Street Fighter 5 is like watching handsome cartoons brutalise each other. Who wouldnt want that? In fact, its almost better to watch than it is to play, which is saying something considering it plays immaculately. Instead of hating yourself for whiffing the one chance to nail your Critical Art, you can hoot along with your friends knowing youll never experience the damp, shivery embrace of failure. Brrr.

Its a spectacle even if you dont care about fighting games, but more amazing once you understand Street Fighter 5s electrifying roshambo of foot, fist and fireball. Forget about learning moves, $200 fightsticks and callousing your delicate hands with repeated hadoukens: pop yourself down next to us, and earn your black belt in couchjitsu.

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