Street Fighter V delivers quality gaming for veterans and newcomers
After a grueling seven-year wait since the last main installment was released, video game developer Capcom has finally released its latest iteration of one of the most iconic video games series of all time, Street Fighter.
Street Fighter V marks the latest addition to the almost 30-year-old fighting game series, and it is a game that promises to please everyone, from hardcore veterans to newcomers to nostalgia aficionados.
The basic core of the game is the same as it has always been. Fighting remains one-on-one, with various bars at the top and bottom of the screen depicting the player’s current health and other important statistics.
Each character has access to a wide range of special attacks and combos that they can use to whittle down their opponents’ health bars. Veterans of the series will find that these special attacks and combos are easier to pull off than in previous iterations of the series.
Street Fighter was always seen as a more mainstream fighting game, especially when one compares it to its more violent counterparts such as the Mortal Kombat series or Injustice.
Because of its renown, the series has recently begun operating at a more user-friendly level than games released by its competitors.
Fighting games have always been easy to pick up, smash a few buttons with your friends and have a good time. However, truly mastering and getting good at these games requires a certain degree of time, effort and skill. Street Fighter V is no different in this regard. However, if compared to its predecessors, Street Fighter V has undergone some rather extensive simplification.
In this sense, newcomers to the series who were always put off by losing to professionals will find themselves quickly adapting and learning the mechanics of the game after a few matches.
Likewise, less casual players will find that the more time and effort they put into learning the game, the better they will perform competitively.
Veterans of Street Fighter IV will quickly notice how much faster Street Fighter V feels in comparison. Gone are the days of playing too defensively and trying to turtle one’s way to victory.
Street Fighter V rewards aggressiveness and proper spacing of one’s character. Making even a single mistake or overextending against an opponent can lead to being punished by some high-damaging combos.
Visually, the game looks incredible. While fighting games are traditionally not characterized with complex graphics, Street Fighter V is optimized well enough to ensure that not only will the game run well, but it will look pretty while doing so.
The art is bright, colorful and cheerful, with each of the games stages depicting the locations and culture of various nations. Such scenic fight locations include England’s Union Station, the Brazilian Hillside Plaza and a bustling alley in India.
Street Fighter V has always been known for its unique and diverse cast of characters, and the line-up in Street Fighter V certainly does not disappoint in that regard.
Fan favorites such as Ryu, Chun Li and Zangief return to fight once again. Capcom has also dug up some previous fan favorites such as Rainbow Mika, a colorful and bodacious Japanese female wrestler, and Birdie, an overweight British punk rocker with an insatiable appetite.
Capcom has pulled no punches in creating some original designs for the game either. Notable newcomers include Rashid, a Middle Eastern fighter who attacks with wind-based punches, and Laura, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial artist.
Despite the many positives to be found in Street Fighter V, many players cannot shake off the feeling that the game was a rushed job.
The game’s main menu features a handful of game modes, namely an extremely brief story mode, versus mode, online play and training. While hardcore players may find themselves only caring about training mode and online play, those seeking a single-player experience may find Street Fighter V to be barebones in that regard.
Compared to rival fighting games such as Mortal Kombat X, which launched with an extensive story mode and a variety of other features, to release a game in such state is rather inexcusable. The game’s versus mode does not even allow the player to face off against the computer, a rather weird and unheard of concept in a fighting game, or any game for that matter.
Despite the game being much friendlier to newcomers, there is a distinct lack of a proper tutorial system.
Many contemporary fighting games, and even Street Fighter IV, contain game modes where the player can learn about the mechanics of the game, learn how to pull off complicated combos and practice fighting in the different and difficult scenarios they may find themselves in.
Street Fighter V instead chose to teach new players how to move forward and press the buttons on their controller. This may be a major disadvantage for newcomers to the series.
Fans of the series will find themselves picking up this game regardless of the flaws. Capcom has already vowed to support and patch the game in the foreseeable future, so many of Street Fighter’s problems are simply temporary. Despite the game’s flaws, it is still very much a fun fighting game and a worthy addition to the Street Fighter pedigree.