ByKen McDonnell, writer at
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With [Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4](tag:3755113) and Street Fighter V behind us (though the controversy surrounding both games still lingers) it seems that 2016 is nowhere near done when it comes to releasing fighting games. On March 1st, we'll be getting the ultimate version of Mortal Kombat X with Mortal Kombat XL, and March 15th will see the release of UFC 2 on XBOX One, PS4 and PC.

We already know how great Mortal Kombat X can be, after all, the game won Best Fighting Game of 2015 at the Game Awards. However, there is tons of additional content available in this release that numerous gamers haven't had the opportunity to enjoy yet (PREDATOR). So will Mortal Kombat XL actually be a better purchase than a brand new game in the form of UFC 2?

UFC 2 vs Mortal Kombat XL

Conor McGregor in UFC 2
Conor McGregor in UFC 2

How does Mortal Kombat X stand up to 2016's fighting games so far? Naruto Storm 4 is a surprisingly great game that has garnered praise from critics and fans alike:

Naruto: Suns 4 is the perfect evolution of a franchise that's been around for many years. With a huge roster, an excellent history mode and its spectacular play-style, this one is a game that every otaku must play. 92/100

It currently enjoys a rating of 81 on Metacritic, with a user score of 8.5 - high praise all round. But then we have Street Fighter V, which I must say has disappointed me. And clearly I'm not the only one.

Street Fighter V on Metacritic
Street Fighter V on Metacritic

So far I think that Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 has claimed the prize for the best fighter in 2016. It's kind to those who enjoy multiplayer as much as they do singleplayer. With over 100 characters to choose from, a great campaign to enjoy and engaging online potential, what's not to like?!

But will Mortal Kombat XL still be a better purchase? Or will EA surprise us with a victory in the land of UFC?

Fighting Games In 2016: Conor McGregor, Naruto, Alien & Ryu

Be Bruce Lee? OKAY!
Be Bruce Lee? OKAY!

EA have temporarily suspended the Fight Night series in order to focus their attention on UFC, hoping to capitalize on the worldwide craze for the sport. And let me say this, if EA manage to create something that's on par with Fight Night: Champion, we'll be in for a spectacular treat that could claim Best Fighting Game of 2016.

However, the last UFC game didn't exactly inspire much confidence.

I would recommend anyone with a little bit of interest in the sport and a lot of patience check out EA Sports UFC. There is a fun game in here somewhere -- it's just behind a lot of barriers. - Destructoid 7/10

If these barriers are lifted and the general gameplay of UFC 2 surpasses its predecessor, EA could have a winning formula on their hands in 2016. But which fighting game do you think has the best potential this year?


Which fighting game has your vote?


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