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Best Martial Arts Video Games of All Time

Updated on April 27, 2017

History of Martial Arts

UFC Undisputed 3 was one of the best MMA games to come out on the Xbox 360. It has nice slow motion replays and terrific cut scenes.
UFC Undisputed 3 was one of the best MMA games to come out on the Xbox 360. It has nice slow motion replays and terrific cut scenes. | Source
Virtua Fighter 5 was made by Sega and it featured one on one fighting action. It was also an entertaining game at the arcades.
Virtua Fighter 5 was made by Sega and it featured one on one fighting action. It was also an entertaining game at the arcades. | Source
Kung Fu Master was made in 1988 and it was for the Nintendo. For the 80's the character actually moved fluidly even though it was only so dimensional.
Kung Fu Master was made in 1988 and it was for the Nintendo. For the 80's the character actually moved fluidly even though it was only so dimensional. | Source
Pit Fighter was released for the Sega Genesis and the Super Nintendo. It used real live actors in the fighting roles and the cut scenes.
Pit Fighter was released for the Sega Genesis and the Super Nintendo. It used real live actors in the fighting roles and the cut scenes. | Source

Which is The Best?

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Top 10 Martial Arts Games in History


This list is purely subjective as there are so many great martial arts video games available.

1. UFC Undisputed 3 (2012): This game is the fourth in the THQ game series and certainly the best, in my opinion. The graphics are awesome, the stats and players are up to date and it has an amazing story and career mode. A new addition to the game, was the addition of Pride Fighters to go along with the UFC stable already in the game. This game is for the Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360. My favorite part about this game is the roster of fighters because there are so many to choose from and each one has their own special talents and techniques.

2. Dead or Alive 4 (2005): This game has twenty-two characters to choose from and it was made for the Xbox 360. The game has a different story line for each player and the fighting tactics are street fighting, boxing and karate. You fight one on one bouts in a series of two out of three bouts. All the Dead or Alive games are fun but this one has so many more fighting moves than the others. Another great aspect of this game is the sound effects which makes the game seem that much more realistic.

3. Virtua Fighter 5 (2006): This game made by Sega was released for the PS3 and the Xbox 360. You fight past eighteen great masters of the arts in the ultimate tournament. Other than fighting skills, you must also defeat an evil organization that is hell bent on world domination. The flying knees, elbows and spinning kicks are outlandish, over the top and very fun to say the least. In Virtua Fighter 5 you can play in story mode which has levels and bosses or you can compete in one on one tournament mode.

4. Bruce Lee: Quest of The Dragon (2002): In this game your character is Bruce Lee and you fight past forty levels on a mission to save your father. This video game was made exclusively for the Xbox. Your character has over twenty five Jeet Kune Do moves that can be earned and learned. The game has many realistic looking cut scenes and the story line is outstanding as well.

5. Kung-Fu Master (1988): This fighting game was first released at the arcades and then later on the Nintendo. You fight karate experts through five intense levels in order to save your kidnapped girlfriend. You must dodge fireballs and knives as you use spin kicks, elbows, knees and punches to defeat the laughing bosses.

6. Street Fighter 2: Champion Edition (1992): This game was published for the PS, PS2, SNES and the Sega Saturn. The game features one on one up close combat with punches, kicks, elbows and knees frequently deciding the winner of a match. Their has to be a winner of every match or you will go to a sudden death showdown. The championship version has far more competitors than the original.

7. UFC: Throwdown (2002): This was the first UFC fighting game and it came out on the Game Cube and PS2. You can create a fighter and win titles in career mode or battle a friend in the Octagon in the two player mode. The game has over two hundred MMA moves and tactics to finish your opponents with. A player can win bouts by knockout, submission or decision.

8. EA Sports MMA (2008): This martial arts game was released for the PS3 and the Xbox 360. This game features fighters from other MMA Leagues besides UFC such as Strikeforce. You can for the first time ever fight while hanging on the cage. Each MMA fighter has his own unique abilities that are specific to that certain character. The first time I ever played this was with my brother. It is one of my favorites, as well as his.

9. Pitfighter (1990): This game originally came out at the arcade before becoming a classic on the Sega Genesis and the Super Nintendo systems. It is the first fighting game to use digitized live actors for game play. You fight with kicks, punches and spinning kicks. Also, items that come at you such as knives and motorcycles can be thrown back at the enemy.

10. Karate Champ (1987): This one or two player fighting game came out at the arcade and then for the Nintendo. The game has five levels and one bonus level with five bosses. It is easy but, very fun to play one on one with a friend. The graphics are plain without a doubt (8 bit) but it's still a thrill a minute video game.

* Please share your favorite martial arts video game with me and the reasons you like it by leaving your thoughts in the comments capsule located at the bottom of this hub.

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Dead or Alive 4 (Xbox 360)

Dead or Alive 4 is the most realistic fighting game of the series. The grids, gameplay, sound effects and realism in general are stunning to say the least.
Dead or Alive 4 is the most realistic fighting game of the series. The grids, gameplay, sound effects and realism in general are stunning to say the least. | Source

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    • Miller2232 profile image

      Sinclair Miller III 4 years ago from Florida

      Voted up on this on and I use to play (and still do) play a street fighter game on Sega Genesis.

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      Karthik Kashyap 3 years ago from India

      Tekken and Mortal Kombat would be two video games I would add :) They were my all time favourite martial art games.

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