odashima, Katsuhiro Harada | Stars: Yûko Kaida, Nobuyuki Hiyama, Kôsei Hirota, Masumi Asano

Votes: 815

10. Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes (2000 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A pirate-woman named Ruby-Heart who united fifty-two of the Earth's strongest heroes and villains, transports them to another dimension on her enormous battleship to fight an evil shape-shifter named Abyss who wants to rule all realities.

Stars: Kae Araki, Lawrence Bayne, Rick Bennett, Chris Britton

Votes: 591

11. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai (2002 Video Game)

T | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Play as Goku and a host of other Dragon Ball Z characters as you make your way through the Saiyan, Namekian, and Android sagas, or compete as your favorite character in the World Tournament mode.

Stars: Tiffany Vollmer, Mike McFarland, Sonny Strait, John Burgmeier

Votes: 313

12. Tekken 4 (2001 Video Game)

T | Action, Comedy, Drama

Two years after the third King of Iron Fist Tournament, Heihachi sponsors the fourth Tournament to lure his newly resurrected son, Kazuya, into a trap.

Stars: Masanori Shinohara, David Schaufele, William Word, Walter Roberts

Votes: 1,000

13. Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes (1998 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The evil Onslaught has become too powerful, so the Marvel universe is assisted by the Capcom universe to destroy him before he is unstoppable.

Stars: Tomomi Fube, Kaoru Fujino, Yayoi Jinguji, Yûko Miyamura

Votes: 525

14. Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Battle 22 (1995 Video Game)

T | Action, Thriller

Play as Goku or as many other Z Warriors to defeat all 22 characters.

Stars: Toshio Furukawa, Daisuke Gôri, Shô Hayami, Hideyuki Hori

Votes: 77

15. Killer Instinct (1994 Video Game)

Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Machines, ice beings, werewolves and other potential fighters enter the Killer Instinct tournament for their own reasons. The quest on all their minds, though, is to defeat Eyedol - the latest 'project' of the mega-corporation Ultratech.

Stars: Chris Sutherland, Dave Child, Ken Lobb, Dean Smith

Votes: 720

16. Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (2006 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The fury of Mortal Kombat has brought the realms to the brink of total destruction. Every warrior has been summoned to a last epic battle, where survival depends on their ability to fight.

Director: Martin Stoltz | Stars: David Allen, Johanna Añonuevo, Chase Ashbaker, Rom Barkhordar

Votes: 1,109

17. Mortal Kombat 4 (1997 Video Game)

M | Action

Corrupted Elder God Shinnok attacks his former comrades who trapped him in the Netherealm years before the 1992 tournament. When Quan Chi allies with Shinnok, Earthrealm's warriors take part in the battle between good and evil.

Stars: Kerri Hoskins, John Turk, Richard Divizio, John Parrish

Votes: 1,057

18. Mortal Kombat: Deception (2004 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

An ancient evil has returned form beyond death and threatens the very existence of the realms. Will the Champion of the Elder Gods have the power to defeat this threat borne of deception?

Directors: Ed Boon, Martin Stoltz | Stars: Max Crawford, Carlos Pesina, Hernan Sanchez, Johanna Añonuevo

Votes: 879

19. Mortal Kombat 3 (1995 Video Game)

M | Action

Sindel is reincarnated in Earthrealm, and billions of their souls are being stripped as it becomes a part of Outworld. Shao Kahn unleashes squads to kill any Earthrealm survivors, so Raiden's chosen warriors are send in to repel Shao Kahn.

Stars: Richard Divizio, Kerri Hoskins, John Parrish, Anthony Marquez

Votes: 1,568

20. Dragon ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 (2007 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Comedy

The third and final installment in the Budokai Tenkaichi series.

Stars: Andrew Chandler, Bill Townsley, Bob Carter, Bradford Jackson

Votes: 478

21. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi (2005 Video Game)

T | Action, Thriller

The game delivers an extreme 3D fighting experience, improving with over 150 playable characters, enhanced fighting techniques, beautifully refined effects and shading techniques, making each character's effects more realistic.

Stars: Andrew Chandler, Bill Townsley, Bob Carter, Brice Armstrong

Votes: 267

22. Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance (2002 Video Game)

M | Action

Two powerful sorcerers, Shang Tsung and Quan Chi, have joined forces to achieve the supreme goal: immortality. Will earth survive their deadly alliance?

Stars: Dana Hee, Sandra Hess, Chrissie Rios, Hernan Sanchez

Votes: 871

23. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 (2004 Video Game)

T | Action, Family, Fantasy

This is the third installment in the Dragon Ball Z: Budokai series, with new abilities included.

Stars: Andrew Chandler, Bradford Jackson, Brice Armstrong, Christopher Bevins

Votes: 438

24. Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (2008 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The world of Justice League and the Netherealm collide following the merge between Darkseid and Shao Kahn, ultimately forming Dark Kahn. Heroes are haunted by a mysterious force called Rage, forgetting who the true enemy is.

Director: Dominic Cianciolo | Stars: Chase Ashbaker, Johanna Añonuevo, Ronald M. Banks, Dana Lyn Baron

Votes: 1,205

25. Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team (2010 Video Game)

Action, Adventure

This is a game which takes us to the adventures of goku and his friends from the Saiyain saga to the Buu saga and also has some episodes where you are in a 'what if?' scenario. What will happen? Find out in the game.

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Shigeru Chiba, Hiroko Emori, Takahiro Fujimoto

Votes: 52

26. Tekken 2 (1995 Video Game)

T | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Kazuya Mishima, after beating his father Heihachi in the first King of Iron Fist Tournament one year earlier, sponsors the second Tournament, promising a prize a thousand times that of the first.

Director: Masamichi Abe | Stars: Banjô Ginga, Katsuhiro Harada, Dean Harrington, Lynn Harris

Votes: 1,323

27. Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 (2010 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Family

A mysterious cloud brings back some of Goku's most fearsome foes throughout Dragon Ball history. Join the Z-Fighters in a raging blast of brawls to save the planet from an evil mastermind planning to seek his revenge on the Saiyan Race.

Stars: Chris Ayres, Greg Ayres, Laura Bailey, John Burgmeier

Votes: 130

28. Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World (2008 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Family

The game combines all the best elements of previous Dragon Ball Z games, while boasting new features such as "Dragon Missions", new battle types and drama scenes for fans to delve deeper than ever before into the Dragon Ball Z® universe.

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Kyle Hebert, Kara Edwards

Votes: 105

29. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 (2003 Video Game)

T | Action, Family, Fantasy

Play as Goku and a host of other Dragon Ball Z characters as you make your way through the Saiyan, Namekian, Android, and Buu sagas in the all new Dragon World story mode, or compete as your favorite character in the World Tournament mode.

Stars: Tiffany Vollmer, Sonny Strait, John Burgmeier, Christopher Sabat

Votes: 282

30. Dragon Ball: Raging Blast (2009 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Interactive and destructible environments bring a new layer of intensity to the battle stages featured in this game. Smash opponents into rocks to increase their damage count and gain the upper hand in battles.

Stars: Brice Armstrong, Laura Bailey, John Burgmeier, Shigeru Chiba

Votes: 142

31. Street Fighter IV (2008 Video Game)

T | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Fighting game Street Fighter IV introduces a new system called Focus Attacks, as well as Ultra Moves.

Directors: Takashi Tsukamoto, Tomio Yamauchi, Taliesin Jaffe, Ryôsuke Naya | Stars: Hiroki Takahashi, Kyle Hebert, Yûji Kishi, Reuben Langdon

Votes: 1,070

32. Tekken (1994 Video Game)

T | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Heihachi Mishima sponsors the first King of Iron Fist Tournament with a large purse of prize money going to the fighter who can defeat him in the final round of competition.

Director: Seiichi Ishii | Stars: Alex Easley, Banjô Ginga, Katsuhiro Harada, Lynn Harris

Votes: 1,142

33. Street Fighter X Tekken (2012 Video Game)

T | Action, Family, Fantasy

Choose your fighters. Challenge your rivals. Will you cross the line? The greatest fighters from the world's 2 heavyweight fighting games finally collide in the ultimate tag team match-up.

Directors: Katsuhiro Harada, Taliesin Jaffe | Stars: Hiroki Takahashi, Kyle Hebert, Yûji Kishi, Reuben Langdon

Votes: 427

34. Soulcalibur II (2003 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Four years after it was thought that the evil sword known as Soul Edge had been destroyed, warriors from all over Europe and Asia once again take up the search to locate the blade for their own personal reasons.

Directors: Jin Okubo, Yoshitaka Tezuka, Kôji Asuna, Shoji Shiromoto, George Taguchi | Stars: Paul Jennings, Julie Parker, Jim Singer, Scott Reyns

Votes: 998

37. Soulcalibur V (2012 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

"Two swords, two generations.....one destiny". The dawn rises on a new era in Soulcalibur V as Patroklos and Pyrrha, heirs of Sophitia, take up arms in the eternal fight between the mighty Soul swords.

Stars: Kenichiro Ohashi, Nozomi Sasaki, Kenta Miyake, Hitomi Nabatame

Votes: 403

38. Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (2011 Video Game)

T | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Doctor Doom has assembled the greatest villains of the Marvel Universe and has joined forces with Albert Wesker in order to unite their respective universes in an effort to conquer both.

Director: Ryota Niitsuma | Stars: Hiroki Takahashi, Fumiko Orikasa, Hiroki Touchi, Jôji Nakata

Votes: 753

39. Tekken 5 (2004 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Comedy

After the G Corporation launches a full-scale attack on Heihachi and Kazuya Mishima, Kazuya betrays his father and escapes. When the fifth King of the Iron Fist tournament is announced, both Kazuya and his son Jin enter in.

Stars: David Schaufele, Hiroya Ishimaru, Tomokazu Seki, Lisle Wilkerson

Votes: 1,348

41. Street Fighter (1987 Video Game)

Action

Two skilled martial arts experts -Ryu and Ken- go out to fight against other fighters held on the streets in five countries.They must also face off against two undisputed muy-thai fighters ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Nishiyama

Votes: 305

42. Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991 Video Game)

T | Action, Fantasy

Choose one out of eight playable characters and engage your opponents in one-on-one close quarter street combat in a series of best-two-out-of-three matches.

Stars: Johnpaul Williams, Eri Nakamura

Votes: 1,317

43. Street Fighter III: Third Strike - Fight for the Future (1999 Video Game)

T | Action

Fight your way through ten opponents and character-specific rivals before facing the final boss to become the ultimate street fighter.

Stars: Tôru Ohkawa, Yûji Kishi, Mitsuo Iwata, Kentarô Itô

Votes: 356

44. Soulcalibur III (2005 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The search for Soul Edge continues as a mysterious new figure plots to restore its power.

Directors: Jin Okubo, Tetsuya Akatsuka | Stars: Hiroshi Tsuchida, Masumi Asano, Nanaho Katsuragi, Toshiyuki Morikawa

Votes: 686

45. Soul Blade (1996 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Set in the 16th century, the game revolves around a pair of twin swords full of evil spirits and 8 people who seek them: Hwang - a Korean warrior who wants to use the swords to save his ... See full summary »

Directors: Teruaki Konishi, Kô Onda | Stars: Toshiyuki Morikawa, Hekiru Shiina, Fujiko Takimoto, Jin Yamanoi

Votes: 197

48. Primal Rage (1994 Video Game)

T | Action, Fantasy

Choose one of 7 ferocious dinosaurs then pound your opponents into submission as you battle for Urth Domination.

Star: Rob Rowe

Votes: 102

50. X-Men vs. Street Fighter (1996 Video Game)

T | Action, Sci-Fi

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