The fundamental fighting of Street Fighter 5
has been strong since it came out in 2016, but everything around it
felt like the skeleton of a great fighting game. With the new Arcade
Edition, substantial new modes and game-changing V-trigger moves finally
give it the meat on its bones it needs to live up to its legendary
The most important thing to know about Arcade
Edition is that if you already own Street Fighter 5, it’s a free update
that adds a ton of new content and a sleek UI overhaul. But if you don’t
already own it, buying Arcade Edition gets you all of that plus all 12
DLC characters from seasons 1 and 2.
The most meaningful addition to Arcade Edition is one of the most-requested features from Street Fighter 5: the traditional Arcade Mode. While its gameplay is not significantly different from what we saw in previous Street Fighters, its presentation, at least, is fantastic. There are six paths to choose from, each limited to characters from a different era of Street Fighter, from 1 to 5, with some Street Fighter Alpha mixed in. They’re even decked out in costumes resembling their original looks. Each path has a number of really neat nostalgic touches, from bonus stages involving breaking barrels, to remixes of classic songs, and even incredibly tough secret boss fights if you perform particularly well.
Completing a path unlocks a cool piece of artwork that sums up what happened to your character in that game. Since each character has a different piece of art for each path, it’s a great incentive to go through arcade mode with multiple characters.