Update: What was the best new fighting game of 2018? See the results of the poll to see where your favorites placed

Which of these nine titles was the most well done?

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • January 9, 2019 at 11:28 a.m. PST

Update: Check out the results of the poll after the jump to see what everyone voted for as their favorite new fighting game of 2018.

The fighting game community finds itself older, wiser and more storied as we've made it through yet another year of punching, kicking and blasting each other to oblivion.

We're taking a look back over 2018, specifically at the new titles we've been able to get our hands on. From Dragon Ball FighterZ back in January to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in December, it seems there's been something for everyone regardless of fighting game taste.

Those that enjoy fighting with multiple characters got BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy. Fighting EX Layer brought us a more modern take on the Street Fighter EX series, Soul Calibur 6 offered a fresh arena for 3D players and Omen of Sorrow and Blade Strangers appealed especially to the indie crowd.

We've also included the Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition update, as it brought not only new characters, but new game mechanics, modes and a visual overhaul that made for a significantly different experience than vanilla Street Fighter 5.

We've included these nine titles in a poll below so you can vote for your favorite title of 2018. Feel free to share the details of your choice in the comments, and expand with any further reasoning you used to arrive at your conclusion.

What was the best new fighting game in 2018?

1. Dragon Ball FighterZ: 250 votes / 35.9%
2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: 170 votes / 24.4%
3. Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition: 113 votes / 16.2%
4. Soul Calibur 6: 101 votes / 14.5%
5. BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle: 28 votes / 4.0%
6. Fighting EX Layer: 20 votes / 2.9%
7. Blade Strangers: 7 votes / 1.0%
8. SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy: 5 votes / 0.7%
9. Omen of Sorrow: 3 votes / 0.4%

Total votes: 697


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