The 16 Best Fighting Games on Steam

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Steam has way too many games, which means that you can find a good collection of titles that fit pretty much any genre you want. So if you are looking for a fighting game, there are plenty out there for you to find there.

However, not all games are good, and Fighting Games are among the most complicated games to make. New developers who try to enter this niche will always face a tough market with well-established titles and studios who have been in the game for a while.

Nowadays, many games that were once exclusive to consoles have gained a PC version. Some are released for PC even when they are exclusive to a single console. Not only that, there are many reasons for players to go for the PC version.

Generally speaking, it isn’t unusual for Consoles to have low input lag. Most PC versions just work better, even if only slightly. But in games that can be decided in a fraction of a second, those extra milliseconds that took for the character to move might cause you to lose the match.

No matter if you want that competitive edge or just rather play on PC anyway, chances are you ended up here because you are looking for a fighting game.

Don’t worry, we’ve got you. This list has all the best fighting games on Steam.

Street Fighter V

This is a game with an interesting story. It had a problematic beginning, and it was once the most hated Street Fighter game ever made.

However, the team behind Street Fighter V had nothing but love for the game. It took them a while. But after three years, this became one of the most fun and balanced fighting games out there.

Street Fighter V has 46 characters, and the game introduced new mechanics, free updates, and many patches that made it so much better than it once was.

Not only that, the developers were able to bring fan-favorite characters back with exciting twists. For instance, we have Cody as a Mayor, Bison with a completely new move set, and Akira from Rival Schools.

Guilty Gear Strive

This game was heavily criticized for simplifying the mechanics of the Guilty Gear franchise. However, besides all criticism and adverse reactions from hardcore fans, no other game of this franchise has been more successful than this one.

Guilty Gear Strive is a graphical masterpiece developed by Arc System Works and envisioned by Daisuke Ishiwatari.

The game is just as heavy metal as Guilty Gear has ever been. The soundtrack is outstanding, the character models are surreally detailed, the Animation is something that only this studio could have ever pulled off, and the gameplay is solid and fun.

Besides all that, Guilty Gear Strive has changed fighting games forever due to its impressive rollback netcode, which was constantly demanded by fans, and it was also one of the main reasons this game sold so well.

Tekken 7

Tekken is a giant in the fighting game industry, especially Tekken 7. This franchise managed to stay relevant in an overcrowded genre and became one of the most recognizable names among all fighting games.

This footsie-based, grounded game is one of those that are easy to play but hard to master. Mashing buttons will make your characters do random cool things, but knowing the game will shut down any button mashing.

Besides all that, Tekken 7 is one of the few fighting games that managed to sell copies because of their story mode. The only other fighting game that does it is Mortal Kombat.

Soul Calibur 6

This is what you get when you make a 3D fighter with characters from the 16th century that are not historically accurate and have a pinch of anime in them.

Soul Calibur was always one of the greatest among the best 3D fighters and is considered one of the best fighting games of all time.

This game is gorgeous, has a lot of single-player content, and has some of the most remarkable characters to ever show up in a 3D fighter.

Soul Calibur 6 has 21 fighters who are entirely different from each other. You have a staff wielder, a ninja, a samurai, a pirate, and some weird characters. If you like weapons, medieval stories, and surreal battles, just pick whoever you find the coolest and give this game a shot.

BlazBlue Central Fiction

This game is as much of an old-school, hardcore Anime Fighter as it gets. BlazBlue was first seen as an “easier Guilty Gear,” but people did not know what was to come.

There are techniques, combo routes, match-up specific interactions, and so many other things that can keep you busy for years while you dive into this game’s complexity.

BlazBlue Central Fiction is a fan favorite among Anime Fighters fans, and the developers, Arc System Works, made it much better. Recently, they updated the game on Steam. It went from 40GB to 16GB for some reason, and it now has a high-quality Rollback Netcode.

It seems that ArcSys is learning how to make a profit out of their old games by making them actually playable online, but I’m not complaining. This game is great, relatively cheap, and the rollback netcode update was free, so you are out of excuses not to try it.

Skullgirls 2nd Encore

This game is something else. The thing about Skullgirls 2nd Encore is the fact that the game has an identity. Its unique, hand-drawn art style, the jazz music, and the fast-paced, solid gameplay are all things that make this fighting game worth mentioning.

Although this game is not as popular as some mainstream fighting games, it does have a strong, dedicated community who is in love with it, and it shouldn’t be too hard for you to find challengers online. It is also one of the best indie games on the Nintendo Switch.

Make sure that you dedicate some time to learning the game, though. Skullgirls 2nd Encore is not an easy game. You will need a lot of match-up knowledge, patience, and great defense to deal with some crazy mix-ups and long combos that can take a massive chunk of your health.

Guilty Gear Xrd

This game is the first one made by Arc System Works that used this art style of 3D characters mimicking 2D aesthetics.

This feat is impressive because it was born out of limitations that obligated the team to think outside the box. The result was one of the best-looking Fighting Games to this date that takes fewer GBs than your average 2D anime fighter.

However that black magic works, the game is more than outstanding visuals. The anime fighter crazy gameplay is definitely here, with insta-kills, air combos, and much more.

Guilty Gear is a franchise that pays homage to Heavy Metal. Its visual style is a mix of Western and Japanese Rock and Roll culture.

The only issue with this game is its netcode, but if you intend to play it off-line or against people who are really close to you, you should have a good time.

The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match

If you are a fan of The King of Fighters, chances are you like KOF2002. This steam version of the game, Unlimited Match, is a great way to enjoy this retro title.

The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match comes with balance tweaks and rollback netcode, which is pretty much the most important thing for a Fighting Game nowadays.

Not many modern games, if any, play like the old ones. The games from back then were very punitive, which can be perceived as a lack of balance and fairness to those who are used to newer games of the genre.

However, the worse was probably toned down with the gameplay tweaks, so you shouldn’t be too scared to play it. In other words, the game can be hard to pick up, but it is indeed a great game to try out.

Rivals of Aether

Not many people expected Super Smash Bros — one of the best Fighting Games on Switch — to have a real competitor. Turns out that Rivals of Aether is much better than most people thought it would be.

This 2D platform fighter mimics the gameplay of Super Smash Bros in many ways, from movement to how you defeat an opponent, but it doesn’t mean that the game lacks originality.

Not only does it have good sprite art and interesting characters, but it also has mechanics that are unique to Rivals of Aether. If you ever had fun playing Smash, you should try this one out at least once.

Dragon Ball FighterZ

This was a dream come true to so many people. Arc System Works got their hands in one of the most popular Intellectual Properties in the Anime world and managed to make a fighting game out of it.

This is a game that has easy input motions and auto combos that incentivize newcomers to mash, but it is far from being an easy game to master.

Dragon Ball FighterZ is a frenetic, traditional tag team anime fighter. It combines a bunch of Fighting Games subgenres and delivers one of the craziest, fastest, most fun to watch videogames ever made.

This game is only proof of what ArcSys is capable of when it comes to visuals, especially if you consider that this game doesn’t even demand too much from your computer to run perfectly.

This game’s only issue is the lack of a good rollback netcode, but if you’re playing off-line with your friends, it’ll be a blast.

The King of Fighters XIII

This is another game that lacks a good rollback netcode, unfortunately. However, this game is incredibly good.

The sprite art is so detailed and well animated that no other 2D fighting game has reached KOFXIII’s level in that regard. The gameplay is fast, the combos are fun, and the most damaging things are seriously hard to pull off.

There is enough in this game for casuals and hardcore players. Besides its online play, this is a game that aged very well and continues to be praised by the Fighting Games Community.

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is a controversial game. Due to certain characters having weird 3D models and lacking fan-favorite characters, most likely due to an agreement between Capcom and Marvel, it got a lot of undeserved hate.

Although the roster might not be as appealing as the previous game of the series, something that is often true for any new fighting game, it has one of the most fun combat systems ever made in a tag team game.

This game added a tag mechanic that wasn’t present in the series, allowing players to call in an assist and take control of them to continue a combo, which is one of the coolest things someone can ask for in a tag fighter.

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection

Street Fighter will always be the most important name in Fighting Games. If not for being the best series in the genre, for pretty much making all fighting games the way they are today.

Pretty much every single Fighting Game that came out after the first Street Fighter was somehow inspired by it. Knowing that new entries need a twist to stay relevant, Capcom made sure that every Street Fighter has something completely unique, and this collection has all Street Fighter games up to Third Strike.

You can play Street Fighter Alpha for its air block, Street Fighter 3 for its parry system, and so on. Not only that, some of the games in this collection have online modes with rollback netcode.

The King of Fighters ’98 Unlimited Match

The King of Fighters is a series with way too many installments, and therefore KOF fans often disagree when discussing which one is the best.

Turns out most fans will at least agree that The King of Fighters ’98 is one of the best. Its special edition, Unlimited Match Final Edition, was released on Steam with good rollback netcode, exclusive game modes, and balance tweaks.

On top of all that, this edition also has a few additional characters, such as Eiji Kisaragi, Kasumi Todoh, and Geese Howard.

It is a complete product that improves upon the already great The King of Fighters ’98.

Ultra Street Fighter IV

Ultra Street Fighter IV is a game that people just don’t seem to be able to let go of. Fans of this installment talk about it to this date and continue to compare it to more recent Capcom fighters.

One of the reasons this game became so popular is the fact it pretty much resurrected the Fighting Games Community when there were no significant new releases out there.

Ultra Street Fighter IV has challenging combo routes, light attacks that can start a vortex, unblockable setups, and all those other things that hardcore fans love.

Therefore, many people who got into Street Fighter IV and invested long years into the game resent the fact Street Fighter V feels so different, but it doesn’t mean that it’s all nostalgia goggles. The game does have that grounded footsie-based gameplay that the series is known for, and it does reward great fundamentals.

Add that to 1 frame link combos that only experts can do, and you will realize that the competitive Street Fighter IV scene had some of the greatest moments in the history of fighting games.

Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct is a legendary fighting game franchise with some of the weirdest characters to have ever been a part of a fighting game.

In this six-button fighter, you will see things like an ice alien, a cyborg, a skeleton warrior, a boxer, a werewolf, and so many other weird things that don’t seem to belong together anywhere else but in Killer Instinct.

The game is fast-paced, combo-heavy, and has a diverse roster. Killer Instinct is undoubtedly one of the best fighting games out there for those who enjoy its aesthetics. Not only that, it has one of the best online plays ever made for a game of the genre.


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