These Fighting Games Actually Have Amazing Stories
It's not the point, but it's nice when it's there.
Everyone loves some good action, but we all know the pitfalls action comes with regarding story. Just look at the movies if you need proof of all the ways action "stories" can go wrong! But a few games treat story way better than most and make it more than insignificant fodder between fights. That's why these ten games surprised audiences and critics alike when they merged kick-ass fighting styles with complex and layered storytelling. Game developers pay attention - the future needs story!
WWE 2K22's story follows the rise of your inevitable WWE career. Yes you start as a trainee, but you are on the big stage in no time. While it would have been easy to stop character development at throwing chairs, this game went deeper. After you complete your "look" and "backstory," it's time to move on to actually wrestling. The tasks that come at you demand you take part in a series of extremely well written short stories. Your choices also help dictate what happens.
Injustice: Gods Among Us
Injustice: Gods Among Us is a fighting game where players get to choose a player from the DC Universe. However, in this upside down world, none of our normal lore about DC heroes need apply. You see, Superman has become a tyrant after accidentally killing Lois Lane (yes, it was because of one of the Joker's famous "pranks") and he is now pure evil. Flipping beloved characters like Superman on a dime opens up your imagination in new ways and seeing characters we know and love do things we've never imagined before, like fighting each other, is awesome.
There's nothing unusual in each character having their own journey in the fighting genre. While the first three versions of this game were fun, nothing quite reached the complexity of Tekken 4. In this version of the game, our focus is on the Mishima family. In summary, Heihachi Mishima believes his son and grandson have a "devil" gene and he wants to get his hands on it. So he organizes another King Of Iron Fist Tournament to draw them out (typical). The layers in this family go deeper than your grandmother's soap operas and results depend upon what player you are using.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, there's something wrong with the Dragon Ball timeline. It's interfering with the major fights seen in the Dragon Ball Z anime. In the new timeline, villains are beating the heroes and changing history. NOT OKAY! When Supreme Kai of Time acquires the help of your created character, you have to be ready. You can choose your look, species, and how you want to help reinstate history - but hurry.
Yes, Injustice 2 is a continuation from the first game, but it also is a self-contained story on its own. Luckily, the second game adds even more life and meaning to the Injustice franchise. In this game, Batman must take on a villainous force called "The Society "and the all-powerful Brainiac. It gets so crazy he even considers freeing his arch nemesis (Superman) to get his help. Emotions run high and the stakes are higher in this exciting game that wraps you up in all-encompassing story.
Soulcalibur 6 isn't just about one main narrative, as it includes several stories. There's a re-telling of earlier games, several character-focused tales, and a separate story mode featuring your own created character. As typically is the case with Soulcalibur, a lot of the adventure revolves around the Soul Edge and Soulcalibur swords. There can be a lot to take in at times while playing through the game. But the storytelling is generally good, and plenty of interesting things happen. Plus, as it serves as a reboot of the series, it's a good starting place for newcomers.
WWE Smackdown Vs. Raw
The old WWE games had players choosing a wrestler to participate in the story for a year. But the modern version of this is WWE Smackdown Vs. Raw where we meet "Road To Wrestlemania" mode. This mode let players participate in six separate narratives which automatically improve the story sixfold. This allows for better storytelling as each tale is designed with one of several protagonist in mind.
Dragon Ball FighterZ
Most Dragon Ball Z games are just re-tellings of old stories. But in Dragon Ball FighterZ the story evolves! The main story follows a human soul that possesses the strongest fighters to take down the evil Android 21. However, things are a little more complicated than they initially seem, which is why there are three arcs that give you separate perspectives of the overall narrative.
Mortal Kombat 11
In the last few years, Mortal Kombat has put more effort into creating nuanced story. Newer MK games boast various cutscenes and intriguing storylines, beginning when Raiden attempts to change the events of the first three games. This game uses all the best characters in a way that doesn't seem forced and also has amazing vocal performances and complex decisions to make.
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift
BlazeBlue is a franchise that's actually known for good story and developers didn't disappoint in their title BlazeBlue: Continuum Shift . In fact, critics and fans alike were impressed with how the franchise just keeps getting better. The narrative is all character driven and offers mystique, drama and even character development! But what's their secret recipe? Some reasons might be that main characters all have their own narratives and, in the extended version of the game, there is an incredibly poignant ending.
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