7 Best Kinect Fighting Games

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Boxing, Martial Arts, and More!

There aren't many Kinect fighting games available, but there are enough good ones to sate your gaming bloodlust. Whether you like boxing, martial arts, flinging power orbs, or swinging light sabers, you're likely to find something here that's just right for you.

The games here are ranked by visitors' votes - 653 to date and counting! But don't rely on us. Before you decide to purchase any game, make sure you read reviews, talk to friends, and possibly even take it for a test run.

Honorable Mentions

Hulk Hogan's Main Event: As if reality TV wasn't enough, looks like Hulk Hogan has his hand in the Kinect cookie jar as well. This game lets you try out all sorts of special moves that you'd expect in any televised wrestling match worth its salt. It's a nice companion to Fighters Uncaged, as the games are quite different in style and gameplay.

Rise of Nightmares: Here's a Kinect fighting game that's perfect for people who love all things gory-B-horror-movie. The terrifying action on the screen will be that much more realistic when you have to actually control your character's movements with your body. Hopefully, you'll be up for hacking and slashing your way through the fear. Want a taste of the action? You can watch an extremely gruesome trailer below (obviously, not suitable for all audiences!)

Rise of Nightmares Trailer (Not Suitable for All Audiences)

#7: Dragon Ball Z

If you like Dragon Ball Z, you can now enjoy the franchise with full-body motion controls! Reviewers enjoyed the game, although some found it a bit repetitive. This game is definitely popular with fans of the cartoon, especially kids. It has a familiar storyline, and it isn't too violent or difficult, so it's a perfect game to get for a kid who's a bit younger but still wants a fighting game.

#6: PowerUP Heroes - Power Up Your Avatar

Power Up Heroes
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Power Up Heroes

This game lets your Xbox avatar become a hero. Collect 20 super-powered suits to do battle alone, in versus mode with a friend, or online. The Kinect allows you to use your whole body to get into the fighting action.

PowerUp Heroes is made by UBI Soft, the same company that made Your Shape Fitness, Evolved (one of the best Kinect exercise games), so you know that they've got excellent body-scanning and motion controls.

The PowerUP Heroes Trailer - A Gameplay Tease

#5: Star Wars - Lightsabers, Ho!

Kinect Star Wars combines the great motion-controlling capabilities of the Kinect controller with the well-loved Star Wars franchise. As one of the newest additions to the Kinect library, this game is sure to inject new life into your Kinect playing experience.

#4: Kung Fu High Impact

Kung Fu High Impact gives you plenty of ways to fight for glory with limitless combinations of punches, kicks, jumps, and more. One thing that really makes this game stand out is the variety of opponents you'll have to deal with, from gangs to wizards to giants. There's also a feature that literally takes your picture and puts it into the storyline, which is a nice touch.

#3: UFC Personal Trainer - Learn the Moves

Part fighting game, part fitness game, UFC Personal Trainer is well-rounded and well done. The game includes a UFC personal trainer and several popular UFC fighters, who you can hit mitts with to perform a series of challenges. You'll get the chance to perfect a variety of MMA-inspired moves from diverse sports such as wrestling, Muay Thai, and kickboxing.

#2: Kinect Sports (Boxing) - Punch Your Friends' Lights Out!

The boxing game in Kinect Sports is likely one of the first fighting games you're going to come across. The action is pretty simple: just punch towards the Kinect controller, which will pick up your movements and record them as hits on your opponent. You can play in one-player mode, two players at the same time side-by-side, or even play against opponents online.

And the #1 Best Kinect Fighting Game Is...

... Fighters Uncaged!

#1: Fighters Uncaged - Kick Some Animated Butt!

Note: Although Fighters Uncaged has more votes, the more recently released Kung Fu High Impact has better reviews on Amazon than Fighters Uncaged, especially for the motion tracking. Read the reviews and decide for yourself which you think is the better game!

Fighters Uncaged - Xbox 360
Fighters Uncaged - Xbox 360

This is currently the best example of a fighting game on the Kinect to date. It's a game that really showcases the capabilities of the Kinect well, allowing you to use your whole body to fight your way through multiple opponents and levels. Some players say that learning the moves is tricky, but once you do, there is plenty of fun to be had. There's also a tag-team mode that allows you to play with a friend.


What Is The Best Kinect Fighting Game? - Vote Here!

The best Kinect fighting game is...

  • Fighters Uncaged
  • Kinect Sports Boxing
  • Star Wars
  • UFC Personal Trainer
  • PowerUP Heroes
  • Rise of Nightmares
  • Kung Fu High Impact
  • Hulk Hogan's Main Event
  • Dragon Ball Z
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Thoughts on the Best Kinect Fighting Games? - Share Them Here 24 comments

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Psycho-Gamer 4 years ago

some say that kinect games are the immediate evolution of the video games and thus the future......it may be true who knows....although i do not like the whole concept os the kinect fighting games because the technology is still a baby so the gameplay is fakish !?! i would love to try one of those all all of them.

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emmaklarkins 4 years ago Hub Author

@Psycho-Gamer: They're definitely worth a try. I'm sure it depends what kind of gaming you're into. All the ones I've tried so far, such as Dance Central, Kinect Adventures, Kinect Sports and more have been tons of fun.

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aesta1 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Level 5 Commenter

This is my first time to hear of this game. It is interesting.

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aesta1 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Level 5 Commenter

This is my first time to hear of this game. It is interesting.

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Blackspaniel1 4 years ago Level 1 Commenter

I am not familiar with these.

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squidoopets 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

The Kinect fighting games look like a lot of fun, thanks for the introduction :)

hamshi5433 4 years ago

Congrats Emma, you`ve worked really hard for this. :)

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wolfie10 4 years ago

very nice lens. well done. i like playing games, but haven't got enough hours in a day

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Gerald McConway 4 years ago

Have been looking to add the Kinect to my game, and this gives me more incentive. Love the UFC Workout, especially with winter arriving.

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Titia 4 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

I don't play these kind of games, never have, never will. Your lens looks great though for those who do like them.

raychic200 4 years ago

I really enjoyed this lens. My personal favorite is the training one.

anonymous 4 years ago

Aw this sounds really cool! I haven't gotten a new gaming system since the gamecube came out but the kinect looks really fun. I'd love a fighting game! I would totally go for the zombie one too!

baby-strollers 4 years ago

pretty sweet lens! I don't have any fighting games per se, but might be time to picup a few.

myamya 4 years ago

Very interesting lens! Great work thumbs up!

Edutopia 4 years ago

Great list. Kinect games still have a long way to go to fully showcase the potential of the hardware but given another year or two I'm sure we'll some some truly spectacular games that really push the hardware.

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desa999 lm 4 years ago

Well done, nice lens layout and info.

sheezie77 3 years ago

Great selection of kinect games

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VaBeachMatthew 3 years ago

Fighting games are always fun - just be careful not to get too carried away... lol

anonymous 3 years ago

Are you retarded? Fighters Uncaged was the worst game of 2010. Stop shilling for game companies you scumbag.

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emmaklarkins 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: I'm sorry you feel that way! I rank the games by user votes, instead of my own opinions, so these are the feelings of visitors to this site, not my own. According to the Amazon reviews, there are plenty of people who enjoyed Fighters Uncaged - it's certainly not as poorly reviewed as other games I've seen. I always encourage people to look at the ratings on Amazon, talk to friends, and read third-party reviews before they buy a game. And not everyone is looking for the same thing in a game - for example, Star Wars Kinect isn't particularly responsive, but there are plenty of people who love the title!

anonymous 2 years ago

@anonymous: Dude what a crap comment indeed, thanks for the comparrisons Emma

anonymous 2 years ago

Great list, thanks for sharing

anonymous 2 years ago

nice efforts I appericiate

Vijay 4 months ago

I personal used the fighter game in PS3, xbox 360 and xbox one.

Xbox one kinect is good and able to capture the moments 8 out of 10. Game is impressive where the system is not capable of capturing the every movement.

My vote is find the old fighter game and play in ps3 ... when you kick the punch, it will capture the speed also ...

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