• Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Feb 16, 2016
  • Also On: PC
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 80 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 80
  2. Negative: 0 out of 80
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  1. Feb 15, 2016
    95
    If you are a Street Fighter fan, and are looking forward to seriously competing in this console generation’s great fighting game franchise, then your time has arrived.
  2. Games Master UK
    Apr 25, 2016
    90
    Despite simplistic single-player and feeble tutorials, SFV is a completely essential fighting game. [Apr 2016, p.70]
  3. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Apr 10, 2016
    90
    The best couchplay fighting game you can play right now. Both party-starter and competitive tool, its sheer sense of fun will inspire everyone to rise up to the challenge. Reliant on solo or online thrills? Wait for the updates first. [Apr 2016, p.78]
  4. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Mar 31, 2016
    90
    Inclusive, streamlined, faster than ever, and looks radiant on Unreal Engine 4. Street Fighter V has no challengers. [April 2016, p72]
  5. Play UK
    Mar 25, 2016
    90
    It leaves much to be desired in terms of content, but the quality of what is there and how it will evolve over the months makes this a top tier fighter that is going to get better over time. [Issue#267, p.59]
  6. Power Unlimited
    Feb 26, 2016
    90
    The experience SF5 offers isn’t a completely new one but it will be a living platform for fighting fans for years to come and we can’t wait to see how it unfolds. [jan. 2016 / page 019]
  7. Feb 19, 2016
    90
    Technically Street Fighter V is probably the most accomplished fighting title to date, with the gameplay mechanics standing second to none. The characters are all unique and there’s little overlap of abilities and the content that’s available out of the box, what little that there is, is a solid and thoroughly enjoyable gaming experience… It just currently stands as little more than an impressive demonstration of what’s to come in the following months, which is a little disappointing.
  8. Feb 16, 2016
    90
    Even with the lack of an Arcade mode and temporary server issues, though, Street Fighter V manages to shine.
  9. Feb 16, 2016
    90
    It's gorgeous to watch in action, accessible to newcomers, and offers depths of variety that that the competitive and hardcore will be mining ambitiously for years to come.
  10. Feb 15, 2016
    90
    Street Fighter V is the series at its best. Whether you're an experienced Street Fighter or a complete newbie, this is your chance to get involved in what will be an amazing competitive experience.
  11. Feb 15, 2016
    90
    The next step in fighting games' mechanics, but a step backward on game modes.
  12. Feb 15, 2016
    90
    Street Fighter V is ambitious. Capcom expects it to last a whole generation and that's why they bet for new content that will be rolling for the next few years. Its gameplay mechanics are impeccable and the visuals are just stunning, although it lacks some game modes, which together with a small roster and the not-so-good story mode burden the experience a little bit. Obviously aiming for online play, Street Fighter V is a game which will get really popular, and that should be checked out once in a while in order to uncover its true potential.
  13. Feb 15, 2016
    90
    The new Street Fighter is an excellent fighting game, beautiful to watch and play, with an incredibly deep gameplay and plenty of new moves to learn and master. The lack of a real single player experience may be a problem for someone, but the game is bound to expand in the next few months. For now, it's simply the best multiplayer fighting game around.
  14. Feb 15, 2016
    90
    Street Fighter 5 is deep, endlessly fun, and immensely inviting, but local competitive play is currently the primary way to enjoy it.
  15. Feb 15, 2016
    90
    People who got into the fighting game community with Street Fighter IV may not want to hear this, but from a base design, Street Fighter V is by far the superior game. Capcom has paved over and smoothed out a lot of the things I didn’t like about Street Fighter IV’s design. A lot of those issues created poor play habits, which makes it feels like Capcom is making small steps to mature the game, and in turn is trying to mature how the player base plays fighting games.
  16. Feb 15, 2016
    90
    It’s hard to find fault with the bigger picture Capcom has in mind here and, assuming the online issues are dealt with quickly at launch and the rest of the game modes arrive as promised, this is looking like a perfect round.
  17. Feb 15, 2016
    90
    Street Fighter V's gameplay sits with the best that gaming has to offer. The characters are truly distinct, the presentation first rate, and the netcode is utterly sublime. A lack of single player modes at launch dulls the sheen somewhat, and is the only element preventing the title from achieving true greatness. However, with the engrossing Capcom Fighters Network, the game's set up as a fantastic online playground in which to research techniques, stalk idols, view friends' failures, or simply sit back and watch – all the while waiting for your next challenger in this deep, enthralling fighter.
  18. Feb 15, 2016
    90
    Even as a person whose grasp of fighting games is nowhere near top-tier standard, Street Fighter V is the most fun I’ve had in a fighting game in years.
  19. Feb 15, 2016
    89
    It will easily become the dominator of the fighting genre in the next months thanks to its countless virtues: accessible, deep, technically sound, varied, well-balanced, agile and especially fun.
  20. Feb 15, 2016
    89
    A rock-solid fighting system and a brilliant technical performance will convince you to enjoy its great online brawls. It lacks some interesting options, tough, and it only features 16 fighters. It will become better and better in the future.
  21. With its new gameplay elements, user-friendly controls and style, Street Fighter V has turned into a 'must-play' fighting game that we are all looking for.
  22. CD-Action
    Apr 29, 2016
    85
    Everything that I didn’t like about SFIV is gone, leaving a deep yet easy to grasp, spectacular game. [04/2016, p.34]
  23. Feb 24, 2016
    85
    Street Fighter V delivers the first hit against the player by surprising him with the best fighting system in the series. The distillation of all the titles so far, maturing for over 25 years, manages to raise the boundaries of the franchise to new heights and awaits the players to push it even further. Let the lack of content be for now. Focus on the excellent gameplay and rest assured that the game will compensate for it in the future.
  24. Feb 15, 2016
    85
    For competitive players Street Fighter V is just spotless. The fighting is solid and the new mechanics are superb, but you don't have to be a veteran to enjoy playing it. On the single-player side, the game still feels inadequate to guide the newcomers to the online arena, but with several DLC already planned, this lacking element should just be temporary.
  25. Feb 15, 2016
    85
    Despite the incomplete launch, SFV makes some bold moves gameplay-wise, and it really succeeded in evolving the combat system formula.
  26. Feb 15, 2016
    85
    Capcom redefines the fighting game genre once again with Street Fighter V. The game looks awesome and the characters are great. The battles are dynamic and far more balanced than before. Despite minor flaws, this is a must buy.
  27. Feb 15, 2016
    84
    Though bare-bones in presentation and lacking single player content right now, Street Fighter V offers a perfect blend of accessibility and depth, making it a fun fighter for players of all skill levels.
  28. Feb 16, 2016
    83
    While it’s not bad on any level, SFV definitely feels unfinished and not as polished as previous games in the series.
  29. Apr 12, 2016
    80
    Even with a unsuccessful launch, we can consider this game as one of the best fighting titles released so far. However, the downside of Street Fighter V can be seen in the single player modes, which are short and almost non-existent, giving the feeling of being in an Early Access.
  30. Mar 25, 2016
    80
    Street Fighter V is a wonderful game that’s not ready yet for launch. That’s not to say it doesn’t work - and work well - at what it does (most of the time). The problem is there’s not really enough of it, all working all the time, to warrant a release now.
  31. Mar 2, 2016
    80
    You can’t do a review of Street Fighter V and not mention the lack of content for those who not want to play online. And yes, it’s a shame – but at the same time Street Fighter V is as entertaining and deep as ever. With more content in the future this is probably going to be the best installment in the series so far.
  32. Feb 28, 2016
    80
    Street Fighter V echoes the competitive mentality behind its enduring classic Super Street Fighter II Turbo – matches are about finding the right distance to be effective, using your normal moves well and knowing match-ups, rather than overwhelming your opponents with one-frame link combos and option selects.
  33. Feb 18, 2016
    80
    Solid gameplay and core but light on content. It will be exciting to see what's coming in the future, but I can’t help but be somewhat disappointed with the initial set of modes.
  34. Feb 16, 2016
    80
    Just like Ryu and his never-ending quest to become the world's best brawler, Street Fighter 5 is a work in progress with a long journey ahead of it. And based on this evidence, it's a journey you should most definitely pack your bags for.
  35. Feb 16, 2016
    80
    With awesome graphics and a renewed gameplay, it's hard not to recommend Street Fighter 5, but its economic model based on filling an empty game with DLC's has certainly taken its toll on our will.
  36. Feb 16, 2016
    80
    While it is incomplete by design, with the missing content being dolled out for free over the course of the year, Street Fighter 5 is the most accessible the franchise has ever been and remains mechanically brilliant.
  37. Feb 15, 2016
    80
    Street Fighter V is a game with one the best gameplay experiences and online modes of its category. But the lack of solo modes will disappoint the casual gamer.
  38. Feb 15, 2016
    80
    Street Fighter V does everything perfect in the fighting matters, but we can't ignore the lack of content for the solo players. Capcom has the tools for years and years of competition, and that's the clue for the Street Fighter enthusiast.
  39. Feb 15, 2016
    80
    A thoroughly excellent game and one that Capcom intend to support for a good while to come. It is, however, an intensely involved beat-em-up, as well as a work in progress, and only time will tell if the online community will be able to support players unfamiliar with the series.
  40. Feb 15, 2016
    80
    We’ll be returning to the game multiple times over the months and years to come. And unless something goes terribly wrong we’re sure that 10/10 will come eventually. But for now you’ll just have to put up with what is merely one of the best new fighting games of the generation.
  41. Feb 15, 2016
    80
    Street Fighter V paves the way for the future of Capcom’s legendary fighting game series—but it’s also a release that’s relying on near-future updates in order to feel like a finished product. Once they come, however, this should really be something special.
  42. Feb 15, 2016
    80
    Most people will be spending their time in the online component, though, and here's the good news: it works, and when more players start to really use it, it's going to be great.
  43. Feb 15, 2016
    80
    The combat system stands as the game's strongest and most important pillar, which masks some of the minor imperfections with the graphical clipping and online performance.
  44. Feb 15, 2016
    80
    It sports a wonderful, diverse cast of characters, places a clear emphasis on strong fundamental play, it gives competitive players a great online experience, and it does it all while looking gorgeous. Strictly in terms of mechanics and competitive features, Street Fighter 5 is just about peerless, but it has quite a ways to go before it stacks up against other fighting games - including its own predecessor - in terms of overall content.
  45. Feb 20, 2016
    78
    It’s just too bad that we’ve got a bizarre lack of features in terms of single-player options, and not having the in-game store or this much-ballyhooed "expanded" Story Mode until later is another big problem. The performance snafus are being ironed out quickly but that doesn’t change the fact that they existed at launch. I refuse to gloss over that.
  46. Feb 24, 2016
    77
    You’ll feel that this might be the defining beat-em-up of this generation – or at least it could be over its life cycle. Right now this is a contentless base product that sports one of the tightest fighting mechanics there is.
  47. Feb 29, 2016
    75
    An excellent fighting game, wrapped in an incomplete package.
  48. Feb 24, 2016
    75
    Disappointingly incomplete as far as content goes; quite great in the gameplay department. Whether the good outweighs the bad is in this case up to you.
  49. Feb 17, 2016
    75
    With excellence on its gameplay, Street Fighter V is a positive step for the franchise. Unfortunately, it’s afflicted with some of the worst practices in the contemporary video games industry.
  50. Feb 17, 2016
    75
    Street Fighter V is a masterclass in fighting mechanics, but doesn’t offer enough content to necessarily justify buying in just yet unless you’re among the most die-hard competitive players.
  51. 75
    As of the time of this review, Street Fighter V is a showcase of potential, but little else.
  52. Feb 15, 2016
    75
    Street Fighter V employs complex and engaging mechanics, but it lacks enough content to keep the casual player interested.
  53. 75
    When Street Fighter V is at its best, it's untouchable. A fantastic fighter with layer upon layer of depth. At its worst, it feels hollow and cheap. A work in progress that hasn't quite managed to complete the parts that are there.
  54. Feb 22, 2016
    74
    Feels more like an incomplete beta than a full release.
  55. Feb 15, 2016
    73
    The gameplay of Street Fighter V is excellent, and no matter what mode you play, the superb mechanics follow. Unfortunately, the content isn’t substantial, and omits several standard offerings that we’ve come to expect from the genre. It’s a shame that the structure presents so many frustrations, because the gameplay itself is entertaining.
  56. Edge Magazine
    Apr 10, 2016
    70
    Mechanically, it's fantastic. Structurally, it's a mess and a missed opportunity, designed in direct contradiction to its developer's stated ambition. [April 2016, p.98]
  57. Apr 10, 2016
    70
    The roster is impressive, but undercut by the game's insistence that players pre-select a single character before going online. In essence, the fighters are more accessible than what the game modes facilitate, but there's no denying how each human vs human match can be marvelous.
  58. Apr 2, 2016
    70
    Street Fighter 5 has a great, newbie-friendly fighting system that retains the depth of its classic predecessors for players to master. In many ways it's the best Street Fighter yet, but launching with the netcode in such a state can't go unnoticed, especially when it impacts such an important part of the multiplayer. The core of Street Fighter is still there, and is as good as ever, but unfortunately these problems - plus lacking options in single player - mean there's not a lot else.
  59. Mar 15, 2016
    70
    I score this game [70] for bringing back memory’s, being an enjoyable fighting game with hours of online potential, just a shame I couldn’t play as some of the original characters on release.
  60. Mar 15, 2016
    70
    Street Fighter V is a joy to play and the game mechanics are great, but the lack of content hurts the experience.
  61. Feb 21, 2016
    70
    ​As a fighting game Street Fighter 5 has ​potential, especially thanks to the new mechanics in the battles. It is challenging, but it does not really show as the game feels unfinished and does not have enough modes and content.
  62. Feb 19, 2016
    70
    It’s such a shame that Street Fighter V launched in the state it did; it’s impossible to wholeheartedly recommend to everyone as a result. If you’re on the fence or a newcomer, you’re better off waiting for another update or two for the game to get fully fleshed out. But even right now, beyond all its rough edges and missing modes, Street Fighter V is a tremendous fighting game at the top of its class.
  63. Feb 19, 2016
    70
    Street Fighter V has a lot of potential, but unless you’re training for those ranked matches, that’s all the game will be for you – potential.
  64. Feb 18, 2016
    70
    I don’t know if I’d buy Street Fighter V right now unless you plan on being a part of your area’s competitive scene. It’s not particularly casual-friendly and that’s mostly by design.
  65. Feb 18, 2016
    70
    When it comes to fighting against someone, it’s one of the most polished Street Fighters to date. When it comes to everything outside of that fight, it’s a huge steaming turd that I look at with a scrunched up, grossed out face.
  66. Feb 17, 2016
    70
    Despite its frustrating lack of modes and features, I freely admit that I have had a blast playing Super Street Fighter V. It’s a genuinely fun fighting game that has a bright future. But its troubled present gives this mighty combatant a black eye.
  67. Feb 15, 2016
    70
    The fact that a handful of game modes and features aren't ready for consumer use feels frustrating, especially since the quality of those inclusions can't be judged until they make it into the game. Battle Lounges, Online Lobbies, and Spectator modes could be awesome, but right now, nobody can say for sure.
  68. Feb 15, 2016
    70
    Those willing to stick it out now will discover one of the best fighting engines around, with a great cast and intelligently balanced fighting styles making it both challenging and fun. That said, for the moment, for anyone other than the most hardcore competitors, Street Fighter V is a delightful tease, hinting at something special down the road.
  69. Mar 8, 2016
    65
    Street Fighter V has all of the makings of a fantastic fighting game. Unfortunately, that is all it has: makings. There are some performance issues to go along with a serious lack of content that is meant to constitute a full game experience, which is criminal, to say the least.
  70. Mar 4, 2016
    65
    Hardcore fight fans have likely already purchased it and begun honing their skills, but for the rest of us this game won't reach its true potential for at least a few more months—and maybe longer.
  71. Feb 23, 2016
    65
    We don't doubt that Street Fighter 5 will be more than it is today at some point, and it may not even take long to get there. The most important skeletal elements of a strong fighting game are here, and they set the stage for a fighter that should have the legs to carry it years down the road. But for all but the most dedicated Street Fighter player, Capcom isn't making a reasonable case to jump on board yet.
  72. Apr 6, 2016
    64
    Even though the potential is there, the king of fighters is still Street Fighter IV.
  73. There’s a great game in Street Fighter V, but only if you’re willing to learn the hard way. Capcom will need more than the few thousand competitors following the Capcom Pro Tour to make this game, and the series as a whole, sustainable for the future.
  74. Feb 19, 2016
    60
    Street Fighter V's core skeleton is sturdy, but beneath those bones lies a barely beating heart. With almost no single-player, limited multiplayer, a tiny cast, and unstable online, this feels like an Early Access beta that Capcom had the gall to try to price as a completed game.
  75. Feb 15, 2016
    60
    More frustrating is the fact that a few matches were so painfully choppy that I put the controller down in frustration - letting opponents revel in their perfect victory as my side looked like it was missing entire chunks of the match.
  76. Feb 15, 2016
    60
    I have some very strong feelings towards Street Fighter V--positive and negative. The lack of single-player content is less of an issue for me personally and I’m sure a lot of people feel the same and are really only interested in local or online versus. But there are a surprising number of modes and features that are either missing completely or coming later that should have been included at launch...However, I don’t want to understate the fact that I am having an absolutely great time playing Street Fighter V.
  77. Feb 21, 2016
    58
    Competitive guys got their awesome fighting game with Street Fighter 5, but it still feels like we are paying full price for a game that is only half done.
  78. Feb 19, 2016
    55
    Hopefully, after a few updates and some online stability patches, this game will be a shining example of a great fighting game. Until then, it is a mess and a half and one that I wouldn’t spend $60 on.
  79. Feb 24, 2016
    50
    Street Fighter V feels more like an irritatingly incomplete service than a game that cares about its legacy.
  80. 50
    Street Fighter V is easily the fighting title I’ve had the most fun playing in my 20 years of gaming. That’s also why the overall package is such a disappointment. Instead of getting a feature complete, content filled package, we’re instead left with a bare bones offering that doesn’t even have the basics of the genre. The gameplay is phenomenal, with the enhancements being a natural progression of the series, but you have so few ways to experience it.
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  1. Feb 15, 2016
    The game's 16 thoughtfully designed fighters are all unlocked and ready to trade blows the moment you boot it up. Their combat takes place within a smooth fighting engine worth recommending, too. The trouble is nearly every single thing currently surrounding that engine should be covered in those tacky, animated "under construction" GIFs.
  2. Feb 16, 2016
    If anyone had any doubt about Capcom's ability to deliver a frame-perfect fighting engine, they can rest assured their fears are without merit. Sure, there will likely be balancing changes once the masses pick apart the V-Gauge and EX bars, but absolutely nothing at all about the feel of the game seemed "off" to this seasoned Street Fighter veteran.
  3. Feb 15, 2016
    Like throwing a punch in the dark, buying Street Fighter V today is a speculative gamble.
  4. Feb 17, 2016
    Most importantly it feels great. The colourful, muscular artwork lends extra weight to already ferocious scuffles, moves landing with crunchy force, accentuated by its brilliant habit of a split-second freeze for fierce hits. Everything is quick and forceful, with fights quickly taking on their own rhythm depending on both the characters and the players using them.
  5. Feb 15, 2016
    The good news is that, as ever, Street Fighter 5 is the leader of the pack, even all these years later. If the servers can offer a solid online playground, too, then we should all be very happy.
User Score
3.6

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 1291 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Feb 16, 2016
    0
    This isn't a complete game. Have to be logged in for Single Player. I got kicked off the server in SINGLE PLAYER modes. No arcade. WasThis isn't a complete game. Have to be logged in for Single Player. I got kicked off the server in SINGLE PLAYER modes. No arcade. Was lucky enough to get my $65 back from GameStop because the guy felt so bad about my disappointment. Full Review »
  2. Feb 16, 2016
    2
    This is half of a game. It would be good at $30 but at $60, avoid this one. Bare bones doesn't even begin to describe what is here. They sayThis is half of a game. It would be good at $30 but at $60, avoid this one. Bare bones doesn't even begin to describe what is here. They say more content is coming but they sure don't mind charging full price for the sparse offering that is currently here. A shame, really. Full Review »
  3. Feb 16, 2016
    4
    Online mode unplayable, Single player non-existent...THIS NOT WORTH +60 f****** dollars, this is how a company destroy a great game with aOnline mode unplayable, Single player non-existent...THIS NOT WORTH +60 f****** dollars, this is how a company destroy a great game with a great gameplay, GG Capcom. Full Review »