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Boxing, Martial Arts, and More!
There aren't many Kinect fighting games available, but there are enough good ones to satiate your gaming bloodlust. Whether you like boxing, martial arts, flinging power orbs, or swinging lightsabers, you're likely to find something here that's just right for you.
The games here are ranked by visitor votes, but don't rely on us. Before you decide to purchase any game, make sure you read reviews, talk to friends, and, if possible, test it out in the virtual ring.
7. Dragon Ball Z
If you like Dragon Ball Z, you can now enjoy the franchise with full-body motion controls! Most reviewers enjoyed the game, although some found it a bit repetitive. This game is definitely popular with fans of the anime, especially kids. It has a familiar storyline, and it isn't too violent or difficult, so it's the perfect game for a kid who's a bit younger but still wants a fighting game.
6. PowerUp Heroes
This game lets your Xbox avatar become a hero. Collect 20 super-powered suits to battle alone, in versus mode with a friend, or online. The Kinect allows you to use your whole body to jump into the action.
PowerUp Heroes is made by Ubisoft, the same company that made Your Shape: Fitness Evolved (one of the best Kinect exercise games), so you know it has excellent body-scanning and motion controls.
5. Star Wars
Kinect Star Wars combines the great motion-controlling capabilities of the Kinect controller with the well-loved Star Wars franchise. As one of the newer additions to the Kinect library, this game is sure to inject new life into your playing experience.
4. Kung-Fu High Impact
Kung-Fu High Impact gives you plenty of ways to fight for glory with limitless combinations of punches, kicks, jumps, and more. One thing that really makes this game stand out is the variety of opponents you'll have to deal with, from gangs to wizards to giants. There's also a feature that takes your picture and puts it into the storyline, which is a nice touch.
3. UFC Personal Trainer
As a part fighting game, part fitness game, UFC Personal Trainer is well-rounded and very well done. The game includes a UFC personal trainer and several popular UFC fighters, who you can hit mitts with to perform a series of challenges. You'll get the chance to perfect a variety of MMA-inspired moves from diverse sports such as wrestling, Muay Thai, and kickboxing.
2. Kinect Sports (Boxing)
The boxing game in Kinect Sports is likely one of the first fighting games you're going to come across. The action is pretty simple: Punch toward the Kinect controller, which will pick up your movements and record them as hits on your opponent. You can play in single-player mode, with two players at the same time side-by-side, or even play against opponents online.
1. Fighters Uncaged
Note: Although Fighters Uncaged has more votes, the more recently released Kung-Fu High Impact has better reviews on Amazon than Fighters Uncaged, especially thanks to the motion tracking. Read the reviews and decide for yourself which you think is the better game!
Although these games didn't quite make the cut, I do believe they deserve an honorable mention on account of their originality and unique gameplay.
Hulk Hogan's Main Event
As if reality TV weren't enough, it looks like Hulk Hogan has his hand in the Kinect cookie jar as well. This game lets you try out all sorts of special moves that you'd expect in any televised wrestling match worth its salt. It's a nice companion to Fighters Uncaged, which is similar in premise, but different in regards to style and gameplay.
Rise of Nightmares
Here's a Kinect fighting game that's perfect for people who love all things gore and B horror movies. The terrifying action on the screen will be that much more realistic when you have to actually control your character's movements with your body. Hopefully, you'll be up for hacking and slashing your way through the fear. Want a taste of the action? You can watch the extremely gruesome trailer above (obviously, not suitable for all audiences!)
It's Time to Put Up a Fight
If you like fighting games, you're bound to love each title on this list. They'll make you want to get up and move, regardless of ranking. So why not try them all?
What do you think of this list? Played them? Love them? Hate them? Let me know in the comments below!
Thoughts on the Best Kinect Fighting Games? Share Them Here!
Vijay on September 30, 2015:
I personal used the fighter game in PS3, xbox 360 and xbox one.
Xbox one kinect is good and able to capture the moments 8 out of 10. Game is impressive where the system is not capable of capturing the every movement.
My vote is find the old fighter game and play in ps3 ... when you kick the punch, it will capture the speed also ...
anonymous on September 18, 2013:
nice efforts I appericiate
anonymous on April 05, 2013:
Great list, thanks for sharing
anonymous on February 18, 2013:
@anonymous: Dude what a crap comment indeed, thanks for the comparrisons Emma
emmaklarkins (author) on December 28, 2012:
@anonymous: I'm sorry you feel that way! I rank the games by user votes, instead of my own opinions, so these are the feelings of visitors to this site, not my own. According to the Amazon reviews, there are plenty of people who enjoyed Fighters Uncaged - it's certainly not as poorly reviewed as other games I've seen. I always encourage people to look at the ratings on Amazon, talk to friends, and read third-party reviews before they buy a game. And not everyone is looking for the same thing in a game - for example, Star Wars Kinect isn't particularly responsive, but there are plenty of people who love the title!
anonymous on December 17, 2012:
Are you retarded? Fighters Uncaged was the worst game of 2010. Stop shilling for game companies you scumbag.
VaBeachMatthew on June 20, 2012:
Fighting games are always fun - just be careful not to get too carried away... lol
sheezie77 on June 18, 2012:
Great selection of kinect games
desa999 lm on January 27, 2012:
Well done, nice lens layout and info.
Edutopia on January 26, 2012:
Great list. Kinect games still have a long way to go to fully showcase the potential of the hardware but given another year or two I'm sure we'll some some truly spectacular games that really push the hardware.
myamya on January 20, 2012:
Very interesting lens! Great work thumbs up!
baby-strollers on December 13, 2011:
pretty sweet lens! I don't have any fighting games per se, but might be time to picup a few.
anonymous on December 09, 2011:
Aw this sounds really cool! I haven't gotten a new gaming system since the gamecube came out but the kinect looks really fun. I'd love a fighting game! I would totally go for the zombie one too!
raychic200 on December 07, 2011:
I really enjoyed this lens. My personal favorite is the training one.
Titia Geertman from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands on December 02, 2011:
I don't play these kind of games, never have, never will. Your lens looks great though for those who do like them.
Gerald McConway on November 28, 2011:
Have been looking to add the Kinect to my game, and this gives me more incentive. Love the UFC Workout, especially with winter arriving.
wolfie10 on November 27, 2011:
very nice lens. well done. i like playing games, but haven't got enough hours in a day
hamshi5433 on November 18, 2011:
Congrats Emma, you`ve worked really hard for this. :)
Darcie French from Abbotsford, BC on November 10, 2011:
The Kinect fighting games look like a lot of fun, thanks for the introduction :)
Blackspaniel1 on November 07, 2011:
I am not familiar with these.
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 04, 2011:
This is my first time to hear of this game. It is interesting.
emmaklarkins (author) on July 27, 2011:
@Psycho-Gamer: They're definitely worth a try. I'm sure it depends what kind of gaming you're into. All the ones I've tried so far, such as Dance Central, Kinect Adventures, Kinect Sports and more have been tons of fun.
MasterPsycho from Earth on July 27, 2011:
some say that kinect games are the immediate evolution of the video games and thus the future......it may be true who knows....although i do not like the whole concept os the kinect fighting games because the technology is still a baby so the gameplay is fakish !?! i would love to try one of those all all of them.