Street Fighter 5 might have fun gameplay and 16 unique characters, but the game is far from complete. While a number of updates are coming in March, including a series of single-player challenges, along with the in-game store for costumes and characters, it probably won?t feel like a complete game until June, when the real story mode arrives.
While hardcore fans are probably going to stick it out and master their favorite character, casual gamers should check out these other fighting games before the March update arrives. They can even play these until the actual story mode for Street Fighter 5 comes out in June.
Ultra Street Fighter 4
This is an obvious option, but a viable one nonetheless. Ultra Street Fighter 4 has all of the game?s downloadable characters (which there are a lot of). Ultra Street Fighter 4 is also the most balanced version of Street Fighter 4
It might not be as pretty as Street Fighter 5, but the stylized visuals still hold up for a game that was originally released in 2008, and the gameplay continues to be rock solid. At the least, each version of the game came with an arcade mode to play through.
Fans can purchase Ultra Street Fighter 4 on PS4. Other versions of the game are available on PS3, Xbox 360, Windows PC and Nintendo 3DS.
Injustice: Ultimate Edition
Moving away from street fighting, we now enter a darker version of the DC Universe with Injustice. The developer of Mortal Kombat, NetherRealms was involved with the creation of Injustice, which explains the dark story mode, fun combat and brutal finishers.
Like the aforementioned Ultra Street Fighter 4, the Ultimate Edition collects all the DLC characters and costumes that were originally released, including Scorpion from Mortal Kombat. The game also has a variety of modes like story, arcade, survival and a special ?Blackest Night? mode based on the comic book series.
Plus who doesn?t want to see Batman take on Superman before the movie starts? There are also other characters who come straight from the comics, including Flash, Green Lantern, Killer Frost, Deathstroke and more.
Originally released on last-gen consoles, Injustice: Ultimate Edition is available for PS4, PS Vita, PS3 and Xbox 360. There?s also a mobile version that still gets updated regularly with new characters, like Reverse-Flash and the Arkham Knight.
Mortal Kombat X
Speaking of developer NetherRealms, Mortal Kombat X offers a robust story mode and a number of other gameplay match types. It?s also incredibly violent, with blood and gore spilling everywhere, not counting the x-ray attacks or the devastating fatalities.
A new version of the game called Mortal Kombat XL Edition will come with all of the DLC and costumes. Even without that, the original game still has a better story mode and more single-player content than the current incarnation of Street Fighter 5.
The violent fighter is currently available on PS4, Xbox One and Windows PC. The last-gen versions of the game were cancelled, though a mobile version was made.
Super Smash Bros
Whether it?s on the 3DS or Wii U, fans can have a lot of fun with Super Smash Bros. Featuring characters from Nintendo’s extensive library of games, along with Mega Man, Ryu and Cloud, Super Smash Bros offers plenty of replayability and fun.
Though the game?s fighting mechanics aren?t as deep as Street Fighter 5, the numerous fighters and variety of modes help make Super Smash Bros a contender and a must-play for fighting game fans.