There was plenty to love about Street Fighter 5 when it first launched back in 2016.
The Capcom brawler boasts a fast, fluid and accessible fighting system that makes each bout tonnes of fun to play.
Coupled with vibrant graphics, great new characters and interactive stages – there were many reasons to pick it up at launch.
And while Express.co.uk gave Street Fighter 5 a glowing review upon release, it did face criticism from a number of quarters.
The main sticking points were a lack of single player content, issues with online play and qualms over the amount of characters unlocked through DLCs.
The lack of single player content was a big issue at launch, with only a survival mode available and an incomplete story mode available to play.
But with Street Fighter 5 Arcade Edition, Capcom has addressed all of the shortcomings of the original.
Besides a fresh, sleek looking new user interface, one of the most obvious changes is the inclusion of the titular new arcade mode.
And the SF5 arcade mode is – in fact – six different arcade modes.
Players choose from six major games in the Street Fighter franchise, and face off against characters from that specific title.
These games are the original Street Fighter, Street Fighter 2, Street Fighter Alpha, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Fighter 4 and Street Fighter 5.
Bonus stages and old school costumes are also available and there are over 200 different arcade endings to unlock.
These endings are stylish illustrations, reminiscent of the final few screens players would be greeted with in old school Street Fighter games.
If this isn’t enough, there’s also the new Extra Battle challenge mode and the Team Battle mode, which lets teams of up to five people duke it out.
Street Fighter 5 Arcade Edition also brings with it some new moves for characters, and balance tweaks – including a second V-trigger.
This extra V-trigger is available for every character, and dramatically changes how you’ll play with them once the V-Gauge gets filled up.
The new V-Triggers add to Street Fighter 5’s depth, and may make you rethink using some fighters you opted against mastering first time round.
Best of all though, Street Fighter 5 Arcade Edition is available as a free update to anyone who bought the original game.
And if you’re a first time buyer, you’ll get the season one and season 2 DLC characters and stages included also.
This gives you a lot of bang for your buck.
Without any shadow of doubt, Street Fighter 5 Arcade Edition is the definitive version of Capcom’s brilliant brawler.
It is also the game that Street Fighter 5 should have been when it first launched two years.
But while it’s taken a while to get there, Capcom has delivered a Street Fighter 5 experience that can be recommended without question.