‘Street Fighter 6’ will bring back your childhood highs


Street Fighter 6 is here. Well, sort of. Not really. Sorry to get you hoping, but the latest entry in the iconic video game franchise was released in full force at Comic-Con in San Diego last week. I also got my hands on it, on behalf of the Esquire Gamer Zone. Before we get to that, let us catch you up on what happened in the street fighter-verse, because our sixth night with Ryu, Chun Li and friends, which marks the first entry since 2016 street fighter 5– looks like something special.

Recently, street fighter gave us glimpses of new characters who will be joining the historic series. It turns out that our favorite battlers have aged! Is there anything hotter than Beard Ryu, or angst Guile? I do not think so. Don’t get me started on Chun Li, who has aged like fine wine. The most fascinating of street fighter Capcom team, however, is introducing an RPG-style overworld to the game. It feels like a deeply cool new way to explore the series, marking the first time street fighter ventured into such a thing. Street Fighter 6The art style of already looks incredibly refined, a heavily stylized cross between traditional Japanese art and street style. This is some of the flashiest fights and fights I’ve ever seen.

Given all the street fighter announcements, I was already in a hurry to try street fighter 6 at Comic-Con. After my time with her, I have to say: I haven’t been this excited in a while. street fighter game since I was a child. Just the game feels great. I think many newcomers to the series will enjoy it as well. During the last years, street fighter and similar titles have increasingly felt geared towards competitive, highly skilled players, leaving casuals by the wayside. Whereas street fighterThe mechanics of are deep, without a doubt, my demo was the fastest I’ve been able to pick up a fighter and smash combos in a long time. Street Fighter 6 introduces a fancy block and parry mechanic, which is a lot of fun. You can also switch between classic and modern controls, if you fancy throwing it back to your arcade days. Each control set comes with different perks, but choice is part of why Street Fighter 6 nailed its much-needed refresh. I finally feel reconnected with a series that I have loved for a very long time.

Sure, street fighter lives and dies (so to speak) on its competitors. Rest assured, our friends have never looked so good. The older character designs for Ryu and Chun Li look even better in-game. As for how each character feels controlled, Street Fighter 6 offers some interesting twists. Chun Li feels much faster. There’s also a new character, Jamie, who uses a delicious mix of dancing and drunken martial arts. He has this chaotic drinking mechanic where you can see him gradually falling more and more into a drunken position, until his stature and posture are almost completely unrecognizable. The transition is stunning. This level of polish was abundantly clear throughout the hands-on experience.

Street Fighter 6 will be released in 2023 on PC, PlayStation 4 and 5 and Xbox (S/X). I’m happy to report that it’s already shaping up to be a whole lot of fun combined.

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