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Street Fighter 6 review: worth it for the brilliant new campaign alone

Over the past week it has become clear to me that my hands are just too old for fighting games. Folding my fingers into claws to pull off a special move or combo has been a painful reminder of my age — and yet, I can’t stop playing street fighter 6,

Part of this has to do with the classic gameplay, which has a lot of tactical variety depending on which fighter you master. Part of that is how slick the game is, with stylish effects punctuating each big move, and a cast of characters that are eclectic, vibrant and full of personality. But mostly, it’s because of a new single-player mode that changes Street Fighter In Yakuza, It’s insanely funny, but also the perfect introduction to this often challenging world of fireballs and hurricane kicks.

At its core, street fighter 6 Not much changes about the minute-to-minute action of A. Street Fighter Play. It’s still a 2D fighter with a huge cast of characters (18 at launch), including mainstays like (hot) Ryu, Dhalsim, and Chun-Li, alongside some great newcomers like colorful hacker Kimberly, drunken Jamie, are joined by, and the giant Marisa (which feels like a direct response to Lady Dimitrescu’s response to, uh). As always, each has its pros and cons; Kimberly is fast but vulnerable, while Marissa is strong and has range, but moves slowly. There are special moves to master, power gauges to understand, and the realization that, yes, you’re going to eventually have to master blocking if you want to go anywhere.

in that way, street fighter 6 Feels like a refined version of its predecessors, but one that’s more approachable thanks to a new “modern” control scheme. Essentially, it streamlines the number of inputs required to toss a fireball as Ryu. This is probably the closest a fighting game has to an easy mode, and it works really well. The cool thing is that it doesn’t replace the classic control scheme at all; You can play with a traditional set-up, and using the more fine-grained controls means you have more control over your character’s movements. Modern, however, is a button masher’s dream and a gateway to what is so much fun Street Fighter,

All this is to say, the basic principle of street fighter 6 are healthy. But the most interesting thing about this game isn’t how it plays—how it’s structured. street fighter 6 Divided into three modes. Fighting Ground is basically a traditional Street Fighter Play. You can play matches with friends, go through ranked online battles, and experience an arcade mode as each character, learning more about them through comic book-style vignettes. This one mode is what you would expect from a regular fighting game. if it were all street fighter 6 Well, it wouldn’t be terrible.

On top of that is the Battle Hub, which I didn’t get to test much before launch, but it looks to be a solid online experience. It looks like a futuristic arcade, filled with back-to-back cabinets, and you can start a match when you see another player waiting. There are tournaments and other special events planned that could turn it into a lively place, an important thing given the sad state of modern arcades. But we’ll have to wait and see how it plays out when a wider audience jumps in on the game.

However, I really enjoy the new World Tour mode. It’s a full single-player story campaign where you create your own fighter and go on a quest to find out what the Force is, or some such nonsense. You start off in Metro City – Capcom’s New York-proximity setting final battle series – under the tutelage of the beloved Meathead Luke. The idea is that you start out as a rookie, normal street fighter and work your way up the ranks.

mod really likes it Yakuza series. Metro City is a large location, but not fully open world, and you get to take missions from different people and get into a lot of fistfights. Street Fighter the universe is a little pokemon, where everyone is obsessed with the idea of ​​battling. In fact, you can walk up to anyone – from a breakdancer to a cop to a man selling bagels and coffee on the street – and challenge them to a fight. There are also thugs running around who, for some reason, wear boxes and TVs on their heads, and will immediately attack you.

It’s basically an RPG, but, you know, with bare knuckles. Your character will gain skills and experience during combat, and you can buy new gear along the way. The thing that surprised me the most – and that’s why I keep bringing up the word Yakuza — the way the World Tour straddles the line between honesty and goofiness. On the one hand, it’s incredibly silly; An early mission has you traveling to Italy to get a single clasp so you can make a fake bag, and at various points you’ll fight angry accountants and smartfridges. On your quest to learn from the masters and compete in tournaments, you can also take on side jobs making pizzas and, of course, helping dismantle scrap vehicles. But there’s also a real heart to the story, which – despite all its silliness – is really about finding yourself and experiencing different ways of life.

As you progress through the story, you’ll unlock new locations where you can meet the main cast street fighter 6, most of whom will take you under their wing as a student. These scenes are often hilarious. They can show a new side of characters that have been around forever, so you can see Blanca as a tourist attraction or help teach Ryu how to recite. (He’s one of those who signs all his messages.)

It’s also a sneaky way of slowly teaching each of the individual fighters. Once you become a student, your avatar can use that fighter’s style, and you’ll steadily unlock their special moves as you progress. This lets you play around and find which fighting style works best for you, and you can even mix-and-match different teachers to customize your own character. (You’ll be able to take your avatar into online matches in the Battle Hub.)

Similarly, many of the game’s missions are centered around learning a specific technique, such as blocking, parrying, or figuring out how to actually use your drive gauge. I’ve played Street Fighter Decades on, but I still found myself learning some of the intricacies of warfare that I either didn’t know, or had previously overlooked for one reason or another. But interspersed with these lessons as short missions in a story mode, I was more likely to pay attention to them. It’s definitely a lot more fun than competing against bots in a training mode.

There are two problems that have plagued fighting games for a long time: how to tell a story and how to onboard new players. It’s not a style of gameplay that naturally lends itself to narrative, and it’s hard to be accessible without sacrificing the depth existing fans are looking for. street fighter 6 Solves both of these easily. Its single-player mode is one part tutorial, one part wacky story that’s absolutely bursting with personality. Seriously, this is a game that made me care about Guile in ways I didn’t think were possible. The best part is that the mode is completely additive – if you still want a traditional Street Fighter Experience it right there in the fighting ground. All the new stuff is built on a solid foundation of the classic fighter.

But the World Tour adds something entirely new. It gives longtime fans an introduction to these characters and newcomers to the franchise and a new way to truly experience the genre as a whole. but there’s still one thing street fighter 6 Can’t resolve – this cramps in my hands.

street fighter 6 Launches on June 2 on PC, PS4, PS5 and Xbox.

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