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, now almost six whole years into its life, is home to a very impressive 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 15 titles on Sony's system, taking into account polish, content, popularity, and the sheer strength and depth of their combat systems.
Although Dead or Alive 6 does stumble over some dumb design decisions and a bloody awful story mode, it's still a fun fighter that's welcoming to players of all skill levels. At its best it's a gorgeous looking brawler topped off with some seriously crunchy combos, and although it doesn't quite replace Dead or Alive 5: Last Round as our favourite entry in the series, it's still well worth a look if you're on the market for a more recent 3D fighting game.
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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.
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.
Look past the ridiculous season passes and the title's potentially distracting obsession with the female form, and you'll find a competent, fast, and 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 large character roster. It may not be the most recent entry in the series, but we still think it's the best Dead or Alive that money can buy.
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.