Street Fighter 5 guide

How is Street Fighter 5 doing a year down the line? Most folks are aware of its disastrous, bare-bones launch. Despite the addition of a full-length story mode, there still isn’t much of a single-player experience to be had. Nearly a year later, Street Fighter 5 appears only to be beginning to catch up with its own rushed development.

However, the heart of the product — the fighting game in which you and another human being punch and kick and throw things at each other until one of you falls over — is in perfectly fine shape. More than that, it’s superb. As a pure competitive fighting game, Street Fighter 5 is the best Street Fighter has been in years. Indeed, tournament numbers last year were at record heights.

Meanwhile, the game has been expanding since last December with the Season 2 update: a slow leak of new DLC characters and balance changes for competitive play. However, Street Fighter 5 is still effectively committed to the multiplayer experience above all and it looks like it’ll stay that way.

You can get good at Street Fighter

So there's one thing that you can do with Street Fighter 5. Why not take on its greatest challenge? (No, not survival. Survival is a punishment.)

You can get good at Street Fighter.

It's not as hard as you think. Nothing is stopping you. With the abundance of information online, the wealth of replay videos provided by the game itself, and the relatively clean start provided by the Season 2 update, right now is a great time to learn Street Fighter 5. But, as you're probably aware if you're reading this, the in-game tutorials are a bit inadequate, and the community’s advice is often aimed way over the heads of the average newbie. That's where this guide comes in.

In this guide, we are going to take you through the basic systems of Street Fighter 5 with an emphasis on teaching you what they mean to you and how you can use them to win. It is our hope that this guide will get you into Street Fighter 5 if you're an absolute beginner and teach you the fundamentals you need to start winning in ranked match.

Street Fighter 5 guide

To begin, ask yourself this question: What am I trying to do in this game?

  1. Intro
  2. What am I trying to do in this game?
  3. Controls
  4. Basic movement
  5. Basic attacks
  6. The poke game
  7. Knockdowns
  8. Special moves
  9. Control and execution
  10. Combos
  11. Counter and crush counter
  12. Critical meter and critical arts
  13. V-System
  14. Stun gauge
  15. Dealing damage and combos
  16. Character select
  17. Advanced techniques
  18. Good buttons
  19. What’s different in Street Fighter 5 Season 2?
  20. This is just the beginning

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