It’s been 8 years since the last numbered Street Fighter was released. While ports have been able to relaunch to multiple systems with minimal improvements, the new Street Fighter V introduces a ton of jaw-dropping features. Here’s the scoop on what’s impressive.
Street Fighter V is the long awaited sequel in the legendary Street Fighter saga. The most recent release on PS4, dubbed Ultimate Street Fighter 4, was a port of the original game, which was sadly plagued with glitches and a troubling launch. A patch or two later, people forgave Capcom and carried on with the button mashing. This time around, Capcom spent more time learning from its mistakes and for Street Fighter V, have introduced numerous reasons to ease your stress muscles.
As a brief mention: SFV plays very similarly to its successor, maybe even more responsive as it is built exclusive to PS4 and PC and runs on the Unreal 4 engine. The artwork is similar but more vibrant in colour; the cut scenes are cinematic in an art-book kind of way, and the dialogue and character detailing stays well in tune for those familiar to the Street Fighter series.
Gameplay also stays true to its arcade roots. While many of the more recent popular fighting games have adopted a more cinematic approach (like Mortal Kombat or Injustice), you can tell that the original arcade style fighting is core to Street Fighter. It always has, and that hasn’t changed for the newest arrival either.
Whether you’re (somehow) new to the Street Fighter series, or you blew hundreds of quarters on it through your lifetime, Street Fighter V is built to cater to anyone who picks up the controller.
It also includes a ton of cool new features that are new to the Street Fighter saga – some to the genre in general.
The engine and mechanics enhance the gameplay drastically.
As stated earlier, SFV runs on Unreal Engine 4, and with the new battle mechanics, which revolve around V-Gauge and EX-Gauge, you can expect a very strategic and engaging experience. You’ll feel fully immersed in the gameplay as the latest of PS4’s capabilities are fully utilized (especially in comparison to the previous port).
There’s a lot of new and returning characters to play as.
- Returning challengers: Birdie, Nash, R. Mika, and Kari
- New: Necalli, Rashid, Laura, and F.A.N.G
- Classic: Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Cammy, Vega, Zangief, Dhalsim, and M. Bison
Capcom has introduced a new gameplay and content update system for the rest of 2016.
To keep things honest, Capcom has offered to provide gameplay related content that can be unlocked for free by earning Fight Money, which is automatically collected while you playing the game (or through real in-game currency called Zenny). While patches and future updates will obviously be free as well, this will allow players to get balance and system adjustments, gameplay content, costumes, new challenges, and 6 new upcoming characters. By the end of 2016, you should see 22 characters in Street Fighter V – wow.
PS4 vs. PC is a officially a real thing.
That’s right, new rivalries are abound. Street Fighter V allows players from both console and PC to go head to head, in a battle which pits keyboards vs. controllers. Oh boy, this will get messy.
Your PS3 Fightstick can be used on Street Fighter V.
If you are one of those nostalgic types that want full immersion – that means, arcade style fightsticks, backwards snapback, and a pocket full of quarters – you’re in luck. Street Fighter V will allow players to bring those PS3 Fightsticks out for more punishing rounds. Expect this feature to launch in the coming weeks or months, depending on their release schedule.
Win cold hard cash in the Capcom Pro Tour
SFV comes in three modes: offline, online, and Capcom Pro Tour. The tour, titled Rise Up, is the premiere league for competitive fighting games and hosts dozens of tournaments. The 2016 tour will include a baseline prize pool of $500,000 USD, and will feature Street Fighter V for the first time. If competitive gaming is your niche, this is your chance to hit the ground running in a game new to the tournament.
Platforms: PS4, PC
# of Players: 1-2
Release Date: February 16, 2016
Pricing: $69.99 CAD
Rating: T for “Teen”