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Fighting games (aka versus fighting games)

Fighting games are a genre of action video games that focus on close-quarters combat between two characters, typically controlled by players, who engage in hand-to-hand combat against a single opponent for the entire duration of a match. These games are characterized by their fast-paced, strategic gameplay where players must use a variety of attacks, blocks, and counter-moves to defeat their opponent.

A distinctive trait of fighting games is the inclusion of special attacks, which are unique and often visually spectacular moves that characters can perform. These special attacks usually require specific combinations of button presses and joystick movements to execute, adding a layer of complexity and skill to the gameplay.

Among the most iconic and influential fighting games of all time are Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat.

Most popular fighting games

Street Fighter 2
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Mortal Kombat
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Aaargh

DOS19883.3/5 Binary Design
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Battle Arena Toshinden

DOS19964.1/5 Tamsoft Corporation
Battle Arena Toshinden was the first game in the Toshinden series and was originally released for the Sony PlayStation in 1995 and later for DOS. Battle Arena Toshinden introduced 3D graphics to the fighting game genre, allowing characters to move in a three-dimensional space.The game featured a diverse roster of eight playable characters, eac...
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Body Blows

DOS19934.1/5 Team 17
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Brutal: Paws of Fury

DOS19954/5 GameTek
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Budokan: the Martial Spirit

DOS19894.1/5 Electronic Arts
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Dangerous Streets

DOS19943.4/5
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Death Sword

DOS19883.9/5 Palace Software
Death Sword (also known as Barbarian in Europe), is a fighting game developed by Palace Software, set in a fantasy world full of huge sword-wielding barbarians. Compared to modern brawlers, Death Sword gameplay may seem slow, but at the time it was considered adequate. Instead of rushing into multiple chain combos, the slow pace allow the players t...
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Endless Horror

DOS19932.7/5
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Metal & Lace

DOS1993NSFW3.7/5 MegaTech Software
Metal & Lace: The Battle of the Robo Babes is a video game developed by Megatech Software and published by Forest Interactive in 1993. It's an adult-themed fighting game for MS-DOS.In the game, players control customizable female robots known as "Robo Babes" in one-on-one combat. The emphasis on customization allows players to modify their robo...
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Mortal Kombat

DOS1993protected4.3/5 Midway Manufacturing Company
Mortal Kombat is one of the most popular 1 on 1 fighting games. No wonder it spawned many sequels. You can play as one of the seven digitized characters and must fight everyone else to the top. One of the distinctive features of Mortal Kombat is the fatality: a special move to finish off the adversary.
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Mortal Kombat 2

DOS1994protected4/5 Midway Manufacturing Company
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Mortal Kombat 3

DOS1995protected4/5 Midway Manufacturing Company
Mortal Kombat 3 is a fighting action game developed by Midway Manufacturing Company and released by GT Interactive Software in 1995 for DOS and Windows as well as for many other platforms. Mortal Kombat 3 is the third chapter of the acclaimed Mortal Kombat series that spawned many sequels, a few TV series and even movies (with various degree of suc...
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No Exit

DOS19903.4/5 Coktel Vision
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One Must Fall 2097

DOS1994freeware4.1/5 Diversions Entertainment
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Pit Fighter

DOS19913.8/5 Atari
Pit Fighter is an arcade-style fighting game that was originally released in arcades in 1990 by Atari Games. It was later ported to various home gaming platforms, including DOS, the Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), and others. It was one of the first arcade games to feature digitized live-action charactersThe game is a...
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Pray for Death

DOS1996protected4.2/5 Light Shock Software
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Primal Rage

DOS19954/5 Atari
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Rise of the Robots

DOS19943.2/5 Mirage Technologies
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Sango Fighter

Windows XP/98/95DOSLinux1993freeware3.5/5 Panda Entertainment Technology Co.
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Sango Fighter 2

DOS1995freeware3.4/5 Panda Entertainment Technology Co.
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Savage Warriors

DOS19954/5 Kalisto Entertainment
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Street Fighter

DOS19883.7/5 Capcom
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Street Fighter 2

DOS19924.3/5 Capcom
Street Fighter II is a classic arcade fighting game developed and published by Capcom. It was first released in 1991 as a sequel to the original Street Fighter. Street Fighter II is widely regarded as one of the most influential and iconic video games of all time, credited with popularizing the fighting game genre and shaping the arcade scene of th...
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Super Street Fighter 2

DOS19964.3/5 Capcom
Super Street Fighter II is an enhanced version of the iconic arcade fighting game Street Fighter II, developed and published by Capcom. It was released in 1993 as an upgrade to Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting and introduced several new features, characters, and gameplay mechanics to the series.Super Street Fighter II expanded the roster wit...
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The Way of the Exploding Fist PC

Windows2008freewareremake4/5
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Time Slaughter

DOS1996freeware4.1/5 Bloodlust Software
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Tongue of the Fatman

DOS19892.8/5 Brian A. Rice
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Ultimate Body Blows

DOS1994protected4/5 Team 17
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Ultra Mortal Kombat Vendetta

Windows XP/98/952001freeware4/5