Where to start your playing experience in SF5? Is there anything exciting you are missing among lots of game modes?
Almost every big game is like a huge new world - players can get lost in them for countless hours. Street Fighter V is one of such amazing experiences. You can have so much fun here in so many game modes.
In fact, the variety of those modes may become even confusing for newcomers to the fighting games genre. It’s not the same as starting a story-driven game (press Start and follow the plot). A guide on Street Fighter 5 modes might be super helpful for making your playing time even more joyful and boosting your progress as a fighting gamer. And here this SF5 guide is - you are already reading it on DashFight!
Where to start in Street Fighter V?
At the first sight, the game menu of Street Fighter V may seem a bit complicated - especially for beginners. So, where to go for your first fights?
The initial steps in any game are super significant, and especially in a so complicated one as SF5. If you jump into the action and enjoy it from the very beginning, this will strongly motivate you to move forward, discover other game layers, train hard, and get many victories.
As we recommended in the article about Tekken 7 modes, it would be wise to not enter the online multiplayer of Street Fighter V in your very first playing session (especially into Ranked Matches). People come here to win, and most of them have quite an experience - beginners risk to get destroyed with their fighting spirit smashed.
If you only start playing Street Fighter 5, here are two great destinations for you:
Here, you’ll find classic scenarios from all core games of the Street Fighter series. You choose your fighter and then face a series of opponents. Defeat them all and try to make a high score record.
The Arcade Mode is a lot of fun even for beginners. It is not too challenging and at least a few starting opponents can be defeated even if you just mash buttons and try out different abilities of your character.
At the same time, players in SF5 Arcade soon reach the point, when they are stopped by their limited skills. This Street Fighter mode gives motivation to learn the game.
Of course, the Arcade fights are super fun for experienced players as well. Just change the difficulty and enjoy much more powerful opponents!
This is a chance to get to know the game and its characters much better. In General Story, players get the feeling of being in the SF world and controlling various characters. Again, everything is rather easy at the beginning but becomes a bit harder in the end - to get motivated to visit other game modes of SFV and work on your skills.
Character Story consists of a few episodes that show the background of the primary characters (those available in SFV: Arcade Edition). These stories are not very informative, but they allow feeling the spirit of the game and probably even making a decision on your favorite character in the future. In this mode, you start leveling up the game fighters and earn Fight Money - later, you can use them to unlock all the other Street Fighter characters.
* The General Story should be installed to your system as a free DLC - look for it on Steam or PS Store, install, and then enjoy it in the game.
Break your limits in Street Fighter V!
In those two modes, the game opens the players a kind of abyss - but without scaring them from fighting. You can clearly feel that there is much more than button mashing, and you can play substantially better. If so, then the job of attracting your attention is done, and you definitely need modes for improving your skills.
You already played through it after starting the game for the first time. And you can repeat this mode any time from the Story section. It will become boring very soon, so visit it only if you need to remember the basics.
Or you can check out our Street Fighter guide for beginners - it gives quite a lot of interesting basic game info.
You better visit this section first before Training (even if the latter seems to be more appealing). Here, you can get clear instructions that demonstrate the abilities of your character.
Start with Trial. The system gives you some tasks (10 for each character) - you should perform specific attacks and link them into effective combos.
The Demonstrations are more informative. Here, you watch various attacks of the characters - but you can’t train, only watch.
Missions give various tasks and reward players for completing them (it’s not a mode strictly speaking). It’s a great source of fight money and another motivation to use your new skills in practice. Visit this section even if you have successfully finished your beginner stage.
Extra Battle is an interesting challenge, where you face a specific opponent. It’s a nice mode for players of any level.
Visit Survival Mode after practicing in Trials. Defeat here a series of opponents to unlock costume colors and earn Fight Money. And of course, this SF5 game mode is also just fun. There is no need to set some additional goals to enjoy it!
Yes, this is a place for training (obviously), but for beginners, it may be a bit… boring. You have full control over your opponent - no challenge involved. Just practice attacks and moves, work on various tricks, and improve each aspect of your fighting style.
It’s a place you should visit a lot while playing Street Fighter V. But probably you could start training here after learning some attacks in the Trials - to polish your new skills.
In the menu, you can choose the move list and then practice each of them. Also, movesets of characters are explained in many SFV guides on DashFight. For example, check out our posts on:
“And when, when can I start multiplayer fights?”
Online multiplayer modes are primary in most modern fighting games (including Super Smash Bros. Ultimate). You compete with real people here and have the most difficult challenges and the most glorious victories here.
After proper acknowledgment with the game and training your skills beyond button-mashing, visit the Casual Matches. Don’t postpone this experience for too long - fights here are not that tough. Players do want to win, but still, they are more relaxed than in the Ranked Matches and in the mood to experiment and have fun.
These multiplayer fights give a great opportunity for training. Real opponents are always more unpredictable than AI.
It’s a destination for serious gamers. Fight in this mode only after proper preparation! Here, you earn or lose League Points (LP) that affects your Street Fighter Online Ranking.
SFV Couch multiplayer
Street Fighter was the first fighting game that allowed two players to compete with each other. And of course, Street Fighter V has the same mode of matches for two players.
In this SFV mode, you can compete with another player or with a CPU. It offers a few interesting types of matches, including even team fights.
And now, we are ready to give you arguably the best advice on game modes - enjoy the game and choose any mode that makes you happy. No one pushes you to play the Ranked Matches and fight for a better rank. And no one stops you from skipping all the preparations and jumping directly into the whirl of SF5 action. This game is a place to have fun (in many meanings), so just enjoy it! And guides on DashFight are always here to help you overcome any obstacles and inconveniences.
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