Best PS5 fighting games — 11 fighters to play in May 2024

This list of the best PS5 fighting games includes some of the best two-player fighters and also some great alternative suggestions for PS5 and PS4 players.

Best PS5 fighting games — 11 fighters to play in May 2024
Sean Lawson

Sean Lawson

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Get ready for the most fun beatdowns of your life as you explore a variety of fantastic fighting games you can add to your backlog. So, enter the ring with our current roster of the best PS5 fighting games. Some of these titles you can also play on PS4 and via PS Plus Extra, so check out the full list below for recommendations! This month, we've also added SoulCalibur 6 — an excellent fighter that deserves more love!

PS5 fighting games — ranked

The TrueTrophies team spent time studying in the halls of battle for this list, as Editor Kes and Staff Writers Lee and Sean drew from personal experience, review scores, and community ratings to survive the bout. The following games can be all played on PS5, including some backward-compatible PS4 games and PS Plus titles.

We've got a bevy of smashing fighting titles for you to check out. We have tried to make a diverse list of fighting games that can cater to a variety of different tastes. So, this list features tactical fighters, looser brawlers, and anime games. All of them will get your pulse pounding, though. So, there really should be something for everyone here.

Here are the best PS5 fighting games.

SeanL

11. Dragon Ball FighterZ

Dragon Ball FighterZ provides a unique story to the Dragon Ball universe and it tells the story of the mysterious Android 21. The entire game is split up into three acts that revolve around you taking control of your favorite Saiyans and annihilating the various threats to Earth. The game is fun, fast-paced, and an excellent fighter to add to your backlog.

While the game is excellent, the trophy list may prove quite intimidating to many. The game will see you fighting online multiple times, earning over 20,000,000 Zeni, and acquiring 530,000 BP. All in all, there is a lot to be working through on this list and it will take a substantial amount of time to earn the platinum trophy 'Trophy Triumphant.' Currently, the platinum sits with an overall completion rate of 0.30% on PSN.

SeanL

10. SoulCalibur 6

Soulcalibur 6 serves as a sequel and a reboot to the series. It takes place during the 16th century, revisiting the events of the first two games in the SoulCalibur series and following on from the events of SoulCalibur V. So, yeah, it's a little confusing, but if you've followed the story through all the games so far, I promise it kind of makes sense.

You can expect to see an array of your favorite characters here like Ivy, Taki, Kilik, Nightmare, Sophitia, and many more. The combat is as fast-paced and as ferocious as ever, seeing you demolish your opponents with a variety of slick weapons. It's a fighting game like no other and certainly deserves more love than it receives.

However, you can expect to face quite a tough platinum trophy with lots of grueling challenges ahead of you. It's far from impossible if you put in the time, put in the practice, and find a character to fits you well — it's just also not easy. Eventually, if you can manage all of that, you will earn the platinum 'A New Story of Swords and Souls' which currently has an overall completion rate of 0.60% on PSN.

SeanL

9. Dead Or Alive 5 Last Round

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round is an over-the-top, ninja-infused, action-packed masterpiece that deserves a lot more love and recognition than it currently gets. A lot of people are quick to write the Dead or Alive series off as a joke due to its certain "jiggle mechanics" that understandably turn people away before they've even picked up the controller. However, beyond this mechanic, Team Ninja and Koei Tecmo have an incredibly competent fighting game on their hands, providing fun and stylish gameplay that is easy to pick up but hard to master.

Dead or Alive 6 could have snatched up this spot, but Dead or Alive 5 Last Round just has two elements giving it the edge: the combat feels punchier and the roster is more enticing. The Dead or Alive 5 Last Round trophies will certainly put you through your paces and keep you on your toes as you take down a near-impossible foe in the platinum trophy 'DOA5 Last Round Master.'

This platinum goodness sits with a small completion rate of 1.10% on PSN and the trophies that seem to be stopping people from snatching up the big win appear to be 'Unchallenged Champion' and 'A Fighter is Born,' which ask you to beat all combo challenges with a character and to complete every lesson in the tutorial respectively. Do you have what it takes to overcome this challenge and earn one of the best PS4 fighting game platinums?

SeanL

8. Ultra Street Fighter IV

Street Fighter IV or Ultra Street Fighter IV as it is called on the PS4, changed up the Street Fighter series and gave the game an overhaul — specifically in its art style. The series has since felt even more unique than before and completely in its own lane — at first, it seemed the new direction divided the fanbase — but over the many years, people have seemingly come to appreciate the comic-book aesthetic. With an eclectic roster of characters, stylish combos, overkill finishers, and Chun-Li, the Street Fighter series is a feast for fighting game enthusiasts.

The trophies are a real pain, with the platinum trophy 'Trophy Collector' having a staggeringly low completion rate of 0.10% on PSN. There is a multitude of trophies that seems to be stopping people from snatching up a total K.O, starting with the collection nightmare of both 'Entitled' and 'Iconoclast' that requires you to earn every single title and icon in the game, a time-consuming and tedious task indeed. Both trophies only have a 0.1% completion rate on PSN. Then you have combat-related trophies like 'Trial Athelete' that also only have a 0.1% completion rate on PSN — so yeah, looks like you've got a challenge on your hands here.

SeanL

7. Mortal Kombat 1

Mortal Kombat 1 is one of the newer PS5 fighting games to release and is an absolute beast. Boasting what could arguably be one of the best storylines from a Mortal Kombat game to date, solid combat, and over-the-top fatalities, this game is on another level. Those are just a few reasons why MK1 deserves to join this list of the best fighting games on PS5.

The trophies are also quite a tasty outing, requiring a bit of grinding here and there, but being perfectly manageable and pretty easy for a fighting game. You can read more about my overwhelmingly positive opinion in our Mortal Kombat 1 review!

So, what are you waiting for? There are foes to annihilate, competitors to dethrone, and a whole host of blood-soaked battles to be getting up to. Don't forget about the shiny platinum 'Kompletionist' you can add to your collection as well. Seriously, you don't want to miss out on this epic title.

SeanL

6. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

Our favorite Investigation Team is back in a sequel to Persona 4 Arena — which is also a spin-off of the Persona series. That's right our powerful Persona users from the PS Vita classic, Persona 4 Golden, are back to kick some serious ass in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, a game that throws our heroes into another fighting tournament.

This time around we are joined by even more familiar faces from both Persona 4 and Persona 3, with the likes of Rise, Junpei, and Ken all lending a hand in the ass-whooping scene. Combat feels more refined in the sequel and we also have access to the entire story that takes place in Persona 4 Arena for anyone who might not have played the first game.

The trophies are difficult and are going to be a rough ride if you want to earn the platinum trophy 'Thou Art I.' Trophies like 'Arena Domination' and 'Heroic Gladiator' look to have thrown off many players trajectory to earning some platinum goodness. After all, only 0.80% of PSN users have managed the feat of earning the platinum trophy! As much as we love Persona, we think this is a platinum that is out of our league.

SeanL

5. Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 4

The Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 trophies provide a decent and engaging challenge that are only amplified by the stellar gameplay and addictive combat. While the Naruto Storm games can slide into a multitude of genres be it RPG, adventure, or even visual novel, at their core the Naruto Storm games are fighters through and through — and mighty fine ones at that.

Those curious about how hard the platinum is can look at the 'Perfect Storm Master' and decide if a completion rate of 1.30% on PSN is difficult or passable. As someone who has obtained the platinum, there are only a few trophies that pose any real challenge — a couple of story missions you need to S rank. However, if you persevere and keep at it, you'll eventually get those trophies and the platinum won't be far behind. So, go on, jump into one of the best PS4 fighting games!

SeanL

4. Guilty Gear Strive

Guilty Gear Strive is a reboot of the Guilty Gear series and gives us an all-out action spectacle, with dazzling visuals, impeccable OST, quirky characters, and a beautiful coming-out story for DLC character Bridgette. There is a lot to appreciate when it comes to this fantastic PS5 fighting game and thankfully you can read all about it in our Guilty Gear Strive review.

The trophies look to be a tad easier than some of our other entries on this list, although in saying that, don't get comfortable thinking that the platinum trophy 'Strive' is going to be an easy one. Despite the platinum trophy having a 1.70% PSN completion rate on PSN, there are still a number of trophies that can impede your progress and make obtaining that platinum an absolute grind. The main culprit is the gold trophy 'Messiah Will Not Come' which requires you to beat the hidden boss of the game, something that can only be done on the Extreme difficulty setting — without losing a round. Have fun!

SeanL

3. Street fighter 6

Street Fighter 6 provides a very simple motivation for its story, you'll travel the world and fight against a variety of familiar faces to prove your strength. While the story is basic, let's be real, we're all all here for the addictive combat and that exhilarating feeling of whooping our opponents into the ground. Capcom has rectified a lot of the flaws of the previous entry in the series and created one of the best fighting games of 2023.

If we take a look at the trophies we'll be met with quite a challenge to work through. However, with enough willpower and determination, the trophy list is certainly doable. You're going to need to overcome ten tournament battles, win twenty times in Avatar Battles, and obtain twenty wins in Extreme Battle mode. Achieving all of these trophies should put you well on your way to earning the platinum 'A Quest for Strength Fulfilled.' Currently, the platinum trophy sits with an overall completion rate of 0.20% on PSN.

SeanL

2. Mortal Kombat 11

  • Here are the Mortal Kombat 11 trophies
  • Platforms: PS5, PS4
  • Developer: NetherRealm Studios
  • Is it on PS Plus? Yes, on PS Plus Extra
Mortal Kombat 11 gives us our much-needed dose of blood, guts, violence, and insane fatalities — and a cool roster of combatants to boot. It edges in front of MK 1 by having a much larger roster and sicker fatalities. Mortal Kombat 11 brings a multitude of characters and stories together in a bloodtastic extravaganza that we just had to choose this one over its predecessors — also a certain lady with a lot of teeth is brought back from the dead to devour her foes. Iconic.

The trophies may cause a broken controller or two if you don't have the patience and dedication to power through some truly demonic trophies. The platinum trophy 'Elder God' sits with only 0.20% completion on PSN and there are a variety of trophies that appear to be blocking people from snatching it up. The main trophies that will have you screaming GET OVER HERE are 'No Bad Match Ups,' 'Puppet Master,' and 'R-E-S-P-E-C-T' so keep an eye out for those if you are hellbent on getting yourself a shiny new platinum trophy to show off.

SeanL

1. Tekken 8

  • Here are the Tekken 8 trophies
  • Platform: PS5
  • Developer: Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Is it on PS Plus? No
We gave this immaculate fighter a perfect ten in our Tekken 8 review. So, how could we not place it in the top spot here on our list of the best fighting games? With an over-the-top story that will see you battling it out with your devil father in space, there are a lot of incredible moments to get absorbed into.

But it's not just the story you can look forward to, as game modes like Arcade Quests will keep you hooked well after the closing credits of the story. Arcade Quest will take you on an epic adventure as you battle it out with your friends to spread the true message behind Tekken and win the most prestigious tournament in the Tekken realm.

For those of you who are curious, the trophies are incredibly easy and shouldn't take long to work through. However, a slight bit of skill will be needed as you have to win at least three online matches (one Ranked, one Player, and one Group). There are also a couple of other trophies that may be a little difficult to figure out, so make sure to read our Tekken 8 trophy guide for more guidance. Currently, the platinum trophy 'A fight is about survival' sits with a completion rate of 4.50% on PSN.

That's the list. What did you guys think? Did we miss anything glaringly obvious that needs to be added pronto? Are there any games here that deserve to be on our best PS Plus games list? Let us know in the comments below!
Written by Sean Lawson
Sean is a Staff Writer who focuses on the geekiest Sony news. He specializes in PlayStation trophies, the best PS Plus games, RPGs, and fighting games. Sean is using this experience to cover Stellar Blade, Dragon Age Dreadwolf, Baldur's Gate 3, and Dragon's Dogma 2 for PS5, all while he still dives into favorite games like Mass Effect, Tomb Raider, and Persona.
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