A much needed punch!

After launching in February many felt that the game lacked, well, a whole lot of everything. Make no mistake, the street fighting aspect of Street Fighter 5 is brilliant, which funnily enough is rather important in such a game. However many felt like the absence of a decent story mode, a challenge mode, a tutorial, an improved party system or even a store to spend all the fight money you earn, was rather silly.

Couple this with the tumultuous server issues during the games first weeks of release and you have all the ingredients for a rather bitter tasting Hadouken, that you are being forced to swallow.

Rumours about why and how all of these shortcomings came to fruition have been bounced around the internet with no concrete answers. Sites claim that Capcom was nearing a contractual release date and had to rush the game out or that development budgets were at their end and that the influx of cash would help them actually finish the game. Whatever the reason may be, Capcom did appear to release an unfinished game, and acknowledge this fact, as a March update, patching in the aforementioned modes, as well as a new character, Alex, has been promised since close to the games release.

The update is now upon us! Weighing in at a hefty 5.6 GB for PC and 6GB for console users, the update brings about a slew of new features including.

Challenge Mode
Demonstrations: Learn the ins and outs of Street Fighter V through helpful demonstration and tutorial content. Contains content for each of the 16 characters, as well as advice geared towards players of all skill levels:

  • Beginner Tutorials: 12 lessons covering, movement, normal attacks, special attacks, V-System, throws, counter hits, chip/recoverable damage, etc.
  • Intermediate Tutorials: 11 lessons covering projectiles, invincibility frames, armor and armor break, recovery, cross-up attacks, anti-air options, etc.
  • Advanced Tutorials: 4 lessons covering back dashing, frame advantage/disadvantage, combo potential, button priority, etc.
  • Character Tutorials: 16 lessons covering each individual character.
  • Trials: Put your skills to the ultimate test with combo trials for all 16 characters, ranging from basic to pro combos. Completing Trials will also earn you some extra Fight Money.

Online Rematch Option
Salty from a close loss online? Want revenge? Players can now play a 2/3 set in Ranked Match and Casual Matches, provided both players accept the rematch.

Battle Lounge Improvements
Enjoy up to 8 person lobbies, complete with match spectating.

Bug fixes and gameplay balancing
Various game bugs have been fixed, along with minor gameplay balancing.

Stoked is an understatement! If you haven’t already purchased Street fighter 5, then now is the perfect time to go out, grab yourself a copy, and kick some ass.