The Best Martial Games

Update : Shadow Strikers added at rank #43.
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Sifu (2022)

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Playstation 5 Android Xbox Series X Xbox One Nintendo Switch PC Windows Playstation 4

Sifu is a wonderfully difficult beat-'em-up that puts the player at the forefront of their very own martial arts epic. With tight combat and inventive level design, Sifu boasts one of the best martial arts experiences available from a video game in years - even with its punishing difficulty.


What we like:
  • Fast-paced combat
  • Unique roguelike system
  • Satisfying moves and combos
  • Variety of environments to explore
  • Engaging storyline and characters
What could be improved:
  • Punishing difficulty can be overwhelming
  • Requires a lot of practice to master

  • martial
  • boss
  • fight
  • rogue-like
  • combat
  • brawler
  • skill
  • boss-fight
  • combo

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Shenmue I & II (2018)

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100
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PC Windows Playstation 4 Xbox One

SEGA®’s most requested re-release of all time finally comes to a new generation. Shenmue delivers an epic story of revenge within a unique open world that is still unrivalled in depth and detail. Return to the epic saga that defined modern gaming. The saga begins…again.


  • martial
  • open-world
  • quick-time-event
  • classic
  • fight
  • arts
  • cult
  • arcade
  • 1980s
  • story
  • rpg
  • action-adventure

3

Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty (2023)

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Playstation 5 PC Windows Xbox Series X Xbox One Playstation 4

A new dark fantasy Three Kingdoms action RPG from Team NINJA, the developers of Nioh.


  • boss
  • martial
  • boss-fight
  • historical
  • rpg
  • demons
  • souls
  • combat
  • action
  • fight
  • fantasy
  • battle
  • exploration
  • difficult
  • narrative

4

The Legend of Tianding (2021)

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IOS iPhone PC Windows

The Legend of Tian Ding takes you on a journey into the depths of Taiwanese history and culture, through fast-paced combat and platforming. This game puts its own spin on the legend of Liao Tian Ding, a Taiwanese Robin Hood-like character, while remaining true to his character. With its mix of kung fu combat and platforming, this game is sure to satisfy any itch for an action-packed adventure set in Taiwan's past.


What we like:
  • Fast-paced combat and platforming
  • Rich story based on real events
  • Charming manhua aesthetic
  • Atmospheric soundtrack
  • Freedom to chain abilities in combat & movement
  • Variety of secrets hidden throughout levels
What could be improved:
  • Cutscenes can be too long & unskippable at times
  • Uneven progression with upgrades only available later in the game
  • Difficulty spikes during some boss battles

  • historical
  • platform
  • spectacle
  • fight
  • side-scrolling
  • comic
  • boss
  • martial
  • boss-fight
  • beat-em-up
  • combat
  • scroller
  • action
  • hack-and-slash
  • book

5

Naraka: Bladepoint (2021)

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PC Windows Playstation 5 Xbox One Xbox Series X

Dive into the legends of the Far East in NARAKA: BLADEPOINT; team up with friends in fast-paced melee fights for a Battle Royale experience unlike any other. Find your playstyle with a varied cast of heroes with unique skills. More than 20 million players have already joined the fray, play free now!


  • parkour
  • royale
  • martial
  • battle
  • arts
  • fight
  • swordplay
  • multiplayer
  • customization
  • pvp
  • character
  • hack-and-slash
  • mmo
  • third-person
  • combat

6

9 Monkeys of Shaolin (2020)

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Xbox One Nintendo Switch Linux PC Windows

9 Monkeys of Shaolin is a beat-em-up game with deep combat mechanics and varied level designs. The story follows Daokong, a man who joins a Shaolin order to seek revenge on the Japanese pirates that attacked his village. With generous parries, special attacks, seal moves and skill points to customize your abilities, you will feel like an unstoppable warrior!


What we like:
  • Deep combat mechanics
  • Varied level design
  • Generous parries and special attacks
  • Plenty of voice acting options
What could be improved:
  • Relatively short runtime
  • By-the-numbers plot

  • cooperative
  • beat-em-up
  • martial
  • fight
  • pirates
  • side-scrolling
  • local
  • brawler
  • online
  • ninja
  • arts
  • combat
  • old-school
  • hack-and-slash
  • action

7

Clash: Artifacts of Chaos (2023)

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74
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Xbox Series X/s PC Windows Playstation 4 Playstation 5 Xbox One Xbox Series X

Hunted by mercenaries of an enemy with untold power, the fighter Pseudo and the creature under his protection begin a perilous quest to the edges of strange lands.

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  • dice
  • third-person
  • surreal
  • martial
  • exploration
  • bird
  • fight
  • pencil-drawn
  • souls
  • soundtrack
  • combat
  • brawler
  • rpg
  • fantasy
  • first-person

8

Okinawa Rush (2021)

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78
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Nintendo Switch dreamcast Xbox One Playstation 4 PC Windows

Okinawa Rush is a martial arts platforming game with RPG elements, many items to collect and unique FengShui system.


  • martial
  • platform
  • ninja
  • cooperative
  • retro
  • campaign
  • arts
  • fight
  • pixel
  • 2d
  • demons
  • fantasy
  • beat-em-up
  • arcade
  • action-adventure

9

Shaolin vs Wutang 2 (2023)

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80
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early access j Xbox Series X PC Windows Xbox One

The sequel to Shaolin vs Wutang! Shaolin vs Wutang 2 is a INDIE love letter to Martial Arts and classic Kung Fu films. Made for casual game fans not intended for Hardcore Fighting Game players.


  • martial
  • fight
  • arts
  • classic
  • action
  • friends-and-family
  • beat-em-up
  • 4-player
  • 1980s
  • combat

10

Sclash (2023)

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75
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PC Windows Xbox One

Sclash is a plug’n play 2D samurai fighting game full of tension where one hit is enough to kill. Play as a hand-drawn samurai in beautiful painted settings and fight your opponent in epic solemn duels where each move matters. Manage well your stamina, breath and take your time to land a deadly hit.


  • fight
  • arts
  • spectacle
  • swordplay
  • martial
  • hand-drawn
  • 2d
  • 2.5d
  • character
  • pvp
  • stylized
  • multiplayer
  • scroller
  • customization
  • anime

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