Street Fighter V
Top Critic Average
In its current state, Street Fighter V offers brilliant core gameplay and presentation coupled with patchy amounts of content.
In truth, Street Fighter V is a lonely and impersonal game. You can't chat with your opponents, nor can you request a rematch once the initial fight is done. All you can do is take a deep breath and charge back into the endless horde of faceless opponents.
It seems as though Capcom primarily targeted the hardcore, competitive Street Fighter players, rather than casual fans, like myself. While I'll certainly delve online here and there, I'm not nearly good enough to go up against the hardcore SF players that occupy that space on a daily basis. That's why I was really hoping for some other modes to keep me occupied in the meantime. Sure, Survival is the game's single player bread and butter, but without standard modes like Arcade mode, or even something as basic as a Versus CPU option, it seems like Street Fighter V is seriously lacking in content, for a game that retails at full price, with a promise of more content in the future.
If anyone had any doubt about Capcom's ability to deliver a frame-perfect fighting engine, they can rest assured their fears are without merit. Sure, there will likely be balancing changes once the masses pick apart the V-Gauge and EX bars, but absolutely nothing at all about the feel of the game seemed "off" to this seasoned Street Fighter veteran.
The greatest fighting game series of them all is back, but its return is half-cooked, with much of its advertised features yet to materialise
Hopefully, this botched launch doesn't put too many people off sticking around, because when Street Fighter is at its best – when you're learning, improving, competing and winning – there are very few games that even come close.
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