Years After Launch, Am I Finally Happy With Street Fighter V?

Street Fighter IV still stands as not only my favourite fighting game of all-time, but favourite game across any genre. As we transitioned into Street Fighter V, I had high hopes that the game would match or exceed the heights of its predecessor. It did not.

A disastrous launch botched basically every aspect of the game, from no single-player content, to awful online, excessive button input delay, to fundamentally-flawed combat design. My fandom for the franchise still carried me quite far. I reached a pretty high ranking in online play and even won an IRL tournament before finishing 17th in the Cineplex WorldGaming Street Fighter V National Championships.

Not long after my most successful tournament run ever, I left the game behind. I found myself being overly-frustrated with the game’s faults, as well as my personal struggle to continually improve as a player. Though I’ve dabbled in other fighting games here-and-there, I never found a new game to call home.

Almost on a whim, I picked up Street Fighter V: Champion Edition on PC as a potential first step towards moving all of my future fighting game playing on the platform. Most of my time thus far has been reacquainting myself with the fighting game I left behind long ago. How are things nowadays?

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Trying to Retain My Old Ranking in Street Fighter V is Killing Me

When I left Street Fighter V behind, I was an Ultra Platinum ranked player. While not the highest possible rank one can attain, it’s one of the higher ranks in the game. Based on the distribution of players as of last year, that would have put me within the top 2.5% of all players. Not too shabby!

After taking a multi-year hiatus, I’m kind of back. Been putting in some time with the PC version and really enjoying what the game has finally grown into. However, one particular aspect of the experience is driving me nuts: my struggle to regain my old ranking.

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My Eternal Rival! – Street Fighter V Live Stream

Matchmaking keeps pairing me up with a specific Ken player and I struggle mightily to defeat him across multiple sets. Do I manage to finally take this demon down? We also run a little Street Fighter 101 and teach the value of normal moves!

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Good Reads! – Street Fighter V Live Stream

Continuing to work myself back into game shape, I take on the world in a series of tough Street Fighter V matches! Everyone puts up a strong fight, but you can’t stop the good reads!

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NEVER SEEN THAT BEFORE! – Street Fighter V Road to Redemption!

My Street Fighter V road to redemption hits a major stumbling block when I run into two characters I’ve never fought against. How do I respond squaring off against characters and strategies I’ve never seen before?

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Street Fighter V and the Army of Rookie World Warriors

Years after leaving Street Fighter V behind, I recently began my journey anew. This time, with a clear mind, no pressure to perform, and with a new account on PC with zero ranking points.

Though I still have a lot of rust to shake off, I didn’t exactly return to the scene as a white-belt warrior. In about a day’s worth of work, I jumped from 0 BP to about 4,500; good enough to get me into Gold rank. Based on the way that players are distributed across the rankings, I leapfrogged roughly 88% of the player base.

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Road to Redemption! – Trying to Climb Back Up the Ranked Mountain on PC with Rashid!

Having stepped away from Street Fighter V for many years, I continue to work my way back into game shape while also leveling up my PC account! This time, we run into some resistance in the silver league!

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Road to Redemption for a Former Ultra Platinum Player! – Street Fighter V Rashid Matches

It’s been years since I left Street Fighter V behind. Why did I go? And what brings me back? We discuss a bit of this as I play a few matches and climb the ranked ladder on PC!

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Moving to PC as My Fighting Game Platform of Choice?

Playing fighting games on PC wasn’t really an avenue I put much thought into pursuing. Up until recently, I didn’t have PC hardware capable of running video games at all. Even if I did, the PC has played second fiddle to home consoles as the tournament standard ever since the fall of the arcades. Home consoles were easier to set up while providing players with a standardized battleground. Consoles don’t have issues with game performance varying from one PC to the next or having to worry about driver support for every possible controller option. As someone who took fighting games seriously and competed at IRL tournaments, I was going to take the tournament standard every time.

Things are…different now. I haven’t competed in an IRL tournament in a few years. Even if I wanted to, the entire fighting game tournament scene is in flux due to the ongoing pandemic. Also, I finally have a PC capable of running fighting games. If I were to ever give fighting games on PC a chance, it would be right now.

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From Celeste to Overwatch 2, Let’s Talk About Canada in Video Games

Late last year as part of the Overwatch 2 reveal, Blizzard showcased a new level based on the city of Toronto. Truthfully, this tidbit of info was more exciting to me than anything else shown that day. As a T-Dot native, seeing the city brought to life in one of the world’s most popular games was a nod that felt incredibly overdue.

Maybe my bias is showing, but Canada has always felt underrepresented in the world of gaming. Even so, Canadian locales and characters have found ways of making an impact on the greater landscape. Ron’t be a hoser and come with me on a tour through Canada in video games!

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