Best fighting games to play right now

A countdown of the best fighting games of today

Best fighting games are:

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate | Mortal Kombat XL | Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 | Injustice 2 | Dragon Ball FighterZ | Soul Calibur 6 | Tekken 7 | Street Fighter 5 | Killer Instinct (2013) | The King of Fighters 14 | Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 | Virtua Fighter

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Mortal Kombat XL
Don't be fooled into thinking Mortal Kombat XL is just for gore-fiends and those who get their kicks from brutal ultraviolence (although, let's not kid ourselves, it is chock full of those things). It's also a damn good fighting game that pairs robust single-player offerings with some of the smoothest and most satisfying online gameplay around. The stiffness found in the series' ninth entry is gone, and MKXL feels like the definitive vision of the Mortal Kombat universe. With all of the game's DLC under one roof, XL is a smorgasbord of content just waiting for you to dig in.
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 might be one of the most button-masher friendly games on this list, but that doesn't mean it's shallow. Instead of memorizing combos and worrying about being ultra-precise with your inputs, Ultimate MvC3 is all about making the most of your special abilities and your partners. Each fight is a 3v3 affair, with one character on screen at a time until players call in their partners for an assist or screen-filling super move. And if you start to fall behind, the X-Factor mechanic can help you turn what looks to be sure defeat around. It's chaotic, it's loud, it's colorful, and it's fun as hell.
Injustice 2
If there's one thing Injustice 2 nails, it's presentation. From the word go, you'll be immersed into the world of DC Comics, and a stellar single-player campaign (seriously, it's a fighting game with a really good story) will keep you going for hours. Once you've finished with that, a world of finely-tuned battles against AI or online players awaits. And in a unique twist, completing the game's challenges will earn you pieces of gear that you can use to not only change the look of your chosen fighter, but alter their stats as well. It's an incredibly deep experience and you shouldn't be surprised to lose track of time with this fabulous fighter.
Dragon Ball FighterZ
While the uninitiated might think Dragon Ball FighterZ to be little more than a shallow fan service game, it's proven to be much more than that, and has quickly become a hit within the fighting game community. The winks and nods to DBZ fans are nice, but what fighting game aficionados will appreciate is the depth present in FighterZ's mechanics. It's a blisteringly fast game (probably the fastest on this list) that favors aggression and rushdown tactics, but if you can wrap your head around the finer points of its 3v3 tag-team battles, you're sure to come away pleased.
Soul Calibur 6
A tale of swords and souls, eternally retold... Soul Calibur 6 may have only just arrived on the scene, but it's already setting longtime fans alight with excitement. The definitive weapons-based fighter, the Soul Calibur series struggled to find its footing for awhile, but seems to have come home with SC6, which echoes the beloved Soul Calibur 2. The new Reversal Edge mechanic gives combatants more options, while returning features like Critical Edge provide flashy, powerful moves that let you unleash devastation on your foes. And then there's the incredibly robust character creator