Street Fighter V: Champion Edition (PlayStation 4) Review

By Az Elias 10.03.2020

Review for Street Fighter V: Champion Edition on PlayStation 4

Street Fighter V should never have launched as the half-baked product it did in 2016 - but it did, and it only really got away with it because the Street Fighter name is so strong. Even in the Arcade Edition, despite adding in a pretty standard feature almost all fighting games have - an arcade mode - Capcom still didn't see fit to make it the definitive version, omitting stage and costume DLC that had been released up to that point. This Champion Edition has the chance to become that ultimate release that fans have been waiting so long for.

The biggest selling point for Street Fighter V: Champion Edition is that this package is near enough the game Capcom should have forged all along. All 40 characters (including the latest addition, Seth), 34 stages (when including the themed variants), and over 200 costumes come as standard in this pretty meaty title. Is absolutely every piece of DLC in there, though? Nope. Capcom's still got to try and squeeze some extra pennies out of even Champion Edition purchasers, of course!

There are indeed a few costumes and stages locked behind a paywall. No matter how hard they try, major fighting game developers rarely ever seem to create true ultimate editions anymore - DLC will forever trickle out following the latest bundle release, which becomes so frustrating as a fan and buyer of the latest game. That's no different here.

Screenshot for Street Fighter V: Champion Edition on PlayStation 4

As mostly just an all-in-one release than anything else, Champion Edition doesn't introduce any new modes. It's been good to see individual character stories make their way into SFV with every newly added fighter, and Seth now has one of their own. Still, though, an extra mode would have been welcome, if only to keep the game itself fresh for those that have been playing longer than newcomers entering the arena at this point.

There isn't much more to say than it is an overall good range of content for anyone that enjoys fighting games. Every character has two fighting styles, plenty of special moves, lots of costumes, and mini stories to clear. Online netcode still needs work, but that has been a never-ending complaint. Load times are still poor, and it seems like the game installs a new update every time it is booted up, so actually reaching the main menu can be a chore. It would have been nice to see more than one new character at the very least, but Capcom hasn't exactly pushed the boat out for this very safe bundle release. It's Street Fighter, and that's probably good enough.

Screenshot for Street Fighter V: Champion Edition on PlayStation 4

Cubed3 Rating

7/10
Rated 7 out of 10

Very Good - Bronze Award

Rated 7 out of 10

If you have managed to hold out on getting into Street Fighter V and were waiting for the best time to dive in, well done! Champion Edition is the version to pick up. Although it isn't a totally complete package, it is still a chunky fighting game in terms of the amount of characters, fighting styles, stages, costumes, and modes included. Not the greatest in the series when it comes to looks and netcode, but it's still Street Fighter, and that's hard to go wrong with.

Developer

Capcom

Publisher

Capcom

Genre

Fighting

Players

2

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  7/10

Reader Score

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