Avenue Fighter 6 has been out for simply over a month, and surprisingly, Capcom has already seen match to launch its first main content material addition for the sport in an replace led by returning fighter Rashid.
Thought of the star of SF5, the place he was on a solemn mission to avenge a murdered pal, Rashid resides a lighter life in SF6. A maddening reside streamer parkouring and endlessly spinning for views, it is nice to have him again and see this character in a unique place than within the earlier recreation – and a rising roster is an effective factor too.
However this replace does not cease there, and it is a terrific demonstration that SF6’s DLC setup is not only for these entrenched in ranked matches and the net battle hub; it is for all three prongs of the sport, together with those that cherished its single participant.
You see, Rashid just isn’t solely a brand new playable character for offline and on-line multiplayer battles, however he is additionally a further Grasp character in SF6’s World Tour mode. When you personal him, a brand new aspect quest opens up in Nayshall, the open space that unlocks within the second half of the SF6 story. Full that aspect quest to satisfy Rashid, who capabilities like all different important characters within the recreation.
Which means that Rashid can turn into a “instructor” for the protagonist. Your created avatar can undertake his preventing model, be taught his strikes and befriend him. As your relationship progresses, Rashid prepares a few aspect quests that may take you to varied places around the globe. There are voice-over cutscenes and a few comedian guide interludes alongside the best way.
It is all beautiful, however what strikes me probably the most is what else has joined the sport alongside Rashid. Capcom is clearly conscious that many gamers could have completed World Tour by now, so new content material is required to degree up Rashid’s model. Their resolution is straightforward, however good for Avenue Fighter: Tournaments.
The 2 important World Tour zones in Avenue Fighter 6 each function stadiums, so each Metro Metropolis and Nayshall are prepared and raring to go, internet hosting preventing tournaments for gamers to take part in. These are actually fairly sensible.
In Metro Metropolis, each event has all of the traits of an actual competitors: spherical construction, brackets and even commentators. Prizes can be found for profitable or putting within the prime 4. These are finish recreation challenges, with character ranges for these tournaments beginning within the sixties. The rewards are clearly geared in the direction of serving to gamers with an endgame grind, unlocking expertise, and creating characters for on-line Battle Hub Avatar matches.
In Nayshall, the Match takes on a unique and pre-set format, the place you face a pre-set set of opponents in any order you want, and within the World Tour format, so with large well being bars, two or three towards one and so forth. Every accomplished spherical gives the participant with a key that opens a mysterious door beneath the sector; every unlocked room accommodates a wealth of helpful endgame objects. What’s wonderful is that this new sequence of aspect quests additionally introduces some new minor areas to the world. Silently and with out an excessive amount of fanfare.
Every of the tournaments additionally hosts well-known faces. That is the half that I notably love. Characters from the World Tour present up right here as rivals, providing you with the possibility to face the likes of Li-Fen or Thrasher Damnd from Remaining Struggle yet again, however at the next degree. For the uninitiated, these World Tour NPCs nonetheless base their strikes on present SF6 characters, however they’re all powered up with some distinctive options all their very own.
Rashid even brings one in all these characters with him. Azam, his servant, seems in Rashid’s quests as an NPC enemy. Azam makes use of Rashid’s moveset, as you’d anticipate, however being a much bigger man, he additionally has a novel, completely sick wanting wind-powered command maintain that makes me want he was a playable character.
Mega followers of Avenue Fighter and its prolonged universe would possibly even discover a hidden shock or two in these tournaments. Followers are mentioned to discover a pink gi-wearing character who rolls, taunts, and shoots weaker fireballs. Whereas this is not really the notorious Dan, it is clear that one in all his apprentices is racing in World Tour mode, which is fairly superior.
It is wonderful what a small distinction a few distinctive strikes can add to even in any other case random unnamed marks – and the DLC appears to lean into this with content material that serves to each improve in style character additions and additional flesh out the world of Avenue Fighter 6.
In case you’re the aggressive kind, you’ve got received a brand new character to play as, bringing all the wonderful havoc to the meta that such additions do. In case you like single participant, avatar matches, and different informal stuff, there’s one thing for you right here too. In that, SF6 does effectively to comparatively decently justify providing simply 4 characters this 12 months, whereas SF5 usually additionally added six a 12 months.
It is so near good… but Capcom stumbles over the end line, in worth. It prices 350 Fighter Cash (about $7) to buy Rashid. Nevertheless, the smallest quantity of Fighter Cash you should purchase is $10, theoretically leaving gamers $3 out of pocket.
Sure, you possibly can earn free fight cash in different methods. Sure, you should purchase the season cross and solely get Rashid by default, however that is inappropriate. An excellent addition is undermined by the form of cynical nickel and diming often reserved for crazier cellular video games, and that is a disgrace.
On all different fronts Rashid remains to be an enormous win – and I stay up for the opposite three characters later within the 12 months. This is hoping Capcom does one thing about these Struggle Coin packs earlier than newcomer AKI arrives this fall.