What's the best fighting game on PS4? 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.
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.
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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.
For our money one of the best licensed anime fighters 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 and gorgeous package, even if its gigantic character roster has a fair few competitive balancing issues.
Don't let the unforgivable name put you off: Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late [cl-r] is a great 2D fighter, complete with a diverse and interesting cast of playable characters. [cl-r] is the latest instalment -- a hugely updated version of the previous release, [st]. Overhauled mechanics make this edition the best yet, and although the game doesn't quite hold the prestige of other combo-heavy brawlers like Guilty Gear or BlazBlue, Under Night In-Birth still has much to offer and master.