Street Fighter V will have a better story mode

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Street Fighter is, and always will be a better fighting game than Mortal Kombat. I get that Mortal Kombat is more visceral and brutal, and especially for those that don’t appreciate the finer aspects of fighting games, more fun. A lot of that has to do with the more robust story mode that’s come about, especially since Mortal Kombat 9, its follow up in Injustice and the last Mortal Kombat game, X.

People like a story mode; and it’s something that’s never really happened in Street Fighter before. Instead, players are treated to opening cut-scenes if they’re lucky, a rival battle half way through matches and perhaps some sort of non-canonical scene at the end – pretty much how arcade fighters have been doing things for decades.

That’s changing. Street Fighter V is going to get a more robust story mode, that’ll be doing things differently – and take a few cues from its competition.

Speaking to the inimitable, Hip Hop Gamer, Senior Product Manager at Capcom Matt Dahlgren said there’d be a better story.

“I can’t reveal specifics exactly on our story,” he told HHG “but I can say we are going to be doing things differently this time around. We’re definitely paying attention to what our competitors are doing and want to raise the bar, so our story content is going to unique, and different than any previous Street Fighter game.”

It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Mortal Kombat and Injustice have received praise for their story modes, and unlike many other Japanese developers, Capcom’s Street Fighter boss doesn’t appear to live in a vaccum. Speaking to the PlayStation Blog in 2011, Yoshinoro Ono admitted that Mortal Kombat did story better.

“I also have a penchant for wacky, over-the-top games so I’ve been playing a lot of Mortal Kombat, enjoying their Story mode. And they did such a good job with their Story mode and some of the other features that I feel like they kind of beat me in that sense. So I’m playing these other fighters and enjoying them, but sometimes it depresses me, too.”

Street Fighter V is out next year, for PC and PlayStation 4 – and will feature cross platform play between the platforms. I think the inclusion of a better story mode is a good thing. Like Call of Duty ever year, hardcore players will buy it and play multiplayer for the next few years – but a story mode will hold the casual gamer’s interest far longer than a series of arcade fights and help people get in to the game more.

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Last Updated: October 12, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    SF is boring & technical. Geoff’s words. ;P

    • oVg

      Designed for e-sports when one light punch can make all the difference lol

      Trying to do all those combos on the 360 D-Pad was frustrating as hell. I still never managed to pull off Guiles and Vegas combo. STUPID D-Pad.

    • Not biting. Nope.

  • Grand Admiral Chief

    SF is just plain silly


  • (Umar) Must be Cipher

    Oh snap. Streer Fighter 2 Animated movie….
    I would love a story mode. Capcom stripped down all their fighters and I really missed the old days of stories in fighting games (even if the story mode was pretty much shite.)

    • Nikola

      How good was that movie?? I remember I had a VHS tape of it back in the day! Watched it so many times.

      • oVg

        The VHS tape that I hired from the video store was stretched during the Cammy and Chun Li fight scene 🙁

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Before or after you hired it?

          • oVg

            lol that’s a secret. Reminds me, need to start a petition the get the HD version a green light 😛

        • Nikola

          I do understand that I might have re-winded to that scene a few times myself:)

      • (Umar) Must be Cipher

        Ahh man, when Ryu and Ken takes on Bison….Hnnng, wanna watch it again now!

  • oVg

    Ya, those stills at the end of 2… 😛 You would think better Anime artists would have kicked out better stills lol
    Blanka reunited with his mommy lol

    • JIMMY!

      • oVg

        Everybody played as Blanka lol bash the punch button to get electrify eel attack and just spam it over and over, while the noob kid at the arcade tries to figure out how to do a fireball.

        While the cooooool kids are over at the Mortal Kombat cabinet 😛

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      *bzzzt* *bzzzt* *bzzzzt*
      “NOOOOOOOO! What have I done?!”

  • oVg

    Just throw kylie minogue into Cammys attire and Ill be a happy man 😛

    • (Umar) Must be Cipher

      LOLOLOL Ah man. Imagine they release a Van Damme DLC skin. Day one purchase!

      • oVg

        You have to admit, that spinning back kick of his was BOSS.

        • oVg

          As for that side kick 🙂

        • (Umar) Must be Cipher

          Lol hey, back then, anything looked good, even liu-kang’s dragon transformation

          • oVg

            Only 4 frames in that Fatality yet is seemed so real lol

            Kids today have no idea.

  • Nikola

    This would be cool hope they do it right, I prefer Street Fighter combat to MK but MK always had cooler characters and story mode, hopefully this changes things:)

  • ratamacue76

    I always liked both, seeing them as two different things … kind of like some mornings you want apple juice with your breakfast, and other days orange juice. I did lean towards MK for a short time, but that was when it had just come out and SF II was on it’s second or third Championship Turbo Something Or Other rehash … which ate its fair share of our quarters as well.

    I look forward to seeing what SF V has for us.

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