Capcom’s reveal of Road Fighter 6 on the conclusion of this 12 months’s Professional Tour set the desk for the subsequent entry in maybe probably the most beloved preventing franchise of all time. Following meager choices at launch, Road Fighter V, which launched in 2016, rebounded to provide followers a ton of options, fighters, and content material by the top of its lifecycle. Road Fighter 6 hopes to keep away from these preliminary stumbles by together with varied modes of play from the get go, however my hands-on time throughout Summer season Recreation Fest 2022’s Play Days in Los Angeles, California was all about seeing how matches play out.
The core gameplay is rock strong from the three matches I skilled, however I am maybe most intrigued by the real-time commentary. This characteristic, supplied by recognizable members of the preventing sport neighborhood, is such a wise evolution of the style; in spite of everything, sports activities video games have had real-time commentary for many years, and esports have develop into such an enormous a part of the fighting-game neighborhood.
Throughout my demo, I might select between two play-by-play analysts: Jeremy “Vicious” Lopez and Aru. Vicious supplies dynamic commentary in English, whereas Aru is there for gamers who need Japanese evaluation. Earlier than coming into a match, you are in a position to choose a play-by-play persona, in addition to a shade commentator. I can not wait to see the ultimate roster of analysts and the way they match as much as complement each other. Sadly, no shade commentators have been within the construct I performed, leaving my play-by-play man to tackle the daunting activity of going it solo.
After selecting Vicious’ English commentary, I choose from two phases and 4 characters (Ryu, Chun-Li, Jamie, and Luke). Whereas loading into the combat, you should use the 4 d-pad instructions to decide on which face you need your character to make – whereas the face of dedication all the time seems to be good on Ryu, I opted for the fierce gritted-teeth look (you’ll be able to change the face as many instances as you would like till the match masses, resulting in some hilarious face-contorted moments should you so select). When you’re in, the combatants enter the world with distinctive walkout animations and even a display showcasing their very important stats and pursuits they’ve outdoors of preventing.
The matches play out in acquainted trend, with Hadoukens and rising uppercuts flying about, and even the one-man commentary sales space does an apt job maintaining with the motion. Throughout my playtime, Vicious acknowledged and known as out issues like utilizing projectiles to really feel one another out, overly aggressive actions, and even when a personality was cornered and taking up lots of injury. I additionally appreciated how the commentator did not simply react to particular assaults or conditions; once I ended a match on a primary low kick, Vicious made a comment about how I threw a kick “out of nowhere” that my opponent did not count on, whereas the stress ratcheted up as soon as he made it recognized we each had our supers prepared.
The commentary is a superb characteristic to assist evolve the sequence and the style as a complete, however make no mistake: The gameplay is equally as spectacular. I liked taking management of Ryu as I fought the acquainted foe of Chun-Li and took on the brand new challenger, Jamie. Jamie’s Chinese language drunken-fist type supplies a singular puzzle to resolve, however because of my familiarity with Ryu, I did not have an excessive amount of hassle. In the meantime, I loved experimenting with Luke’s high-energy, fast-projectile type, notably since he debuted in Road Fighter V after the final time I checked in with that title.
Road Fighter 6 is making all the precise strikes to date. Whereas I used to be just a little hesitant concerning the commentary because of years of repetitive evaluation in annual sports activities titles, my hands-on (and ears-on) time with the sport gave me confidence of what a dynamic, two-person commentary sales space that you could customise would possibly have the ability to present to not solely the ambiance of a match, but in addition the way it might increase my information of Road Fighter techniques generally. After getting my arms on Road Fighter 6, 2023 cannot come quickly sufficient.