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International Women's Day: Street Fighter V Review

To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8 and to show that when it comes to gaming there is no gender dominance, we reached out to some of our customers to ask if they could provide us with a guest review of their favourite games.  

Street Fighter V: Knockout or not?

To start things off let’s get one thing straight: I am a self-confessed TEKKEN addict. It’s my favourite gaming series ever, let alone favourite fighting franchise. So why did I jump
at the chance to play Street Fighter V, the ‘rival’ franchise? Because I wanted, no, needed my fighting game fix whilst I wait for my beloved TEKKEN 7; MKX kept me going for a while, but it just wasn’t enough.

Admittedly, I’m not as experienced as others when it comes to Street Fighter, and to be completely honest, it’s because I don’t put as much effort into it as I should do. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy it however, and it certainly doesn’t mean I wasn’t somewhat hyped to play the new installment; fighting games are my forte, so I’ll always be eager to play them, TEKKEN or not.

Let’s start off with what it gets right...

The new fighters who’ve joined the roster are welcome additions. In fact, after playing
around with them, Brazilian born Laura became my main over Cammy, who I’ve always
used previously. I found that Laura’s move set was fast, exciting, and most importantly
fun, so she’s the character I’ll be sticking with. It didn’t take me too long to get to grips 
with her move set. 

The new fighting mechanics (V-System) implemented introduce some exciting new elements to gameplay; V-Skill, V-Trigger & V-Reversal. The new V-Skills help make a character unique, and do an excellent job of building the V-Meter. They can be accessed at any time by pressing MP+MK together (medium punch & medium kick). V-Triggers, which are similar to the ultras in SFIV, are activated once the V-Meter has reached full capacity. Once activated, you’ll be able to see your character’s full potential as they generally provide a boost in abilities.

Lastly, V-Reversals enable you to counter the attack of the opponent while blocking.
They are similar to the “Alpha counters” from the SF Alpha series, however, not every
counter results in a universal effect; for example, some will knock the opponent down,
whereas some will just push them back.

The tournaments! I don’t mean the one’s where you need to enter and come up against
the elite. I’m talking about the ones where you invite a few friends round, stick the game
on, and battle against each other. With a large portion of multiplayer gaming being online,
it’s so easy to forget just how fun it is to sit down and have a decent 2v2 match - without
any worries about the inevitable awful connection issues.

When I first got the game I invited friends round, got some beers in (wine for me because
I’m picky), ordered pizza, and we had our own mini tournament. It was like something
straight out of the 90s... Sweet nostalgia! 

What's not so great about Street Fighter...

The obvious lack of characters. This was the first thing I noticed when I first played SFV.
The roster screen was sparse looking, so in my naivety I figured that additional characters
must be unlocked upon defeating the single player mode with each character, (I didn’t do
any research prior to the release, hence me even thinking this was a possibility)! Remember the good old days when you’d complete the story mode with one character, and be rewarded with unlocking a new one? I miss that. Goodbye achievements, hello DLC.

The Story Mode which is included in the release seems quite deserted. There seems to
be a lack of stages for each character compared to other games, and the storylines came
across as sparse and plain. Yes, there’s an update coming with a more in-depth
‘cinematic story mode’, but we have to wait until June for this - disappointing! On top of
this, there’s no difficulty settings, which I found plain weird?! To me, that’s a huge part of
fighting games; it’s actually really rewarding when you manage to defeat the ‘boss’ on the
hardest mode!! Remember Heihachi in TEKKEN 1? Nightmare! But that feeling once you
defeated him? Priceless!!

My Verdict...

I did enjoy playing Street Fighter V, but only because I really liked playing this with friends.
The game definitely looks amazing, and the new mechanisms are exciting. However, the
lack of exciting single player modes was definitely a letdown for me, and I found the game
to be quite boring. In fact, at some points when I was playing it felt like half a game, and
this makes it hard to review; I know all this exciting new content is on the way, but right
now I can only base this on what I’ve seen so far.

The game seems to be aimed more towards the hardcore fan-base, which of course is
completely fine, but it left me feeling a tad left out. I’ll continue playing with friends, and
setting up mini tournaments, but apart from that I’ll wait until the story mode updates until
I put some decent hours into this game.

About International women’s day 

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900's - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialised world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. Find out more here


Edited On 07 Mar, 2016

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