What are the best PS4 fighting games? 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 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 titles on Sony's system, taking into account polish, content, popularity, and the sheer strength and depth of their combat systems. For a more comprehensive guide to the best PS4 games, click through the link, or perhaps check out our best PS4 anime games if you're big into Japanese titles.
Best PS4 Fighting Games
Below is a full list of the best PS4 fighting games. These are our favourites in the genre, as determined by our editorial team.
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.
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Definitely not in line with most of the other games on this list, Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Maxiboost ON (phew!) 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 a primarily team-based arena brawler. A heavy emphasis on movement is what gives this title its depth, and a gigantic roster of playable mobile suits should give enthusiasts more than enough toys to play around with. What's more, Maxiboost ON offers a wide range of single player, co-op, and multiplayer modes, making it an impressively robust Gundam package.
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.
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.
What do you mean, you've never heard of Melty Blood? A fast-paced fighting game series that's always had a hardcore following, Type Lumina is the latest instalment. It's quite a technical title, with an emphasis on tight combos, cancels, and quick movement. But on a fundamental level, Type Lumina is relatively easy to get into. A useful automatic combo system can educate newcomers on the general flow of a match, and individual special moves usually don't require complex button inputs. What's more, the Melty Blood games have a unique tone which bleeds (pardon the pun) into the grounded but intriguing character roster. Oh, and the soundtrack is pretty special.
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.
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 providing one of the best overall fighting game packages 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 true to the source material is impressive.
Mortal Kombat's never looked as good as this, and some intriguing gameplay twists add a welcome kick to this latest instalment. While Mortal Kombat 11 does struggle with a few dodgy design choices in its various single player modes, the, er, kombat itself is still bloody good fun. The ridiculous story mode is solid as well, and if you're a fan of totally over the top violence, you won't find more outrageous kills anywhere else.
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.