Street Fighter V

Can Capcom’s fighter rise up to become champion again?

Fighting games shine bright and burn out quickly for the most part, with only a few series managing to stand the test of time; Mortal Kombat has pummelled ten versions in to existence, Tekken is on its seventh (and a half) incarnation, King of Fighters is releasing a fourteenth version this year, with Virtua Fighter managing a paltry five in comparison.

But while Battle Arena Toshinden, Clay Fighter, Fighters Destiny, and the rest have faded in to the stage of history (and the bargain bin), one stands the test of time; Street Fighter. Celebrating nearly 30 years since its inception, can Street Fighter V burn as bright and long as its predecessors, or will it fall, bruised and beaten to the bottom of the pile?

GamesRadar – 4.5/5

Its pleasures are great and many, but for all of their eagerness to please, you’ll really need to explore them shoulder-to-shoulder with others. That, of course, is why the heart of any great fighting game truly beats, and Street Fighter 5’s beats as hard and loud as that of any you care to mention.

The SixthAxis – 9/10

It’s a bold choice by Capcom to make this an expanding platform rather than a simpler game release, and it means that while it’s light on content, you have to appraise its stability, core combat and look to its true form in the future.

Digital Spy – 4/5

Just like Ryu and his never-ending quest to become the world’s best brawler, Street Fighter 5 is a work in progress with a long journey ahead of it. And based on this evidence, it’s a journey you should most definitely pack your bags for.

GameSpot – 7/10

IGN – 8/10

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.

Game Informer – 7/10

The gameplay of Street Fighter V is excellent, and no matter what mode you play, the superb mechanics follow. Unfortunately, the content isn’t substantial, and omits several standard offerings that we’ve come to expect from the genre.

Polygon – 6.5/10

The most important skeletal elements of a strong fighting game are here, and they set the stage for a fighter that should have the legs to carry it years down the road. But for all but the most dedicated Street Fighter player, Capcom isn’t making a reasonable case to jump on board yet.

It seems that if you’ve got a harem of friends to play with locally, or are prepared to put in the hours not to be humiliated online (or are coming straight from being an Ultra Street Fighter IV master), then Street Fighter V is a great pick, but if you’re wanting to explore a solo experience and train against an AI before squaring up to a human opponent, maybe wait until the game is fleshed out a bit.

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