Street Fighter V PC Game
The legendary fighting franchise returns with STREET FIGHTER® V! Stunning visuals depict the next generation of World Warriors in unprecedented detail, while exciting and accessible battle mechanics deliver endless fighting fun that both beginners and veterans can enjoy. Challenge your friends online, or compete for fame and glory on the Capcom Pro Tour.
The path to greatness begins here: RISE UP!
Capcom wants to do lots of different things with Street Fighter V. The latest chapter of the fighting game franchise introduces new characters and new mechanics, both meant to deepen the strategies with which players approach the game. Capcom’s also attempting to bridge the gap between console and PC players with cross-platform play.
The company once famous for Mega Man is trying to serve two very different mandates with Street Fighter V. They want to grow a mainstream audience who’ll probably only play the game casually while also delivering a game deep enough to keep high-level pro players interested. The latter goal is a crucial part of an aspirational loop that keeps Street Fighter games relevant and successful. This is the series where world-class pro gamers demonstrate spellbinding skills; play it enough and you too might join their number.
My favourite moment so far in Street Fighter V was a mirror match: Ken against Ken. A Ken-off. Halfway through the first round my online opponent did a long, fancy combo I didn’t know existed. Had this been Street Fighter IV, I’d have gone on to lose, my confidence shot by the knowledge I was playing against someone with greater technical knowledge than me and the skill to put it into practice, in a game in which complexity was king. Instead, I won. Not with my fancy combos—though I’ve got a few—but with a cool head, the benefit of a couple of decades’ of experience, the knowledge of which buttons to press and when.
That’s the best way to describe Street Fighter V, I think. Yes, there’s plenty of complex stuff going on, but at its core it is a celebration of what makes fighting games tick, and what makes them exciting. It is a battle of wits, of psychology, conditioning your opponent into doing what you want them to do, and punishing them severely when they do it.