Two years later, we finally have the Street Fighter V we always wanted.
When Street Fighter V arrived back in 2016, it was almost universally panned. It was the guts of a brilliant video game without a body, core fighting mechanics without enough modes or excitement to hold gamers' attention. It was a massive and frustrating misstep for a beloved franchise, and Capcom's been playing catch up ever since.
And now, Capcom's finally caught up. With Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, we finally have the Street Fighter V title we deserved, and you have a reason to buy back into the series if you were patiently waiting. The fifth proper Street Fighter game is now a truly complete fighter, chock full of modes and characters and enough brawling goodness to keep you invested for months. And if you bought the game two years ago, it's beefed up for you too; Street Fighter V gamers get all the base pieces as a free update.
The core fighting in Street Fighter V was always good, and it remains strong. It's strong, steady battling with a V-Trigger gameplay mechanic that helps change the game, but Capcom knows it needs more this time around. So now, characters have secondary V-Triggers, giving veteran gamers something new to explore.
It's all that much easier to explore, too, because of a new Training mode. At the highest levels, Street Fighter has never been a super-accessible fighter; it's long been full of challenge and precision. Now, it's easier to hone that precision with a Training mode that displays framerate data. Online gamers, whether first-timer or veteran, will appreciate this tremendously; this is how you become a better gamer.
Not interested in becoming the world's greatest online Street Fighter? No problem, because Street Fighter V still has something for you, too. There's finally a respectable arcade mode. Actually, it's more than respectable; it's stellar, driven by a fun, nostalgic idea.
Essentially, there are six versions of the Arcade mode, each corresponding to a different classic Street Fighter title. Each has its own collection of adversaries and its own ending, and each limits you to the fighters who were available in that edition of Street Fighter. And each has little flourishes that will remind longtime gamers of the classic Street Fighter titles, everything from campy background moments to arcade bash moments.
Extra battles and challenges round out a massive package that feels fulfilling -- but still finds ways to eat at your wallet. There are still costumes and stages to purchase, and you can buy these with either Fight Money earned in-game . . . or real money.
Then again, the real money you spend on the base game of Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition is more than worthwhile.
Two years later, it's finally the game you always wanted.
Reviewed on Sony PlayStation 4 Pro
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