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Top 11 Games Like Mortal Kombat

Games Like Mortal Kombat

If you’re searching for fighting games that scratch the same itch that Mortal Kombat does, you needn’t search anymore – I’ve got eleven gems right here for you to choose from! Each of these games is a fighting game through and through, but they each play their own twists on the genre, so you’ve got a lot of variety to choose from, starting with:

1. Guilty Gear Strive

Guilty Gear Strive has taken the fighting game industry by storm in recent times, seemingly out of nowhere, but not really. It’s a game that, on the surface, only has the genre in common with Mortal Kombat, but it goes a lot deeper than that.

Like a couple of the upcoming alternatives, this game abandons the typical, gritty and realistic art style chosen by most fighting games in favor of an anime-like aesthetic, which really works wonders for this game. The appeal of the game isn’t just in the art style and design, though, it’s in the skill ceiling of this game. Mortal Kombat is not an easy game to learn by any means, but when you come to this game, it’s definitely moving up a tier.

If you feel like you’re an absolute beast at Mortal Kombat and want to try your hand at a game that might possibly humble you, Guilty Gear is definitely the way to go. You won’t get the brutal violence you’re used to, but you will get a game that’ll let you put hundreds of hours into it and raise your fighting game skill ceiling even higher. It’s also a bonus if you like anime – the game just looks so good!

Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PS4, PS5, PC.

2. Skullgirls

How about a 2D side-scrolling game as an alternative? I mean, technically, this game can still do everything that other fighting games do – after all, they’re side-scrolling as well. It isn’t too similar to Mortal Kombat in much else, though; the art style for one and the lack of gore for two, but there’s something about it that just feels right as an MK player.

In Skullgirls, you’re trading your gritty and dark design philosophy for colorful mayhem. Though it looks a bit silly, this game is anything but conspicuous – it features a similar level of depth, and the character options are just as diverse as any other game in the genre.

Admittedly, this game isn’t the most competitive of fighting games out there, but if you’re looking to try something new, you never know what might grab a hold of you. In an industry where almost every game just feels like the same game with a different skin on it, Skullgirls is trying something new, and it definitely works if you take it for what it is – a lighthearted but fun fighting game.

Platforms: Android, iOS, PC, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S.

3. DNF: Duel

DNF: Duel might seem unassuming on the surface, especially since it’s pretty new to the fighting game industry, having only been released in 2022, but boy, should you not judge this book by its cover. DNF: Duel packs a lot of content, and as a Mortal Kombat fan, you might like it more than you’d expect:

This game caters to more hardcore fighting game fans with its difficulty, but coming from Mortal Kombat, you won’t be struggling for long (if at all). It’s got a similar art style to Guilty Gear, but it takes things arguably even a step further with how vibrant and artistic everything is – an absolute treat to see. If I’m going to get my ass kicked, I might as well look fabulous while it happens, right?

Pretty graphics aren’t all that it offers, either – it’s got complex and deep gameplay mechanics that will require the same level of dedication that your Mortal Kombat adventures required. One thing you might or might not like is the lack of gore and violence, which is a departure from the similarities to MK, but honestly, it fits absolutely perfectly in this game. Treating it as a bit of a new experience will make this game as fun as it possibly can be for you.

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch.

4. Dead or Alive 6

As a Mortal Kombat enthusiast, Dead or Alive 6 might just be the refreshing and dynamic take on the fighting game genre you need right now. While Mortal Kombat is celebrated for its gritty realism and visceral fatalities, Dead or Alive 6 brings a different flavor with its fast-paced, fluid combat system, kinda like Killer Instinct (more on that later). 

The game places a strong emphasis on counters and holds – a layer of strategy that pretty neatly complements the more brutal nature of Mortal Kombat. One part of this game that you might really like is Dead or Alive 6’s stunning visuals and stage design, which really is one of the most unique and beautiful ones I’ve seen in any game. The characters are beautifully rendered, and the attention to detail in their animations is as good as it can be – certainly on par with the competition.

With vibrant environments to act as a lively backdrop to the intense battles, this game really contrasts the darker tones of Mortal Kombat while still maintaining. While Dead or Alive 6 maintains its own unique identity, it provides an exciting alternative for a Mortal Kombat fan seeking a blend of strategic gameplay and visually captivating martial arts action.

Platforms: PS4, PC, Xbox One.

5. Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe

Is it cheating if it’s technically a Mortal Kombat game? I’ll allow it – crossover fighting games are just too fun to not talk about, and this is one of those that actually didn’t get as much love as I feel like it deserved. I mean, how can you not want to see Batman fight Skorpion to see whose grappling hook works better?

The game is a little eccentric throughout, though – there are eleven characters from each universe, and they’ve definitely focused on the most popular ones, but everything is slightly toned down. This is mainly because the crossover was targeted towards a wide, mainstream audience which includes teens, which limits the amount of gore they could really put into it. That said, the gameplay is still the same as you’re familiar with from a Mortal Kombat or DC game.

If you’re looking for something that includes as many elements as possible from MK while also pairing it with a new concept and design, this game is the crossover you need to try out. In terms of depth and competitiveness, you’ve probably got better alternatives, but this is definitely the only game where you can get answers to questions like “Can Baraka impale Superman’s skin?”

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360.

6. Killer Instinct

Fighting game fans have always heard of Tekken, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, The King of Fighters, and even the Dragon Ball games – but Killer Instinct has often flown under the radar of gamers. This is a seriously underrated game, though, because it’s got a ton of depth and nuance backing it up in its gameplay, making it a strong alternative to MK:

The pace of the game is definitely different – it’s a lot faster, which will appeal to the more aggressive, adrenaline-junkie gamers who want action to come at them at the speed of light. While it’s faster, it’s not dissimilar because the game is just as violent and fierce as Mortal Kombat in its finishers and moves. Mortal Kombat fans are no strangers to the gore that comes with a game like that, and this game builds on that feeling by introducing its own brutal finishing moves.

For someone who loves competitive fighting games, fast-paced gameplay, and the feeling of absolutely ripping the other player apart, this game is perfect. It may not have the prestigious pedigree of more mainstream games, but it definitely holds its own and has had strong support from its player base for a while now.

Platforms: PC, Xbox One.

7. Dragon Ball FighterZ

Dragon Ball games falling off was one of the most painful things for me to see as an avid player and huge fan of the Budokai Tenkaichi series. This time though, Dragon Ball FighterZ is back stronger than ever with a huge roster of characters, advanced fighting gameplay that’s still accessible for beginners, and the unique anime art style we’ve come to love over the years.

In Dragon Ball FighterZ, you get the side-on gameplay you expect from an alternative to Mortal Kombat, but beyond that, FighterZ is its own game. There’s obviously the option to play as characters like Goku, Gohan, Vegeta, and the like, but the devs also went beyond to add some lesser-known ones. Some of these are in the form of DLC, which is fine because you don’t need those characters to play the game at a competitive level – it’s just nice to have the option if you want it.

In keeping with Dragon Ball games of the past, there is a lot of the lore that carries over from the anime and expands on it. FighterZ has widely been regarded as the best game that the developer has ever released in this genre, and coming from Mortal Kombat, you’ll absolutely love just how well they’ve executed it this time. Bonus points if you’ve watched the anime and/or played the previous games, too!

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S.

8. The King of Fighters XV

The movies for King of Fighters didn’t hold up to the hype, which is a shame, because the games have always been amazing – and The King of Fighters XV is no exception. Being the latest in the series of fighting games that we’ve been playing ever since we were kids, alongside Mortal Kombat, The King of Fighters is a legendary fighting game, and for good reason:

With strong lore to back up the story and rivalries between characters, you’re really spoiled for choice in this game about who you want to play. Like most fighting games, it caters to a ton of different playing styles, and each character is as deep in their mechanics and combos as you’d expect. Coming from Mortal Kombat, you’ll slot into its combo chain mechanics and critical timing as easily as can be.

As a fan of Mortal Kombat, you’ve definitely heard of this game before and probably even played a previous version of it. If you’re looking for a good alternative to MK, it really doesn’t get much better than King of Fighters, and this latest edition is one of the best we’ve ever had in this series’ prestigious history.

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S.

9. Injustice 2

This is the fight between Batman and Superman that the movie could never give us (seriously, what even was that?). That’s not all it’s got, though; it’s got the entire Justice League roster in here for you to play with! Each character, as you expect, is as unique and versatile as the next.

This makes the game, similar to Mortal Kombat, as deep as the deepest oceans when it comes to mechanics, timing, and combos. You can expect to put hundreds of hours into just one character before you’re truly a master at them, and then you’ve got dozens more to go! Also, like Mortal Kombat, the fighting gameplay here is varied and competitive; though we don’t see this game in the upper echelons of tournaments as often as other games – it still holds up.

If you’re looking for a competitive fighting game and always liked watching Justice League as a kid, this game will be a blast to the past in the most post-modern way imaginable. The game also has a pretty good story to go along with it, one that really strays from the beaten path, and I personally loved it. So, whether you prefer single-player or multiplayer, you’re going to be right at home with Injustice 2.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Android, iOS.

10. Street Fighter 6

As far as competitive fighting games go, Street Fighter 6 is one of the best and at the very top. You’ve probably heard of it, but I’m assuming you haven’t played it yet – so what gives? You’ve got the same basic gameplay but with its own character diversity, art style, and so much more!

Street Fighter 6 has a long and storied history – it even has a movie (that I highly recommend you watch!), but it’s the game at the end of the day that takes the cake. You get balanced, competitive, and highly varied fighting gameplay that’ll get any fighting game nerd sitting up and paying attention. Mastering all of the complex combos and timing in Mortal Kombat has prepared you well for what’s to come here because it’s got the same technical gameplay in a whole other parallel dimension.

If you’re looking for a long-term commitment, Street Fighter 6 is the way to go. If you’re just looking to dabble in the fighting game genre after dabbling in Mortal Kombat, once again, Street Fighter 6 is the way to go. It all takes one cool move to suck you in, and before you know it, you’re up at 4 AM studying the most broken 40-hit combo you could find on YouTube to try in your next match. And that’s what it’s all about at the end of the day, really.

Platforms: PS5, PS4, PC, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S.

11. Tekken 7

I feel like every Mortal Kombat player has to have played Tekken 7 at least once in their life. Or vice versa. They’re like the games to play in the fighter game genre! If you’ve managed to elude Tekken thus far, I’m afraid it’s time for you to get out of your comfort zone and finally give it a try because it’s everything you love!

In Tekken 7, you have the same kind of fighting gameplay you know and love from Mortal Kombat, but in the universe of Tekken. Characters are plentiful, and they all have their own moves, which makes each of them an absolute treat to learn as you explore. Just like Mortal Kombat, you’ll be spending hours playing this game to find which playstyle you like, which character does that best, and why it’s always Jin.

Jokes aside, as a Mortal Kombat fan, Tekken has to be your bread and butter as an alternative game. Minus the fatalities and brutalities, Tekken has everything familiar you love in Mortal Kombat with some twists of its own, including a storyline that spans several games and even some movies! This is really a game to sink hundreds of hours into, and as a fan of MK, that might be exactly what you’re looking for.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC.

With the classics discussed, we’ve come to the end of this list of games like Mortal Kombat. The tried and tested games aside, there’s a lot of new stuff here that is definitely worth a try if you love MK. That said, which game are you going to move on to next? I’ll be waiting to hear from you in the comments, so I’ll see you there!

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