When it comes to hardcore communities, fighting games have some of the most dedicated players out there. The genre breeds all kinds of competition, and fortunately, the PlayStation 4 is home to a good selection of beat-'em-ups, from traditional 2D brawlers and 3D fighters to even anime-based titles.

There's something for just about everyone, but what are the best fighting games on PS4? We've gathered together what we think are the top titles on Sony's system, taking into account polish, content, popularity, and the strength of their combat systems.

11: Dead or Alive 5: Last Round

Publisher: Koei Tecmo
Developer: Team Ninja
Release date: 17th February, 2015 (NA), 20th February, 2015 (EU)

Look past the ridiculous season passes and the title's potentially distracting obsession with the female form, and you'll find a competent, fun fighting game in Dead or Alive 5: Last Round. A 3D brawler that's relatively easy to pick up and play, it's a great option for those who are trying to find their footing in the genre. It's also got a good amount of game modes to pick through and a reasonably large character roster.

10: The King of Fighters XIV

Publisher: SNK
Developer: SNK
Release date: 23rd August, 2016 (NA), 26th August, 2016 (EU)

Sporting a massive character roster and some of the best team-based battles on the platform, The King of Fighters XIV is a well crafted release with plenty of depth. It may leave something to be desired in terms of presentation -- even after its post-launch graphical overhaul -- but it's still well worth a look if you're a fan of technical 2D brawlers. Experimenting with team composition and open-ended combos is the meat of this nicely executed title.

9: Gundam Versus

Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Bandai Namco
Release date: 29th September, 2017

Definitely not in line with most of the other games on this list, Gundam Versus isn't what you'd call a traditional beat-'em-up, but it's got all the hallmarks of a great competitive experience. Combining deadly melee combos with tense long range shootouts, this is an arena brawler that supports teams of up to three players. A heavy emphasis on movement is what gives this title its depth, and a huge roster of playable mobile suits should give enthusiasts more than enough toys to play around with.

8: Dragon Ball XenoVerse 2

Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Dimps
Release date: 25th October, 2016 (NA), 28th October, 2016 (EU)

Part fighter and part role-playing game, Dragon Ball XenoVerse 2 has a lot to offer those looking for a meaty, in-depth Dragon Ball title. Assuming the role of your own custom character, you're free to follow the title's lengthy story or get stuck into a huge amount of side quests. Co-op play also plays a part, and there are traditional online options for those looking for some competition. XenoVerse 2 is far from the most traditional fighting game on PS4, but it's got a huge amount of content to chew through and a satisfying, highly customisable combat system.

7: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4

Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: CyberConnect2
Release date: 9th February, 2016 (NA), 5th February, 2016 (EU)

For our money the best licensed anime fighter on PS4, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 is the pinnacle of CyberConnect2's long running series. Oozing detail and polish, this is an incredibly enjoyable team-based brawler, and it's stuffed with content. Its story mode covers the ending act of Naruto Shippuden and its bombastic boss fights do the source material real justice. An overall fantastic package, even if its gigantic character roster has a few competitive balancing issues.

6: BlazBlue: Central Fiction

Publisher: Aksys Games (NA), PQube (EU)
Developer: Arc System Works
Release date: 1st November, 2016 (NA), 5th November, 2016 (EU)

A lovely looking 2D fighter, BlazBlue: Central Fiction supposedly finishes off the series' mental storyline. As expected of an Arc System Works title, the combo-based combat is tight, fast, and as complex as you want it to be. Central Fiction refines a bunch of the franchise's core mechanics, and with a large, varied character roster to wrap your head around, there's plenty of room for experimentation and a lot of strategic depth to dig into. A real treat of a fighting game.

5: Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2

Publisher: Aksys Games (NA), PQube (EU)
Developer: Arc System Works
Release date: 26th May, 2017

The third and best iteration of Guilty Gear Xrd, Rev 2 is an utterly gorgeous fighting game that's drowning in style and polish. An open-ended combo system ensures a hefty dose of depth, and the crazy damage that just about every combatant is capable of dealing makes every duel a brilliantly intense affair. With one of the coolest character rosters in any current fighting game, Rev 2 is a delight to witness, explore, and obsess over.

4: Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition

Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Release date: 16th February, 2016

Street Fighter V has finally grown into a top notch 2D fighting game thanks to Arcade Edition. Capcom knows much better than most how to make satisfyingly crunchy combat, and that's the core of this polished, highly competitive release. An ongoing hit with the hardcore community, the developer is still adding to the title with new fighters and stages. Street Fighter V is now in a much better state than it was two years ago, standing strong as one of the PS4's most accomplished beat-'em-ups.

3: Tekken 7

Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Bandai Namco
Release date: 2nd June, 2017

Tekken 7 may be a little lacking in single player content, but its glorious combat system and masterful fighting mechanics simply can't be ignored. This is arguably the best that Tekken has been since the legendary Tekken 3, serving up a super satisfying mix of crackling combos, deadly mix-ups, and brutal rage arts. What's more, it's got relatively simple inputs on a basic level, making it a tad more accessible than its immediate competitors. Gameplay-wise, it's hard to topple the King of the Iron First on PS4.

2: Dragon Ball FighterZ

Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Arc System Works
Release date: 26th January, 2018

Dragon Ball FighterZ excels in its ability to provide a hugely entertaining fighting game for players of all skill levels. It's brilliantly balanced in terms of accessibility, and it looks utterly stunning to boot. What's more, its dedication to Akira Toriyama's source material is unmatched -- it's probably the best Dragon Ball adaptation that the medium has ever seen. Pile on a lengthy original story mode alongside a seriously robust online multiplayer offering, and you've got one of the very best brawlers on PS4 -- whether you're a fan of anime or not.

1: Injustice 2

Publisher: Warner Bros.
Developer: NetherRealm Studios
Release date: 16th May, 2017

Injustice 2 doesn't quite measure up to the other heavy hitters of the genre in terms of gameplay design, but it makes up for that by being the best overall fighting game package on PS4. Incredibly polished and fit to burst with things to do, it's an easy recommendation whether you're a casual combatant or a veteran bruiser. Of course, DC characters aren't to everyone's tastes, but the roster is brimming with personality and variety, and the effort that's gone into making each fighter feel alive is astounding.

What are your favourite fighting games on PS4? Do you have one that you always come back to, or are you a more casual player? Please don't hit us with a death combo in the comments section below.

What's your favourite fighting game on PS4? (66 votes)

BlazBlue: Central Fiction


Dead or Alive 5: Last Round


Dragon Ball FighterZ


Dragon Ball XenoVerse 2


Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2


Gundam Versus


Injustice 2


Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4


Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition


Tekken 7


The King of Fighters XIV


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