5 Fighting Games You Should Pick Up

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5 Fighting Games You Should Pick Up

Do you want to get into Fighting Games but don't know which one to start with? Don't worry we got you covered.


There are a lot of fighting games coming out and there are even more already out. If you're new to the dance or looking to get back into fighting games, we have good news for you. Most of them are pretty good, and some of them are in the best place they've ever been.

So here are 5 fighting games you should take a look at.

5 Fighting Games You Should Try

Street Fighter 6

Street Fighter 6

Due to its recent release and overall popularity, Street Fighter 6 (SF6) is currently the biggest fighting game on the market. We're still early into its life cycle and it has been smooth sailing as far as the rollout of content is concerned.

Not only does SF6 offer a bunch of new mechanics like the Drive Gauge which shakes up the tried-in-true formula, but it also comes with a stellar selection of characters to choose from. And compared to its predecessor, the roster seems really balanced for once. At major tournaments, we've seen a healthy selection of characters making it into the Top 8 so far.

With the Capcom Pro Tour and an excellent Netcode allowing for almost lag-free cross-continent play, SF6 might be set up to become the best of the series yet.

Street Fighter 6 might also be the easiest game on this list to get into. Its World Tour Mode and accessibility options make it easy to pick up, but it also offers a lot of depth for anyone who wants to become a master.

Street Fighter 6 is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.

Guilty Gear Strive

Guilty Gear Strive

This might be bias speaking but Guilty Gear Strive (GGS) might be the best fighting game out on the market right now. Be it its stylish anime graphics, its nonsense amazing plot, and surprisingly compelling characters, or just because it plays so damn well.

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Compared to its predecessors, GGS cut back on all the more advanced mechanics of the previous games while still keeping the core of what makes Guilty Gear Guilty Gear. It has an incredibly deep and aggressive gameplay with characters who all play entirely unique from each other. Be it Bridget and her Yo-Yo's or Bedman being a bed possessed by a man.

Its online mode is amazing, it has an extremely active community and tournament circuit so you won't run out of people to play against any time soon. Sure despite all the efforts, GGS is still a hard game to get into. The bar for execution is a little higher compared to other games on this list but it's also the most rewarding of the bunch.

Guilty Gear Strive is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.

Tekken 7

Tekken 7

Tekken 8 might still be a few months off, but there is no reason not to jump into this installment and enjoy the ride into the sunset. Unlike other fighting games on this list, Tekken skills usually translate really well into a new game. Characters tend to keep most of their movies between entries and often learn new stuff along the way.

And Tekken 7 is just a really well-made fighting game. Now if you come from 2D fighters, wrapping your head around the third dimension and the free flow of Tekken's combat might be hard. But thanks to many years of documentation and tutorials, Tekken 7 might be one of the most solved games on this list.

It currently features a stellar and diverse roster of characters to get you started. We recommend doing some research and learning the characters that will make an appearance in Tekken 8 early next year. Seriously, it's still good-ass Tekken.

Tekken 7 is available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC.

Dragon Ball FighterZ

Dragon Ball FighterZ

Like Dragon Ball and or 2D fighting games? Or do you lust for the simpler times of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 but this time with characters from the Shounen Anime of all time? Then Dragon Ball FighterZ (DBFZ) might be the one for you. Now entering its 6th year of service with a recent patch there is no stopping one of the best 3D fighters on the market.

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DBFZ is also the only tag fighter on this list. This means you'll be going up against your fellow Z Warriors and villains in 3 vs. 3 matches in which you can freely change characters in and out. The benched characters can also assist you by either getting you out of a tricky situation or extending your combo at the risk of being hit themselves.

The game prides itself on being quite easy to pick up but incredibly hard to master. While DBFZ has relatively easy inputs, the reaction time and stamina required to do those seemingly endless combo strings make even most veterans sweat.

So if you want a fighting game with Dragon Ball and or something that is fast while also being easy to pick up but hard to master, DBFZ might be the game for you and there is Rollback Netcode coming soon.

Dragon Ball FighterZ is available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Steam.

Mortal Kombat 1

Mortal Kombat 1

While you have to wait just a little longer, the next installment of NeverRealm Studio's iconic Mortal Kombat series is just around the corner. After the last game's story kind of reset the entirety of the Mortal Kombat Universe, expect to see some familiar faces with new tricks up their sleeves.

Not only does the new game look amazing, it also features the brand-new Kameo system which allows secondary characters to assist you in battle.

If you want to see who made it into the most recent installment of MK, check out our Every Mortal Kombat Character Revealed So Far here.

Mortal Kombat 1 releases on September 14 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S PC, and Nintendo Switch. Make sure to stay tuned here on ESTNN, we'll have more all around MK1 very soon.

5 Fighting Games You Should Pick Up
Timo Reinecke
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