Honorable Mention: Street Fighter V
It’s award season here at Twinfinite! Starting with a few runner ups, let’s look back at the best PS4 games from this year and our 2016 winner!
Street Fighter V was a pretty big deal for Sony, the PS4, and fighting fans. Capcom’s classic series helped popularize the genre, bringing it from crowded arcades to home consoles in the late ’80s. Since then, it’s been one of the leaders when it comes to defining tight, technical mechanics, amazing characters, and visual spectacles. Having a series with such a strong history exclusive to the PS4 turned a lot of heads, and became the deciding factor for some fans who were on the fence about which console to pick up.
The game did have some trouble coming out of the gate, though. While the gameplay was tight, offering some worthwhile new mechanics such as the V-Triggers, and new enjoyable characters like Rashid, it was very light on content when first made available. The arcade mode was ridiculously short, and there was no real story mode. Also, the in-game store was closed for business. Then, of course, there were some issues with the online component as well, which has become a common headache for all modern, online games.
Thankfully, in the months that have followed, the developers have taken the time to rectify all of those shortcomings. The online component works well, there is a story with depth and background information on the characters, and every moving piece is working as it should. We’ve also seen new fighters step into the arena, such as fan-favorite Akuma who was sorely missed. Street Fighter V may have had some issues on day one, but it now stands as one of the best fighters in recent years.