The Best Fighting Games on PS Now

If you’re a fighting game fan, there are no shortage of options on PlayStation Now. Choose from iconic franchises that have been around for years, anime arcade-style fighters, with hand-drawn animation and larger-than-life characters, or go toe-to-toe with legendary superhero characters. If you’re new to the genre, the choice of where to start can be quite overwhelming. So, here are the ten best fighting games on PSNow based on their Metacritic review score.

1. Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix

One of the most popular games of the early ’90s is reborn! Capcom stays true to the foundation of the popular game by utilizing the original game code, while creating a fresh upgraded experience with new artwork and high-resolution 1080p graphics.

Metacritic Score87
Game ModesLocal Competitive, Online Competitive, Single Player
PlatformPS3
FormatStream
Release Year2008
ThemeWestern

2. Injustice 2

Every battle defines you. Power up and build the ultimate version of your favorite DC legends in INJUSTICE 2. With a massive selection of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains, INJUSTICE 2 allows you to equip every iconic character with unique and powerful gear earned throughout the game.

If you’re looking for more superhero action, check out Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition (Metacritic: 78) which is also on PS Now.

Metacritic Score87
Game ModesLocal Competitive, Online Competitive, Single Player
PlatformPS4
FormatDownload, Stream
Release Year2017
ThemeSuperhero

3. BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger

BlazBlue is the first hi-res 2D fighter from the creators of the Guilty Gear series! Experience the beauty of high-resolution, hand-drawn sprites on 3D backgrounds, all in glorious high-definition. Get ready to take the action online and battle the best players from all over the world!

If you enjoy this game, then make sure you check out the other BlazBlue games on PlayStation Now — BlazBlue: Central Fiction (Metacritic: 84) and BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma (Metacritic: 83).

Metacritic Score87
Game ModesLocal Competitive, Online Competitive, Single Player
PlatformPS3
FormatStream
Release Year2009
ThemeAnime

4. Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2

Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 includes new fighters, moves, story chapters and more! It’s never been a better time to be a 2.5D brawler in the post apocalypse! Hone your skills with an eclectic cast of 25 insane fighters and prove your mettle as the ultimate fighting master.

If you enjoy this game, then remember to try the other Guilty Gear games on PSNow — Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- (Metacritic: 86) and Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- (Metacritic: 84).

Metacritic Score86
Game ModesLocal Competitive, Online Competitive, Single Player
PlatformPS4
FormatDownload, Stream
Release Year2017
ThemePost-apocalypse

5. Street Fighter III: Third-Strike Online Edition

Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition, one of the most revered, deep, and sophisticated fighting games of all time, now takes the battle online. Fighting game fans new and old owe it to themselves to experience this mastery of 2D fighting. Throw down with enhanced HD-filtered graphics, arcade-perfect gameplay, GGPO seamless multiplayer, YouTube replay sharing, new art, and more.

Metacritic Score86
Game ModesOnline Competitive, Single Player
PlatformPS3
FormatStream
Release Year2011
ThemeMartial Arts

6. Tekken 7

Experience the epic conclusion of the Mishima clan and unravel the reasons behind each step of their ceaseless fight. Powered by Unreal Engine 4, Tekken 7 features story-driven cinematic battles and intense duels that can be enjoyed with friends and rivals alike through innovative fight mechanics.

If you enjoy Tekken 7, then check out Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (Metacritic: 82), which is also available on PlayStation Now.

MetaCritic Score82
Game ModesLocal Competitive, Online Competitive, Single Player
PlatformPS4
FormatDownload, Stream
Release Year2017
ThemeMartial Arts, Sci-Fi

7. Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown

Challenge the greatest fighters in the world in the ultimate remaster of the classic 3D fighter, now featuring gorgeous HD graphics, new online features, and all the bone-crunching, martial arts combat of the renowned original. Master your fighting style to defeat all challengers in the Fifth World Fighting Tournament and become a Virtua Fighter legend! 

Metacritic Score81
Game ModesLocal Competitive, Online Competitive, Single Player
PlatformPS4
FormatDownload, Stream
Release Year2021
ThemeMartial Arts

8. Nidhogg

Nidhogg is the epic award-winning fencing tug-of-war, full of graceful acrobatics and clumsy stabs. IRL yelling and excitement may occur, in this ultimate two-player showdown of fast-paced fencing and melee attacks. Use a variety of fencing maneuvers while armed. If swordless, press forward with punches, sweep kicks, dive kicks, rolls, and wall jumps

MetaCritic Score81
Game ModesLocal Competitive, Online Competitive, Single Player
PlatformPS4
FormatDownload, Stream
Release Year2014

9. Darkstalkers Resurrection

The Darkstalkers fighting game franchise returns and ready to take the scrap to current gen consoles. Featuring a unique and colorful array of characters blended with fast-paced fighting action, Darkstalkers Resurrection includes two games (Night Warriors: Darkstalkers Revenge and Darkstalkers 3), in the same package.

Metacritic Score80
Game ModesLocal Competitive, Online Competitive, Single Player
PlatformPS3
FormatStream
Release Year2013
ThemeComedy, Horror

10. Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late

From Fighting game experts Aksys Games and Arc System Works (Guilty Gear, BlazBlue series) and fan-favorite video game developer French Bread, comes Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late, a brand new 2D fighting game made for all gamers: seasoned pros, and even those just curious about the fighting game genre.

MetaCritic Score80
No. of PlayersLocal Competitive, Online Competitive, Single Player
PlatformPS3
FormatStream
Release Year2009
ThemeAnime

Looking for more choices? You can view all PlayStation Now fighting games at PSNowGuide (where you can filter them by review score, gameplay modes, and more).