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For decades, fighting games have been a staple of the gaming industry. Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, and Tekken have become popular franchises that are pop culture mainstays. For non-fighting game fans, it might be overwhelming to jump into the genre. So, here are the 5 best fighting games on PlayStation’s subscription service, PS Now.
1. Tekken Tag 2
2. Tekken 7
3. Injustice 2
4. Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix
5. Mortal Kombat (2011)
Released in 2012 to home consoles, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 was the sequel to the original Tekken Tag Tournament. The installment sees Tekken characters team up for a 2v2 fight as they fight to be victorious in the tournament.
With 59 playable characters, Tekken Tag 2 allowed for a large selection of mix and match options. Some of the characters include the Mishima family, the Law family, and a number of unique fighters including wrestlers, animals, and more.
Tekken Tag 2 was well received upon its release. IGN gave it a 7.5, and GameSpot and Game Informer both gave it an 8.5. Although it’s only been a few years since its release, we would love to see another Tekken Tag installment.
The next installment after Tekken Tag 2, Tekken 7 was released in 2015, and it’s still being supported with new characters, stages, and improvements being added.
Tekken 7 sees the conclusion of the long standing father-son rivalry between Heihachi Mishima and his son, Kazuya. A bloody feud that spans all the way back to the first game, the rivalry could only end in one way, with one of them dead.
Although the story mode isn’t the greatest, it does have some fantastic moments that wrap up the Mishima story in a satisfying way. The game also deserves credit for doing a good job informing new players with the lore of Tekken, and adding weight to the relationship between Heihachi and Kazuya.
Where the game shines is in its arcade and online mode. With a large assortment of characters, the game has a good selection of fun and unique fighters.
You can change your characters to your liking by customizing their outfits, giving them weapons, and changing their artwork panel. And if you ever get bored of the fighting, you can always turn to the game mode Tekken Bowling.
If you ever wanted to see who would win in a fight between Superman and Batman, Injustice 2 is the game for you. Developed by NetherRealm Studios, the same developers of the Mortal Kombat series, Injustice 2 sees superhero friends and enemies come together as they try to take down Brainiac. A sequel to Injustice, the series takes place in a universe where Superman becomes an authoritarian.
The roster is a who’s who of DC characters from well-known icons such as Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Supergirl. They also have lesser-known characters such as Atrocitus, Firestorm, and Black Manta.
As a long-time comics fan, it’s incredible being able to control these characters I’ve grown up with. And even if you’re not a comic books fan, the gameplay and story is enough to keep you hooked.
Every character feels different as their powers and abilities make them unique. If you’re looking for a gun-toting character, look no further than Deadshot. If professional wrestling is more your style, Bane is the character for you. All of this makes it one of the best fighting games on PS Now.
One of the most popular fighting games of all time, not to mention an influential video game overall, Street Fighter 2 is still revered to this day. It’s had many iterations since its original launch, including this remake of an iteration, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix. Released in 2008 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, this title is perfect for nostalgic fans, and for newcomers who never experienced the original.
The game offers all of the original characters from Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, including Chun-li, Ryu, and Akuma. Although there’s nothing quite like spending your quarters at the arcade, this title is still special and a fun time. Defeat cpu enemies, or take your skills online and compete against other competitors.
Mortal Kombat has had many great titles, but Mortal Kombat (2011) has to be up there as one of the best in the series. A remake/reboot of the franchise, Mortal Kombat retells the story of the first three games.
In a final battle between good and evil, the Thunder God Raiden fails to win. In a last desperate attempt, he sends visions to his younger self warning him of events to come.
The game features characters from the original three games, and includes new additions such as Skarlet and Freddy Krueger. The game is perfect for long-time fans who love the story and characters, and for new fans who are looking to jump into the Mortal Kombat world for the first time.
The game also signified a new era for the franchise. It was the first game developed by NetherRealm studios, and laid the foundation for future installments. Its sequels have been great, but Mortal Kombat (2011) still manages to be one of the best fighting games in recent years.
There are quite a few fighting games on PS Now, but these are the best fighting games on the service. There are also other games such as Ultra Street Fighter 4 and the original Injustice that deserve your attention as well. If you’re looking to dive into the fighting genre, you can’t go wrong with any of these games.
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