2023 was one of the most exciting years for fans of beat ’em ups, with some of the industry’s heaviest hitters taking the stage. This Best Christmas Gifts For Gamers 2023 list breaks down some of the best fighting video games to launch this last year.
This list of Best Christmas Gifts For Gamers 2023 will have you ready and raring to take on the world – all without hitting the gym.*
Street Fighter 6
Arguably the leader of the fighting game genre, Capcom’s Street Fighter 6 takes the series – and the fighting game genre as a whole – to new heights.
A number of new characters make their return, but players will have even more reasons to play with its Fighting Ground, World Tour, and Battle Hub modes. Those fighting solo are well-covered with a robust story mode and plenty of options, while those looking to throw down will have countless ways to do so with online functionality that encourages a journey of self-improvement.
Street Fighter 6 is the complete package, with decades of refinement proudly on display. Whether you’re flying solo or hitting the streets with others, this is the definitive Street Fighter experience.Street Fighter 6 Review, Casey Scheld
Street Fighter 6 is available for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. Purchasing options can be found on the official Street Fighter website.
Mortal Kombat 1
A near Flawless Victory for the franchise, NetherRealm Studios and WB Games’ Mortal Kombat 1 moves the series forward by going back to its roots.
Featuring a reborn Mortal Kombat Universe, Mortal Kombat 1 features a story mode, online multiplayer with rollback netcode, and offline gameplay – a little something for everybody. Kameo Fighters allow for variety in each battle, while characters like Invincible’s Omni-Man keep things fresh and violent.
Mortal Kombat delivers one of the most impressive and exciting storylines I’ve ever experienced in this genre. The voice acting, the facial animations, everything comes together in near perfect harmony. Fighting is fun, challenging, and rewarding every step of the way. Mortal Kombat 1 is brutally brilliant, and probably the best Mortal Kombat game I’ve ever played.Mortal Kombat 1 Review, Blaine Smith
Mortal Kombat 1 is available for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. Purchasing options can be found on the official Mortal Kombat 1 website.
The King of Fighters XIII: Global Match
SNK Corporation’s The King of Fighters series is a staple of the genre, and The King of Fighters XIII: Global Match manages to take a fan favorite entry and greatly improve upon it.
Featuring rollback netcode, expanded lobby features, and a new spectator mode, this time-tested 2D fighter is now the definitive edition of the game. There’s plenty of depth to be found as well, with an EX Mode, Neo Max Desperation Modes, and a wide variety of characters, stages, and modes.
The King of Fighters XIII: Global Match is available for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. Purchasing options can be found on the official The King of Fighters XIII: Global Match website.
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