By FileTrekker 4 months ago, last updated 4 months ago
Street Fighter 6 has finally arrived, marking the latest instalment in the iconic fighting game series - and I can't help but feel, having seen this series evolve and thrive over my lifetime, that 6 is an impressive return to form that fans of the series, and fighting game genre as a whole, will no doubt love and appreciate.
Right away, one of the most notable aspects of Street Fighter 6 to me is its commitment to addressing the shortcomings of its predecessor. Street Fighter 5's initial release was marred by a negative reputation due to its barebones package. Street Fighter 6 has learned from that mistake and offers three fully-featured game modes: Battle Hub, Fighting Ground, and World Tour.
World Tour mode allows players can create their custom characters and explore the vibrant and bustling Metro City. This mode goes beyond the typical fighting game formula, offering side quests, hidden treasures, and delightful Easter eggs that reward exploration. What sets World Tour apart is that it serves as an engaging single-player experience and a tutorial for the game's intricate fighting systems. Players can develop their custom character while learning and experimenting with special moves borrowed from the extensive roster of fighters - it's a welcome addition that provides a solid foundation of skills players can utilize in online play, ensuring a smoother transition to competitive battles.
Fighting Ground mode is a treasure trove of activities that will keep you coming back for more. Whether it's the classic Arcade mode, where players can test their skills against a series of AI opponents, or the adrenaline-fueled Extreme Battle mode with its unique modifiers, there is something for everyone here, including a comprehensive tutorial system, that ensures players of all skill levels can work on and improve their abilities. The game's training systems are robust, offering a variety of tools and resources to assist players in honing their skills and mastering the intricacies of the game's combat mechanics.
Battle Hub mode is an online arcade that connects you to the Street Fighter community. Here you can compete with opponents worldwide, and purchase cosmetic items to customize your characters - I'm pleased to say that the matchmaking and net code seem solid here, matchmaking, at least for me, was offering near-flawless performance and providing a fast and seamless online experience.
One of the more exciting new features to come to Street Fighter 6 is the introduction of the Drive System. This innovative feature revolves around the Drive Gauge, a single meter that opens up many strategic options from the start of each match. Actions such as Drive Reversal, Drive Rush, Drive Parry, Drive Impact, and the Overdrive versions of special moves introduce new layers of depth and decision-making to the fighting mechanics that take a little getting used to at first - but ultimately add an exciting and fresh element to the already solid combat mechanics of the Street Fighter series.
Our Score: 9/10
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