Even though fighting games have a bad rap for being difficult to master, there’s never been a better moment to get into this intensely competitive genre, thanks to the proliferation of instructional videos and manuals. Aside from online Street Fighter battles and games like Injustice and Soulcalibur’s rich single-player content, there are lots of other ways you may enjoy these titles if you don’t plan on participating at Evo.
In this list, you’ll discover many games known for their fierce competition and vibrant communities, but there are also some old favorites and some surprises sprinkled in there. So grab your controller, practice your fireballs, and get ready for some of the greatest PC combat games ever created.
MORTAL KOMBAT 11:
In its long-running Mortal Kombat franchise, NetherRealm has established a high bar for gore and gritty fighting. Mortal Kombat 11 exceeds all of our expectations, and Scorpion piledriving Sub-Zero with one of the many MK11 fatalities is proof of that. Battles are brutal, but they are also systematic, so fighting seems deliberate, and delivering a strike is satisfying. As usual, projectiles are being thrown at enemies in the name of zone control. Much yet, getting up close and personal is even more rewarding.
There’s more to it than that, as The Krypt makes a triumphant comeback. There are many riddles to be solved, as well as objects that open up new regions. Even though it’s a grind and a lot of it requires leaving the Krypt, we have a helpful Mortal Kombat 11: The Krypt guide to help you out. We think we’re great.
STREET FIGHTER V: ARCADE EDITION:
The release of Street Fighter V was less than stellar. With a solid core combat system from the outset, it never seemed like an unfinished game. Series producer Yoshinori Ono has admitted that this was a problem. While it took far too long to get there, the Arcade Edition release in 2018 saw the game reach its full potential.
To be clear, this is still Street Fighter, and all other fighting games are judged against it. Since the World Warrior entered arcades all those years ago, we’ve been creating traditions with Street Fighter to comprehend fireballs, combos better, and special attacks – never mind footsies and frame data – and V maintains those traditions.
Cross-play between Street Fighter V on PC and PlayStation 4 means you can compete with anybody else online. There are a lot of fighters on this list that don’t have that kind of edge since most people play on consoles. With announcing a new season of Street Fighter V characters last year, the game’s future seems bright. Rival Schools’ Dan, Rose, Oro, and Akira are now in the game. Luke, a newbie who will join the cast later this year, has been revealed as the show’s last character.
Maybe ‘whatever the most current NetherRealm game is’ is a better way to interpret this entry? Despite the apparent changes between Mortal Kombat and Injustice, the studio follows the same concept with each iteration, but it’s becoming closer to perfection. It’s one of the greatest fighting games on PC, but it’s also a great superhero game, thanks to the inclusion of so many different characters.
A dark take on the DC world, Injustice 2 rebalances excellent and evil, which is a fancy way of stating that Superman and Batman will battle each other. The diverse cast includes fan favorites with superpowers, as well as some intriguing newcomers. They all provide genuine abilities in highly strategic games that are packed with choices for conflict and dramatic devastation.
Injustice 2, developed by NetherRealm Studios, is a shining example of how well their games’ content is created. While the dramatic narrative mode is top-notch, the Multiverse offers gameplay challenges and unlockables, as well as an extensive gear system that allows you to customize your fighter’s attributes and look. For those who prefer Batman to Iron Man, even though Mortal Kombat 11 has replaced Injustice 2, this is still one of the best fighting game bundles available.