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7 Best PS2 Fighting Games (Ranked)

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The PS2 was an iconic gaming console, and its extensive library of games included some of the most memorable fighting games in history.

Whether you’re a fan of classic arcade-style fighters or more complex, technical brawlers, the PlayStation 2 has something for everyone.

Here are the seven best PS2 fighting games, ranked according to their popularity and critical reception.

7. Mortal Kombat: Deception

Mortal Kombat has been a staple of the fighting game genre since its inception, and Deception represents the series at its finest.

Featuring brutal, bloody combat and an expansive roster of fighters, Deception is a must-play for franchise fans.

6. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3

The Dragon Ball Z franchise has always been popular among fans of fighting games, and Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is the best entry in the series.

With its fast, frenetic combat and faithful recreation of the anime’s iconic battles, it’s a must-play for fans of the franchise.

5. Capcom vs SNK 2

Featuring a massive cast of characters from two of the most iconic fighting game studios in history, Capcom vs SNK 2 is a dream matchup for fans of the genre.

Its deep, technical combat mechanics and diverse cast of fighters make it a standout entry in the fighting game canon.

4. Guilty Gear X2

The pinnacle of the Guilty Gear series, X2 boasts an eclectic cast of characters, intricate combat mechanics, and a unique, edgy visual style.

It’s a favourite among hardcore fighting game fans for its depth and complexity.

3. Virtua Fighter 4

Widely regarded as one of the most technically impressive fighting games ever made at the time of release, Virtua Fighter 4 is a true masterpiece of design.

With its emphasis on precision and timing, it’s a must-play for fans of technical, skill-based fighting games.

2. SoulCalibur II

Another iconic fighting game, SoulCalibur II features an impressive cast of characters and an array of weapons-based combat styles.

Its smooth, fast-paced gameplay and stunning visuals make it a true classic.

1. Tekken 5

Arguably the greatest fighting game of all time, Tekken 5 is a masterpiece of design and balance.

Featuring a massive roster of fighters, stunning graphics, and a deep, rewarding combat system, Tekken 5 is a must-play for any fighting game enthusiast.

Conclusion/TDLR – Best PS2 Fighting Games

In conclusion, the PlayStation 2 was home to some of the greatest fighting games of all time, and these 7 titles represent the best of the best.

Whether you’re a fan of classic arcade-style fighters or more complex, technical brawlers, there’s something for everyone on this list.

So if you’re a fan of fighting games, try these titles and see what makes them so special.

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Jake Skudder
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