Top 5 Fighting Games Of All Time

Here's our Top 5 list of the fighting games that pack a punch!

Over the years we've seen some pretty impressive fighting games that require skill and dedication to master and in this feature, we'll be looking at the top 5 fighting games of all time. Precise analog movements and strategic button combinations will always overcome players that love to furious button mash, and most fighting games require tons of game knowledge to achieve combos of epic proportions. These five games reward players for learning not only the game, but each new opponent they face. 

Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3

The successor to Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 made adjustments to fix some of the fighting mechanics that were lacking in the previous title. This brawl of the game featured some of the most iconic Marvel heros and Capcom fighters as they duked it out in teams of three. A very unique concept of this game is the use of your teammates. You will be fighting one-on-one fights but at times you can call Iron Man into the fight to rain down some rockets for a short period of time. Using your teammates is crucial for strategy and powerful attacks. Not to mention the ever so devastation Ultra combos, these moves are unique to all the characters and getting hit by one of them can really shift the flow of battle. The Marvel vs. Capcom series is the prime example of what players want for a team based fighter.

Tekken 3

Tekken 3 took a new spin on traditional fighters by using the Z-axis. For those who unfamiliar with the Z-axis, the x and y axis represent Horizontal and Vertical movement, so the Z-axis is related to 3-dimensional objects.Therefore players were able to rotate around the stage by side stepping. Other than the addition with the Z-axis, jumping was more controllable to allow for a more reliable aerial combat. Tekken 3 was a very easy game to pick up and find the characters you liked. What really made Tekken 3 stand out was how the game was played at high competitive levels. Matches are played very cautiously, one small mistake would allow your opponent to get crazy amounts of damage with long lasting air juggling. The feeling of being on the edge at all times made Tekken 3 a thrill to play and has left a legacy that is still being carried on by the rest of the Tekken games

Mortal Kombat X

There has been many Mortal Kombat games, some great, others not so great. No other Mortal Kombat has come close to how intuitive Mortal Kombat X (MKX) has come. MKX takes the same formula and adds some new fresh ideas to the pot. A new feature to the game allowed you to choose one of three variations for a character. Each variation would change that character's moveset, allowing for more diversity between the cast of 33 unique fighters. As for the gameplay, you can perform some outrages combos that seem to go on forever. Not to mention you X-ray move that acts as your super move, these moves are quite painful to watch and deal huge chunks of damage if they connect. Once you're done beating your opponent to a bloody pulp you then can use one of Mortal Kombat's most iconic finishing moves, Fatalities. As for MKX the game has been jam packed with Fatalities so go crazy.

Super Smash Bros Melee

Super Smash Bros Melee (SSBM) and all the smash games are revolutionary compared to traditional fighting games. The Super Smash Bros series changed everything people knew about fighting games, there was no health bar and the game did not just have a flat surface. Players would have a percent meter, the more times they were hit the percentage would increase and the distance they flew back would also be increased. Stages contained platforms to move around on, but most importantly there were no set combos. Like most fighters, if you pressed a certain button combination you were guaranteed a combo, but in Smash you had to create your own combos based on your opponent’s percentages. The game was made to be a fun party game, but fans could not leave it at that and started digging deep into the game. People started to discover advanced techniques, eliminate the characters that can’t compete with the rest, set rules to the game, and vote on legal stages that would be fair to play on at a competitive level. You need to be frame perfect when playing this game, you want to be as efficient and effective as possible in order to be victorious. SSBM has been around for 17 years and the player fanbase is still growing. P.S The Super Smash Bros series was the first fighting game ever to give you the ability to kill yourself in game.

Street Fighter 4

Street Fighter had to take the number one spot on this list. Street Fighter is the ideal fighting game that other companies try to model. The game is simple and sweet button mash, but to the veterans it's like a game of chess. Your skill is put to the test as you wait for your opponents to do damage and start up combos. Be prepared to block for your life as you wait for the perfect counter attack. The roster stores some memeable faces each containing their own unique playstyles. So pick up that one character that speaks to you and start learning those extensive combos. Street Fighter 4 has an extensive combo game, string together combos into other combos into even more combos. The game is memorable and is always great to come back to and play with a couple of good friends.

What fighting games do you think should be on this list? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Julian Hernandez

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