STREET FIGHTER V new Arcade Edition is the definitive version for one of the fighting genre’s best releases.
When Street Fighter 5 came out in early 2016 we loved the brawler, but felt it was a little light on content.
Two years on we are now faced with a revamped version of the game, called Arcade Edition, which adds a bunch of new fighters and modes to give the original title a new lease of life.
And the good news is that those fans who have a copy of the first game will get this downloadable update on the PS4 absolutely free.
Arcade Edition not only adds brand new extra characters like Russian babe Kolin, red-haired Akuma, boxing commander Ed and giant brute Abigail but you also get some old favourites added to the roster In the shape of Balrog, Ibuki and Guile.
All in, there are 12 extra fighters on top of the base game’s 16. Every character also gets a 2nd V-Trigger special move for the first time, giving them a new lease of life as gamers get used to refreshed fighting styles.
The main reason for the update is an old-school Arcade mode, where you can play through six themed Street Fighter tournaments with the goal of unlocking beautiful character art at the end of each one.
And there’s huge replayability here both online and off with the Extra Battle Mode encouraging you to come back for more, building up in-game currency that will eventually let you unlock Season 3 characters yet to drop from the developers.
The main thing, of course, is the gameplay and thankfully this still feels like a hot, speedy fighting game with brutal combos and even more brutal finishing moves.
The animations are slick, the cartoon battles vivid and energetic on-screen and the addictiveness clear as you find it hard to put down the joypad.
There wasn’t much wrong with the original game but this free update gives Street Fighter 5 a whole new level of depth and fans a reason to return.
And for those of you who passed on the game the first time around, you can now buy a copy safe in the knowledge that it’s a detailed title now that packs a punch both in the moment-to-moment fighting and in the amount of game actually on offer.
THE VERDICT – 5/5
• Tons of new fighters to play with, bringing the total up to 28.
• Fighting gameplay is still top-notch and addictive despite the base game being two years old.
• Extra V-triggers give the battles a new lease of life.
• Arcade modes are a love-note to previous entries.
• Free for owners of the original.
• Might be too little, too late – the game first came out in 2016 and this update is a long time coming.
• Won’t be enough to convince players who didn’t like the original.