Nothing beats a badass fighting game, and while the Street Fighter series mostly reigns supreme when it comes to tournaments and professional gaming, there are a ton of other great fighting games to play.
Everyone has their own favorite fighting games, and I promise you that mine is probably a lot different than anyone else’s best fighting games list. There’s no scientific way to prove which game is the best, unless we used Metacritic’s user rating (and, that’s boring as hell).
Tekken 3 is the game that got me hooked on the franchise, as it brought a significant amount of improvements to the franchise, like less-blocky graphics and better animations. It brought 15 new characters to the game, as well as a quicker fighting style. But what Tekken 3 did best was place added emphasis on the third axis, allowing for sidesteps. Tekken 3 is widely regarded as the best game in the franchise, as it holds a 96 out of 100 on Metacritic and frequently appears on the “best of” lists regarding the PlayStation era.
Mortal Kombat II
For me, Mortal Kombat II was my first taste of the brutality that is the Mortal Kombat series, and I’m hoping that Mortal Kombat X will bring the series back to MKII’s greatness. It marked the debut of many iconic Mortal Kombat characters, including Jax, Kitana, Kung Lao and Baraka. Of course, classic characters made a return, such as Johnny Cage, Raiden, Scorpion and Sub Zero. It also brought brutal fatalities, and those cutesy non-violent special moves that made us laugh. If I wasn’t busy playing Super Street Fighter II Turbo, I was playing MKII.
Street Fighter Alpha II
It was the first introduction of Rolento, a quick and agile fighter that was second-to-none, and Sakura, Ryu’s fangirl. Street Fighter Alpha II was very well received, and Sakura and Rolento both quickly became fan favorites in the Street Fighter franchise. Now that Rolento has been included in Ultra Street Fighter IV, Alpha II has lost just a little of its value. But, upon its initial release, it was widely considered a fantastic fighter.
Super Street Fighter IV
Forget the rest, Super Street Fighter IV is the best fighting game to date. Capcom created the ultimate in fighting game styles, especially when it came to visual presentation. SSFIV’s 3D backgrounds and character models play on a 2D plane for a unique visual effect, and the special moves were well animated, as well as colorful.
There are 35 characters available, two of which are brand new to the franchise (Juri and Hakan). The online mode is better than the original, and it came with balancing tweaks that made the game way more enjoyable. The Ultra version of SFIV is still working out the balancing kinks, and is too derivative of Super Street Fighter IV to include it in this list. So, Super Street Fighter IV currently stands as the best Street Fighter game, and therefore, is the best fighting game ever made.