Street Fighter V
Top Critic Average
Street Fighter 5's brilliant combat is let down by a barebones launch and server trouble.
So, so good for the genre-savvy, but beginners be warned: Street Fighter V does nothing to help you grow as a player.
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.
Street Fighter 5 is deep, endlessly fun, and immensely inviting, but local competitive play is currently the primary way to enjoy it.
Street Fighter transforms itself from just a game to an entire entertainment platform of its own, or at least it will do once all the content is up and running.
Playing Street Fighter V is an outstanding experience, but the limited modes and infrastructure that binds them together stands on shaky ground
Street Fighter 5 is missing essential elements, but its fighting engine is one of the best around.
Street Fighter V is the skeleton of a great fighting game
Capcom moves the venerable series forward, but not without taking a couple steps back.
Street Fighter V delivers strong multiplayer competition but feels much emptier than previous entries in the franchise.