PlayStation consoles have been the fighting game community’s main meeting spot for the past couple of decades, and Sony recently “verified that claim”, by acquiring the EVO fighting tournament. On the “not so bright” side, Tournaments took more than 2 years to implement on the platform, and the fighting games available on PS5, are just not too many!
The biggest fighting franchises are about to drop their latest entries in 2023 and beyond though, so the future can only get better, and we’re bound to see Tournaments support for both Tekken 8 & Street Fighter VI.
The PS4 definitely has more options, but this list will be focusing on fighting games that offer a PlayStation 5 version.
Mortal Kombat 11 showcased the most “next-gen” graphics we’ve ever seen in a fighting game at the time, without sacrificing the stable 60 FPS (even on the PS4 version) – except for the impressive pre-rendered content that runs on 30 FPS, and looks sick!
More brutal and technical than ever, MK11 simply can’t be overlooked by any fighting game enthusiast, while the amount of single-player content & story modes, should serve as an example to other fighting developers – that often neglect how much you could enjoy solo, aside from training modes.
PS4 owners of MK11 can easily upgrade to the PS5 version at no cost, while also transferring most of their progress. What’s more, crossplay is supported between Ps4 / Ps5 / Xbox One & Xbox Series users, letting you compete against almost all MK11 players.
Guilty Gear Strive is the 1st fighting game to officially support PS5 tournaments (launched alongside FIFA 23 & NBA 2K23), which is amazing to see since the series has always been an underdog – even though Strive is easily one of the best fighting games ever created.
Don’t let the anime art style fool you – GG is as hardcore as it gets! Offering multiple mechanics that can turn the tide offensively or defensively, the skill ceiling is too high, leaving ample room for creativity, with each character offering very distinct fighting abilities.
Upgrading from the PS4 version is free, and crossplay is enabled between PS4 / PS5 players, with a working beta to add PC players from Steam to the pool.
The King of Fighters makes a big comeback with XV, and is definitely SNK’s best work to date – along with Samurai Shodown. While the game’s limited budget is easily noticeable in multiple areas, zero compromises were made when it comes to the fighting gameplay, it’s simply the best KOF game we could ever ask for!
If you’re a fan of insanely huge combo chains that require master execution, then look no further than KOF XV! It will test your mettle and patience to the limit, making most fighting games you pick up afterward feel “easy”.
PS4 owners are treated with respect once more, with a free PS5 upgrade offered. While crossplay is enabled between PS4 / PS5 players, there are plans to enable crossplay between all platforms inside 2023.
DNF Duel is another case (like FighterZ & GBvS) where Arc System Works’ skills are employed by a big publisher, to create a fighting game for a big series (Dungeon & Fighter)! As you probably know, it’s hard to go wrong with ArcSys, and they have delivered an excellent fighter once more!
Sadly these types of fighters will never garner the biggest audience, but you can rest assured that most DNF Duel players, use PlayStation systems. There are various game modes and collectibles to enjoy throughout the game, along with an extended story mode for each character, so if you’re looking for a fresh fighting game, give it a try!
A free PS5 upgrade is offered to PS4 owners of DNF Duel, and crossplay between PS4 / PS5 players is supported. There are no announced plans for crossplay with Steam, or the Switch port.
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure was a loved PS3 exclusive, therefore its next-gen remake is more than welcome! Everything about the game has aged perfectly, making most people think it’s a brand-new entry! Not including some type of story mode was a big missed opportunity, but at least there are quite a few challenges you can take in the single-player mode, and a huge number of characters you can play as.
A free PS5 upgrade is offered for PS4 owners (digital or physical), and while there is no crossplay support, at least cross-gen crossplay is supported between PS4 & PS5 players.
Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles is long enough to fill a sentence, and stands on its own in this list, as it’s an anime 3D brawler, that could hardly be played competitively, since you will be fighting with the camera more than your opponent. It’s still fun PvP for sure don’t take me wrong, and there’s a lot to do single-player too.
A free PS5 upgrade is offered to PS4 owners, and while no crossplay is supported, at least PS4 & PS5 players can play against each other.
Tekken 2 receiving a PS4 / PS5 port was a big surprise, and we hope that the trend will carry forward (especially if we could use our PS1 / PS2 / PS3 discs to claim these games, like a big part of Xbox’s old catalog). Sadly, no online support has been added, but local 2-player modes work just fine! It’s up to debate whether you enjoy the “play-doh” upscaled graphics compared to the OG, but it’s probably the best results we could expect considering the game actually runs on 4K HDR!
It’s worth noting that for “some” reason, you can’t even buy Tekken 2 standalone from the PlayStation store – the only way to play it is by being a PlayStation Plus member, and it’s not even included in the cheapest tier! Instead, you will need access to the most expensive subscription plan (called “Deluxe” or “Premium” depending on your region), which includes the PS Classics catalog of games (PS1 / PS2 / PSP).
MultiVersus is one of the best “Smash Bros. clones” out there, and even if you’re not a fan of these casual brawlers (I know I’m not😏), the game made a big impact during its launch, sparking the interest around fighting games for many more people outside the FGC. And it’s actually worth it, since the character models, animations & voices are top-notch, and you will be lying if there’s not at least one character you’re in love with from MultiVersus (looking at you Tom & Jerry)!
MV is free so there’s nothing to lose by trying it (sure Battle Passes are there, but there is no pay to win or heavy monetization). What’s even better, there is full crossplay AND cross-progression support among all platforms (PS4 / PS5 / X1 / XS & PC) – we want to see more of that!
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is… yet another Smash clone, and it would definitely be an interesting suggestion if it wasn’t for MultiVersus. Unless you’re a brawler fan of course, in which case it’s a godsent! Many beloved Nickelodeon characters make their appearance with beautiful 3D models, while most of them are voiced by the original actors!
Both digital and physical PS4 versions offer a free PS5 upgrade, but sadly there is no crossplay support between any platforms, not even between PS4 & PS5 players (you’re bound to find more matches on PS4)! It’s been a long time without this issue being addressed by the developers, so the future doesn’t look too bright there.
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