Best Xbox fighting games: Punch and kick your way to victory

Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Tekken... these are famed fighting franchises that everyone knows about, but there are plenty more — here are the best fighting games on Xbox.

Best Xbox fighting games: Punch and kick your way to victory
Tom West

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When it comes to one-on-one competition, the fighting genre has always ruled supreme as the ultimate way to show off your skills in an arcade or settle a sibling rivalry at home on the sofa. While many of the best fighting games on Xbox are practically household names now, there are still some that might slip past the radar, so we've put together a list of the best fighting games on Xbox. Here's how our list stands as of May 2024, but we'll be sure to update it as new contenders appear.

If you're thinking about wrapping your hands and stepping into the ring of a new fighting game, this list uses a combination of site review scores, community ratings, and our own opinions to fill our round-up of the best fighting games on Xbox.

10. Soul Calibur VI

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  • Release Date: October 19, 2018
  • Developer: Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • On Game Pass? No
Kicking off this list is Soul Calibur VI with all its weapon-wielding action, made even better by its crossover content with The Witcher. Although it launched in 2018, we're yet to see a follow-up from Bandai Namco, but there is plenty of content in this entry to keep you busy. Packed with a robust character creation tool, you can fight your way through the campaign, arcade, and RPG-esque Libra of Soul modes with your own fighter or one from the huge roster of characters. As a bonus, the game's Soul Chronicle mode recounts the events of the first game, offering newcomers a chance to see where this awesome series started.

9. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

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  • Release Date: October 28, 2016
  • Developer: Dimps
  • On Game Pass? No
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 only just pips its predecessor for a spot on this list with a TA user rating of 4.1/5 compared to the first game's 4/5. It also packs in a ton of DLC, which includes over 40 new characters from across the Dragon Ball universe. If you're a fan of the franchise, this is a one-stop shop for skill-based fighting, exploring Conton City for yourself, and experiencing stories and epic fights from a host of Dragon Ball timelines. It's been out for a while now, so its multiplayer modes aren't as bustling as they once were, but for players who just want to live out their own Dragon Ball fantasy, Xenoverse 2 is still a fantastic option.

8. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4

Best Xbox Fighters: Punch and kick your way to victory

  • Release Date: August 25, 2017
  • Developer: CyberConnect2
  • On Game Pass? No
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 shares an identical user rating of 4.2/5 with the series' third installment here on Trueachievements. This latest game takes you on a ninja-filled adventure to master the use of kunai and shuriken as you fight through a colorful vibrant campaign that brings the Naruto Shippuden story to a close. Meanwhile, the versus mode gives you the tools to outfit your own teams for battles with AI and other players — and even recreate teams from older titles in the series, if you fancy soaking in some nostalgia.

7. Killer Instinct

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  • Release Date: November 22, 2013
  • Developer: Iron Galaxy Studios / Double Helix
  • On Game Pass? Yes
And now we come to Killer Instinct, a great first-party fighting game from Microsoft that showed a ton of promise as the company's entry into the fighting genre, but which still hasn't got a sequel. It's by no means been left in the dust, however, as just last year developer Iron Galaxy released the Killer Instinct Anniversary Edition as a free update for all current Definitive Edition owners. It's a great fighter featuring the series' own characters alongside crossover characters from other first-party games like Gears of War and Halo — it's also available on Xbox Game Pass, making it super easy to dive in for some fun without splashing any cash. While we don't have a sequel to look forward to yet, the 464 Killer Instinct achievements should keep you fairly busy.

6. Injustice 2

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  • Release Date: May 19, 2017
  • Developer: NetherRealm Studios
  • On Game Pass? Yes
In between developing new fatalities for Mortal Kombat, NetherRealm Studios has dabbled with superheroes from the DC universe in the Injustice games. While the first game is a great experience, it's showing its age a bit now and takes a seat behind Injustice 2. While Injustice 2 focuses on Batman's fight with Superman, continuing the story that started with its predecessor, it also features a massive roster of DC characters, both heroes and villains — which has grown even larger thanks to plenty of DLC. Unlike the Mortal Kombat games, Injustice 2 also rewards you with new gear for your characters as you progress through the game, offering a level of customization that gives you the tools to make your favorite heroes and villains even more badass. If you haven't grown tired of superheroes in games and other media just yet, Injustice 2 is well worth your time — more so if you have an Xbox Game Pass subscription!

5. Guilty Gear Strive

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  • Release Date: March 7, 2023
  • Developer: Arc System Works
  • On Game Pass? Yes
Guilty Gear Strive was a bit of a latecomer when it was released on Xbox and Game Pass in 2023, arriving a couple of years after its launch on PlayStation and PC. Nevertheless, it's a great game, and with its inclusion in the Xbox Game Pass library, it's super easy to jump into this mashup of cel-shaded fighting fury gameplay with a soundtrack of metal madness. Much like some of the other games on this list, Strive brings the series' story to a close with a crashing finale, but doesn't miss the opportunity to throw in some new mechanics for you to master along the way.

4. King of Fighters XV

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  • Release Date: February 17, 2022
  • Developer: SNK
  • On Game Pass? No
The latest entry and highest rated of the series with a TrueAchievements user rating of 4.2/5, King of Fighter XV is a game for players that would much rather test their mettle in online tournaments, as there isn't a huge amount of single-player content to be had after you finish the climatic main story. King of Fighters is part of the niche subset of fighting games that sees you fighting battles with a team of three, which you can mix and match from the roster of 39 fighters waiting to get stuck in. This entry acts much like an explosive culmination of everything that the series has been built on over the years, so expect to find yourself scrolling through the myriad of songs available in the DJ Station or getting lost in the movies archived in the Gallery when not battling it out online.

3. Mortal Kombat 11

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  • Release Date: April 23, 2019
  • Developer: NetherRealm Studios
  • On Game Pass? Yes
It was a tough choice between Mortal Kombat 11 and 2023's restart to the series, Mortal Kombat 1, especially when they both have a user rating of 4.3/5 here on TrueAchievements. Ultimately, we've decided to go with the slightly older Mortal Kombat 11 due to its inclusion in Xbox Game Pass and its gargantuan amount of content if you decide to invest in its DLC. Mortal Kombat 1 is a fatality-filled bloodfest, brought to life in fantastic detail as you smash your way through the cinematic campaign, versus, and Tower modes with its huge roster of characters. What's more, Mortal Kombat 11 offers a new custom character system that gives you the tools to truly make each fighter your own. If you fancy enjoying some epic brutality with your fighting, Mortal Kombat 11 is a no-brainer — especially since it's in Xbox Game Pass!

2. Street Fighter 6

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  • Release Date: June 2, 2023
  • Developer: Capcom Entertainment
  • On Game Pass? No
Street Fighter 6 is the latest entry in the series and holds an impressive TrueAchievements user rating of 4.4/5, and for good reason; it's a beast. Its release was heralded by numerous glistening reviews in 2023, which praised its new World Tour mode. Alongside wielding the power of 18 fan-favorite characters in the main story and online, World Tour allows you to create your own fighter to explore a single-player world almost like a mini Yakuza game. As you explore Metro City, you meet Masters who teach you the new styles you can use to whoop the many opponents waiting for you on the streets. It's a great mode, and you can use your custom avatar in the Battle Hub when not fighting online. Capcom has also added Real-Time Commentary to this installment, giving your fights a more realistic vibe as you battle for a win. Street Fighter 6 showcases everything that makes the series great, so you can't go wrong diving in for some fun!

1. Tekken 8

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  • Release Date: January 26, 2024
  • Developer: Bandai Namco
  • On Game Pass? No
Rounding out this list is the latest game in the Tekken series, Tekken 8, which has earned a whopping TA user rating of 4.6/5, and for good reason. As we highlighted in our Tekken 8 review, this latest entry is fantastic for players just dipping their toes into the fighting genre, thanks to a myriad of newbie-friendly features. Alongside the stunning main story, Tekken 8 throws in a similar avatar-focused mode called Arcade Quest, which acts as a training story for new players, teaching you the very fundamentals of fighting games and gradually increasing the difficulty so you're ready to take on the remainder of the game with good foundations. Its use of Mii-style avatars isn't as aesthetically pleasing as Street Fighter 6's World Tour mode, but it makes for a great entry point for new players. Thanks to its modes catering to new players, gorgeous graphics, and robust character creator, Tekken 8 takes its place on this list as the top best fighting game on Xbox.
Written by Tom West
Tom has been playing video games since he was old enough to hold a controller, experimenting with a number of systems until he eventually fell in love with Xbox. With a passion for the platform, he decided to make a career out of it, and now happily spends his days writing about that which he loves. If he’s not hunting for Xbox achievements, you’ll likely find him somewhere in The Elder Scrolls Online or fighting for survival in Battlefield.
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