Street Fighter is king. Unless you have been living under a rock for the last 7 years, you have heard of Street Fighter IV. SFIV has been the class of the fighting genre since it’s 2009 release, but a new challenger has appeared. Hot on the heels off their “Pro Tour” finals (and claimed last official SFIV tournament), Capcom is poised to release Street Fighter V. This is the next numbered iteration in the long running Street Fighter franchise; it faces some lofty expectations and hopes to achieve a perfect KO victory over all obstacles that stand in its way.
This new entry is shaping up to offer substantial change to the Street Fighter formula. Out with the old, in with the new, and in with some legacy characters is the approach Capcom is taking with Street Fighter V. Gone are the days of Focus Attacks, Crouch Techs and Turtling. SFV looks to quicken the pace and up the wow factor with higher damage and the flashy new V-system that takes the place of Street Fighter IV’s ultra meter. Experienced SFIV players shouldn’t be worried about the increase in offense though, Capcom hasn’t gone the way of 100 plus hit combos like Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, just added some flair and excitement to the tried and true Street Fighter equation.
7 years is a long time, and technology has come a long way. Even though it’s only in beta currently, SFV is shaping up to be gorgeous on top of it’s well rounded fight mechanics. Character models are detailed, and special effects pop with color and style. The stages you fight on don’t just look great either, they also include a multitude of interactions as you fight through them. If your combat skills don’t have your friends impressed, the visuals surely will!
Street Fighter V is set to ship with 16 characters on the roster. Fighters include 8 combatants returning from the last entry: Ryu, Ken, Cammy, Chun Li, M. Bison, Vega, Dhalsim, and Zangief. 4 characters spanning past Street fighter games will make a return: R. Mika, Nash, Birdie, and Karin. Capcom has added 4 all new fighters: Laura, Necalli, Rashid and lastly F.A.N.G.. Every fighter has a unique style and feel pointing towards a harder and faster hitting fighter than SFIV.
A season pass has already been revealed as well which will add 6 fighters to the roster sometime after release. A new wrinkle to the DLC model also appears in Street Fighter; all DLC will be available without having to spend any real money, through an in game currency system called “Fight Money”. Earned through playing the game, you can conceivably unlock all future content without the need to empty your bank account. Pricing tiers are still being worked on and as can be be expected, earning the in game currency will surely be slow going, but it’s a nice option to have if you plan on grinding those matches!
Will Street Fighter V live up to the hype? Will it have people lining up at cabinets and consoles exclaiming “I got next.”? Will SFV launch virtual combat into the E-sports stratosphere? Will Capcom and the Street Fighter franchise remain the king of the fighting genre? All these questions will go unanswered until the game launches on February 16th 2016, Exclusively on the Playstation 4 console. Want to help us answer these questions? Pick it up at Oogie for $5 cheaper than anywhere else!