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GameInfo: Birdie and Charlie Nash make their return to the Street Fighter universe, where they join classic characters like Ryu, Chun-Li, Cammy, and M. Bison. Many more new and returning characters will be added to the diverse roster, offering a wide variety of fighting styles for players to choose from. New Strategies and Battle Mechanics: Highly accessible new battle mechanics, which revolve around the V-Gauge and EX Gauge, provide a new layer of strategy and depth to the franchise that all players can enjoy. V-Trigger: Unique abilities that use the entire V-Gauge, giving players the opportunity to inflict damage when activated. V-Skill: Utility skills (such as evasion) for each character that can be activated at any time. V-Reversal: Unique counterattacks that use one stock of the V-Gauge. Critical Arts: Ultimate attacks that use the entire EX Gauge. For the first time in franchise history, the online community is unified into a single player pool, allowing for even more rivalries to be born.
Street Fighter is back once again. But unlike any game in the series, Street Fighter V is a service that will keep expanding with free updates and modes. While the single Player modes are currently a bit lacking, the already announced free upcoming modes do make up for it. Capcom also had the genius to include fans in the making of the game, giving us access to early betas and listening to our cheers and moans. This allowed Street Fighter V to evolve in the right direction, and building, in the process, a great game with interesting mechanics, great visuals, unique characters and most importantly a robust netcode.
It’s hard to criticize something that seems like it was tailor-made for a wannabe competitive player like me, but I just can’t ignore how little Street Fighter 5 does for the average fighting game player. It sports a wonderful, diverse cast of characters, places a clear emphasis on strong fundamental play, it gives competitive players a great online experience, and it does it all while looking gorgeous. Strictly in terms of mechanics and competitive features, Street Fighter 5 is just about peerless, but it has quite a ways to go before it stacks up against other fighting games - including its own predecessor - in terms of overall content.
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When Street Fighter IV launched in 2008 after the series spent nine long years of hiatus, it set a monstrously high standard for fighting games, receiving universal critical acclaim and securing a spot as one of the best games of its generation. Developing a sequel to such a game was no doubt an uphill task, but Capcom managed to pull this off with much aplomb.
If Capcom keeps up its promised content schedule and the content quality is there, this game arguably draws pretty damn close to perfection. At launch, it’s a strong recommendation with the caveat that the game is somewhat lacking in content right now - but by June, with trials mode, three extra characters, full online lobbies and the full story mode, this game should be killer. With all that in mind, for now let’s call Street Fighter V an 8.5 out of 10 – but if all goes to plan, it’ll find that extra point and a half before the year is out.
People who got into the fighting game community with Street Fighter IV may not want to hear this, but from a base design, Street Fighter V is by far the superior game. Capcom has paved over and smoothed out a lot of the things I didn’t like about Street Fighter IV’s design. A lot of those issues created poor play habits, which makes it feels like Capcom is making small steps to mature the game, and in turn is trying to mature how the player base plays fighting games.
Light on content at release you can still tell that Street Fighter V is shaping up to be the premiere fighter of its generation. There's lots more on the way and when it's all here the reign of Street Fighter will be undisputed.
Super now, Ultra when it's finished, Street Fighter V review. I've been playing Street Fighter as long as I can remember, and nearly everyone I've met has had a different approach to it.
The new V system and updates to the fighting system make this a deep and gloriously fun fighter for pros and casuals alike. With a cracking roster of characters, a deep suite of online options and more single player content on the way, it’s hard to find fault with the bigger picture Capcom has in mind here and, assuming the online issues are dealt with quickly at launch and the rest of the game modes arrive as promised, this is looking like a perfect round.
Street Fighter V is the series at its best. Whether you're an experienced Street Fighter or a complete newbie, this is your chance to get involved in what will be an amazing competitive experience. Are you ready to accept the challenge?
Capcom unleashes its latest Street Fighter game on PS4 and PC with a selection of characters, modes and stages to do battle. But rather than opt for a standalone game has upped the ante with a game open to updates so that in the future everyone has access to the same content whether you pay or play.