Fighting Games

Battle Arena Toshinden 1.

Battle Arena Toshinden

Platform: PlayStation
September 9, 1995
Metascore:
69
User Score:
9.4
Super Smash Bros. Melee 2.

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Platform: GameCube
December 2, 2001
Nintendo's all-star cast of combatants is back in Super Smash Bros. Melee, along with a new batch of brawlers ready to tear it up. The sequel to Super Smash Bros. keeps the same basic premise: Characters duke it out in interactive environments, using special attacks and various items to knock each other into the abyss. Some new defensive techniques add an even deeper level of complexity to the combat. In addition to traditional battle royale matches, players can select all-new ways to play like Coin mode and Tournament mode.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
9.1
Tekken 3 3.

Tekken 3

Platform: PlayStation
April 29, 1998
An ancient evil force has reawakened, attacking in secret and feeding on the souls of mighty warriors. To lure it out of hiding will take the greatest fighting contest the world has ever seen...Tekken 3. Some are fighting for revenge, some for honor, Ultimately, all are fighting for their lives and the fate of all mankind.
Metascore:
96
User Score:
9.1
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 4.

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3

Platform: PlayStation 2
November 13, 2007
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 delivers an extreme 3D fighting experience, improving upon last year's game with over 150 playable characters, enhanced fighting techniques, beautifully refined effects and shading techniques, making each character's effects more realistic, and over 20 battle stages. In addition, an improved control system for the Wii will allow players to easily mimic signature moves and execute devastating energy attacks as they are performed in the Dragon Ball Z animated series. [Atari]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
9.0
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U 5.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Platform: Wii U
November 21, 2014
Duke it out with your favorite Nintendo characters in Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo Wii U.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.9
WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain 6.

WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 27, 2003
Features an exclusive story mode with original storylines developed by WWE. Unique Superstar abilities featuring real-life attributes of strength, submission, technique, speed and stamina. New and improved controls including an in-depth countering and interactive submission system. All-new match types including Bra & Panty, First Blood and Elimination Chamber. Enhanced production values feature dynamic camera transitions, an improved audio experience, Superstar voice over and more-realistic animations. [THQ]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.9
SoulCalibur II 7.

SoulCalibur II

Platform: GameCube
August 27, 2003
Open the next chapter in world of Soul Calibur. Soul Calibur II features seven distinctive gameplay modes including: Arcade, Versus, Time Attack, Survival, Team Battle, Practice, and the console exclusive Weapon Master. Collect up to 200 different weapons and battle characters with their own styles, strengths, and abilities. In addition to the 13 fighters, each platform has unique special fighters: Link for GameCube, Heihachi for PS2, and Spawn for Xbox. Prove yourself through soul and sword.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
8.9
War of the Monsters 8.

War of the Monsters

Platform: PlayStation 2
January 14, 2003
The most surprising game at 2002's E3 finds you as a giant beast on a rampage of destruction through various cities while beating the pulp out of other mythical creatures along the way.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.9
Super Smash Bros. Brawl 9.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Platform: Wii
March 9, 2008
[Metacritic's 2008 Wii Game of the Year] Super Smash Bros. Brawl is the next installment in the Smash Bros. series for the company's Wii console. Among the new characters playable in the game are Meta Knight, the sword-wielding nemesis of Kirby; Pit, the angelic archer from Kid Icarus; Zero Suit Samus, the powerful Metroid series heroine minus her versatile armor; and Wario, who demonstrates a noxious attack of gastronomic proportions. Also Snake, the gritty soldier from Konami's hugely popular Metal Gear series. [Nintendo]
Metascore:
93
User Score:
8.8
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 10.

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3

Platform: PlayStation 2
November 16, 2004
Pulverize opponents with the Saiyan Overdrive Fighting System, including: Teleportation Counter – Recreate the lightening speed of DBZ; Teleportation Tornado Combo – Pinball opponents in the air; Dragon Rush Attack – Experience explosive, cinematic new attack moves; Bukujutsu Flight Mode – Go airborne at any time in the game. Unlock up to 40 bonus characters from Dragon Ball Z, DBZ movies, and Dragon Ball GT. Customize your DBZ warriors and build the ultimate fighter. Post and retrieve character profiles from the Internet. [Atari]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.8
Def Jam: Fight for NY 11.

Def Jam: Fight for NY

Platform: PlayStation 2
September 20, 2004
The ultimate hip-hop-fueled fighting video game features more than 70 characters, including more than 35 of the most well-known artists and personalities in hip-hop today, including Busta Rhymes, Carmen Electra, Lil? Kim, Ludacris, Method Man, Redman, Sean Paul, Slick Rick, Snoop Dogg, and many more. Def Jam Vendetta II challenges players to step into the shoes of a ruthless NYC street fighter battling for control of the hip-hop underground. The game features an all-new fighting engine allowing gamers to customize multiple fighting styles as the deep new story mode takes the action well beyond the ring and into the streets. Master each fighting style: street fighting, kickboxing, martial arts, wrestling, and submission fighting. Combine up to three styles to create devastating hybrid-styles, complete with new "blazin' moves" to finish off your opponent. Build your own street-ready fighter and outfit him with thousands of pieces of unlockable licensed gear, tattoos, and even bling from the Jeweler to the stars, Jacob the Jeweler. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.8
WWE Day of Reckoning 12.

WWE Day of Reckoning

Platform: GameCube
August 30, 2004
Hit the ropes against WWE's top superstars in WWE Day of Reckoning, which features an all-new story mode filled with deception and betrayal. As your own created wrestler, you can rise up the ranks from the "minor leagues" of sports entertainment all the way to prime-time WWE programming. You can choose your favorite WWE Divas and go head-to-head in a Bra & Panties match. Each wrestling star, including Legends, can target specific body parts to wear down opponents.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.8
Marvel vs. Capcom 2 13.

Marvel vs. Capcom 2

Platform: Dreamcast
June 29, 2000
The world's most insane tag-team fantasy fighter is bigger than ever! An unprecedented 56 characters include the debut of Jill from Resident Evil, Servbots from Mega Man and Cable from Marvel Comics fame. Experience arcade perfect fighting with 3 on 3 tag-team battles, unbelievable control and hyper-fast animation. Pick a fight with legendary Capcom characters and Super Heroes from the Marvel Universe and prepare to be amazed.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.8
Power Stone 2 14.

Power Stone 2

Platform: Dreamcast
August 23, 2000
The world's most revolutionary fighting game does it again! Power Stone 2 takes go-anywhere, grab-anything combat, and introduces awesome new innovations to the hit arcade fighting series. Now, up to four players wage insane battles in fully interactive, multi-level stages. Master over 120 different items used in battle - weapons, vehicles traps, power-upsand more! As if chaotic swashbuckling battles weren't enough, combine forces with other players to battle monstrous bosses to win the game!
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.8
Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition 15.

Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition

Platform: PC
July 3, 2013
Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition delivers the critically acclaimed game, all previously released downloadable content (DLC), plus digital downloads of the 2011 release of Mortal Kombat: Songs Inspired by the Warriors album with a bonus track, and the 1995 Mortal Kombat film on the PlayStation Store or Xbox Live Zune. The DLC includes fan-favorite warriors Skarlet, Kenshi and Rain, as well as the infamous dream stalker Freddy Krueger. The game also offers 15 Klassic Skins and three Klassic Fatalities (Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Reptile). Mortal Kombat: Songs Inspired by the Warriors is a collection of electronic music inspired by the game and is executive produced by JFK (of the DJ/ production duo MSTRKRFT and Death From Above 1979).
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.7
Super Smash Bros. 16.

Super Smash Bros.

Platform: Nintendo 64
April 26, 1999
It's a Bumpin', Bruisin', Brawlin' Bash! The many worlds of Nintendo collide in the ultimate showdown of strength and skill! Up to four players can choose their favorite characters - complete with signature attacks - and go at it in Team Battles and Free-For-Alls. Or venture out on your own to conquer the 14 stages in single-player mode. Either way, Super Smash Bros. is a no-holds-barred action-fest that will keep you coming back for more!
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.7
SoulCalibur II 17.

SoulCalibur II

Platform: PlayStation 2
August 27, 2003
A new page in history has begun as the most highly-anticipated fighting game ever finally arrives! The greatest 3-D weapons-based fighter will provide non-stop action, excitement and surprises as you go one-on-one against your favorite challengers. 13 historic fighters plus all new combatants including Necrid, specially designed by Todd McFarlane Productions, Inc. Unique special guest fighters for each platform include Link (GameCube), Heihachi (PS2), and Todd McFarlane's Spawn (Xbox). 7 exciting modes of play including Arcade, Vs, Time Attack, Survival, Team Battle, Practice, and Weapon Master. Collect 200 different weapons in the all-new mission-complete Weapon Master mode. [Namco]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.7
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars 18.

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars

Platform: Wii
January 26, 2010
Capcom's popular and critically acclaimed ‘VS’ fighting series is getting an all new next-generation introduction. Tatsunoko vs. Capcom pits Capcom’s iconic characters against Tatsunoko Productions anime superheroes. This clash of heroes face off in two-on-two battles for the ultimate 2D tag-team battle. Originally released in Japanese arcades in the Fall of 2008, the original Tatsunoko vs. Capcom moved to the Wii console on December 11, 2008. This fighter blends these two rich universes by taking Capcom characters like Ryu from Street Fighter, Morrigan from Darkstalkers and the giant PTX-40A from Lost Planet and putting them against Tatsunoko fan-favorite characters from Gatchaman, Hurricane Polymar, Casshern and more. It’s a battler oyale that delivers match-ups that only exist in fans wildest dreams! Unlike the more well-known six-button layout that the Street Fighter franchise pioneered, the VS line features a simplified four button system: Weak, Medium, Strong and Assist for the tag-team option of. The Assist feature adds another compelling element found Capcom’s other VS series: allowing players to switch their character on the fly or call for help from their tag-team partner, allowing for spectacular super moves (Hyper Variable Combination). Successful execution of the Assist feature can turn the tide of battle on a dime. Historically the VS series excels in integrating the tag-team options by including customized moves like Variable Assist, Snapback, and the previously mentioned Hyper Variable combination that lets both characters on one team perform their Hyper attack. TvC enhances the above gameplay with new mechanics, including the Variable Aerial Rave that allows characters to be switched in the middle of an Aerial rave. More moves include the offensive Assault and defensive maneuver Mega Crash. Another new gameplay mechanic, titled Baroque, illuminates the character in a rainbow of colors, cancels the current attack and extends combos and damage. Featuring a robust line-up of characters, the console version added four mini-games and optional control schemes. [Capcom]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.7
Digimon Rumble Arena 19.

Digimon Rumble Arena

Platform: PlayStation
February 24, 2002
Cute, Cuddly, and Ready to Rumble! Digimon Rumble Arena comes to life in this truly Digimonumental release! With user friendly controls and loads of adventure, it's easy to learn, yet hard to put down. Fun for the entire family, Digimon Rumble Arena provides classic fighting gameplay for 1 or 2 players.
Metascore:
64
User Score:
8.7
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007 20.

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007

Platform: PlayStation 2
November 14, 2006
A brand new Analog Control System makes fighting more realistic than ever with intuitive movement and new elements of control. An enhanced Season Mode provides multiple branching storylines and unprecedented levels of player choice. In and out of the ring, dozens of user-controlled environmental hotspots let players take advantage of anything at their disposal to inflict damage on opponents in new and unique ways. Additionally, new high impact combination moves let players take the power of WWE Superstars into their own hands. Experience the intensity of WWE fans in a brand new, fully loaded interactive fighting area. Players can take advantage of multiple weapons, environmental damage and grabbing signs and weapons from the crowd. WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2007 offers multiple enhancements, including incredible high definition graphics, updated rosters for both RAW and SmackDown, an expanded General Manager Mode, online multiplayer game play with voice chat support and more. [THQ]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.7
Marvel vs. Capcom 2 21.

Marvel vs. Capcom 2

Platform: PlayStation 2
November 18, 2002
Rule the arena of the world's two most powerful fighting Universes. Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is bar-none, the most insane tag-team fighting game on the planet! An unprecedented 56 playable characters raises the bar on arcade fighting with 3 on 3 tag-team battles, unbelievable control and hyper-fast animation. Pick a fight with your favorite legendary Capcom characters and Super Heroes from the Marvel Universe and watch the super combos fly. [Capcom]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.7
SoulCalibur II 22.

SoulCalibur II

Platform: Xbox
August 27, 2003
Open the next chapter in world of Soul Calibur. Soul Calibur II features seven distinctive gameplay modes including: Arcade, Versus, Time Attack, Survival, Team Battle, Practice, and the console exclusive Weapon Master. Collect up to 200 different weapons and battle characters with their own styles, strengths, and abilities. In addition to the 13 fighters, each platform has unique special fighters: Link for GameCube, Heihachi for PS2, and Spawn for Xbox. Prove yourself through soul and sword.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.7
WWE WrestleMania XIX 23.

WWE WrestleMania XIX

Platform: GameCube
September 8, 2003
The legacy continues with WrestleMania XIX, which features deeper move sets and a more strategic reversal system. Choose among an updated list of top WWE superstars, each with realistic abilities, including strength, speed, and stamina. You can become a legend by battling your way through five stages and more than 25 missions in an effort to destroy Vince's empire. Team up with Stephanie McMahon along the way as you win back your status in the WWE.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.7
Guilty Gear X2 24.

Guilty Gear X2

Platform: PlayStation 2
February 3, 2003
Guilty Gear X2 revives the fighting tournament designed to find humans skilled enough to thwart the Gear threat. Take over 20 playable fighters, with 6 outrageous new characters. Use electrifying new moves and features, like Psych Burst, Faultless Defense, the all-new Burst Gauge system and more. Devastate your opponent with an arsenal of eye-popping, jaw-dropping moves and combos, including trademarks like Overdrive Attack, Gatling Combo, Roman Cancel and signature Instant Kills for each character! [Sammy]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.7
Naruto: Clash of Ninja 2 25.

Naruto: Clash of Ninja 2

Platform: GameCube
September 26, 2006
The hit series on Cartoon Network is back for more on Nintendo GameCube! NARUTO: Clash of Ninja 2 delivers non-stop ninja style combat action for 1-4 players where gamers choose to play as one of 23 playable characters. Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura and the other ninja-in training are going beyond the classroom now and must face each other and challenging new opponents in multi-ninja battles. All-new multi-player modes will engage players in frantic simultaneous four player battles and single-player modes will offer more gameplay choices than before with survival and timed attack modes that allow players to showcase their taijutsu and special jutsu abilities. When you're a ninja, you must be prepared for anything! Believe it!
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.7
Project Justice 26.

Project Justice

Platform: Dreamcast
May 16, 2001
A group of long time friends now unite in the pursuit of honor and excellence. Setting all past rivalries aside, they band together to uncover the mystery behind an unusual series of events. Join over 20 playable characters, each with their own unique skills and custom attacks, as they compete in 3-on-3 battles in beautifully rendered 3-D worlds. Assemble your team and perform incredible fighting combos all for one united goal...Project Justice!
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.7
Mortal Kombat: Deception 27.

Mortal Kombat: Deception

Platform: Xbox
October 4, 2004
Mortal Kombat: Deception takes the series to the next level with multiple fatalities per character, interactive backgrounds, and new game modes. For the first time in the Mortal Kombat series, you can play a free-roaming Konquest mode, board games, and a puzzle game, in addition to the enhanced one-on-one fighting mode. Mortal Kombat: Deception supports online play for both the PS2 and Xbox Live and features online matches and tournaments as well as online gameplay capabilities for both the board game and puzzle modes.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.7
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift 28.

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift

Platform: Xbox 360
July 27, 2010
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift inherits all the key features of its predecessor while adding a few twists of its own. Tsubaki, ?-12 and Hazama will join the ranks of the veterans, who will be reborn with additional moves added to their arsenals. With new modes like Beginner Mode and Tutorial Mode, even fighting game beginners can pull off combos like the pros and dive right into the action. [Aksys Games]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.7
Medabots AX: Metabee Ver. 29.

Medabots AX: Metabee Ver.

Platform: Game Boy Advance
June 25, 2002
Every four years the greatest Medafighters around the world come together for the World Robattle Tournament. Join Ikki and Metabee as they take on the toughest Medafighters and their Medabots to prove who is the best of the best! But beware...rumor has it the menacing band of crooks known as the Rubberobo Gang is out to steal the prize!
Metascore:
60
User Score:
8.7
The King of Fighters '99: Evolution 30.

The King of Fighters '99: Evolution

Platform: Dreamcast
May 10, 2001
The long-awaited "KOF Evolution" makes its way from the arcade to your home with a new story and new system. The dominant version, "King of Fighters EVOLUTION", is finally here! With features unique to Sega Dreamcast and even more surprises like the sizzling "Striker Match" that will satify your need for speed!
Metascore:
67
User Score:
8.7
Garou: Mark of the Wolves 31.

Garou: Mark of the Wolves

Platform: Xbox 360
June 24, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade; also known as "Fatal Fury Garou: Mark of the Wolves"] The legend grows as this classic descendant of Fatal Fury arrives on Xbox LIVE Arcade. It's been 10 years since the death of Geese Howard. However, Howard's immense martial arts skills have been passed to his son, Rock. The new hero is joined by a cast of 12 new characters plus one returning fighter, Terry Bogard, for this tournament of champions. Representing the world's best, the maulers gather once again to crown the "King of Fighters." Garou: Mark Of The Wolves improves on the Fatal Fury system by adding three new battle formats, creating fights more furious than before. [SNK Playmore]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.7
Pride FC: Fighting Championships 32.

Pride FC: Fighting Championships

Platform: PlayStation 2
February 11, 2003
The most realistic "No Holds Barred" fighting videogame for the PS2. Fighters are accurately recreated in amazing detail with appearance, fighting style, movements and signature ring entrances. Various combat elements capture the intensity and authenticity of a Pride contest including multiple fighting positions, unique fighting styles, hundreds of moves, counters and reversals. With a TV-style presentation, each match-up comes to life in fully scaled arenas complete with ring announcers, lighting, pyrotechnics and realistic camera angles. [THQ]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.7
Tekken 5 33.

Tekken 5

Platform: PlayStation 2
February 24, 2005
Classic Tekken fighters like Nina Williams, Marshall Law and Paul Phoenix match fists with 3 Iron Fist Tournament newcomers: Asuka Kazama, Raven and Feng Wei. Face off in lush, interactive environments. Hurl your opponent into destructible objects and walls to deal massive damage. Dig in to the most customizable Tekken game ever. Earn fight money and use your winnings to outfit your characters with shades, hats, alternate costumes, secret items and more. Battle your way through an intense, action-adventure side-story. Rebuilt from the ground up, Tekken 5's graphics engine delivers the most exquisite visuals yet to PS2 3D fighting fans. Stunning CG ending movies reward victorious combatants. [Namco]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.6
Tekken: Dark Resurrection 34.

Tekken: Dark Resurrection

Platform: PSP
July 25, 2006
TEKKEN: Dark Resurrection arrives on the PSP. New characters Lili and Dragunov join the classic cast such as Jin, Heihachi, Paul and Law in the battle to be crowned King of the Iron Fist Tournament. An all-new intro movie lets you dive into the midst of the world of TEKKEN, this time with ad-hoc multiplayer mode to fight against friends as well as more items to customize your favorite characters. The beauty of TEKKEN is re-created on the handheld console, delivering one of the most realistic graphics on a handheld platform. A variety of destructible objects pump up the action on 19 stages. Play as one of over 30 characters, including classics Jin, Heihachi, Paul, Law and more. New characters Lili and Dragunov join the classic cast with all-new fight styles and moves. Collecting victories to lead your character to become king rewards you with ending movies for each character. Use your fight money to customize your characters – with more than double the items seen in TEKKEN 5. Using Wi-Fi connectivity of the PSP platform, you can battle against your friends – take your customized, original character against theirs and let the battle unfold. Mini-games provide a little breather from heart-pumping fighting action for more fun against friends. [Namco]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.6
Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition 35.

Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition

Platform: Xbox 360
February 28, 2012
Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition delivers the critically acclaimed game, all previously released downloadable content (DLC), plus digital downloads of the 2011 release of Mortal Kombat: Songs Inspired by the Warriors album with a bonus track, and the 1995 Mortal Kombat film on the PlayStation®Store or Xbox Live Zune. The DLC includes fan-favorite warriors Skarlet, Kenshi and Rain, as well as the infamous dream stalker Freddy Krueger. The game also offers 15 Klassic Skins and three Klassic Fatalities (Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Reptile). Mortal Kombat: Songs Inspired by the Warriors is a collection of electronic music inspired by the game and is executive produced by JFK (of the DJ/ production duo MSTRKRFT and Death From Above 1979).
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.6
WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 36.

WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw

Platform: PlayStation 2
November 2, 2004
From the most successful wrestling game series of all-time comes the next phenom in sports entertainment ? WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW.Two worlds will collide as the most elite Superstars square off on the Playstation 2. WWE programming comes to life with Superstar Voice Over and commentary throughout the unparalleled season mode. An abundance of new gameplay mechanics provide full control over all aspects of the game including new stare-downs, chop battles, submission reversals, match tactics, and overhauled Royal Rumble controls. The Divas are hotter than ever with an enhanced bra and panties match and to polish off the robust roster, from the halls of immortality, come a handful of the most celebrated legends to ever lace up their boots. [THQ]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.6
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 37.

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2

Platform: PlayStation 2
November 7, 2006
Combining action, fighting and light role-playing game elements, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 sends players into a rich story mode that spans the entire Dragon Ball, DBZ, and Dragon Ball GT series. The game takes the acrobatic and intense 3D flying and fighting dynamic made popular in the first game and takes it to a new level with over 100 playable characters, 15 vast and vibrant 3D destructible environments, and nine different game modes, including intense single and multiplayer battles. Team up with Z-Warriors to complete exciting missions, ripped right from the TV show (the player can play with two warriors while in battle, and can switch warriors during the battle). Over 100 DBZ warriors, including many that have never been seen in previous DBZ games. Improved camera system, explosive environmental damage, and in-game transformations. The complete DBZ mythology, from Dragon Ball To Dragon Ball GT. Post customizable character codes to the Internet. [Atari]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.6
WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth 38.

WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 31, 2002
Features an updated roster with even more WWE superstars, including Hollywood Hulk Hogan, Stacy Keibler, DDP, Ric Flair, the nWo, and many more. The in-depth story mode has multiple character paths, and for the first time, players will have the option to enter superstars into a World Wrestling Entertainment draft pool. There are a variety of backstage areas modeled after Madison Square Garden, and more than 14 PPV arenas, including Backlash, Vengeance, and Unforgiven. The thousands of animations include superstar signature moves with double- and triple-team moves. The improved create-a-wrestler mode lets players build the ultimate wrestler with a dynamic layer system and a new thumbnail system, allowing even more CAW options.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.6
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 39.

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3

Platform: Wii
December 3, 2007
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 delivers an extreme 3D fighting experience, improving upon last year's game with over 150 playable characters, enhanced fighting techniques, beautifully refined effects and shading techniques, making each character's effects more realistic, and over 20 battle stages. In addition, an improved control system for the Wii will allow players to easily mimic signature moves and execute devastating energy attacks as they are performed in the Dragon Ball Z animated series. In addition to the unprecedented number of characters and improved Wii control system, the environments have also been enhanced to feature day and night stages. The power of the moon in the night stages gives players additional ways to transform their characters and lets fans recreate some of their favorite memories from the show. [Atari]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.6
Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution 40.

Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution

Platform: PlayStation 2
August 13, 2003
Challenge a steady stream of opponents with varying ranks and skill levels, with the impression that you're playing online against human opponents with different styles. Along with this illusion of online play, Virtua Fighter 4 has also been expanded upon, including the roster, the character customization features, the visuals, the training mode, and even the arcade mode. With the different tournaments and two new characters to explore, VF4: Evolution will put your fighting skills to the ultimate test.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
8.6
Dead or Alive 3 41.

Dead or Alive 3

Platform: Xbox
November 14, 2001
Dead or Alive returns to take fighters to the next level. The third installment of the series features new characters, interactive environments, and all-new lighting effects. Explore the many expansive levels in single-player mode or battle against up to four players in multiplayer mode. The destructible environments, kinetic tag-battle feature, and all-new fighters make Dead or Alive 3 a worthy entry in the series.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.6
Def Jam Vendetta 42.

Def Jam Vendetta

Platform: PlayStation 2
March 31, 2003
It's been three years since D-Mob chased you out of the New York fight circuit and you swore you'd never go back. Now your pal Manny is in trouble and he needs you to bail him out. The plan is simple: get in, win a few fights, pay off his debt, get out. No problem. Well, it turns out that things aren't as easy as they appear. Once in the scene, your past comes back to haunt you. Soon you're over your head and your only chance to get your life back together is to settle a score that has gone too long unpaid. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.6
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 43.

Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3

Platform: PlayStation 2
March 25, 2008
NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja 3 makes leaps in the franchise with a host of “firsts” for the series. Players can now live through and be a part of all the major events that defined Story Arc 1 in Heroes History mode. Also, ninja-in-training can customize their characters with the Ultimate Jutsu which gives them that extra bit of edge during battle and allows them to earn points towards upgrading their strength, defense, chakra, agility and other special abilities. Turn playable characters into more powerful ninja of unprecedented size or summon giant creatures as allies with the new Summoning mode. In addition, NARUTO fans throughout North America can experience the game in both English and original Japanese voice over. In keeping with the tradition of the series, an exclusive and original story has players exploring the massive 3D rendered Hidden Leaf Village, participating in battle royale matches and completing more than 55 missions. The experience doesn’t stop there as tons of unlockable content are available to offer loads of replay value including movies, music and cards. [Namco Bandai Games]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.6
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 44.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2

Platform: Xbox 360
October 19, 2010
Developed by CyberConnect2, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 2 faithfully recreates the anime series and fully immerses players in the mythical ninja world with new expansive environments, missions, battle systems and gameplay modes. Taking players through the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN story arc, daring ninja warriors must strategically recruit the right support characters to ensure victory against any and all opponents. With the winning combination, players can easily unleash bigger and more explosive Team Special Techniques to obliterate enemies who stand in the way.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.6
Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance 45.

Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance

Platform: GameCube
November 17, 2002
A controversial franchise marks its return in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance. This time around, the fighting game features an all-new fighting system, an in-depth, supernatural storyline, and the infamous brutal fatalities. Beginning the next chapter in the battle of good versus evil, two powerful sorcerers--Shang Tsung and Quan Chi--join forces to deliver unrivaled fighting action in their quest for supreme mortality. Use new or classic Mortal Kombat fighters and engage in hand-to-hand and special-weapon combat, executing secret moves and combinations for fatalities and deadly body blows.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.6
Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects 46.

Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects

Platform: PSP
October 4, 2005
Marvel Nemesis delivers the definitive Super Hero videogame allowing gamers to play as and against the world's greatest Super Heroes. The game features Super Heroes from the Marvel Universe as well as a new set of characters created through collaboration with EA and top comic book industry talent. EA has called on the talent of top comic book writers and concept artists, such as Jae Lee, for Marvel character and game design as well as renowned artist, Paul Catling, among other industry talents, to create a new family of Super Heroes that will go face to face with an all-star line-up of Marvel characters for the ultimate showdown. Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects features more than a dozen fighters in fully interactive and destructible environments. Gamers have full control over the individual characters with each fighter having unique attributes and super powers that are true to their background adding more depth and fighting strategy to the game. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
58
User Score:
8.6
Bushido Blade 47.

Bushido Blade

Platform: PlayStation
September 30, 1997
"Bushido" is the soul of Japan - an ancient honor code deeply followed by samurai warriors for centuries. Plunge into real world battles across vast 3D environments that you can run, slice and tear through. Sword matches become unbelievably real where one critical blow is the mean difference between death and victory.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.6
Capcom vs. SNK 48.

Capcom vs. SNK

Platform: Dreamcast
November 9, 2000
nster corporations at war. One solution. A massive martial arts event is organized to settle the score and eliminate conflict between the two parties. Join over 25 brawlers from Camcom's legendary Street Fighter® and SNK's world-renowned King of Fighters™ series as they fight for universal domination. Capcom vs. SNK... the ultimate collision of strength and power.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.6
Capcom vs. SNK 2 EO 49.

Capcom vs. SNK 2 EO

Platform: GameCube
September 23, 2002
Two fighting giants clash in Capcom vs. SNK 2 EO. Now you can choose from more than 44 characters from the Capcom and SNK fighting universes and pit them against one another in one-on-one slugfests. Before each match, you can customize your character's fighting style with one of six new Grooves. Then, put your uppercuts, throws, and combos to the test in six gameplay modes featuring multiple tournaments. With the new Free Ratio System, you can easily determine the level of your fighter's strength.
Metascore:
68
User Score:
8.6
The King of Fighters XI 50.

The King of Fighters XI

Platform: PlayStation 2
November 13, 2007
The world has been rocked by two major events - Mukai has stolen the Orochi seal and the theft of the Yata Mirror by Ash Crimson. Just as the dust had settled, a new King of Fighters tournament was announced - a tournament which brings together some familiar faces, as well as new comers to the world of King of Fighters. Not all is what it seems in this new tournament. There are too many unanswered questions. Too many mixed objectives. Who are the group 'Past Coming People' and what do they really plan to do? Where would Orochi's force finally land once the seal is finally open? Will Chizuru and his friends still be able to seal Orochi? And just what is Ash Crimsons' true plan? Total of 11 teams; 47 Characters, including 3 all new characters to the franchise. Exclusive PS2 characters: Mai Shiranui, Mr Big, Geese Howard, Tung Fu Rue, Robert Garcia, Hotaru Futaba, and EX Kyo Kusanagi. 7 Playable Boss Characters – Adelheid Bernstein, Gai Tendo, Sho Hayate, Jazu, Silver, Shion and Magaki. Fast paced action all the way – 3 new abilities added QUICK SHIFT, SAVING SHIFT and DREAM CANCEL, as well as the new JUDGEMENT SYSTEM and the introduction of SKILL STOCKS. Various modes of play including: Arcade Play, Team Play, Endless, Challenge and Practice. 14 New Endings not present in the arcade version. [Ignition]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.6
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 51.

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009

Platform: Wii
November 9, 2008
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 for Wii builds upon its inaugural offering by significantly expanding its match type options, giving players more ways to enjoy the platform's unique pick-up-and-play experience. The game also takes full combat sports entertainment to the next level by giving players more Superstar control with interactive entrances and victory scenes. WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 for Wii also includes a wide variety of new weapons, the debut of online gameplay and much more. [THQ]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.6
The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match 52.

The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match

Platform: PlayStation 2
March 3, 2009
Originally created as a "dream match" for players to pit their favorite KOF characters against each other, KOF '98 UM takes that one step further by introducing new features such as new characters, game systems, game modes, stages and soundtracks not seen in the original. KOF '98 UM contains 64 characters, 10 of which are new to the Ultimate Match version. This is the most characters ever included in one KOF game.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.6
Fire Pro Wrestling Returns 53.

Fire Pro Wrestling Returns

Platform: PlayStation 2
November 13, 2007
The popular Fire Pro Wrestling series is famous for its unparalleled gameplay depth and unmatched customization options, and Fire Pro Wrestling Returns is the biggest and best title yet. Having been widely imported for years by hardcore wrestling fans, this will be the first time that the North American audience will get to experience this amazing series in their native language. A huge variety of match types, everything from Singles to Battle Royal to Electrified Barbed Wire Ropes Exploding Deathmatch! A complete arsenal of wrestling moves and holds. No other wrestling game has such a complete list of moves available. The deepest custom wrestler creator anywhere allows players to create and save hundreds of wrestlers, each with their own unique look, moves and AI! The ability to create your own referee, ring, logo, and even belt allows players to recreate any dream match they can think of! Match Maker mode lets players set up their own wrestling show, earn money, and attempt to lure bigger talent to their matches. [Agetec]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.6
X-Men: Next Dimension 54.

X-Men: Next Dimension

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 15, 2002
Next Dimension plunges players into a powerful enemy's plot to rid the world of mutants. Leaving traditional arena-based fighting games in its wake, X-MEN: Next Dimension is the only console fighter that carries epic superhero showdowns across expansive 3-D levels. Players fight as 24 different X-MEN characters through interactive environments replete with combat-induced damage. [Activision]
Metascore:
61
User Score:
8.6
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS 55.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

Platform: 3DS
October 3, 2014
Return to a world of exciting battles with Super Smash Bros. as you fight your way through a host of fan-favorite opponents. Make your way through memorable stages inspired by the most notorious classic Nintendo games. Challenge a myriad of familiar faces to battle, including Mario, Link, Samus and Pikachu, or take on new contenders, such as Mega Man, Little Mac and Palutena, the Goddess of Light from the Kid Icarus games. Leap into battle as your own personalized Mii characters. Dive into a thrilling new mode, exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS, Smash Run. Fight solo through a battlefield of enemies, and snatch up their dropped powerups before the clock runs out — and the real battle begins. Customize your fighter for when you're playing locally or online. Experience all the stunning beauty of the Super Smash Bros. world rendered in immersive 3D. Challenge family and friends locally or online, or seek out new competition from around the globe in online For Fun or For Glory matches.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.5
Mortal Kombat 56.

Mortal Kombat

Platform: PlayStation 3
April 19, 2011
Mortal Kombat returns to consoles after a long hiatus featuring a return to the gruesome fatalities.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.5
SoulCalibur 57.

SoulCalibur

Platform: Dreamcast
September 8, 1999
This is a tale of souls and swords, transcending the world and all its history, told for all eternity... The greatest weapons-based fighter returns, this time on Sega Dreamcast. Soul Calibur unleashes incredible graphics, fantastic fighters, and combos so amazing they'll make your head spin!
Metascore:
98
User Score:
8.5
SoulCalibur III 58.

SoulCalibur III

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 25, 2005
Soul Calibur III offers players unprecedented variety in gameplay modes and fighting styles. Gamers can guide the fate of their favorite character in the narrative Tales of Souls Mode, play head-to-head with a friend in Vs. Mode, create their own custom fighters in Character Creation Mode, battle as their custom fighter in a real-time simulation in Chronicles of the Sword Mode, engage in unique and original battles in Soul Arena Mode and even recount the history of the franchise in Museum Mode. Also, the addition of three new characters to the existing family of classic warriors gives Soul Calibur III a collection of more than 25 playable characters, each with their own unique fighting style. New characters Zasalamel, Tira and Setsuka will engage in combat within all-new stages, further enhancing the game's unmatched epic scope and trademark weapons-based fighting engine. [Namco]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.5
Mortal Kombat: Deception 59.

Mortal Kombat: Deception

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 4, 2004
Shocking and evil, Mortal Kombat: Deception pushes martial arts-style fighting and the Mortal Kombat franchise to new heights with an innovative fighting system, unparalleled depth and brutally intense action that will appeal to long-time Mortal Kombat fans as well as next-generation gamers. The game features lightning-fast hand-to-hand and special weapons combat, secret and returning characters, moves and combinations with new death-dealing battles and fatalities. With a host of new features including multiple fatalities per character, multi-tiered interactive backgrounds and extensive new game modes, Mortal Kombat: Deception will set a precedent for all other fighting games to follow. [Midway]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.5
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger 60.

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger

Platform: PlayStation 3
June 30, 2009
In the 13th hierarchical city, Kagutsuchi, the Librarium regulates the amazing power of Armagus, a fusion of magic and technology. Currently they are after a wanted criminal named Ragna The Bloodedge, also known as Death, who wants to destroy the Librarium. Due to Ragna possessing a powerful form of Armagus known as the Azure Grimoire, people far and wide are after not only his bounty, but his grimoire as well. This is where our story begins. BlazBlue Key Features: The first hi-res 2D fighter from the creators of the Guilty Gear series! Experience the beauty of high-resoluti on, hand-drawn sprites on 3D backgrounds, all in glorious high-definition. Online Battle Action. Get ready to take the action online and battle the best players from all over the world! Console Exclusive Modes. BlazBlue features the following console-only modes: Arcade, Vs, Practice, and a completely fleshed-out Story Mode that tells the tales of each character. Over 10 unique combatants to choose from! Choose a character that represents your own fighting style, like the lightning-fast Taokaka or the wickedly powerful Tager. Drive your way to victory! Use the unique "Drive Attacks" specific to each character to decimate your opponent. Depending on the character, control the elements like wind and ice, or even absorb the life force from your opponents. A plethora of offensive and defensive options at your disposal! Take advantage of Barriers, Counter Assaults, Rapid Cancels, and Distortion Drives to turn the tide of battle! [Akys Games]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.5
Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition 61.

Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition

Platform: PlayStation 3
February 28, 2012
Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition delivers the critically acclaimed game, all previously released downloadable content (DLC), plus digital downloads of the 2011 release of Mortal Kombat: Songs Inspired by the Warriors album with a bonus track, and the 1995 Mortal Kombat film on the PlayStation®Store or Xbox Live Zune. The DLC includes fan-favorite warriors Skarlet, Kenshi and Rain, as well as the infamous dream stalker Freddy Krueger. The game also offers 15 Klassic Skins and three Klassic Fatalities (Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Reptile). Mortal Kombat: Songs Inspired by the Warriors is a collection of electronic music inspired by the game and is executive produced by JFK (of the DJ/ production duo MSTRKRFT and Death From Above 1979).
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.5
Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance 62.

Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance

Platform: PlayStation 2
November 16, 2002
Deadly Alliance features a completely new fighting system. Each warrior has three unique fighting styles including hand-to-hand and deadly-weapon combat adding a whole new strategy to Mortal Kombat fighting. Full 3D movement with extremely realistic fighting effects are included, with ripped clothing, bruises, sweat-dripping and blood. Brutal Fatalities are back with gruesome and bloody detail first time seen on next-generation systems. Character-specific "special attacks" such as Scorpion's deadly spear move are also here. Over 20 new and old favorite characters . Returning: Johnny Cage, Kung Lao, Raiden, Sonya, Scorpion and more. New: Female Sub-Zero, Moloch, Mavado and more. [Midway]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.5
Street Fighter Alpha 3 63.

Street Fighter Alpha 3

Platform: PlayStation
April 30, 1999
Street Fighter Alpha 3...scores a triple K.O.!
Metascore:
93
User Score:
8.5
WWF No Mercy 64.

WWF No Mercy

Platform: Nintendo 64
November 17, 2000
Jump into the ring with the biggest, baddest jambronis around and experience brutal WWF action never before seen in a console game! Over 65 WWF superstars, all-new Ladder matches, and all-new Double-Team moves, like the Dudley 3D Deathdrop! Take on the entire Federation in Survival Mode. Take the action out of the ring in 10 different backstage areas!
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.5
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger 65.

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger

Platform: Xbox 360
June 30, 2009
In the 13th hierarchical city, Kagutsuchi, the Librarium regulates the amazing power of Armagus, a fusion of magic and technology. Currently they are after a wanted criminal named Ragna The Bloodedge, also known as Death, who wants to destroy the Librarium. Due to Ragna possessing a powerful form of Armagus known as the Azure Grimoire, people far and wide are after not only his bounty, but his grimoire as well. This is where our story begins. BlazBlue Key Features: The first hi-res 2D fighter from the creators of the Guilty Gear series! Experience the beauty of high-resoluti on, hand-drawn sprites on 3D backgrounds, all in glorious high-definition. Online Battle Action. Get ready to take the action online and battle the best players from all over the world! Console Exclusive Modes. BlazBlue features the following console-only modes: Arcade, Vs, Practice, and a completely fleshed-out Story Mode that tells the tales of each character. Over 10 unique combatants to choose from! Choose a character that represents your own fighting style, like the lightning-fast Taokaka or the wickedly powerful Tager. Drive your way to victory! Use the unique "Drive Attacks" specific to each character to decimate your opponent. Depending on the character, control the elements like wind and ice, or even absorb the life force from your opponents. A plethora of offensive and defensive options at your disposal! Take advantage of Barriers, Counter Assaults, Rapid Cancels, and Distortion Drives to turn the tide of battle! [Akys Games]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.5
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 66.

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2

Platform: Wii
November 15, 2006
Combining action, fighting and light role-playing game elements, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 sends players into a rich story mode that spans the entire Dragon Ball, DBZ, and Dragon Ball GT series. The game takes the acrobatic and intense 3D flying and fighting dynamic made popular in the first game and takes it to a new level with over 100 playable characters, 15 vast and vibrant 3D destructible environments, and nine different game modes, including intense single and multiplayer battles. Team up with Z-Warriors to complete exciting missions, ripped right from the TV show (the player can play with two warriors while in battle, and can switch warriors during the battle). Over 100 DBZ warriors, including many that have never been seen in previous DBZ games. Improved camera system, explosive environmental damage, and in-game transformations. The complete DBZ mythology, from Dragon Ball To Dragon Ball GT. Post customizable character codes to the Internet. [Atari]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.5
Bloody Roar 4 67.

Bloody Roar 4

Platform: PlayStation 2
November 11, 2003
Bloody Roar returns and is darker, bloodier and fiercer than ever! 14 returning fighters are joined by three brand-new characters in the newest battle of the beast-fighters. Transform into ferocious inner-beasts and attack with fangs and claws in 3D fighting areas to see who is the ultimate beast-fighter champion! Balance power and health with the new "Zoanthropes Guage". Dramatic story mode for each fighter. 9 modes of gameplay including Arcade and Character Development. Full 3D combat system with aerial juggles, counters, blocks, chains. [Konami]
Metascore:
59
User Score:
8.5
Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike 68.

Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike

Platform: Dreamcast
October 4, 2000
This amazing fighter stars 18 brawlers from the STREET FIGHTER III universe and introduces the new Leap Attack. Plus, a new Grade Judge system evaluates player performance at the end of each match. Huge characters and an innovative Hit-Frame system team up with the return of the Super Arts Fighting Styles. Experience totally seamless animation in the newest chapter of the greatest arcade series ever!
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.5
Bloody Roar 3 69.

Bloody Roar 3

Platform: PlayStation 2
June 25, 2001
Take control of one of 14 "werebeasts" (i.e., werewolf, wereleopard, werebunny, and the mythic weremole!) in this 3D fighter and attempt to punch, kick, and tear the living guts out of your opponents.
Metascore:
71
User Score:
8.5
Dead or Alive 70.

Dead or Alive

Platform: PlayStation
March 31, 1998
The fighting game you've been waiting for...Purist fighting for purist fighting fans. No lightening bolts, no magic tricks, no weapons...Your survival is all in your own hands.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.5
Capcom vs. SNK Pro 71.

Capcom vs. SNK Pro

Platform: PlayStation
August 14, 2002
Two monster corporations at war. One solution. A massive martial arts event is organized to settle the score and eliminate all conflict between the two parties. Join over 30 brawlers from Capcom's legendary Street Fighter and SNK's renowned King of Fighters series; as they fight for universal domination. Capcom vs. SNK PRO...the ultimate collision of strength and power.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.5
Kung Fu Chaos 72.

Kung Fu Chaos

Platform: Xbox
February 24, 2003
Kung Fu Chaos is an entertaining brawler game inspired by the 70s Kung Fu movie era. You fight as one of nine characters--three of which are unlockable--with looks, moves, and taunts based on kung-fu movie icons. Your quest for movie stardom places you on a dynamic movie set, and when the director yells "Action!" you fight against multiple enemies either by yourself or with three friends. Perform over-the-top, Hong-Kong-style combat--including leaps, and flying kicks--and you'll become a star in no time.
Metascore:
68
User Score:
8.5
Rumble Roses 73.

Rumble Roses

Platform: PlayStation 2
November 9, 2004
Get down with Rumble Roses, the first and only all-women?s wrestling game on any platform. These wrestling beauties not only score a perfect 10,000 polygons per character, they also have all the some of the best moves and talent found in any wrestling game. But make sure to watch out for that Mud Match Mode, because these sexy vixens might get dirty. Gorgeous female models and amazing gameplay. Play in the mud with the Rumble Roses in Mud Match Mode. Develop good or bad personas to change costumes and moves. [Konami]
Metascore:
66
User Score:
8.5
The King of Fighters 2006 74.

The King of Fighters 2006

Platform: PlayStation 2
September 19, 2006
(Also known as "King of Fighters: Maximum Impact 2") Enhanced 3D graphics and game play mechanics. The King of Fighters 2006 takes the fighting genre to a whole new level. Several new KOF characters, as well as returning favorites and hidden bonus characters. Classic SNK characters Kula Diamond and Billy Kane, for the first time in 3D. Beautiful background stages including NEOGEO Land. In-depth storyline featuring a different ending for each character. All-new mini-games. English and Japanese voice options. [SNK Playmore]
Metascore:
66
User Score:
8.5
Gundam Battle Assault 2 75.

Gundam Battle Assault 2

Platform: PlayStation
July 17, 2002
Welcome to a future world where gigantic mobile suits and their human pilots wage a hi-tech winner-take-all war. Your fighting skills will be put to the ultimate test, as you challenge other pilots for the right to be called the best. As Burning Gundam, you're a martial arts specialist in search of your brother. Then as Heero Yuy in Gundam Wing, attempt to destroy Trieze Khushrenada. Finally, use Gundam RX-78 to wage war against the Principality of Zeon. Based on "Mobile Suit Gundam," the hugely popular Japanese anime series, and also seen on TV and available on DVD, Gundam Battle Assault 2 proves once and for all that the bigger they are, the harder they brawl!
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.5
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 76.

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010

Platform: DS
October 20, 2009
The best-selling fighting videogame franchise returns to the virtual ring with the most authentic, entertaining and portable simulation of WWE programming to date. Featuring innovative new gameplay controls, an engaging Story Mode and an extensive array of unlockable content, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 delivers a compelling experience unique to the Nintendo DS. It’s the player’s world now. [THQ]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.5
Tekken 2 77.

Tekken 2

Platform: PlayStation
August 25, 1996
More than a sequel. The undisputed #1 fighting game on the planet.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.4
Tekken Tag Tournament 78.

Tekken Tag Tournament

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 25, 2000
The follow-up to "Tekken 3" features 2000 moves in all, and allows for four-player mayhem when utilizing the multi-tap for the tag team experience.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.4
Inuyasha: A Feudal Fairy Tale 79.

Inuyasha: A Feudal Fairy Tale

Platform: PlayStation
April 10, 2003
Based on the comic by the great manga artist, Rumiko Takahashi, Bandai is proud to present INUYASHA for the PlayStation® game console! Battle your way through the thrilling world of INUYASHA and unlock new characters for hours of pulse-pounding fighting action! Go head-to-head against a friend, or team up in tag-team and versus modes! In this fight for fun, you'll always come out the winner!
Metascore:
69
User Score:
8.4
WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role 80.

WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role

Platform: PlayStation
November 21, 2000
Prepare for the most outrageous WF experience ever created. Brawl in the ring, backstage, in the VIP room, the parking lot of the new WF New York. Let your fury rage in the new Tornado Tag Team mode. If that's not hardcore enough, pull out the tables, ladders or chairs and really get nasty.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.4
Mortal Kombat: Unchained 81.

Mortal Kombat: Unchained

Platform: PSP
November 13, 2006
This sixth episode of the ulraviolent and visceral fighting series from Midway features all-new fighters include Darrius, Dairou and Kobra. More than 24 different kombatants, Konquest adventure mode and a Kombat Chess mini-game are also in the game.
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.4
Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team 82.

Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team

Platform: PSP
October 19, 2010
Play solo or team up via Ad Hoc mode to tackle memorable battles in a variety of single player and multiplayer modes, including Dragon Walker, Battle 100, and Survival Mode. Dragon Walker Mode takes fans through the entire epic Dragon Ball Z story arc from the Saiyan saga to the Majin Buu saga. Battle 100 Mode tasks players to relive the most epic encounters and newly created situations from the Dragon Ball Z world in ever increasingly difficult situations. With more than 70 playable and deeply customizable characters, multiple modes, and Ad Hoc Party gameplay, Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team is chock full of gameplay for your portable PSP system.
Metascore:
63
User Score:
8.4
X-Men: Mutant Academy 2 83.

X-Men: Mutant Academy 2

Platform: PlayStation
September 17, 2001
Train with Professor X to unleash your super-powers and polish your combat skills. Master all-new, over-the-top moves-including aerial combat-as you fight through the ranks of mutants and prove you have what it takes to earn X-MEN status. Plus, get a behind-the-scenes look at X-MEN the Movie concept sketches, costumes and more!
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.4
Godzilla: Save the Earth 84.

Godzilla: Save the Earth

Platform: PlayStation 2
November 2, 2004
In the single-player game, G-Force scientists have cracked Godzilla's genetic code from samples obtained during the Vortaak invasion. Scientists have refined the code to grow super-enriched "Godzilla-Matter" -- a virtually indestructible substance with the exact physical properties as Godzilla's radioactive back spikes. The Vortaak learn of the Godzilla Matter and strike Monster Island in an attempt to steal G-Cells and seize control of Earth's monsters. As Godzilla, the player awakens and fights to stop the UFOs from stealing G-Cells, and to free his fellow monsters from captivity. Throughout the game's missions, Vorticia sends waves of monsters, UFOs, mind-controlled military and earth-threatening devices at Godzilla, who must fight to defeat the enemies and find the hidden G-Cells before the UFOs can steal them. The epic battle for Earth will range across the globe in more than a dozen massive, destructible city environments, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Osaka and New York. Features a variety of online multiplayer options for up to four players where gamers can smash, bash and trash opposing monsters and cities in gargantuan online melees. Player will be able to go head-to-head, three- or four-player free-for-all, or team up for two-on-two combat. Godzilla will face off against more than 18 classic Toho movie monsters, each carefully designed to recreate the authentic film look and feel. Monsters include Godzilla 2000 and 90s, King Ghidorah, Gigan, Mothra, SpaceGodzilla, Biollante and many more. [Atari]
Metascore:
62
User Score:
8.4
Mortal Kombat: Deception 85.

Mortal Kombat: Deception

Platform: GameCube
March 1, 2005
Mortal Kombat: Deception takes the series to the next level with multiple fatalities per character, interactive backgrounds, and new game modes. For the first time in the Mortal Kombat series, you can play a free-roaming Konquest mode, board games, and a puzzle game, in addition to the enhanced one-on-one fighting mode. Mortal Kombat: Deception supports online play for both the PS2 and Xbox Live and features online matches and tournaments as well as online gameplay capabilities for both the board game and puzzle modes.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.4
Def Jam: Fight for NY 86.

Def Jam: Fight for NY

Platform: Xbox
September 20, 2004
Def Jam Fight for NY takes the battle for hip-hop domination into the fighting ring. More than 35 hip-hop artists and personalities--including Busta Rhymes, Carmen Electra, Lil' Kim, Ludacris, Method Man, Redman, Sean Paul, Slick Rick, and Snoop Dogg--face off in brutal wrestling matches. In the ring and on the streets, you'll join the battle as a New York City street fighter. The game challenges you to develop your own fighting style and seize control of the hip-hop underworld.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.4
Street Fighter III: Double Impact 87.

Street Fighter III: Double Impact

Platform: Dreamcast
June 19, 2000
Street Fighter® fans everywhere get a double-dose of double-trouble with Street Fighter III: Double Impact. This explosive street brawl for the Sega Dreamcast™ contains TWO arcade hits on one CD -- Street Fighter III: New Generation... and Street Fighter III: Second Impact. Loaded with a new legion of fighters, Street fighter III: Double Impact boasts new enhancements to the series like parrying, Super Art fighting styles and two-punch, two-kick fighting styles to inflict more damage.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.4
Guilty Gear XX Accent Core 88.

Guilty Gear XX Accent Core

Platform: PlayStation 2
September 11, 2007
This latest iteration in the Guilty Gear series returns with its trademark high-resolution graphics along with an entirely retuned fighting system, new stages, new characters, graphics, voices and the ability to create matches between old and new characters in the Generations Mode. Over 20 deadly combatants to choose from, including 2 new characters. All of your favorite characters have returned with new moves and an alternate EX version of each. Accent Core also introduces 2 reinvented fighters, A.B.A and Order-Sol that have never been seen outside of Japan. Refined fighting game system with 3 new gameplay systems. Accent Core’s Force Break, Throw Escape and Slash Back systems give all the fighters’ new defensive and offensive capabilities. New backgrounds, character voices and an introductory animation have been added for a fresh Guilty Gear experience. Multiple modes of mayhem. Hone your fighting skills in 5 different modes: Arcade, Medal of Millionaire, Versus, Survival and Training. [Aksys Games]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.4
Kengo: Master of Bushido 89.

Kengo: Master of Bushido

Platform: PlayStation 2
January 3, 2001
The mind is a powerful weapon. So is the sword. When combined, they create the ultimate force. To be a Samurai master, you must silence one and make fierce the other. The rhythm of battle awaits you. Now, go young apprentice, and earn your glory.
Metascore:
62
User Score:
8.4
Mortal Kombat 90.

Mortal Kombat

Platform: Xbox 360
April 19, 2011
Mortal Kombat returns to consoles after a long hiatus featuring a return to the gruesome fatalities.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.3
Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final Fantasy 91.

Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final Fantasy

Platform: PSP
March 21, 2011
Check out new tales of these new warriors and an enhanced battle system.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.3
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 92.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Platform: PlayStation 3
September 11, 2012
The Tekken Tag Tournament returns with fighters from across the Tekken spectrum taking each other on two by two for the second time.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.3
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 93.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 19, 2010
Developed by CyberConnect2, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 2 faithfully recreates the anime series and fully immerses players in the mythical ninja world with new expansive environments, missions, battle systems and gameplay modes. Taking players through the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN story arc, daring ninja warriors must strategically recruit the right support characters to ensure victory against any and all opponents. With the winning combination, players can easily unleash bigger and more explosive Team Special Techniques to obliterate enemies who stand in the way.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.3
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon 94.

Mortal Kombat: Armageddon

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 9, 2006
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon is the latest chapter in the award-winning, best-selling video game fighting franchise. With the most complete Mortal Kombat roster ever, including every character from the Mortal Kombat fighting universe, revolutionary Create-A-Fighter and Create-A-Fatality modes, plus a brand new Konquest mode, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon strives to be the most complete, intensely lethal, fighting experience ever. [Midway]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.3
WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2006 95.

WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2006

Platform: PlayStation 2
November 14, 2005
An amazing 100 different match types to challenge your wrestling skill and from the halls of immortality, a new roster of celebrated WWE Legends. Lace up your boots for the definitive wrestling experience that is WWE SmackDown! vs RAW 2006. New high-resolution textures and integrated motion-capture technology brings WWE programming to life like never before. Revolutionary momentum system adds increased depth with less complexity, while the all-new stamina system brings a new level of realism and strategy to matches. Challenge players online to gain prestige in a virtual WWE Championship Improved cut-scenes and 2 full seasons to play without story repetition. Buried-Alive Match, Bar Brawl backstage area, a special surprise for the WWE divas and others. Fully customizable 3D locker room (first time ever in 3D), 3 levels of blood and other "fan favorite" first time additions. A new roster of some of your favorite legends of all time. [THQ]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.3
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 96.

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 18, 2005
Everything before it was just training. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi combines fighting and flying in wide open, destructible 3D environments. In the air, on the ground or under water, DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi gives players the ability to battle with unprecedented power and freedom. Experience the intensity of DBZ fighting in an all-new way by combining melee combat, energy attacks and 3D flight with fully interactive recreation of the Dragon Ball universe. With its intense battles, high-speed flight and deep storyline, DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi offers players a "superhero" experience of epic proportions - it's the DBZ game fans have been waiting for. [Atari]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.3
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 97.

Ultimate Mortal Kombat

Platform: DS
November 12, 2007
Ultimate Mortal Kombat combines the visceral thrills of the classic "Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3" and the addictive puzzle action of the Puzzle Kombat component of Midway’s best-selling "Mortal Kombat: Deception" in a single DS-friendly package. With new record-keeping capability, and Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection multiplayer, players can take UMK anywhere for fighting action on the go. [Midway]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.3
Custom Robo Arena 98.

Custom Robo Arena

Platform: DS
March 19, 2007
Custom Robo: The sport of tomorrow. In the not-too-distant future, competitors battle customized robot warriors in holographic battle arenas. Victory is determined not only by fighting skill but also by how well Robo Commanders design their robot gladiators, so players need both brawn and brains to survive. Explore a sci-fi landscape as you fight toward the Custom Robo championship, powering up your Robos with tons of unique parts There are literally millions of possible Custom Robo combinations, giving you complete control over how you fight your battles. Players can challenge their friends to one-on-one Robo battles anytime and anywhere using either Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, Multi-Card Play or DS Download Play. Outside of the battle arenas, Custom Robo Arena plays like a role-playing game in which players walk through the futuristic city setting and interact with other characters as they struggle to win the Custom Robo championship. [Nintendo]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.3
Bloody Roar: Primal Fury 99.

Bloody Roar: Primal Fury

Platform: GameCube
March 18, 2002
Wage an all-out assault as one of 16 fighters, each with the ability to transform mid-fight into their alternate Hpyer-beast life-form. Fight to the finish in 2-player head-to-head and single-player modes through 10 interactive and destructible mutli-level arenas. With fast and furious arena action-fighting has never looked this good or been this brutual.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.3
Def Jam: Fight for NY: The Takeover 100.

Def Jam: Fight for NY: The Takeover

Platform: PSP
August 29, 2006
Def Jam Fight for NY: The Takeover, the prequel to "Def Jam Vendetta," let's you experience the ultimate hip hop fighting game anywhere you go. Playing as the hottest artists and celebrities in Hip Hop including Busta Rhymes, Carmen Electra, Lil' Kim, Ludacris, Method Man, Redman, Snoop Dogg, and Xzibit, you'll be able to unravel the events that lead to Def Jam Vendetta and find out how D-Mob got to rule NYC. Featuring new fighting moves and new venues, where players can gain respect by winning fights and rising among the ranks of the crew. Players can create their own fighter with gear from Def Jam University, Phat Farm, Brand Jordan, Ecko Unlimited, Enyce, Rocawear, Sean John, State Property, Reebok, and more. For the first time ever players can battle in 1-on-1 death matches using PSP's wireless functionality. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.3
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