*This is my opinion. Your opinion may be different*
2017 was the year of fighting games. A lot of fighting games came out this year and honestly it was a breath of fresh air to the genre. We saw the Boruto DLC release this year for Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, Injustice 2, Tekken 7, Guilty Gear XRD Rev 2, Pokken Tournament DX and Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite. With a lot more to come in 2018 such as Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, Blazblue Cross Tag Battle, Dragon Ball Fighter and Arika’s new fighting game. Fighting games this year have been pretty good gameplay wise especially Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite (which unfortunately suffers from a lot of other problems).
The only problem I have with fighting games this generation is content. Almost all of them release with barely any content. Fighting games would be a lot better if they released with more content in my opinion.
The Best Fighting Game of 2017 – Injustice 2
This decision wasn’t really a tough one, to be honest. It was between Guilty Gear XRD Rev 2 and Injustice 2 but I felt Injustice 2 was more polished in many different areas. Injustice 2 is truly a great and polished fighting game. Sure the gameplay in this game doesn’t have as much depth as Tekken 7 or Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite but this game excels in many different areas. Areas Tekken and especially Marvel vs Capcom don’t excel at
The graphics in Injustice 2 were top tier and graphically this game blew Tekken and Marvel out of the water though I would say Guilty Gear does have a gorgeous art style.
Injustice 2 also had a fantastic story mode and it was well presented and enjoyable. The cutscenes were great and the graphics were awesome. Injustice 2 also launched with a satisfying roster and an excellent amount of content. The gear system was also implemented very well.
NetherRealm really put in a significant amount of effort into Injustice 2 and it paid off. Injustice 2 ended up being a well respected, solid and satisfying fighting game with great presentation and content and that is why I think Injustice 2 is the best fighting game this year.
If you haven’t played Injustice 2 then I recommend you do as this game is still very active and is casual friendly and you’ll definitely have a good time with it.