We already published the list of best PS1 games of all time, now it’s time to discover the best PS1 fighting games of all time.
With amazing titles like the Bloody Roar series, Bushido Blade series, and Street Fighter series, the PS1 surely have a great collection of fighting games.
If you’re a fan of both PS1 and fighting games, I know that you want to know the best PS1 fighting games of all time.
Most of you will recognize (or even still play) some of the games mentioned on this list.
#25. Warpath: Jurassic Park
Developed by BlackOps Entertainment, Warpath: Jurassic Park recreates and rebuild dinosaur with the help of modern science and pits the biggest reptile to grace the earth on a bloody fighting game.
This game did a pretty good job on recreating the dinosaur sound, it feels blaring, fearsome and somewhat ‘authentic’.
The graphic looks decent especially the dinosaur, you can tell they put an effort on the dinosaur models.
Warpath: Jurassic Park is a good choice to ‘relive’ the prehistoric era, a fresh take on a fighting game while also educating at the same time, perfect for children.
#24. Cardinal Syn
The mysterious wanderer has brought the book of wisdom to the Blood Lands.
Fight on a grand tournament of the best fighter to deter Cardinal Syn from getting their hands on the book of wisdom and bring chaos to the kingdom.
Detailed character and surrounding graphic, fluid character movement with nice visual effect on a perfectly executed combo.
Varying environment hazard keeping things fresh in the fight and offers a new approach for each session.
Cardinal Syn did a good job on fusing medieval era into a fighting game, a perfect 3D weapon based fighting game.
#23. Ultimate Fighting Championship
Ultimate Fighting Championship is a real fight without the chair and other drama between fighter.
Bring your mixed knowledge of martial arts, and fight in the caged, eight sided ring known as the octagon.
Ultimate Fighting Championship is a technical game, not your typical button mashing fighting game.
Graphic while not the best still hold on its own in comparison to other games.
Different fighting style mix and match offers limitless possibilities.
All in all, playing Ultimate Fighting Championship require your patient to get past the technical part and when you do it’ll be a blast.
#22. Evil Zone
Do you have what it takes to beat other warrior and most importantly, defeat yourself to have the right to challenge Thadurca, the evil warrior for your own cause?
For a fighting game, the control is very simple, two-button each for striking and blocking.
The story mode is a real story as you unlocked and learn more about the character you currently play with.
Every character gets their soundtrack mix giving them special distinctive feel to the personality.
While Evil Zone looks like a simple game, I assure you it is not, the simplicity allows us to focus on the elegant action displayed on the screen itself.
#21. Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style
All your favorite member of Wu-Tang clan is here, with their unique kung-fu flick and classic Shaolin moves in Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style, where rap meets fighting games.
Amazing game soundtrack that any rap fans would appreciate, perfectly fit the game narrative.
Each member of the Wu-Tang clan perfectly fit the fighting style and moves entitled to them.
Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style is an example of a good raw street fighting game, executed combo feels amazing with brutal effect especially when paired with quivering rap rhythm soundtrack.
#20. Fighter Maker
Unleash your creativity in Fighter Maker, whereas the name suggests you create your own fighter and pit them against each other.
Customize everything, from move set, stance and even styling of the character.
The game is divided into two parts, the character creation and the fight, players can choose their preferred mode as both are exciting.
Edit mode is a well-polished mode as you can customize your fighter down to the last muscle move.
Fighter Maker rewards player with a sense of greater joy from tweaking your character for hundreds of hour to tune a crazy looking high kick.
A 3D fighting game developed by Koei Entertainment, Destrega puts you in an ancient civilization where the powerful ancient book of Za’muel was unearthed and war erupted between nation to conquer the relic on the quest for domination.
The game introduces elevated terrain to its arena, enabling variation and cheeky moves during the fight.
The fighting system is quite unique with diversity in attack type, based on the rock paper scissor concept.
Destrega is an ambitious game that tries to adopt a medieval theme to a fighting game, and offers a much needed refreshment from other generic game in this genre.
#18. X-Men: Mutant Academy 2
X-Men: Mutant Academy 2 is a sequel to its predecessor X-Men: Mutant Academy.
Dive straight into the X-Men universe, choose from 16 mutants and play as your favorite mutants as you fight and train with professor X himself.
The game offers a stunning visual, with colorful arena while staying true to the comic, reminiscing classic and legendary places in the comic book.
Introduction of a new strategic features, charge your special moves bar to execute a special mutant trio moves.
Overall, X-Men: Mutant Academy 2 is a solid choice for comic book fans who needed some comical relief from the top gun in the fighting games title.
#17. Street Fighter EX2 Plus
Developed by Capcom, Street Fighter EX2 Plus features fan favorite recurring character such as Ryu, Zangief, and Guile, as well as rooster addition to the EX series and original character to the title.
Transitioning from EX to EX2 should be easy as control and timing of most skill are still identical.
The upgraded super combo visual effect delivers satisfactory firework effect to your screen.
All in all, Street Fighter EX2 Plus is an upgraded EX version with graphical improvement, but not much in terms of originality.
#16. Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter
Not every conflict can be resolved through diplomatic way when all measure failed, and no one is sure what caused the conflict, fighting is the only way to settle things.
Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter is a tag team fighting game that brings the best out of both worlds.
The graphic color is very vibrant, just like the arcade version of Street Fighter.
Tag team mode is what separates this game from any other, especially the tag team super combo.
Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter is the perfect game for fans of Street Fighter who follows Marvel comic and would like to add Marvel item into their collection.
#15. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure
Inspired by popular Japanese anime, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is a fast-paced arcade style fighting game with popular character from the series with Capcom’s signature of fighting games.
What amazing is the developer successfully implemented Jojo’s anime feels into the game graphics.
Minimalist control means this game is suited for any casual player who doesn’t bother to learn fighting game complexity in general.
If you’re bored with Street Fighter or Tekken series, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure offers a variety in the genre especially with the intriguing storyline and easy control.
#14. Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes
Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes is an ambitious crossover featuring your favourite Street Fighter character with notorious Marvel superheroes and villain.
Vibrant and colorful graphic with interesting stage backdrop, Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes is one of the most beautiful fighting game in PlayStation.
Addition of new faces to the fighting game series means a diverse choice of lineup selection.
Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes is another fun crossover fighting game perfectly suited for any Marvel fans or any comic book fans.
#13. Capcom vs. SNK Pro
Capcom vs. SNK Pro is another crossover by Capcom, and this time featuring SNK King of Fighter character.
Create your dream matches from both roosters with distinctive fighting moves from each faction.
While the two sides have a different control style, Capcom successfully integrated two styles into one balanced game.
Ratio points feature for picking characters to ensure you always got balanced matchup.
Capcom vs. SNK Pro is a well-ported game from the Dreamcast version with decent graphic and sound effect, pretty much a good addition to the library.
Fighters from all over the world gather around in an unmerciful tournament to compete for the legendary weapon, EHRGEIZ.
Who will crown the champion and claim the prize and its mythical power?
Ehrgeiz game element is a mix between a fighting game with a dungeon crawling game, another reason to play when you just got bored of fighting game in general.
There is also a cameo from one of the best RPG game, FF VII, main character as a playable character.
Ehrgeiz is a content packed fighting game with a steep learning curve that will get you hooked once you nail it down.
#11. Mortal Kombat 4
Brought to you by Midway Entertainment, Mortal Kombat 4 resume the battle after Shao Khan has been defeated by earth mighty warrior, and now the bloody tournament can be won by a mortal.
MK4 is another well ported game from the arcade version with no performance issue which is vital in a fighting game.
MK4 is a transition from 2D to 3D and fatality looks sick in the 3D.
The signature ‘fatality’ finish is quite hard to pull off with the controller since you’re required to press several buttons simultaneously.
Mortal Kombat 4 is labelled classic and successfully paved the way from the next Mortal Kombat series in line.
#10. X-Men: Mutant Academy
X-Men: Mutant Academy let you dive deep into the world of mutants, train and spar with fellow mutants academy member and fight X-Men universe menace villain under the wings of Professor X himself.
Small rooster but fleshed out playable characters means you can spend lots of time playing one character and still not close for their full potential.
Iconic place from the movie and comic book as the stage with eye-pleasing graphic.
X-Men: Mutant Academy maybe not as famous as Street Fighter or Tekken series but it still holds on its own in terms of fighting games.
#9. Bushido Blade 2
Two peaceful feudal clans, Kagami and Sue have been on peace for hundreds of years, but a shake on the new ruler meaning different principles between them and war is inevitable.
For a fighting game, Bushido Blade 2 story mode is interesting enough to follow with a great voice over, and good use of cinematic.
The control is a simplified version from the first game and managed to left out what is redundant for a better controller experience.
Bushido Blade 2 is a deep fighting game with a unique range of motion, weapon selection and interconnected stage like never seen before.
#8. Bloody Roar
In the near future, humanity is on the brink of collapsing and when there is no hope, a mysterious half human half beast fighters emerge to help mankind survives.
Apparently, Bloody Roar is renamed version of arcade game titled “Beastorizer” while specifically improving the control for PlayStation.
The unique system of beast mode ensures a fast paced gameplay backed up with solid graphic quality.
Bloody Roar delivers a fresh concept of fighting game and executed it brilliantly, one of the most fun titles on this list.
#7. Bloody Roar II
Five years after the event in the first game, the human is divided into two sides, the half human half beast fighters known as Zoanthrope supporters and the one who doesn’t.
Zoanthrope must face a new enemy, the human race itself.
Bloody Roar II draw many resemblances with Tekken series but with added beast mode.
Small but balanced rooster so you could try to play anyone instead of spamming one character.
Overall, Bloody Roar II is a marginal improvement from the first with three new characters, pick this up if you never play Bloody Roar series.
#6. Bushido Blade
Meikyokan, an ancient dojo has been teaching the way of bushido for hundreds of year while keeping the secret cursed sword known as Yugiri.
When some students discovered Yugiri, they neglect the dojo tradition and honor held for hundreds of years.
Forget button-mashing combo, this game is all about perfection, one round, no life bar, and one hit could kill you.
Remarkable Japanese instrumental themed soundtrack to keep you accompany you through the fighting stage.
Bushido Blade redefine fighting game while being one of the most underrated game, the sword fight is very realistic and replay value is unlimited.
#5. Rival Schools
Rival Schools is straight up school brawl fighting games.
Choose your school and challenge fighter from other rival schools to test your mettle against each other, in this Crows Zero version of a game.
Strong character design, the character are your typical student you can find in high school, the jock, cheerleader even the principal.
Various mini games are available if you need some break from smashing your opponents.
Rival Schools is a fighting game that doesn’t take itself seriously with the humorous banter and move set between character, playing the game with friends guarantee a bursting laugh here and there.
#4. Dead or Alive
A fighting tournament has been held by a mysterious organization taking place all around the world.
Skilled martial artists from around the globe gather and pitted against each other, all with their own motivation.
#3. Street Fighter Alpha 3
Street Fighter Alpha 3 is a non-canon title from the Street Fighter series.
Bison has an apocalypse weapon called Psycho Drive, capable of harnessing power and energy source for a giant robot created for destruction.
Huge roster of 37 playable characters, each with their own new fighting style selection.
Sound quality is superb, from the upbeat soundtrack, player bashing each other and ring announcer before the match begins.
Overall, Street Fighter Alpha 3 is a flashy fighting game with RPG like element thanks to the world tour and one of Capcom’s classics.
#2. Soul Blade
Soul Blade story revolves around a legendary sword that has been searched for throughout history.
The sword later appeared mysteriously in an auction and nine warriors have set foot to acquire the sword for their personal reason.
Astonishing cinematic intro and non gameplay cutscene are one of the best in PlayStation ever.
RPG like element with the edge master mode where you select and develop your character from the ground up.
Soul Blade which later became Soul Calibur is the real challenger to Tekken and Street Fighter series on this list and worthy of your shot.
#1. Tekken 3
Set after the second Iron Fist Tournament, the story revolves around Jin Kazama, Heihachi, an otherwordly entity called Ogre and the thirst for power.
Originating from the arcade, Tekken 3 in PlayStation is the perfect copy of the arcade version.
Nobody can beat Tekken 3 in the graphic department, even though the background is rendered in 2D, still way ahead of its time.
Satisfying epilogue for each character main story finished, making sure you have the replayability.
Tekken 3 is the king in the fighting game genre, and no game could ever come close, the perfect fighting game.
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Deciding the best PS1 fighting game is no doubt a little bit late since this iconic console has been around for more than two decades, but thanks to emulator and remastered games, it’s still exciting!