The best Fighting Games of the 2020s released so far

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Amidst the tumultuous tides of the gaming realm, the year 2020 bore witness to a curious and somewhat enigmatic phenomenon — a slight ebb in the grand tide of fighting games. It was as though the cosmic dance of fate itself conspired to postpone the much-anticipated Guilty Gear Strive until the dawn of 2021, leaving enthusiasts yearning for fierce battles and pulse-pounding encounters. Alas! Though the scarcity of colossal AAA fighting games seemed to cast a shadow over the arena, a small yet valiant band of contenders dared to rise above the mundane and proclaim their prowess, demanding an esteemed spot alongside the fighting titans that have graced history’s annals: Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, and Tekken.

And so, with fervent applause and jubilant cheers, let the annals of history bear witness to this monumental feat, the unrivaled champion that etched its name in the hallowed halls of gaming greatness. For, behold, in the pages of time, it shall forever reign as the definitive fighting game of 2020, capturing hearts, challenging minds, and inspiring generations yet to come.

Best Fighting Games 2020

Them’s Fightin’ Herds

Prepare to be surprised! Them’s Fightin’ Herds may appear like the offshoot of a cease and desist’d My Little Pony fangame – and indeed, that’s exactly what it is. However, don’t let that mislead you, for Them’s Fightin’ Herds stands out as one of the most enjoyable and well-crafted fighting games of 2020. Despite a modest roster of merely six characters, each one exudes vibrant personality. Its fighting mechanics are a rock-solid foundation, enabling jaw-dropping combos that captivate the eye, while the juggle decay system ensures things stay balanced, avoiding any infinites. Remarkably, even with just one chapter, the story mode sets a new bar for innovation and delight in fighting game storytelling. The icing on the cake: stellar netcode and the inclusion of both traditional and non-traditional lobbies, fostering an engrossing multiplayer experience.

Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r]

Under Night In-Birth has been quietly simmering in the depths of the underground fighting game scene, and Exe:Late[cl-r] marks the third update in this exceptional fighting game series. More than a simple sequel, it brings a fresh character to the fray. Cast aside any reservations, as Under Night In-Birth shines as a fantastic 2D fighting game, deserving of greater recognition for its stunning sprite-based art style, profound combat mechanics, and an eclectic roster of original characters.

EA Sports UFC 4

EA Sports UFC 4 follows in the footsteps of its predecessors, making subtle yet impactful tweaks to the established core of the fighting system. It tactfully caters to both newcomers and seasoned veterans. The new clinch system facilitates a more intuitive and understandable transition from stand-up to clinch, while the grapple assist streamlines the ground game without diminishing the experience for those who opt not to use it. In the realm of career mode, it gracefully empowers you to carve your own path through the UFC’s ranks.

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