/ LISTS / Getting Started / Gaming 101: Fighting Games
/ Search Database Or Try Advanced Search
In this series, we are learning how different aspects of video games work by playing games that offer an easy introduction to this one concept. This is designed for people new to gaming and aims to identify games with the least barriers. In this entry, we are looking at Fighting games. Fighting video games involve close combat between characters. Usually, in some arena, the player uses attacks, and combinations of moves to overpower and outwit his opponent. Different playable characters and computer-controlled enemies have different abilities that offer a tactical challenge.These games are often harder to learn and play, requiring fast reactions and memorisation of combinations of buttons. These pure fighting games sit alongside brawling and beat-em-up games where fights are simpler and against large numbers of enemies. These games are Action focused, but mainly in respect of the fighting. This is sometimes expanded by games that combine the fighting with Adventure, Role-Playing, Narrative and other elements. Other games include Fighting, but remove the player from direct control, focusing instead on the Strategy or Simulation of combat. This can be taken further away from the heat of battle in Turn-Based games. This list includes 25 games from the last 25 years, with 809 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to play your first fighting game.
Release Date: 25/06/2013, updated in 2017
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels
TowerFall Ascension is a running, jumping and archery game where each player selects a pixelated knight and fights to eliminate opponents by shooting them with arrows or jumping on their heads. Play is about quick reactions and second-guessing what your...
Release Date: 21/08/2021
Out Now: PC, PS4 and PS5
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
Kena: Bridge of Spirits is an adventure about a young girl who travels to an abandoned village in the hope of finding a sacred mountain shrine. To get there she must find and grow a team of charming spirit companions called the Rot, enhancing their...
Release Date: 08/02/2006, updated in 2014
Out Now: Wii and Wii U
Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person
Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort and Wii Sports Club offer motion-controlled sports. Although these games are well known, the depth each of them offers is a best-kept secret. Games like bowling, tennis and boxing are easy to pick up but require...
Release Date: 13/08/2020
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead and Cartoon
Boomerang Fu is a fighting game where you control small food-like characters. Using your boomerang the aim is to slice the other players with ranged or melee attacks. You can use a large range of power-ups such as explosive boomerangs, disguises and...
Release Date: 14/10/2016
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Skylanders uses toy figures to unlock characters and save progress. It is no longer manufactured but can be found second-hand quite cheaply and is a lot of fun for young players, particularly when played in cooperative two-player mode.
Release Date: 24/02/2017, updated in 2020
Out Now: Android, Apple TV, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon and Hand-Made
Legend Of The Skyfish is a puzzle exploration game where you head into a dangerous land, hopping from island to island, solving puzzles and battling enemies. Each arcade-style level is a chance to put your unusual weapon to use -- for fighting but also...
Release Date: 08/09/2015, updated in 2019
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Components: 2D Overhead and Hand-Made
Castle Crashers is a cartoon looking fighting game, like Golden Axe, The Simpsons or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade games, set in a medieval universe where a dark wizard steals a mystical gem and captures four princesses. Four knights are charged...
Release Date: 01/02/2005, updated in 2020
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, GameCube, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Blocks, Cartoon and Open World
Lego, a popular film franchise and a video game is a rich recipe for gaming fun. The series of Lego games has been developed since the first release on Nintendo DS. Not only do these games offer a chance to explore, destroy and fight in a world made of...
Release Date: 21/01/1999, updated in 2018
Out Now: Switch
Components: 2D Side-On
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a light-hearted cartoon-style brawling game where multiple players choose well-known video game characters to fight. Play involves using your character's move-set to outwit and beat your opponents. You wear down their...
Release Date: 13/09/2019, updated in 2019
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, iOS and iPhone, iPad
Cat Quest 2 is an adventure game, the sequel to Cat Quest, about a fantasy realm of cats and dogs. You explore and talk to characters who send you on quests to kill enemies in caves or retrieve hidden items. The addition of two players in the second...
Release Date: 11/08/2000, updated in 2020
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch, Wii and Wii U
Components: 3D Third-Person and Hand-Made
Paper Mario: The Origami King is a role-play game featuring Mario and other Nintendo characters. Although cute and cartoon-like in appearance, these games are known for the quality of writing and the well-balanced and enjoyable turn-based combat.
Release Date: 15/09/2013
Out Now: PS4
Knack is a platform action series where you control a shape-shifting robot called Knack. Through beautiful arcade-style battles and worlds, you collect Relics that enable you to grow bigger and gain more powers.
Release Date: 14/08/2014, updated in 2020
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Switch and Wii U
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is part of a series of hack-and-slash action games set in the Legend of Zelda Universe and focused primarily on close combat against large groups of enemies. The latest in the series Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity,...
Release Date: 31/10/2018, updated in 2018
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 2D Overhead, Blocks and Grid
Bad North is a stylised strategy fighting game. You control an army defending an island and must train and develop your forces efficiently. The simple visuals and knife-edge Viking combat along with the jeopardy of losing precious troops make this a lot...
Release Date: 02/10/2020
Out Now: iPhone, iPad
Slash Quest is a fighting game where you control a talking sword rather than the character wielding it. You move by swinging left or right and pressing run to move forward. It's a simple mechanic that is intentionally unwieldy and uses ingenious...
Release Date: 19/09/2019, updated in 2022
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iPhone, iPad
Components: 2D Side-On, Blocks and Cartoon
Lego Brawls is a fighting game in the vein of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but here you fight with Lego mini-figures. You play in either teams or all-against-all brawls as characters from a wide range of Lego...
Release Date: 16/06/2022, updated in 2022
Out Now: Android, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge is a fighting and brawling challenge like the classic arcade game. You bash your way through pixel environments with four players each becoming one of the turtles with different skills and moves.
Release Date: 16/06/2017
Components: 3D First-Person
Arms is a fighting game where you brawl other players with your abnormally long arms. The play is simple with motion and button controls to move around and attack the enemy player in a boxing-style arena. It's like Wii-Sports Boxing but with many more...
Release Date: 05/10/2021
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is a fighting game similar to Super Smash Bros. The novelty comes not only from its roster of Nickelodeon characters, but also from its fast-paced and intense rounds, rewarding skill...
Release Date: 05/08/2022
Components: 3D Third-Person and Blocks
GigaBash is a fighting game where you brawl against other players in matches of up to four people, each of whom controls a huge, city-destroying monster. With a wide array of moves to perfect for each character, there's not only silly fun but also deep...
Release Date: 16/03/2023, updated in 2023
Out Now: PC and Switch
Components: 2D Overhead
Flame Keeper is a strategic fighting and collecting game where you gather energy to restore the eternal flame and save the world from evil monsters. As you explore and fight enemies in fast-paced combat, you sacrifice your health to collect energy and...
Release Date: 05/09/2017
Knack 2 is an action-adventure where you control a shape-shifting robot called Knack. Following the original game, you battle your way through Pixar-style enemies and solve simple puzzles using your size-shifting abilities. It's familiar territory but...
Release Date: 14/11/2018, updated in 2020
Out Now: Android, PC and iOS
Components: 2D Side-On and Grid
Twinfold is a puzzle fighting game played in a small maze. You move around the maze with your square character merging into golden baby cubes to gain energy and squashing angry enemy cubes.
Release Date: 02/06/2023, updated in 2023
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5 and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On, 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World
Street Fighter 6, the latest Street Fighter game, is a fighting game where you beat opponents with punches and powers. Alongside player-versus-player fights, this edition offers a surprisingly in-depth open-world story...
Release Date: Coming soon
Coming Soon: Android, Mac, PC and iOS
Resistance 204X is a fighting game with a focus on attrition rather than complex moves. You use precisely timed attacks to repeatedly knock down your opponent and reach their side of the stage. It's an unusual twist for fighting games that focuses not...