Street Fighter V is so good and could easily be a game of the year candidate for me if it wasn’t lacking so much content.
This is a Street Fighter game. It should come as no surprise to anyone that it has fantastic gameplay. Every fighter has their own unique fighting style and with enough practice you can learn anyone you want. I went ahead and chose my two favorite characters and relearned how to use them because it’s been too long. I’m talking about Ryu, and Cammy.
Remembering Ryu didn’t take long at all, but it took a lot of practice for me to get good with Cammy. I just couldn’t pull off her combos as easily as I could before. I sat down and did 100 straight matches her online and at the end of the day I felt like I had gotten better with her.
I even used characters I never imagined myself playing as like Guile, and Bison. Both of them are incredibly difficult characters to play as in my opinion, but I enjoyed learning them. I’m actually pretty good with Guile, but nowhere near as good as other Guile users. I still have a long way to go before I’m at their level of excellence.
The gameplay is excellent all around and casual fighting game fans won’t have a problem picking this game up and playing it.
This isn’t just the best looking Street Fighter game to date it’s also one of the best looking games that’s released this year. Every fighter looks amazing and stages aren’t bad either. My only complaint is that there aren’t enough stages in the game right now, but that has nothing to do with the graphics. Ryu’s Hadoken looks all kinds of amazing and the same can be said about everyone else’s special moves, outfits, and ultimate attacks. This is one pretty ass game.
Old school Street Fighter fans from way back in the day will feel right at home here. It’s hard not to get pumped up when you hear Ryu’s classic theme playing the background while you fight him. I don’t know why Capcom decided to restrict the way we can listen to our favorite Street Fighter songs. I really wanted to put Guile’s theme on repeat while I beat the living crap out of Lunaliah with him, but I couldn’t. I was forced to listen to the stage music instead. The background music that plays on each stage is nice, but they don’t compare to the iconic music that plays when you fight fighters like, Ken, Chun Li, and Guile.
The sound effects, are top notch, the voice acting is really good, and the special moves all sound fantastic.
At first I was really disappointed that Guile was a DLC character for $5. I changed my mind on that when I realized I could just grind up the fight money required to unlock him. I have yet to purchase a character from the cash shop yet. I’ve only got two more to buy before I have them all. There are 20 characters in this game. Four of them can only be gotten by spending real cash or grinding up a certain amount of fight money by winning matches online, completing story mode, and survival mode.
If that free DLC didn’t release this would have been in the negative portion of the review. The original story mode had us looking at static pictures while the characters talked, and fought each other. Each characters story was only about 2-3 stages. It was incredibly disappointing. When the DLC rolled out I downloaded it and I actually enjoyed playing through story mode. It’s not amazing or very memorable, but it was funny and I really enjoyed playing as Juri, and Uriel.
I even got a ton of fight money for completing the story mode and that was awesome.
It’s Missing A Lot of Features:
Street Fighter V feels like it’s in early access some times. The core game is finished, but it’s features are missing. Basic features like Vs cpu and Arcade mode are gone. The only thing that’s in the game now is story mode, survival mode, and online mode. Tournament mode is gone, and we can’t even change the background music yet. I love this game to death, but it feels incomplete and even though Capcom has announced that they’re adding vs cpu in the next update that doesn’t change what’s in the game right now.
Playing online in a fighting game has to perfect. Street Fighter V has some serious issues online on the PC port. It lags a lot and it really impacts the fights. One time I was about to win a match. I had the other player in a corner and I was kicking the crap out of him with Cammy. The game lagged for about two seconds and when it stopped I was on the ground and the player won the match. I was incredibly disappointed and quit the game shortly afterwards.
I really want to slap a 90 on this game and call it a day. It’s easily one of the best games I’ve played this year, but it’s missing so much content that I can’t do that. This is a incomplete game and I can’t recommend it right now. When Capcom finally does add in everything they say they will I’ll come back and update this review. For now Street Fighter V is a really solid game and is a easy buy if you can find it on sale.