Another important factor that determines whether or not a fighting game is good or not, would be its online component. Much of the budget of SFV went to ensuring the game plays well online. SFV gave me one of the smoothest online experiences I’ve ever had in a fighting game. Sure, the servers aren’t that stable yet, that’s to be expected during the first month or 2 of launch. But, if the servers are running well? The online is just amazing. Even with my shitty third-world internet, the game plays well. As long as your internet is STABLE, the online matches will run smoothly, even on a 3 Mbps connection.
In a sense, Street Fighter V is very similar to Splatoon (coincidentally, one of my top 10 games of last year). At launch the game isn’t worth the $60 price tag if you’re not going to be playing online or with friends a lot. However, the core fighting game players are gonna love this game. So the value you’ll be getting out of SFV, for now, will depend on your presence in the FGC, or how often you show up in the competitive scene. If you’re a casual fan of the genre or the Street Fighter series, wait until March or even June to get your money’s worth. On the other hand, if you’re a fighting game fan, you probably already own the game and I don’t need to tell you how fun it is to play Street Fighter V.