Street Fighter V
Top Critic Average
Nearly a year on, Street Fighter V still doesn't quite feature the sort of content a modern fighting game should pack in, and this limits the number of casuals and newcomers that could potentially be brought into the scene. Definite improvements have been made in the last twelve months, though, and whilst there is still work to be done and there are some hard-to-ignore graphical issues that dominate screens, if you can add the DLC characters into the roster through unlocking or purchasing, there is no better time to jump into the Street Fighter V ring.
Street Fighter V was always a brilliant game from the competitive multiplayer side. It's now at a point where it's much easier to recommend, and all signs point to SFV having an extremely rosy future as the leading fighting game.
Street Fighter V continues the tradition of its predecessors when it comes to providing technical 2D-style fighting for genre purists. Admittedly, the sparse number of features and lack of an arcade mode at launch killed a lot of good will from the less competitive members of its fanbase. The release of a cinematic story mode and steady stream of additional characters, however, is giving SFV that additional polish it really needed.
There's a great game in Street Fighter V, but only if you're willing to learn the hard way. Capcom will need more than the few thousand competitors following the Capcom Pro Tour to make this game, and the series as a whole, sustainable for the future.
Street Fighter V deftly blends new and classic characters and gameplay. Despite extremely polished combat, however, Capcom's newest fighting game is a bare-bones effort that's plagued with server issues. Pass on this game until Capcom fixes it.
Despite a rocky launch and poor story mode, Street Fighter V has shown once again why Capcom's franchise reigns supreme. The best fighting mechanics to date are sure to keep fans coming back for years.
Street Fighter V feels like a great game in the making - literally, in the making. The unfinished story mode that feels cheaply tacked together and the distinct lack of single-player focus makes me think that Capcom is hoping that players will forgive the day-one let downs by throwing updates at the game post-release.
Whilst not ready yet, in time SFV will be the best.
All-in-all, the gameplay has improved a lot and the new characters are fun to play with. If you are more of a single player person, then it may not justify its worth. If you like to compete in the multiplayer mode, then it is an excellent game which will keep you occupied for hours on end.
Capcom has made a terrible mistake by releasing one of its flagship franchises at full price, but with half the content. Strange as it may seem, however, and even though Street Fighter V currently feels like an Early Access title, it is a worthy purchase because of three things. First, the Japanese developer is truly doing a great job at rapidly updating and fixing some of the stability problems; second, there won't be any need to spend money on any future updates, since all content (apart from some cosmetic elements) will be available for free; and, finally, the actual battles are very enjoyable - simplified without being simplistic, and, thus, catering to both casuals and pros alike.