The fighting game community has seen quite a bit of growth since its early days in the 90’s. Game developers and publishers have taken notice, and begun to invest more resources into the genre. The end result has been an influx of great new fighting games over the past few years.

2021 is shaping up to be no different, with several highly anticipated titles set to release before the end of the year. So, without further ado, here are our five favorite new fighting games of 2021:

5. “Soulcalibur VI” (Bandai Namco)

The venerable weapon-based fighting series makes its long-awaited return with Soulcalibur VI. Boasting intense 3D battles, a refined combat system, and a wealth of familiar faces, this is one title that fighting game fans won’t want to miss.

4. “Mortal Kombat 11” (Netherrealm Studios)

The next installment in the long-running arcader’s series, this entry takes players through a time travel storyline that pits several fighters from across its rich history against one another. With a ton of new features and a revamped combat system, Mortal Kombat 11 is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated fighter’s of the year.

3. “Dead or Alive 6” (Team Ninja)

The latest entry in the Dead or Alive series sees a return to its 2D roots, with fast-paced and kinetic fighting action that will test even the most seasoned player’s skills. Along with a robust online mode and plenty of unlockables, Dead or Alive 6 is sure to keep fighting game fans glued to their screens for hours on end.

2. “Injustice 2” (Netherrealm Studios)

The follow-up to Netherrealm Studio’s hit DC Comics fighter Injustice: Gods Among us. The game features several exciting new characters, an improved combat system, and some truly eye-popping graphics. All in all, this is one sequel that fighting game fans won’t want to miss.

1. “Soulcalibur 7” (Bandai Namco)

The follow-up to Soulcalibur VI, Soulcalibur 7 sees the return of fan-favorite characters like Ivy and Kilik, as well as a wealth of new fighters to choose from. With an updated combat system, online play, and a wealth of unlockables, Soulcalibur 7 is shaping up to be the fighting game of the year.

Introduce the game

Soulcalibur VI is a weapon-based 3D fighting game developed and published by Bandai Namco. It was released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows in October 2018. The game is the sixth installment in the Soulcalibur series.

Soulcalibur VI retains the basic system from past titles where players battle using different character archetypes and fighting styles. The game is designed to be accessible by newcomers, but also incorporates mechanics that can be used to improve gameplay for veteran players.

Why this is the best fighting game of 2021?

The game features a roster of 28 playable fighters, consisting of series mainstays and several new characters. Many pre-existing characters, like Mitsurugi and Sophitia, utilize their designs from previous games while sporting updated movesets. The overall aesthetic is influenced by the original Soulcalibur game, with most stages taking place in large, open arenas with few platforms. The game also features several modes for single-player and multiplayer, including an interactive story mode that ties into the events of earlier games in the series.

New fighting games 2021

Fighting game fans have a lot to look forward to in 2021, with several great new titles set to release before the end of the year. Our personal favorite is Soulcalibur VI, which features an updated combat system, a wealth of unlockables, and some truly amazing graphics. Whether you’re a fan of the series or just looking for a great new fighter to check out, Soulcalibur VI is definitely worth your time.