Although it took some time to pick up steam, the PlayStation 3 was eventually able to deliver on its promise of quality exclusive games and a large support of 3rd party titles.
The PS3 is known for great horror games, top-notch RPGs, and some of the best action games of last generation. And during the time the PS3 had to mature it amassed a pretty impressive library of fighting games that to this day remain popular.
Since it can be tough to decide which games to invest your time and money in, we’ve provided a list of the best fighting games that the PS3 has to offer.
Not only have they rated high with reviewers and critics but they also still have an active community, making them still worth playing and mastering should you be the kind of gamer that’s always looking for some good competition.
Popular fighting games for PS3
Below is a list of some of the best fighting games the PS3 has to offer. This section covers the more popular PS3 fighting games with a fair amount of detail to peek your interest
1. Injustice: Gods Among Us
Injustice: Gods Among Us was released in 2013 and is a fighting game featuring the characters from DC Comics. Unlike many other fighting titles, it received a lot of praise for its expansive story line, which has a captivating plot.
Features included unique specials traits and attacks for each character, as well as dynamic stages and interactive environments.
Set in the fictional universe of DC Comics, Injustice: Gods Among Us let’s you pit some of the most iconic heroes and villains of our time against each other in a brutal fight that has all the intensity you’d expect from a NetherRealm Studios game.
Winner of several Fighting Game of the Year awards, this title is worth checking out even if you’re one of those few people that doesn’t like Batman or Superman.
What makes this one of the best fighting games available for PS3 is both the amazing cast of characters, each with their own unique abilities straight from the comics, as well as solid gameplay.
Despite involving one-on-one matches within a 2D plane, all the characters and backgrounds are in 3D and look gorgeous. A lot of the fun is smashing your opponent through some of the environments to send them plummeting toward another screen, dealing damage in the process and looking remarkable every second of it.
Each fighter also has a ‘character trait’ that allows them to perform a cool ability based on the character. For instance, Batman’s trait allows him to call a swarm of robotic bats to wreak havoc while Superman gains a temporary stat boost.
The story mode is also impressive as you’re taken across an engaging narrative worthy of the comics, all while you swap between different characters throughout it.
If you’re looking for a game with engaging fighting mechanics, gorgeous visuals, and one of the coolest cast of fighters you’ll ever find, definitely check this one out.
If you can, pick up the Ultimate Edition of the game to get all the downloadable content that you previously had to purchase separately.
2. Mortal Kombat
One of the most popular fighting game series from the 90s has received a reboot and it’s everything we could have hoped for. Just like the classic games from the 16-bit era, Mortal Kombat offers a fighting system that’s much less demanding than other games that require a list of precise button presses to pull off a single combo.
Of course, that’s not to say that Mortal Kombat doesn’t offer an addicting fighting system that’s easy to learn but fun to master, especially when each fighter’s unique movesets force players to learn strategies against each character in order to become good. And just like the original titles, the action is very brutal and Fatalities still provide over-the-top violence that’s always cool and sometimes even a bit funny.
All in all, Mortal Kombat is the kind of reboot you’d like to see for any fighting game series that has been out of the spotlight for a while. There’s tons to unlock, has a great online mode, and offers a pretty decent story throughout its single-player campaign. If you’re all about violent games and want to celebrate victories by ripping your opponent’s spine out, Mortal Kombat is ready for you.
3. Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition
Perhaps no other fighting series has seen as much success throughout the entire world as Street Fighter. For many of us it all started with Street Fighter II, complete with Guile’s incredible theme music that to this day we can’t get out of our heads. Fortunately Capcom has managed to keep this series interesting, and Street Fighter IV may be the best one of them all.
Having seen several new versions in the past few years, the original Street Fighter IV actually released in 2008 in a time when fighting games were on the decline. However, SFIV proved to be just what the industry needed and the genre that once dominated arcade cabinets and 16-bit consoles was back in business.
Easily one of the best Fighting games for PlayStation 3, Street Fighter IV was quickly declared by many fans as the best title in the series. It includes a new ‘Focus Attack’ system and special moves, but maintains the old style button modes that result in a perfect fusion of old and new.
It also includes all the characters of previous edition, as well as hidden characters and several new fighters for players to control. An excellent addition to the Street Fighter franchise.
Just like its predecessors, SFIV is beloved by fighting game enthusiasts for its demanding gameplay. Having good spacing is still just as important as knowing how to pull off elaborate combos, which now require more timing than ever. Suffice to say, there’s enough depth to have you playing for hours on end before you truly feel like you’ve mastered one of the many characters.
One of the most popular fighting games on the PS3, as evident by the online community that continues to stay active and ready for newcomers, Street Fighter IV is a must-have if you consider yourself a fan of the fighting game genre.
4. Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Another acclaimed fighting series that has stood the test of time, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 offers the same speed, strategy, and adrenaline that made past iterations a success in arcades and on consoles. Compared to pretty much every other game on this list, MvC3 feels like a fighting game that just had 100 shots of the most potent espresso you can find.
In other words, the gameplay is very fast, which also makes it incredibly fun. In this game you get to choose 3 fighters for each match, each with their own simple combos and special techniques to perform. The X-Factor power-up also allows you to cancel any move you’re currently performing as well as recover some health and increase your power and speed, adding a new level of strategy as you decide the best time (and with which of your 3 characters) to use it.
Although many players are quickly discouraged by the fast-paced gameplay that can offer punishment from a single wrong move, those who stick around have found the speed and complexity very satisfying. If you’re looking for a fighter that has a cool cast of characters and will see your gaming skills pushed to the limit, definitely give Marvel vs. Capcom 3 a go.
5. BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma
Although not too well known among the mainstream, the BlazBlue series is still one of the most popular fighting games for PS3 for fans of fighters. Chrono Phantasma is technically the third version of the same game that game out in 2008 and each iteration has only grown in popularity among the fighting community. That’s because although the gameplay is nearly as fast as Mvc3 and arguably designed for the hardcore fighting gamers, Blazblue is accessible enough so that players of all skill levels can have a good time.
What sets BlazBlue apart from other fighting games is its dynamic cast of unique characters. Blade-wielding warriors with crazy clothing, a dark blob-like creature that dissolves into liquid, and a giant red guy with spiky hair are one of the many memorable fighters to use, and each one of them looks amazing via gorgeous 2D art.
Also popular is the heavy metal music that accompanies the fast-paced fights, while the single-player and online multiplayer modes have kept players busy for hours on end. Definitely give BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma a try if you’d like a fighting game that feels like a breath of fresh air while offering addicting gameplay at the same time.
More of the top PS3 Fighting games
The following titles continue our list of PS3 Fighting games. Ranging from more recent to some greatest hits, these are the Fighting games that helped the PS3 define another era in video game history.
6. WWE 2K14
We’re kicking off with latest edition of what is arguably one of the most popular fighting games series ever. WWE 2K14 brings back all the biggest names in wrestling and makes the bouts more exhilarating than ever.
The gameplay has been given a revamp which sees moves looking better, animations looking smoother, and finishers even more brutal than before. There are also a couple of new modes to give gamers a fresh WWE experience.
7. Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe
Two of the biggest fighting franchises join forces in this 2008 title, giving players the chance to battle it out with their favorite characters like never before.
It features a well-made story mode that allows games to represent either the MK or DC characters, a control system that allows for explosive combos, and also diverse multiplayer options.
8. Soul Calibur 4
Soul Calibur games have been popular since the first was launched way back in 1998. Released in 2008, Soul Calibur 4 continues the weapon-based combat system of its predecessors and has been praised for its inclusion of several Star Wars characters such as Darth Vader and Yoda.
It boasts a huge moves list, create-a-character options, and plenty of game modes that make for a quality addition to the fighting genre. Soul Calibur 4 was a great game for its time and deserves its spot in the PS3’s “Greatest Hits” collection.
9. Dead or Alive 5
Dead or Alive is yet another huge name in the fighting genre and this, the fifth in the series, does not disappoint.
It received plenty of positive reviews after its release in 2012, being praised for the expansive story mode and online play. Characters look better, attacks are more aggressive, and Power Blows were added that give a whole new meaning to the word brutal.
10. Tekken 6
Tekken 6 marked a new beginning for the hit series by including several revolutionary new features, including multi-area levels and in-depth character customisation options.
One of the best things about Tekken 6 though is the new Scenario Campaign mode. This mode ditches the usual round based combat in favor of RPG style play which includes weapons, power-ups and expanded battle grounds.
11. UFC Undisputed 3
UFC games have become more and more popular in recent years – thanks to the rising popularity of mixed martial arts – and UFC Undisputed 3 is the best yet.
Featuring dozens of real life fighters and hundreds of possibilities in the ring, it brings the high-octane sport to PlayStation 3 like never before.
Players can launch a campaign or battle online, taking on opponents in some of the best-known venues from across the globe, including the MGM Grand and Palms Casino Resort.
12. WWE All Stars
A stand out title in the WWE series, All Stars offers a whole new twist to the wrestling franchise.
Instead of the usual simulation style play of other WWE editions, players get involved in arcade style battles, where everything from the characters to the moves and finishers is exaggerated.
Perhaps one of the best things about the game is the ability to play as classic WWE wrestlers, as well as their modern day counterparts.
13. Virtua Fighter 5
To this day, Virtua Fighter 5 is still one of the funnest fighting titles to hit PS3. It boasts better animations, a wide range of characters, and new online play which proved a big hit with gamers.
Virtua Fighter has always separated itself from other fighting games with its commitment to realism, while still allowing for awesome moves and huge combos. This, the fifth in the series, raised the bar yet again.
14. Street Fighter X Tekken
Another game to fuse two of the biggest fighting series in history, Street Fighter X Tekken had gamers waiting in anticipation when it was announced back in 2010.
One of the best things about this game is the focus on tag style play, in which fighters can be switched mid-round – and even mid-combo – to allow for a wide range of possibilities in every battle.
15. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3
The Naruto series is another that’s acclaimed by gamers the world over and, including 80 playable characters, Storm 3 boasts one of the largest casts of any fighting game on the PlayStation 3.
It features expansive single and multiplayer modes and a unique fight style that incorporates limitless ways of defeating the enemy, including massive combos and awesome specials.
This is one of the more recent fighting games on the list, released in 2013, and Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 has been receiving nothing but top reviews since its launch. All you have to do is see the great ratings it has on Amazon to be reassured that this is a top notch Fighting game for PS3.
16. BlazBlue: Continuum Shift
The BlazBlue fighting games are still relatively unheard of but any fan of the genre will tell you that they are certainly not to be missed.
Continuum Shift delivers epic battles through the inclusion of awesome fight techniques, thanks to the new special ‘Heat Gauge’, and unique modes.
The console version of the game also includes bonus characters and a new challenge mode for the player to improve their skills.
17. Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 remains one of the only fighting titles where players choose two characters to battle with from the outset. This leads to some pretty awesome fights and is one reason why the game was so well received after its launch in 2012.
Of course, there’s also the option for 1v1 battling, and TTT2 also features expansive arenas and battlegrounds to enjoy.
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