Best iOS Fighting Games for Your iPhone, iPad

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Some people like the vicarious thrill of the fight. Whether it's in a simulation of real fighting technique, or a fantastical display of flashy special moves, fighting games are a popular genre. This AppGuide will narrow down some of the best of them. Please note that different people may have different definitions about what constitutes a "fighting game." For the purposes of this article, a fighting game is one where a player engages a single opponent in close combat. This AppGuide will not include side-scrolling action games that involve combat on a mass scale.

 

Some people like the vicarious thrill of the fight. Whether it's in a simulation of real fighting technique, or a fantastical display of flashy special moves, fighting games are a popular genre. This AppGuide will narrow down some of the best of them. Please note that different people may have different definitions about what constitutes a "fighting game." For the purposes of this article, a fighting game is one where a player engages a single opponent in close combat. This AppGuide will not include side-scrolling action games that involve combat on a mass scale.

Infinity Blade II

by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC

Infinity Blade II is about as close to a masterpiece as an iOS game can get. From the superior graphics, to the rich soundtrack, to the deep gameplay and engaging storyline, there is a reason for this game's immense hype and success. The sequel has improved over the excellent original in many ways, with new styles of combat and even better character customization options. There is one major flaw for some unfortunate users. At the time of writing, there were a small number of serious crash issues reported. I also experienced this, as the game would not load on my iPad 2, even after multiple downloads. I had to borrow my friend's device to test the game. This was frustrating, but the game is so good that I could not deny it its rightful place at the top of this AppGuide.

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THE KING OF FIGHTERS-i-

by SNK PLAYMORE

The King of Fighters-i- is not the king of iOS fighting games, but it's really good. The game has been adapted to the iPhone well; it provides an excellent casual fighting experience, but also has enough depth and technique to please the hardcore gamer. The King of Fighters franchise is well-respected, and you'll find many of your favorite characters in the classic KOF three-on-three tournament format.

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STREET FIGHTER IV VOLT

by CAPCOM

You cannot have a fighting game list without mentioning Street Fighter. Street Fighter IV Volt is the best iPhone Street Fighter and one of the best iOS games, period. It shrinks down the excitement of the console version, while maintaining its high standards of fighting game excellence. The controls are surprisingly good for the touch screen. The game also features an online multiplayer mode, although you may experience a fair amount of delay while playing it. Despite that, this is an essential app, both for the name and for the game.

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SOULCALIBUR

by NamcoBandai Games Inc.

If not for its high cost and complete lack of any multiplayer functionality, Soul Calibur would easily be an essential game. The game is a faithful port of the Dreamcast version, which means it looks amazing. The gameplay is great, even with a touch screen. It would be even better with iCade compatibility. The last time I featured a Namco game in an AppGuide, they added what I pointed out as missing features within days of my article (not necessarily because of the article). Here's hoping that will again be the case. Even as is, the game definitely deserves a serious look.

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Batman Arkham City Lockdown

by Warner Bros.

Video games based on popular comic book franchises sometimes have the reputation for mediocrity. Batman: Arkham Asylum and its sequel, Batman: Arkham City did much to change that perception. This iOS Arkham City prequel is a different type of game, but maintains similar high standards. It looks and plays a bit like Infinity Blade II, but distinguishes itself with its plethora of beloved bat gadgets and baddies. Fans of Batman and fans of fighting games should pick up this app.

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