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Which Fighting games have the best single-player campaigns?

Oct 30, 2017
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#1
I'm a scrublord that loses consistently against people who are "good".

But that's ok. I just want a 10-20 hour experience and then done with the game. Which fighting games have single-players that are interesting enough on their own?
 
Oct 27, 2017
1,114
UK
#2
NRS seem like the undisputed king of fighting game single player offerings. The gameplay is never really my cup of tea but the quality of their story and other such modes is undeniable.
 
Oct 25, 2017
3,841
#5
10-20 hours, that's a stretch. Closest would be NRS games, and recently Smash's World of Light. Long single player experiences in fighting games aren't really a thing until NRS recent games. Even oldschool fighting games people like to wax nostalgia for had pretty pathetic single player modes, most just being glorified Arcade modes.
 
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Oct 25, 2017
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#6
I'd debate if MKX or Injustice 2 had 10 hour campaigns (they were closer to 2-4 hours in my experience), but those are your AAA-style game experiences that use fighting
 
Oct 27, 2017
1,403
Edmonton
#7
I don't know about best (I haven't played that many fighting games because I kind of suck at them) but I had fun with Injustice 2's singleplayer, including the post-'campaign' multiverse with rotating challenges.
 
Oct 25, 2017
3,346
#10
Street Fighter Alpha 3 - World Tour Mode. Easily my favourite mode in a fighter ever, a few games have done similar (Soul Calibur had a similar excellent mode, and World of Light in Smash is pretty lengthy and great fun as well) but WT is still my favourite mix of lite RPG stuff, levelling up my chosen character and SF gameplay.
Virtua Fighter 4 Evo & VF5 (360 port) also had really nice challenge/single player modes.
 
Oct 25, 2017
2,515
#17
Was Ehrgeiz better? I played both but my memory is hazy which was which.
It had a better campaign, but Tobal 2 was the better fighter.

It pretty much built on the groundwork that Tobal 1 and 2 built for its dungeon/story mode.

Also, Tobal 2 was never released outside of the US. I'm sure there's fan translations out there by now in this age of internet, though.
 
Jan 24, 2018
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#21
I hear amazing things about Tobal 2.
I really enjoyed Rival Schools' story modes, always made it seem really tense and dynamic despite just being the usual tower of increasingly tougher fighters. Sure wish we had gotten that second disc though...
 
Oct 30, 2017
2,080
#23
SSB Brawl Subspace Emissary was a lot of fun. Ultimate's World of Light was cool, but I miss those cool cut scenes.

Soul Blade was great too.
 
Oct 25, 2017
1,278
#25
S tier - VF4 EVO
A tier - Alpha 3
B tier - NRS
C tier - Everyone Else

This is not counting other Arena fighters like the Naruto games or something. Those are usually packed with a lot of content.
 
Oct 27, 2017
1,721
#26
Injustice 2 was such a fun campaign that only gets a couple of points knocked down because of how bullshit the AI gets in Hard.

I read that DB Fighterz had a very awful single player offering, which is why I didn't buy the game during the last sale, for the fighting game illiterates like myself, they're the best.
 
Nov 20, 2017
236
#28
Soul caibur 6 has a lot of so content. Not quite to the level of something like an NRS game but it’s a little more fleshed out than your typica 3-4 hour string of fights with goofy cut scenes. The Dead or Alive 5 story is still my favorite though because it’s just so ridiculous.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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#30
World of Light from Smash Ultimate
Quest Mode from VF4
I think that there was a cool story mode in Rival School but a lot of it was gutted in the west.
 
Jun 1, 2018
230
#32
Dragonball Fighterz had a long a campaign. I'm not sure i'd say its good or bad. Honestly kind of boring. But if you like DBZ, there are some good character interactions depending on the characters you bring.
 
Dec 16, 2017
1,481
#34
Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution's quest mode was fun
The right answer.

NRS games have a varied story mode, sure, but beyond that you don't have much else to do.

VF4Evo had a quest mode that let you go through arcades with a variety of opponents who acted more and more like real players and had missions that encouraged you to do things that made you better at the game. It also had a ton of extra game modes and easily the best tutorial system in any FG then or since.
 
Oct 25, 2017
5,759
#35
Depends on what you're looking for

NRS games have the best presentation, by far, but it's all cutscenes.
BlazBlue games have the MOST story, but it's all presented like a visual novel.
Smash Ultimate has the most gameplay, but little variety and no story (also not a traditional fighter obviously).
 
Oct 27, 2017
6,334
#36
Soul Calibur is often very strong with solo content. SCV being an exception and I haven’t played VI yet. I hear it’s ok with solo content, but not as strong as the old games.

NRS games like MK and Injustice are fine. I’m not a fan of the actual fighting engine, but the content is good. Injustice have solid campaigns(comic prequel books are way better and highly recommended reads too!).

ARC games like Blazblue have some very, very lengthy narratives. Visual Novels really with some occasional fights and choices to make. It’s ridiculous and very anime, but the content is typically absurd and you get to know the fighters lore and backgrounds real well. I actually really dig that as it feels like the universe is fleshed out, but the actual fighting is complicated and becomes a crutch if you don’t care to really learn it.

DOA5 had a cute story mode. Longer than most but not super memorable. Tons of costumes to unlock(even without dlc) made playing its other modes a bit worthwhile. I find the fighting real fun. Not too complex and very approachable. Very flashy too.
 
Oct 26, 2017
6,619
#41
You're probably not into the idea of dusting off your PS2, but I think vanilla Virtua fighter 4 and Evo had the best single player. The best. Hands down.
 
Nov 10, 2017
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#43
Soulcalubur 2 is the one I had the most fun with. I liked how some fights had special conditions and that weapons had different attributes.
 
Oct 25, 2017
5,082
France
#44
Injustice 2 is god tier on that front.
An exceptional 5 hour long story mode + an infinitely replayable multiverse mode.

The story mode in Dragonball FighterZ is longer but not nearly as well crafted. Still good though.
 
Oct 25, 2017
7,235
California
#47
Yeah, from what I've played, it's Netherrealm's stuff from Mortal Kombat 9 onwards plus Smash Bros. Ultimate. Pretty much every other dedicated campaign I've played in a fighting game has been mediocre at the very best.
 
Oct 27, 2017
1,055
#48
Smash Ultimate is AMAZING imo

By far the best fighting singleplayer game ever

Yep way more fun and varied than any mortal kombat etc
 
Nov 1, 2017
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#50
Smash Ultimate is AMAZING imo

By far the best fighting singleplayer game ever

Yep way more fun and varied than any mortal kombat etc
Yeah, Smash Ultimate's World of Light is easily the most fun I've ever had with a fighting game's single player mode. Someone (maybe on here?) called it a super Event Mode and that's kinda what it is with all the variety.