Street Fighter V’s Falke speaks softly, carries a big stick

Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition

It still feels a little weird to be writing about Street Fighter for a PC site (I still remember that DOS port of Street Fighter 2), but Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition has carved out a nice, stable niche within the PC multiplayer scene. This week, Capcom properly unveiled military martial artist Falke, the third of six DLC characters planned, and she’s here to deliver some savage beatings with that staff of hers.

When she was first teased some time back, I assumed that she would both look and play similarly to Cammy. I’m very glad to say that I was wrong. Falke is a very distinctive character with a fighting style not quite like anyone else in the game, seemingly striking a solid blend of mobility, range and projectile skills with some extra mechanical twists.

Backstory-wise, Falke is a genetically engineered backup clone body for M. Bison, just in case he feels like being a girl for once. She eventually broke free, and has been fighting against the evil organization Shadaloo ever since. Mechanically, she’s an odd one, with good reach and some unusual moves activated just by pressing two punches or two kicks, as well as some moves that put her so low to the ground that almost all projectiles will pass overhead.

Street Fighter V

One thing is for sure: Falke knows her way around that staff. She can twirl it like a baton in defensive moves, swing it like a baseball bat for heavy attacks, vault off it for flying kicks and even shoot fireballs from it like it’s some bizarre hybrid of a magic wand and sniper rifle. Harry Potter would be jealous of her 720° no-scope skills.

I especially like some of the finer details of her alternate costumes, with her white martial arts gear not only being a damn sharp look, but it’s nicely paired with a cloth-wrapped staff. Her alternative biker leathers outfit is a little less classy, accompanied by a length of haphazardly joined metal pipe for some improvised beatdowns.

Street Fighter V

Coming over the remainder of 2018, we should see the return of old favourite Sagat, late-generation regular Cody, and the introduction of yet another completely new character, G, who is shrouded in mystery but looks a bit like an Abramham Lincoln-themed pro wrestler.

Falke will be launching on April 24th as part of the third Street Fighter V Season Pass, or as standalone DLC for around $6. As with previous characters, she’ll also be unlockable in-game through very extensive grinding for Fight Money, the in-game currency, although this is only really an option for the most dedicated of competitive players with hundreds or thousands of matches under their belt.


  1. Skeletor68 says:

    Thought she might play a bit like Rolento on first look, but she is less rolentless than he is.

  2. Raoul Duke says:

    Of all the things you could write about… this?

    • Pich says:

      Why shouldn’t they talk about this?

      • Raoul Duke says:

        Because it’s a minor and entirely predictable update for an old game of passing interest to most of the readers of this site?

        Because the time spent writing about this could be spent writing about something interesting?

        Anyone who cares about SFV will presumably know this information already. I just don’t get these little articles on RPS which are almost literally “3 year old game receives minor update” (most notably in recent years: Hitman, Street Fighter, Overwatch).

        I guess somewhere a robot tells another robot that people like clicking on these, and that robot tells the RPS humans to keep writing these, but the number of comments under them indicates otherwise.

    • BillyBumbler says:

      The last time I checked, Street Fighter 5 is still a PC game. You could have easily skipped the article…

      • Raoul Duke says:

        And you could easily have skipped my comment.

        But if we can agree that not all comments must be uncritical, then my point was not that it’s not a PC game, but that it’s fundamentally un-newsworthy.

        • MisterFurious says:

          We all agree that you’re a douche. Just because you don’t care about something doesn’t mean that no one else does. The world doesn’t revolve around you.

          • Raoul Duke says:

            Thanks for going to the effort of checking what everyone else things so that you can speak on their behalf, I appreciate it.

    • Dominic Tarason says:

      I know it’s not quite as fun as Brendan’s entire series on re-learning Blanka, but don’t go hating on Falke.

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  3. Harlander says:

    Falke is a genetically engineered backup clone body for M. Bison

    I never really kept up with the backstories for Street Fighter. Is this kind of thing common?

    • Dominic Tarason says:

      Fighting game backstories tend to be messy at the best of times. After several generations worth of canon explaining why defeated villains keep on popping back up, they’re often incomprehensible.

    • Gailim says:

      surprisingly, it is common for him

      Cammy, Decapre, Abel, and Seth were all created as alternate bodies for Bison

      his deal is that he over uses his powers and burns out his body. so he just transfers his soul into a new one. but he wants to find a body that won’t burn out so he has his evil scientists genetically engineer different bodies from his DNA that might fare better