List of fighting games

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Fighting games are characterized by close combat between two fighters or groups of fighters of comparable strength, often broken into rounds. If multiple players are involved, players generally fight against each other.

Note: Games are listed in a "common English title/alternate title - developer" format, where applicable.

General

2D

Fighting games that use 2D sprites. Games tend to emphasize the height of attacks (high, medium, or low), and jumping.

2.5D

2.5D fighting games are displayed in full 3D graphics, but the gameplay is based on traditional 2D style games.

3D

3D fighting games add three-dimensional movement. These often emphasize sidestepping.

Weapon-based

Adding melee weapons to a fighting game often makes attack range more of a factor, as opponents may wield swords or other weapons of drastically different sizes.

2D

2.5D

3D

Tag team-based

Fighting games that feature tag teams as the core gameplay element. Teams of players may each control a different character, or a single player may control multiple characters but play one at a time. Other fighters feature tag-teaming as an alternate game mode.

2D

2.5D

3D

Arena fighting games

Also known as Platform Fighters or Party Brawlers. While traditional 2D/3D fighting game mechanics are more or less descendant of Street Fighter II, games in this subgenre tend to blend fighting with elements taken from platform games. A typical match is arranged as a battle royal. Compared to traditional fighting games, attack inputs are simpler and emphasis is put on dynamic maneuvering in the arena, using the level design to get an advantage. Another major gameplay element involves using items, which may randomly spawn anywhere in the arena.

2D

2.5D

3D

4-way simultaneous fighting

Games in which four players face off at once. Other games may feature 4-way fighting as alternate game modes, but here it's more central to the way the game is usually played.

2D

2.5D

3D

Anime/Cell-Shaded Fighting games

Games that feature cell shading and often have an art style inspired by anime and are often based on popular anime series. However, it's not just about the visual style. Anime fighters also usually have very fast-paced action, the ability to do "air dashes",[1] and put emphasis on offense over defense.

2D

2.5D

3D

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