It seems that almost every year a new video game comes out that makes you forget about last year’s hottest pick. We’ve witnessed gaming systems come and go, along with games that win over the hearts and minds of players, while others fade away into complete obscurity.
The PlayStation 4 system was released in 2013 and yet, six years later, is still one of the most popular, if not the most popular, of all gaming systems.
But what do gamers like to play? Some of the most popular video games of all time seem to be fighting games. Because of this, we created a short list of some of the best fighting games ever released for PS4.
Mortal Kombat XL
Mortal Kombat XL was developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Running on the Unreal Engine 3, it is the tenth main installment in the Mortal Kombat video game series and a sequel to the 2011 game Mortal Kombat.
Mortal Kombat X is a fighting game in which two characters fight against each other using a variety of attacks, including special moves, and the series’ trademark gruesome finishing moves.
The game allows two players to face each other (either locally or online), or a single player to play against the CPU. The game arguably has the best fighting mechanics of any game in the Mortal Kombat series and won the award for best fighting game in 2015.
While most want call a professional wrestling game a “fighting game”, we will allow it based on the realness of the matches. WWE 2K19 was developed by Yuke’s and published by 2K Sports.
It was released worldwide on October 9, 2018 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It is the 20th game made in the WWE game series (sixth under the WWE 2K banner), and the successor to WWE 2K18. WWE 2K19 features many different returning and new game modes, including the 2K Showcase Mode, focusing on the career of Daniel Bryan.
This is the first Showcase to be featured in the series since WWE 2K17’s Hall of Fame Showcase DLC. Players take control of 11 different unique models of Daniel Bryan, in 11 matches, including his Velocity match against John Cena. The look and feel of WWE 2K19 is much more fluid than previous entries. It is a must have for any pro wrestling fan.
Street Fighter V is a fighting game developed by Capcom and Dimps and published by Capcom for the PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows in 2016.
The game features cross-platform play between the PlayStation 4 and Windows versions. Similar to the previous games in the Street Fighter series, Street Fighter V features a side-scrolling fighting gameplay system.
The game also introduces the “V-Gauge”, which builds as the player receives attacks and adds three new skills. The game features 16 characters at launch, with four of them being new to the series. A story mode and additional characters were added through updates and downloadable content.
According to Capcom, the game was a PlayStation 4 console exclusive as both Sony and Capcom had “the same vision for the growth potential in the fighting game space”. The game was powered by Unreal Engine 4, and had a beta test prior to its launch. Upon release, the game received generally positive reviews, with critics praising the game’s graphics and gameplay, but was criticized for its lack of content and characters, as well as its technical issues such as broken servers at launch and software bugs.
Capcom was expecting the game to sell at least 2 million copies by the end of their fiscal year 2016. It missed the sales target, selling only 1.4 million copies as of March 31, 2016; though its accumulated lifetime sales got close to 3.1 million. Street Fighter V carries on the 2D fighting gameplay of its predecessors, in which two fighters use a variety of attacks and special abilities to knock out their opponent. The game features 16 characters at launch, four of whom are new to the Street Fighter series.
Following the game’s launch, several additional characters were developed and added to the game via updates, with six new characters added as part of each “season” of content. These characters, among other post-launch content, are able to be purchased via either real-world currency, or “Fight Money”, earned through gameplay. Do you feel lucky? There is a Street Fighter II slot you can try for real money. Check out CasinoProfessor.com to find out more.
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UFC Undisputed 3
UFC Undisputed 3 is a mixed martial arts video game featuring Ultimate Fighting Championship properties and fighters developed by Yuke’s and published by THQ. It was released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
It is a sequel to UFC Undisputed 2010, making it the third and last game to be released under THQ’s 2007 agreement with the UFC. The addition of Pride Mode, with Pride rules, ring, and fighters. Pride Grand Prix has also been included, with the ability to have fights in the same night with damage moving onto the next fight. Commentary is provided by Bas Rutten and Stephen Quadros. Lenne Hardt announces the fighters in Pride.
EA Sports UFC 3
EA Sports UFC 3 is a mixed martial arts fighting video game developed by EA Canada and was published by EA Sports. Conor McGregor, the previous cover fighter of EA Sports UFC 2 returned as the official cover fighter of the game.
Serving as the sequel to 2014’s EA Sports UFC and 2016’s EA Sports UFC 2, it was released on February 2, 2018, for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game is based on Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), while also retaining realism with respect to physics, sounds and movements.
New to the series is the “G.O.A.T.” career mode, where the choices made throughout the career impact the player’s path to greatness. Outside of fights, the player can make promotional choices to build hype, gain fans, earn more cash through big contracts and capture the world’s attention. A new in-game social media system now allows the player to create heated rivalries with other UFC athletes, providing the freedom to take on any type of persona.
Continuing on the knockout mode which was introduced in EA Sports UFC 2, the game delivers a new type of multiplayer modes designed for fast and quick fights that are integral when playing against opponents.
The tournament mode offers ultimate rights as the player attempts to take on as many opponents as possible in bracket-style elimination rounds with continuous damage and fatigue. With 234 different fighters in 10 weight classes, the game contains the biggest character roster out of the three EA Sports UFC games.