Street Fighter V: An incomplete but fun fighting game (review)

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Street Fighter V is positioned to be Capcom’s heavy hitter for 2016; however, the one major problem that almost everyone can agree on is the lack of content for a $60 game on release. Capcom had almost everything right. It did an amazing job on marketing, specifically, how it promoted the game after it was announced, put a huge focus on its yearly tournament Capcom Cup, and worked with the community to release a game that was fun for old and new players. With that said, does that really make it okay to release an incomplete title?

Normally the answer is obviously never. Whenever you get a game lacking content, you feel cheated when you paid full price. Street Fighter V, however, features almost exactly everything you would expect from any other fighting game that’s important. It’s got a versus mode, training mode, survival mode, and online mode where you are able to play other fighters from around the world.

There is still a lot more to see from Street Fighter V; however, it won’t be until around June when we will actually get to play that full experience, like the store and the full cinematic story mode which is supposed to be around 1-2 hours long. It makes it hard to review the game as a whole, and instead, we can only focus on what is currently available, the online aspect and partial single player modes.

You can see our thoughts on the game as it is now below:

While the game has been out for a week now, we’ve seen improvements for the online part of the game. Compared to the terrible first few days, which saw players being disconnected from both the matches and servers constantly, it’s been a slow but steady fix, with players finally being able to get more matches in both ranked and casual matches. It’s still not perfect, but it’s getting there.

Capcom seems to have bigger plans for the series in terms of content, since we can expect this game to be a part of the fighting game scene for a few years, including Capcom’s very own Capcom Cup where this year there is $500,000 up for grabs. If you plan on competing in major tournaments on the road to the Capcom Cup, or even local weekly tournaments, it’s a great time to pick up the game now. If you’re not competing in the tournaments, the game isn’t something you need to rush to buy right away, but it is fun and well done.

While we give this game a current score of 3.5 atoms, that’s because there is still too much we need to see. The game is a lot of fun and feels a lot more like the Street Fighter 2 in terms of gameplay excluding the V-Skills and V-Triggers, which may be overpowered for some characters compared to others. One thing for sure… Street Fighter V is a game where we can play matches all day with friends or strangers online, but it’s still an incomplete game missing some important features.

Rating: 3.5/5 Atoms

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