For as long as we remember, fighting games have been an integral part of video games. The first fighting game that was ever created was called "Karate Champ," and it was an arcade game when it launched. Later, Karate Champ was ported to platforms such as NES, Commodore 64, and iOS.
Competitive tournaments would be not nearly as exciting if it weren't for fighting games. With new games to play and new combos to learn, fighting games remain relevant in today's gaming world. If you haven't played a fighting game for a while, pick one up; you won't be disappointed. These are the best fighting games of the 2000s.
10 Injustice 2
Although Injustice 2's style of including cutscenes in battle is a cool effect, from a competitive standpoint, cutscenes can be repetitive and disruptive. For those who don't care about the competitive aspect of fighting games, Injustice 2 is a fun DC Comics game that contains many of our favorite heroes and villains.
A critical flaw of Injustice 2 is the character design of the Joker. The game may contain one of the worst Joker designs seen in a video game or movie. Casual players will get the most enjoyment out of Injustice 2 because of its stirring storytelling and superb combos.
9 EA Sports UFC 3
MMA (mixed martial arts) has become exceedingly popular in recent years. Cage fighting that in a lightly regulated environment seems to appeal to viewers. Being able to play as UFC champions like Connor McGregor, Ronda Rousey, and Nate Diaz make UFC 3 one of the better fighting games. New game modes, precise movements, and the ability to play as Bruce Lee make UFC 3 a knockout. Stats of fighters have been updated in this sequel. With an overhaul to gameplay, UFC 3 stands as the most realistic fight game to date.
8 Dead Or Alive 5
Team Ninja has developed quite a few action and fighting game hits over the years. In an already flooded fighting game market, Dead or Alive 5 has plenty of competition. Dead or Alive 5 remains relevant with its skill-based combat that encourages you to practice and learn combos. Compared to the other Dead or Alive games, Dead or Alive 5 is not the most significant improvement, but it is still the best game in the series. Being able to play as Hayabusa from the Ninja Gaiden series is one of the reasons we love Dead or Alive 5.
7 Soul Calibur 2
Soul Calibur's developer, Project Soul, has released some of the most engaging fighting games available. When Soul Calibur 2 released, each of its platforms featured a unique guest character. Xbox had Spawn, PlayStation 2 had Heihachi Mishima, and Nintendo GameCube had Link from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Soul Calibur 2 is regarded as the best game in the series because of its addictive gameplay. The sequel to Soul Calibur 2, Soul Calibur 3 is considered the worse game by most people. Balancing issues and less striking design is why Soul Calibur 2 surpasses Soul Calibur 3.
6 Street Fighter IV
Street Fighter IV is more enjoyable than its sequel. Street Fighter V came with several flaws, which makes it less important among the fighting games of today.
On the other hand, Street Fighter IV has improved balancing and some of the most awesome combos seen in a fighting game. According to metro.co.uk, "Street Fighter V has an awful survival mode, that's dull as dishwater, with a bunch of punching bag like foes until you get to the overpowered boss." A harsh review, but true nonetheless.
5 Dragon Ball FighterZ
For the first time in a while, Dragon Ball's latest fighting game is comparable to other leading fighting games. Dragon Ball Xenoverse was a hit that had free-flying combat. Dragon Ball FighterZ has up close and personal battles from a 2D perspective. Using the Unreal engine, a Dragon Ball video game has never looked as good. On another note, recently, Xbox's Major Nelson accidentally leaked the next DLC character for Dragon Ball FighterZ. To prevent spoilers, we will avoid naming Dragon Ball FighterZ's next character. Pick up Dragon Ball FighterZ today, since both novice and advanced players will enjoy the game.
4 Super Smash Bros. Melee
Even to this day, many prefer Super Smash Bros. Melee over newer games in the series. An influx of characters and stages made it a significant improvement over its predecessor, Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 64. The pacing was just right and every match was a blast. Released on the GameCube, Super Smash Bros. Melee is one classic we wish to be made available for the Nintendo Switch.
One of the reasons we love Super Smash Bros. is because it contains many of our favorite characters. Super Smash Bros. Melee added 13 characters including Ice Climbers, Falco, Dr. Mario, Young Link, Marth, and Bowser.
3 Mortal Kombat 11
Mortal Kombat X was a critic and commercial success. Mortal Kombat 11 has an increased level of detail for characters and their environments. The dynamic stages of Mortal Kombat 11 are some of the finest we've ever seen in a fighting game. Lighting effects in Mortal Kombat 11 are much more realistic.
There are too many reasons to explain why Mortal Kombat 11 is one of the most anticipated games of the 2000s. Being able to explore areas in the third-person view is ridiculously cool. If you enjoyed MK 10, you would have a fantastic time playing Mortal Kombat 11.
2 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Few games have accomplished what Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has done with respect to its amount of content. As a game that includes every character who has ever appeared in a Super Smash Bros. game, Smash Ultimate is one of the best fighting games of all time. It has already outsold Super Smash Bros. for Wii U with 13.81 million copies sold.
One of the most attractive features of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its stage building mode. Much like Super Mario Maker., players can design their own levels with great detail.
1 Tekken 7
This time around, Tekken 7's combos and graphics are improved, leading us to crown Tekken 7 as the best game of the 2000s. Tekken 7 has is less of a chance-based game than other games. Less unpredictability means that players are in control and have an ideal gameplay experience playing competitively. Sure, one can get away with button mashing, but those who learn the combos of the game surely have an edge. For esports tournament clashes, there isn't a choice better than Tekken 7.