I’ve thought of this before, eventually it will happen, and as long as some company who doesn’t suck makes it, it will be awesome. (BTW Shenmue doesn’t count.)
For best story I’ll have to echo everyone else and say Rival Schools/Project Justice, etc. It’s one of the many reasons those games are good.
For worst story I’d have to say games that can’t keep it straight (MK, SF) or perhaps Virtua Fighter, which has generic story. Ultra Corporation - holds tournament - collects fighter data - makes end boss - the end (At least I THINK that’s what VFs story is, maybe I just made it up because it doesn’t have one at all.) Even Killer Instinct’s is slightly better: Ultra Corporation - holds tournament - collects fighter data - makes Fulgore, and summons a demon - the end.
Heihachi (and the rest of the damn Mishima/Kazama family) is still alive.
Cammy’s Delta Red story is way better than that retarded Bison doll crap, (and her costume is hotter too.) But Alpha’s story doesn’t make sense anyway, and there will never be a SF 4 so I guess it doesn’t really matter.
Should fighters focus on story?
I say yes, even though there’s not much to Guilty Gear’s they at least have a concept for each character and a story that makes sense (and to MK’s credit they at least TRY.) Some fighters seem to think that there’s nothing more to a game than “dur-hur PUNCH-KICK!!” And although I’ll play those games, having a story adds flavor that matters.