The Best Xbox 360 fighting Games

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The Xbox 360 released in 2005 to excited fans who patiently awaited the newest upgrade to the home console experience. With this brand-new generation came plenty of awesome enhancements such as better multiplayer, HD graphics, immersive sound, and an updated controller. Many of the Xbox 360’s features became standard in the gaming industry, and the Xbox 360 controller became the favored controller for console and PC gamers alike. Many long-time franchises released new iterations into their respective series, giving gamers the experiences they pined for. The Xbox 360 was revolutionary for its time and is still looked upon fondly by gamers today.

Fighting games have always been a favorite among hardcore gamers. This genre is an easy way to show mastery over a game’s mechanics and show your friends who’s boss. Over the past few decades, fighting games have evolved to be much more than a 2D, one-on-one brawl. With the release of the Xbox 360, fighting games had even more room to evolve to be more complex and exciting than ever before. Games like Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition and SoulCalibur IV gave players more exciting and brutal matchups, with plenty of content to keep gamers entertained for years to come.

Virtua Fighter 5 Online

Virtua Fighter 5 Online is a faithful port of the Virtua Fighter 5 arcade game that brings the action of the arcade to your TV. Featuring 17 different characters, both new and old, Virtua Fighter 5 Online has plenty of grind-worthy features that will keep players hooked.

This title introduces a customization feature which allows players to earn cash in competitions and trick out their favorite fighters. The Quest mode makes a return, but received a much-needed upgrade that scratches that fighting game itch nicely. Virtua Fighter 5 Online, of course, features exciting online play through Xbox Live, allowing players to face off and climb the leaderboards.


Street Fighter IV

This long-awaited entry into the beloved Street Fighter franchise finally came, and it is all fans asked for and more. Instead of keeping the classic, pixel style, Street Fighter IV features 3D rendered environments and characters, but retains the gameplay that made the originals great.

With 25 different characters featured in the Xbox version, there is always a new way to play this awesome fighter. A new addition to the series is the focus attack, which allows players to absorb enemy attacks and launch them back at their opponent. Street Fighter IV is an awesome entry into a fantastic series, and a must play for new and old fans alike.


Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition

The ninth entry into the main Mortal Kombat series is sure to make old fans excited and get new players hooked. Get back into the brutal combat with awesome combos, fatalities, and x-ray moves. Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition uses the Unreal Engine for updated realism and exciting collision.

Mortal Kombat also took a page out of Street Fighter’s book and added a Super Meter which allows players to dole out increasingly brutal moves on enemies. Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition takes every element that made this series famous and bundles it into a beautiful and brutal package.


BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger

A Japanese favorite has finally made its way to the west, providing players with one of the most unique fighters to date. Taking the form of a traditional 2D fighter, BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger is actually anything but traditional.

While the basic mechanics are simplistic and easy to understand, Rapid Cancels and Ukemi Tactics add skill and tactics for hardcore fighting fans. There are twelve exceedingly unique fighters to choose from as well. The Xbox 360 version also features some exclusive content such as multiplayer battles, story mode, “unlimited” character versions which grant them boss abilities, and Astral Heats for all characters. BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger is an awesome fighter filled to the brim with content.


Dead or Alive 4

The fourth entry into the awesome, fighting franchise Dead or Alive is sure to blow both fans and newcomers away. While adding new features to the franchise, Dead or Alive 4 retains the interactive, multi-tiered arenas that set this title apart from other fighters. With the new console generation came much-needed improvements to physics, graphics, and sound as well.

This title features an all-new story as well, allowing players to experience the world of Dead or Alive. Customization is key the game too, allowing players to dress up any of the 22 playable characters however they see fit. Dead or Alive 4 is an innovative and exciting fighting title with plenty of content to keep gamers entertained for weeks on end.


SoulCalibur IV

The awesome sword combat title is back and better than ever. SoulCalibur IV shows what the Xbox 360 is capable of by updating everything from environments to characters with even more detail. Character creation is back in this title, allowing players to flex their creative muscle and make the beefiest fighter in the game. These custom characters can be taken online to brawl with other players as well.

New to the series is the Tower of Lost Souls mode which puts the player in a tournament where they can earn rewards for winning battles. To top it all off, Yoda is a playable character on the Xbox 360 adding the power of the Force to these already awesome battles.


Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds

Marvel vs. Capcom is easily one of the most exciting fighting franchises, putting two beloved IP’s up against each other in goofy and exciting combat. With 36 different playable characters from both Marvel and Capcom, players will never run out of exciting ways to experience this fantastic franchise.

The tag-team battles are back, and rendered in a beautiful comic book art style. Players will also be able to go head-to-head in awesome online battles against other players to show off their skills. There are plenty of modes as well which offer some fun single player and co-op gameplay giving this title an almost endless supply of content.


Street Fighter X Tekken

Two of the biggest fighting franchises of the last 20 years have finally gone head to head in Street Fighter X Tekken. Take on some of the most famous fighters in the industry in awesome, tag-team battles. There are 38 different fighters to choose from and an additional twelve available in DLC. The fighting mechanics are closer to Street Fighter’s gameplay with the recognizable 2D, single plane fighting.

New features specific to this game however are the Gem System and Pandora Mode. The Gem System allows players to equip gems to their fighters for improved abilities and Pandora Mode allows the player to fight with powered up attributes. Street Fighter X Tekken is the perfect mash-up of two fantastic franchises with plenty of content for new and old fans alike.


Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is the perfect game for fans of the Tekken franchise, giving players the ability to play as almost every character in this long-standing series. Similar to most tag-team fighters, players will pick two characters from a total of 59 options to face off against another team of two. Players can then switch between their characters as the fight progresses.

Combos can be chained together by switching characters mid-combo, hitting the opponent with long and brutal series of attacks. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is the perfect homage to Tekken’s long history, and an awesome game for fans.


Persona 4 Arena

Duke it out with familiar characters from both Persona 3 and Persona 4. There are a total of 13 different characters to choose from, each with their own Persona to assist you in battle. Personas can inflict status effects as well that may slow or poison an enemy, and become available to the player fairly quickly, allowing for fun and wild battles.

The gameplay itself is similar to most 2D fighters, but with plenty of bells and whistles to keep players addicted. Persona 4 Arena has been praised by critics and fans alike, and is an awesome spin-off from an already amazing series.


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  • Updated September 3, 2020
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