Street Fighter V
Street Fighter V is the fifth main entry in the Street Fighter franchise, and features more of the classic side-scrolling fighting action of the Street Fighter series: two players enter, and one player leaves in a brutal fight for greatness. The game features a group of World Warriors fighting in stages set across the world fighting for supremacy.
Street Fighter V includes 16 characters on launch day, of whom four are brand new to the franchise. The game also features such Street Fighters veterans as Ryu, Chun-Li, Charlie Nash, M. Bison, Cammy, Zangief and Dhalsim. The new characters to the franchise include Necalli, an Aztec-like warrior seeking a strong opponent soul; Rashid, a Middle-eastern man capable of manipulating wind and searching for a missing friend; Laura Matsuda, a Brazilian fighter who uses Brazilian jiu-jitsu and electricity; and finally, F.A.N.G. a new member of the Shadaloo Grand Masters, who uses long-range attacks and has the ability to poison his opponents. More characters are expected post-launch, such as Guile, Ibuki, Alex and Urien.
Street Fighter V features the EX gauge from Street Fighter III, which builds up as the player successfully attacks. The EX gauge can be used to either power up special moves or perform special combos known as Critical Arts. A new element to the game is the V-Gauge, which builds up as the player received damage, and adds three new techniques: V-Skills, V-Reversals and V-Triggers. Of these, V-Skills are special attacks unique to each fighter; V-Reversals allow the player to perform a counter move while being attacked; and V-Triggers use up the entire V-Gauge to unleash a unique ability, such as extra hits to Chun-Li’s attacks. The Stun Meter has also now been made visible in the game under the health bars, and builds up as the player receives consecutive attacks. If filled, the player will become stunned.
The game is the first in the franchise to feature PC/PS4 cross-platform play, with players playing in a single, unified pool. Ranking leaderboards track player careers and are integrated with the Capcom Pro Tour. The game is also considerably more visually advanced than previous games in the franchise, owing to the power of the Unreal Engine 4.
- Developer: Dimps, Capcom
- Publisher: Capcom
- Genre: Fighting
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC
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With more than 25 years and dozens of games to its name, Capcom’s Street Fighter series isn’t just a staple of the fighting game community – it’s the gold standard. You would think this high pedigree would carry over to the long-awaited Street Fighter V, but this king of fighters may have lost its crown. At its very core, Street Fighter V’s engine is solid. Those adept at flinging hadokens and performing charge moves will take to its gameplay like a duck to water