Street Fighter 6’s Cheat Mode Is A Game Changer


Veterans can of course opt to keep using the Classic Control Type, and they’ll be at a possible advantage if they do, able to initiate more custom combos and timings that opponents on Modern won’t have access to. With both players having access to their preferred mode, however, it lets more of the drama stay focused around strategy and tactics than execution and prior knowledge.


“There’s almost a stereotype or a stigma that fighting games are more geared towards a hardcore audience that has been playing fighting games for a very long time,” producer Kazuhiro Tsuchiya told GamesRadar. “For us, one of the challenges is obviously to continue catering to that existing audience, but also to try to make Street Fighter 6 into something that even newcomers and people who’ve never even touched a fighting game can really enjoy.”

I’ve at least dabbled in almost every Street Fighter since II, but playing an early build of 6 at Summer Game Fest last week featuring Ryu, Chun-Li, Jaime, and Luke felt immediately fun in a way I haven’t felt since the Sega Genesis days. It’s heavy, but snappy. Moves feel weighty, like tension building up in the coils of a spring, satisfyingly letting loose once the backstop is removed. The presentation is gorgeous and playful. In keeping with the game’s street art motif, silhouettes of vibrant paints explode behind fighters when they get knocked silly. I’ve seen some people pick apart the graphics in still-frame shots, but in motion the animations and backgrounds are detailed and crisp.


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Street Fighter 6 is the first to be made inside the Resident Evil game engine, and Capcom is touting hyper-realistic graphics, including beads of sweat rolling down fighters’ outsized muscles. To me it just looked like goofy old Street Fighter juiced up with extra layers of fidelity, by which I mean it looked great. The new Drive Gauge system, an additional series of metered utility moves, offers an expanded arsenal but will take more than one session to unravel. The game’s development team is also promising cross-play (it’s cross-gen and coming to both PS5 and Xbox Series X/S as well as PC), as well as overhauled rollback netcode. Lauded in fighting games for limiting latency, the implication is that it will be noticeably better than the version Street Fighter V relied on.


For me personally, however, demoing Street Fighter 6 rekindled the dream of playing live with other people. Even before covid-19, full-time adulting and two small kids made in-person game nights a monumental scheduling endeavor. My brief time with the new game made me want to make the effort and start planning ahead, even if it’s still not out for another year. I would mock any one else for writing these words, and you should mock me in turn, but there is a palpable swagger about Street Fighter 6 that’s infectious and has me anticipating a fighting game for the first time in years.

Of course, I was also excited for Street Fighter V, only to be instantly underwhelmed by the initial barebones release, early online problems, and petty in-game unlock economy. This time around, Capcom is promising an “immersive” open world story mode and redesigned online battle hub. I’ll be skeptical of the company delivering on either unless and until it actually does. But if Street Fighter 6’s launch roster is as good as the leaks are making it seem, I’m hopeful the arcade mode will be solid enough on its own.

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