I’m not a fighting game enthusiast. I play them extremely casually to have a good time with my friends. I do well to get the most basic combo moves down, and I’ll use my limited knowledge to trounce my button-mashing friends. Street Fighter 4 was a party go-to for me back in 2008. The roster was incredible, the characters were unique, and the style kept my friends coming back.
Conversely, Street Fighter 5 launched and bored my group to tears. A lackluster roster and excessive monetization made this a title I played only a handful of times. I decided to retire, and I hung up fighting gloves in 2016. Street Fighter 6, however, has done more for me in two trailers than its predecessor did in half a decade. Finally, I feel like the franchise is getting my attention again for several reasons.
Street Fighter 6 Gets Style Points
One of the standout features of Street Fighter 6 is its focus on visual flair. Cell-shaded graphics, new character designs, and special attacks spray the field with graffiti and color. For example, the screen floods with color when Ryu and Guile clash with Drive attacks. These details set the title apart from other fighting games, flushing the screen and giving moves weight. Because the game offers such a vibrant aesthetic, I can’t wait to get my hands on it. I don’t care that it’ll take all I have to pull off a slick combo, the one time I do, it’ll look immaculate.
Another critical point of any fighting franchise is the character roster. Traditionally, players get several newcomers with each new mainline entry in the Street Fighter franchise. Street Fighter 6 adds several flashy newbies amid the stylish overhaul of this franchise. Even though Capcom only offered a peek at two new characters so far (Luke and Jamie), both were specially designed with styles all their own. Additionally, their fighting moves to set them apart via gameplay as well. Luke focuses on mixed martial arts while Jamie uses techniques reminiscent of drunken boxing to confuse and crush opponents. So long as the other newcomers offer ideas and attacks like this, Capcom has me hooked.
Capcom’s Incredible Designs
Not only do the new characters stand out in Street Fighter 6. Series veterans like Ryu, Chun-Li, and Guile sport modernized looks. Ryu’s beard makes him seem weathered and worn, Guile’s new look gives him an antique charm, and Chun-Li is somehow more imposing than before. Depending on who you ask, these new designs are arguably the best in the franchise. But this biased party says they’ve all improved. Pair these impeccable character profiles with gorgeous locales and you’ll have a ball beating your friends to a pulp in Street Fighter 6. Well done, Capcom, now take my money.
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Street Fighter 6 launches in 2023 for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. For more on the series, check out the official Street Fighter Twitter page and Press SPACE to Jump.