Street Fighter is one of those cross-generational games that keeps coming back. My grandkids will be street-fighting someday. Best thing is it has stayed true to its original gameplay: side-scrolling, keep punching buttons until meter goes 0.
Number 5 in the series will hit the stores on February 16.
Buy Street Fighter V here:
Most of the characters we love, and love to beat up, are back. That’s Ryu, Chun-Li, Ken, et al. We also have a few new characters:
Necalli – Aztec or Mayan warrior.
Rashid – Middle Eastern techie who blows a lot of wind (he’d fit in well in Silicon Valley)
Laura – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with electric shock. She fires projectiles, which doesn’t seem right in Street Fighter.
F.A.N.G. – Chinese assassin with poison. Not sure if he actually has fangs.
The new characters are nice, but what makes Street Fighter endure the test of time is its addictive PvP gameplay. Remember those afternoons in the arcade, hammering away at your opponent? Crowds used to gather around the best matches. Truly social, communal event unlike the multiplayer action these days, which take place over the Internet with idiots often spewing profanity and racist remarks. Couldn’t do that in the arcades without getting uppercut yourself.
Game’s out on PS4, Windows and Linux but I’m looking for it in the arcades….