|Street Fighter IV
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Everything that made the legendary Street Fighter a hit in the arcades, living rooms and dormitories across the globe has been brought back in Street Fighter IV. You will be able to play your favorite classic characters, such as Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li and Guile, along with new characters, including Crimson Viper, Abel, El Fuerte, and Rufus. Characters and environments are rendered in stylized 3D, while the game is played in the classic Street Fighter 2D perspective with additional 3D camera flourishes. Six-button controls for the game return, with a host of new special moves and features integrated into the gameplay system. Street Fighter IV brings a brand new fighting game to fans the world over. Amazing locations never seen before in a Street Fighter game New gameplay elements provide challenges for both newcomers as well as the most seasoned Street Fighter pro
Street Fighter IV brings the legendary fighting series back to its roots by taking the beloved fighting moves and techniques of the original Street Fighter II, and infusing them with Capcom's latest advancements in next generation technology. The result is a truly extraordinary experience destined to reintroduce players, both familiar with the Street Fighter series and those coming to the game for the first time, to the time-honored art of virtual martial arts.
What Was Old is New Again
The old rivalries continue.
Plenty of bosses to battle.
New faces to reckon with.
New Ultra Combo angles.
Knowing a good thing when they see it, Capcom has gone to great lengths to ensure that everything that made the legendary Street Fighter II a hit in the arcades, living rooms and dormitories across the globe all those years ago has been brought back in Street Fighter IV, and this naturally starts with the characters. Fans of the franchise, as well as the fighting genre in general, will be happy to know that whether you prefer to stick with the superior abilities of top tier characters or explore the ins and outs of mid to lower level combatants, when it comes time to pick your fighter there is a wide array of choices. Also, not only will players be able to play as and against their favorite classic characters, such as Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Guile, Zangief, Blanka, Sagat, etc., they will also be able to take on new characters. Just a few of these include:
In addition, characters and environments are rendered in stylized 3D, while the game is played in the classic Street Fighter 2D perspective with additional 3D camera flourishes. Six-button controls for the game return, with a host of new special moves and features integrated into the gameplay system. Street Fighter IV brings a brand new fighting game to fans the world over. Key Game Features:
| ||Abel |
This young French amnesiac comes from a mixed martial arts and mercenary background and is dedicated to chasing down the remnants of Shadaloo.
| ||Crimson Viper |
This tough and beautiful agent assumes a businesslike demeanor, ignoring all emotion and obligation to her fellow man. She wears a high-tech suit filled with deadly gadgetry..
| ||El Fuerte |
This fighter divides his time between perfecting his Lucha Libre skills and his cooking abilities, yet surprisingly his indomitable spirit is a match for even the legendary Red Cyclone.
| ||Rufus |
This portly fighter has declared himself America's greatest fighter and uses his own brand of Kung Fu in his decidedly one-sided rivalry with Ken for top dog in the States.
New Combat Features: Focus Attacks and Ultra Combos
- 3D environments and characters.
- Traditional "2D" Street Fighter six-button gameplay.
- Classic Street Fighter characters re-imagined for a new generation of gamers, including the original cast of Street Fighter II.
- New brawlers: female super-spy Crimson Viper, lucha libre wrestler El Fuerte, mixed martial artist Abel and more.
- New special moves that go beyond any Street Fighter fan's wildest imagination, including Focus Attacks, Super Combos, and the revenge-fueled Ultra Combo system.
- Amazing locations never seen before in a Street Fighter game.
- New gameplay elements provide challenges for both newcomers as well as the most seasoned Street Fighter pro.
Although Street Fighter IV is designed to draw heavily from past game features in its franchise history, it does offer some stunning new gameplay options. The first of these are Focus Attacks. These moves allow players to absorb the energy from an attack and quickly counter with their own. Used properly, Focus Attacks allow for tremendous flexibility during combat and are the end result of efforts by the game's development team to evolve combat away from the rigid memorization of set combination patterns, giving players the freedom to be creative against opponents. The other new combat feature are new powered up moves called Ultra Combos. Like standard combos their purpose is to unleash maximum damage on an opponent, but unlike the combos of old, when performed correctly these long strings of punches, kicks and moves result in changes to the in-game camera angle and quick cinematics which illustrate the strength of your skills like never before. Taken together, these two new features herald Street Fighter IV as the new king of the fighter genre and a force to be reckoned with for years to come.
- 3D environments and characters. Traditional 2D Street Fighter six-button gameplay. Amazing locations never seen before in a Street Fighter game.
- Classic Street Fighter characters re-imagined for a new generation of gamers, including the original cast of Street Fighter II.
- New brawlers: female super-spy Crimson Viper, lucha libre wrestler El Fuerte, mixed martial artist Abel and more!
- New special moves that go beyond any Street Fighter fan?s wildest imagination, including Focus Attacks, Super Combos, and the revenge-fueled Ultra Combo system.
- New gameplay elements provide challenges for both newcomers as well as the most seasoned Street Fighter pro.
- Awesome fighting game...
I picked this up a few weeks ago, and have been nothing but satisfied. It's challenging enough to keep you busy for a long time if you're not a super hardcore fighting game master. The last boss gets frustrating some time but it feels good when you finally take him down.
The graphics are great, the new characters are fun to play as, and I love the stages and music. I love the 2D Street Fighter games as well, but this one exceeded my expectations in almost every way in its depth and level of polish....more info
- Street Fighter at its best!
Street Fighter IV is a great one-on-one fighting experience! There are over 20 characters, each with their own set of special moves. Graphically, the game is beautiful. The characters are rendered in 3D, complete with a special hand-drawn effect. The new cinematic Ultras are quite rewarding to pull off, as one well timed can change the course of the battle. For those looking for great online play, Street Fighter IV allows you to compete with players around the world, with hardly any lag! Combos have never been easier to pull off, allowing Street Fighter veterans and newcomers alike to battle on a nearly even field. Fans of Street Fighter II will be pleased to see the return of the 12 original world warriors, with very little or no change to the characters' signature moves.
The characters are pretty balanced, although a few have some slight advantages.
-Great graphics and quick gameplay
-Large Roster of Characters: Abel, Akuma, Balrog, Blanka, C. Viper, Cammy, Chun-Li, Dan, Dhalsim, E. Honda, El Fuerte, Fei-Long, Gen, Gouken, Guile, Ken, M. Bison, Rose, Rufus, Ryu, Sagat, Sakura, Seth, Vega, and Zangief-Some of these characters need to be unlocked
-Large amount of moves
-Very little amount of lag online
-Characters are somewhat balanced
-When there is lag, it is extremely annoying
-The final boss Seth is extremely powerful on Medium, Medium-Hard, Hard, and Hardest, although some people have stated he is hard on lower difficulties...more info
- Huge Upset!! This game could have been so much better!
Is this what next gen gaming is?? I thought bars had already been set!! This was a highly anticipated game I waited months for. The Street Fighter legacy is over. This game has so much potential and huge room for improvement. I am very disappointed in street fighter 4. The graphics are very poor & cartoonish. Capcom really knows how to pick their artist. Way da go on the kiddie cartoon graphics. The player selection screen could have at least been done in life like high def graphics. None of the fighters look like themselves, especially Blanka, he looks like a small puppy and he doesn't even hound anymore. There is also a black outline around everyone. Lets not even talk about the story mode before the arcade match. Looks like Nintendo graphics!
The only thing high def about this game is the projectiles, They are beautiful. Hey what happened to ryu's super shoryuken?? its so gay now. not even really a super!! What really makes me mad is that there is no run. How gay is a dash? There is a glitch with the jump kicks. my feet go right through my opponent and no damage!
Why did they change the voices?? whats up with the gay punk rock music? what happened to the original stages?? and why is Seth so dam strong? I still gave him a run for his money lol.
Online play is terrible. Good luck finding a decent connection. Where's the quarter matches??? no tournament mode wtf!
This game was rushed, and as far as I'm concerned it is incomplete. This is the biggest upset since grand theft auto 4. Capcom how could you do this to me!! ...more info
- Street Fighter IV
I bought it for a close friend and he's frank enough to tell me if it was worth a buy or not. He absolutely loves it. I recommend this game for all 'old school' street fighter gamers!...more info
- Once games hit the new 360 they are PATHETIC..
This game is SAD as in ,unless you guys really ( lie a lot) or just enjoy losing over and over ,i have every street fighter known to man ( and hot babes) i can not believe how hard these dudes have gotten ,doa4, this ,what's next...damn do i miss the ps2 and all other gaming machines of YES the good ole days ,the only title to hit the 360 worth a crap is R.E.5 enuff said / look at mercs 2 , Gta4 is (good for graphics ) so 2 titles down and i could keep going BUT; this gem is sad good thing V.F. 5 was fun and more to do ...GOD ,i hope they don't ruin Tekken 6 ,like this.... agree or not i am right.... ...more info
- A Step in the Right Direction
First let me say that SFIV is a well crafted game with a lot of nice touches and improvements. While not perfect, I'm sure the downloadable content will increase its value.
OK, my stream-of-consciousness and reaction review:
The first thing that caught my eye was that you can start the Arcade mode and be challenged in the middle of the game like at a real arcade via Xbox live. The matchmaking is superb as I was never paired with anyone that much lower than my skill nor higher. Every opponent felt just right. I did win more than I lost but I think that's because I'm pretty good with this new Sagat. I felt quite unstoppable with him, his tiger knee is wonderful now, starts low, arcs and hits again on the way down. You can even combo into a super in the middle of a Tiger Knee!
The graphics are very neat, a little stiffer looking than I expected them to look, though that is probably due to the fact that they seem to be aiming more for an anime look than real life, but they are gorgeous just the same. I love the little details like characters still breathing hard after being knocked unconscious and that characters aren't mirrored when switching sides. Another cool thing in SFIV is the fact that, since the graphics are polygons, and not drawn, you can download cool alternate costumes that were impossible in any of the old games.
In some ways SFIV feels a bit "dumbed" down in the gameplay though. While it includes many new and complex moves (EX, Ultra, Focus), it definitely felt easier to pull off many of the moves and combos. I also have been playing Street Fighter HD Remix and the difference in difficulty and technical skill required is huge. In SFIV the characters are huge and it feels easier to combo. I even pulled some super combos off of fierce attacks you couldn't do before, thus making combos easier on the whole. Also, regular attacks are a lot better and more viable. Even kicks that usually hit very high can be used well to hit standing opponents. All in all the fights feel less contrived than in previous versions, though still retain the SF feel.
The roster felt more balanced too, and I didn't feel any one character was that much better or easier to play, though I did lose badly when I tried the new unfamiliar ones. I can't say I tried EVERYONE though. Unfortunately you so end up playing mostly against Guile/Ryu/Chun-Li on Live just like in any other version. I fear perhaps Viper may be that one character that programmers made a bit strong just for being the new main character. But oldies like Honda and Blanka pack a serious punch too. Their moves are adjusted to work better and their specials are more useful than ever. Honda felt quite solid with many nice combo possibilities. In general, under certain circumstances, you can combo off of fierce attacks that normally don't which is fun, without turning into button mashing.
You can also see and obtain a lot of cool movies, great intros for every fight and beginning and ending movies. All of these intros, while a bit cheesy, do add to the game experience and I found them a welcome addition as well as all the pre and post fight banter between the characters.
I'm yet to figure out how to master the new moves like EX attacks and Ultras but they seem like a great additions and not so "expert" level as the old SFIII Parry. EX attacks are done by pressing two buttons instead of one during a special and they produce stronger versions of these. Ultras are obtained after taking damage and performed by pressing three punches or kicks with the Super Combo motion. It was a joy to see that Ultras can even be paired with Super Combos and Super Combos with Specials, a very different world indeed. Focus attacks are another addition. By pressing two of the same type of attack buttons (kicks/punches) the character does a type of soft parry that can be used to attack or as a combo starter depending on how long you press the buttons. They can also be used to interrupt special moves and thus protecting yourself from a counter attack.
Perhaps my only reservations are that I'm not sure whether this is really that much different in essence than playing HD Remix. It's almost like playing the same game with slightly different difficulty and technique settings, and lower graphics of course (though HD Remix looks gorgeous too) but still good ol' SF, and that can either be a good or a bad thing depending on how you look at it. The other is that I ache for the old feeling of mystique in the old SF games. I miss characters having their own private stages where you go and fight them instead of fighting them anywhere, and the well defined theme songs for each character. The songs back then were more varied, using a variety of musical genres and in general were more memorable than the techno drivel we get nowadays in fighting games. Not to say there isn't a great variety of gorgeous stages, but I still miss the simplicity of the old ones. But perhaps I'm being too harsh here. There are many updated versions of old stages that are great eye candy.
I highly recommend it, but be warned, this is not Tekken, Soul Calibur , DOA or Virtua Fighter, even if it looks a bit like them, where you mash buttons mindlessly to link attacks. This is still Street Fighter, with the same type of gameplay. You still have to learn combos and how to counter them, timing, and a slew of special and super moves. So while I think it's great and good for new players, if you hated the original SF games, then there's little here for you.
- More like Street Fighter POOR!
This game is probably one of the worst games of '09 so far. I thought other SF games were bad, but this takes the cake. Where's the blood? Or the Fatalities? And look at the new characters! An agent who is a mother? Everybody knows that moms (and women in general) should be home cooking and cleaning for their man instead of fighting. Abel, who is French? Everyone knows that French people are sissy liberals who do not fight. And don't get me started on the other characters, which are rehashes from other games. I mean, Ryu is obviously a ripoff of Ryo from Art of Fighting. And the fighting system is petty as well.
If you want a good fighting game, play Shaq Fu or Clayfighter 63 1/3. If you want good Street Fighter stuff, watch the Oscar-winning movie with Jean Claude Van Damme, or the Oscar-nominated Legend of Chun Li....more info
- Not that good, Disappointed
Several things wrong with this game. The 3D character models are good, but not great. For a 25th anniversary and highly anticipated sequel, the character models just don't seem perfect. The fighting moves are good, but it feels like something is missing. Also Street Fighter 4 lacks a tight fighting system. I enjoy Street Fighter 3 Third Strike and Street Fighter 3 Alpha a lot more because of the fluid animations and tight fighting system. The graphics are good and clear though. But the backgrounds are boring, and don't make much sense. There is a background that I fought Sagat in, and there were kids running around in the background. Other backgrounds are uninspired, and looks like they were put in as a last second effort. The energy bar has a weird curve to it. It seems like it is a programming flaw, but it was intentional. It just doesn't look right. However, there are a good number of fighters, all the originals from the Super Street Fighter 2 games, plus four new ones, but the voice syching isn't proper either. The lips of the characters don't match the dialogue at times. There is some japanimation which looks like cheap animation done by a kid. They should have made much better drawn animation. There's an arcade mode, versus mode, and time trial/survival challenge mode. A game like this should have integrated a World Warrior mode similar to Soul Calibur 2 where you travel through different areas and develop different super moves, etc. The four new characters are terrible and their animations are not fluid or practical. This game is just very disappointing from what I expected. I got tired of playing it after a half hour. I can't play it more than a half hour when friends come over. The fun factor just isn't there. I will stick with Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and the other better fighting games. STREET FIGHTER IV gets a rating of 5 out of 10.
- A classic reborn
For anyone who played Street Fighter 2 back in the day you will be right at home here with Street Fighter 4. It has more depth than you might think at first, especially if you are a novice. Luckily even a newbie can jump in and mash buttons and still have some fun, but for the real Street Fighters out there I suggest you learn the usefulness of focus attack, super and ultra attacks early and don't forget combo training! The game has an excellent challenge mode that will make you a master by the end. The only downside I have found is no lobby mode for multiple players for online play like in SF2HD Remix released late last year, but I suspect an update will rectify that some time. Plenty of unlockables will keep those not playing online busy and each character feels pretty balanced against most others, a feat that I can't even describe to you. Get this game if you are a fan of fighting games what are you waiting for?...more info
Originally on the fence before the game was released, I was quite impressed by the Gamespot.com review. I immediately had the courage to buy it and I'm glad I did! One of the most beautiful fighting games I think I have seen. The stages are sheer gorgeous (when played in HD)! WOW!! The music is great and all the moves you've come to love are back and bigger and better than ever! ...more info
- Hoping for More...
I was so excited when I heard Street Fighter IV was coming out. One of the best fighting games ever, how could a next-gen sequel not be great? I was disappointed when I played the game though. Don't get me wrong, the graphics are incredible, the opening cut scene is nothing short of amazing, and the arenas and characters are just as I remembered them. But the gameplay is awful. The controls are complex and counter-intuitive and the CPU opponents are relentless. I might be a little out of (2D) practice, but wow. My advice? Rent the game before you buy it. ...more info
- Game is okay, you have to really enjoy the street fighter series
First off I'm not that good at these types of fighting games but I've played most of the street fighter series for around 15 years now. This game is pretty much just like street fighter 2 but with fancier graphics. I got bored with this game pretty quickly, trying it on harder levels made it near difficult for me to win at all.
Again for anyone that really likes fighting games, you'll probably enjoy the game much more than I do. Otherwise this game is really for those who love the fighting genre of video games....more info
- Welcome to the next gen, Street Fighter
Street Fighter set the standard for the 2-D fighting game with its smash hit Street Fighter II series...but the transition to 3-D has spelled D-E-A-T-H to many franchises that attempt it...so I am pleased to say that Street Fighter IV is nothing short of amazing.
The beautifully rendered characters, the backgrounds, the fighting animations, the special moves...all transitioned to the 3-D world flawlessly. Do you remember how stunning it was the first time you saw Ryu execute a hadoken fireball? Well, get ready to relive those past memories. Yet, while the character models are impressive, this game does have a few stumbling points. The animated sequences in single-mode are laughably bad and the in-game menus just don't work properly. Both of which can be over-looked and both of which will be revised when Capcom releases the Champion Edition.
Enough with the graphics, let's move on to gameplay. The game plays very similar to its predecessors. All the moves are the same: Ken's uppercut, E. Honda's claw, Chun Li's helicopter kick... With the forgiving controls, even a newbie will have a chance at defeating a more seasoned player. Both the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions support on-line play, however, my PR version did not allow me to test this feature.
EX attacks also play an important role in the game. EX attacks are performed by pressing two punch or kick buttons, instead of one. This type of attack adds strength to your attack increasing the damage done and knocking down the opponent.
Focus attacks are Street Fighter IV's parry system. A focus attack is performed by pressing and holding medium punch AND medium kick...releasing when you want to use it. This attack yields a variety of results depending on how long you held the two buttons. This will cause your opponent to be knocked down, allowing you the opportunity to perform an uncontested combo. Outside of breaking your opponent's guard and absorbing the opponent's first attack after unleashing a focus....I didn't use them too much as they slow the game and aren't all that functional. If and when Capcom releases CE, focus attacks need to be revamped.
Ultra combos are the second addition to the Street Fighter gameplay. An ultra attack is performed when your character takes damage...this builds your revenge meter. While this is a powerful combo and graphically thrilling, and will usually result in your victory, it is rather cumbersome to pull off (a forward double-quarter-circle while simultaneously pressing all three punch or kick buttons) but the ultra finish is just so rewarding.
Okay, aside from a few additions, the gameplay remains faithful to the series, what about the characters themselves? We get the twelve original characters from the first Street Fighter II: Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, E. Honda, Blanka, Zangief, Guile, Dhalsim, Balrog, Vega, Sagat, and M. Bison. In addition, we get four new characters: Abel (a mixed martial artist), Crimson Viper (a female spy), Rufus (a round kung fu fighter), and El Fuerte (a Spanish wrestler). So sixteen characters in all....but wait, there are a few to unlock, but to do so may be rather tedious:
-- Akuma, After unlocking Sakura, Dan, Cammy, Fei Long, Gen and Rose, Fight him on arcade mode, to do that, get at least 2 perfects and 2 Ultra Finishes.
-- Cammy, End the arcade mode with Crimson Viper.
-- Dan, End the arcade mode with Sakura.
-- Fei Long, End the arcade mode with Abel.
-- Gen, End the arcade mode with Chun-Li.
-- Gouken, After unlocking Akuma, Sakura, Dan, Cammy, Fei Long, Gen and Rose, Fight him on arcade mode, to do that, get at least 2 perfects and 3 Ultra Finishes.
-- Rose, End the arcade mode with M.Bison.
-- Sakura, End the arcade mode with Ryu.
-- Seth, End the game with all the other characters.
And there you have. Street Fighter IV is a great (not flawless) but great addition to the Street Fighter family....with a few flaws that will get ironed-out in the future releases of this iconic series. I will add that if you have the opportunity to get the arcade stick, do so. The controllers (especially the Xbox 360) was rather clunky and hard to adjust. ...more info
- Pass Over..
i love all street fighter games equally, being a hardcore fan of the Arcade series from the 90's..but this is quite possibly the Worst SF game iv played...not necessarily because it Sucks...but its just not Good...nor is there anything really NEW about it to warrant a purchase for someone who plays Super Street Fighter 2, Street Fighter 3, Marvel vs. Capcom, Capcom vs. SNK or anything else Street Fighter. the Controls for the 360 make it hard at times to pull off signature moves when you want to..the graphics, while decent, had me longing for the graphics from the earlier SF titles. theres an Online mode..but it just wasnt very Fun in my opinion. definitely not worth fifty bucks..
the Women in this game are sexy as ever :) Chun Li, Cammy, Crimson Viper...and thats the only reason i give it 2 stars :l i played this for an hour and sent it back to [...]. i say skip out on this completely. im pretty sure you would be happier with Any other fighting game.
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- A Nostalgic gameplay with new and simple features
Anyone who remembered and enjoyed playing Street Fighter II up to Super Street Fighter II. This is the game you may want to get back to. No more crazy airblocks, parrys, and crazy combos. All the basics have returned with new features that does provide any advangtages to any characters. Characters are carefully balanced and well thought out. Which boils down to who know how to play the characters well and outwit the opponent. I would highly recommend to get a 6 button layout gamepad or arcade joystick to get the best experience gameplay. The standard problem can be problematic due to the button layout. I also recommend to anyone who enjoys vs fighting games or want to give Street Fighter a try. Who knows you may be the next Street Fighter again....more info
- this game sucks
Being a fan of street fighter for a long time, I was really excited when I heard that Capcom was going to go back to it's roots and reserrect this franchise. Boy was I dissapointed. This game is way too hard. Not fun. And the music is some of the worst I have ever heard in a video game. And what happened to Blanka? He is like an 18 year old transvestite on steroids. They missed the boat on this one, sorry. It sucks big time...more info
- Fun, but made for the hardcore fan...
This game looks great and plays well. I was a fan of the original arcade game, and used to play a ton on the old Sega genesis. SF4 does the best job yet of re-creating the feel of the original. Capcom really has added a good level of polish. The menus are crisp, the venues are detailed, and the fighters are responsive. There is a lot of depth, with tons of unlockables too.
Two warnings for casual street fighter fans. In Arcade Mode, even when set on Easiest, the game's last boss, Seth, is ridiculously hard. I'm not one of those guys who wants to learn every move and work for every victory. My interest was to basically just unlock the hidden characters so my friends and I could have a full slate of fighters to play with when they stop by. But this last boss makes getting the hidden characters a chore. The Easiest setting makes all the other fights pretty easy, but it doesn't seem to apply to Seth.
The other warning is the controls on the 360. For the most part, basic moves are pretty easy. But I've had a hard time pulling off some of the basic combos in the heat of battle. Even in Trial Mode, where you can try combos as often as you like, I can't seem to string some of them together. I have difficulty getting past level 3 for most characters. Maybe my age is catching up to me, but it seems like you need a joystick to pull these moves off with any kind of consistent frequency....more info
- Very good game but the music???
OK, I'm not going to touch on any gameplay or replay factor or anything like that because we all know that this game is fun and everyone's already touched on that anyway. What I will touch on is the music...WOW!!! What the heck is this fall out boy backstreet boys street fighter 2009 mega extra jiggy sauce remix that they put in this game??? I can't believe that they were serious with this Indestructible song. I'm serious...this song is so bad that I would have given this game 5 stars instead of 4 if they didn't have it. That's how bad it is. When I first saw the intro to the game and heard the theme song I started laughing it was so bad. I am not playing people. I rush to get a game started to try to bypass this song. I turned the menu music down. And the fact that it repeats over and over kills me. They couldn't at least have had two songs. I fall asleep with that song in my head like a recurring nightmare. Give me that Bobby Womak! Bring back the old goods and get me hype for sum street fighter baby!!!...more info
- Fantastic Game for the Xbox 360!
If your a fan of Street Fighter on ANY console or the arcade version, you will thoroughly enjoy this iteration of the street fighter series. Although this title is called Street Fighter IV, there are well over 20 different variations of Street Fighter. However, this is considered the 4th true installment of the series, given its complete overhaul of the engine and presentation.
And trust me, all the changes are for the better. Overall, the game is simply a well executed, fully realized 3-d version of the legendary 2-d fighting game. The game, whilst a tad slower than the gold standard of street fighting that is Street Fighter II Turbo, the game is still very action packed and dynamic! Most of the original core street fighting cast is present in this game, with a few new characters thrown in as well. Furthermore, in addition to the standard arcade mode, this version includes online play, as well as many time attack and other challenges to keep you busy.
With amazing graphics, 60 fps gameplay, and an extremely polished fighting engine, this game is truly a masterpiece.
Please get this for your 360 today! Also, be sure to cop a fight stick or a fight pad to play this game. This game does not play well with the standard 360 controller....more info
- MKvsDC EAT THIS!
Finally a great fighter in the xbox 360. Mk vs DC was a discraceful jolk, but SF4 is a breath of fresh air. Awesome gameplay, each character has their own movesets and abilities unlike mkvsdc where all the moves are the same save a few specials and laughable Teen rated finishers (The midway special over the last few years). Awesome new rage systems, awesome new characters (except rufus) and ultimate special moves pack a huge punch. This game should be a heads up to midway to improve their MK series and drop the DC garbage if they don't want to finally loose the fighter war. Great step in the right direction I hope they make more of these!
Great game!...more info
- unforgiving timing
The new focus attack system is not charming to me at all. Normal attack combos require you mastering exact timing like a robot(such as couch M punch to standing H punch).
I've done hundreds of online battles by now, and rarely did I see players pull that focus attack off during intense battles(true that noobs use focus attacks more often than experienced fighters, but if you do lots of ranked matchs, you will see tough fighters are more onto trying reading each other's moves ahead, reversals, and short/safe combos than, say, figure out how to do focus attack combos) in addition, I feel some of the normal attack combos requires much more precise timing than other SF titles. I could manage beating the challenge mode. but honestly, it was such a painful experience. If I keep tapping the required buttons 20 to 100 times, I may succeed once. After all, my eyes are not laser precise, and I can't read the frame rate down to 1/10 second. I'm a human player not a programed CPU.
But don't get me wrong, it is a very good fighting game, expect the timing thing is a bit too unforgiving. ...more info
- Word of Caution
<> Without exaggeration, Street Fighter IV is the WORST server I've ever encountered. The game is literally unplayable.
I truly believe that the major draw of Street Fighter IV is purely nostalgic. If you grew up on this game, odds are you're going to enjoy it. However, I'm not sure there's much to be excited about if you never partook in the original 2D fighting phenomena. The computer AI is repetitive and unchallenging, making single player a fairly depthless experience. If I'd known I wouldn't be able to play online I probably wouldn't have bought it. ...more info