(http://www.streetfighter.com/) Rated Teen by ESRB. In 2009, Street Fighter played a big role in revitalizing the fighting genre and providing us new ways to experience a true fighting game. Though anyone can pick up a controller and throw fireballs and launch uppercuts within minutes, you won’t be bored even after months because you would still be learning new tricks. And now, we are getting an updated version. The Super Street Fighter IV is basically an expansion of last year’s game. The fighting system is the same but with a whole bunch of added content. It is also geared to the type of players who likes to compete with others and can be fulfilled by a much improved online system and more options for play. In general, it is a game that plays very much like a purified, simple fighter, but with several modern enhancements to enrich the combat. If you’ve been playing Street Fighter for years, this game will feel like an old friend. If you’re completely new to the genre, Super Street Fighter IV is a great place to start.


(http://www.streetfighter.com/) Rated Teen by ESRB. In 2009, Street Fighter played a big role in revitalizing the fighting genre and providing us new ways to experience a true fighting game. Though anyone can pick up a controller and throw fireballs and launch uppercuts within minutes, you won’t be bored even after months because you would still be learning new tricks. And now, we are getting an updated version. The Super Street Fighter IV is basically an expansion of last year’s game. The fighting system is the same but with a whole bunch of added content. It is also geared to the type of players who likes to compete with others and can be fulfilled by a much improved online system and more options for play. In general, it is a game that plays very much like a purified, simple fighter, but with several modern enhancements to enrich the combat. If you’ve been playing Street Fighter for years, this game will feel like an old friend. If you’re completely new to the genre, Super Street Fighter IV is a great place to start.

Presentation:

Super Street Fighter IV looks great with smooth animations, bright and colorful characters and some great backgrounds. This game offers 10 new fighters in addition to the entire returning cast from the original, bringing the total to 35. All new characters have their own distinctive appearances and move sets. Besides the new characters models and stages, much of Street Fighter IV looks great and familiar. If you decide to play the arcade mode, you will find the new and completely unforgettable animated story scenes as well.

Graphics:

Street Fighter IV’s visual presentation is outstanding. All graphics are sharp, elegant and well-animated. The gameplay remains on a traditional 2D plane. However, the models and backgrounds are rendered in 3D. In 3D, the camera has the freedom to move with more flexibility, and at certain times during fights for dramatic effects. Fast and fluid animations are always gorgeous and the camera works during Ultra Combos is especially impressive. The art style appears a lot more sophisticated this time around with the muted color palettes. Characters look awesome with unique facial expressions and well-drawn details. Other artistic elements such as spotty ink splashes and thick character outlines also give the game an incredibly stylish look.

Sounds:

The audio part in Street Fighter IV does not disappoint at all. There is a nice J-pop song serving as the main theme, along with many cool tunes to complement the fighting. The subtle environmental effects are also worth mentioning. Sometime they might go unheard during the heat of battle, but the cheers of crowds or the rattle of old trains all help in creating a genuine sense of fascination. And if you are just so desperate to find a most pure and authentic experience, you can choose to have Japanese voice-overs during cut scenes and introductions to characters enter the ring.

Gameplay:

Since this is more a content expansion than an attempt to overhaul the Street Fighter IV’s gameplay, there aren’t many major changes to the basic fighting mechanics. It has traditionally been a game focused on one-on-one combat on a 2D plane. Each character has a variety of normal attacks and Special Moves to take advantage of, but the actual gameplay boils down to a balance between raw physical skill and the mind games that play out between players.

For this version, every returning character does get a new alter move, which you can select before heading into a fight. Learning all the new moves and tricks for the new added fighters will take some time. Thankfully, all playable characters are unlocked right from the very beginning. Moreover, the majority of the additions are in the online modes, offering you more ways to play. In standard rank matches, you can get player points for wins but also battle points for applying specific characters. This is an amazing improvement over the Street Fighter IV by giving you a clearer picture to your skills with each individual fighters as well as overall progress on the online leader boards conveniently. There are team battles for up to 8 players in the Endless mode. This mimics the experience you get in the arcades. You can view the players battling it out and also comment throughout the fights. As with many fighting games, gameplay gets deeper with practice.

Innovations:

There are a number of new enhancing features in Super Street Fighter IV. Focus Attacks, known as “Saving Attack” in the Japanese version, is a new system introduced in Street Fighter IV. The focus attack is a move that allows the player to absorb an attack and launch a counter attack. Mastering on focus attack might not be too easy, but a player can execute a focus attack to cancel an opponent’s special moves retaliate with a new combo possibilities. If a special move is being blocked by the opponent, the new system allows players to cancel the blocked move through a focus attack

Ultra Combos are new additions. They are long and cinematic moves featuring a lengthy combination of punches, kicks and other fighting techniques. Just like the Super Combo gauge, there is also an Ultra Combo gauge (officially known as the “Revenge Gauge” or “Revenge Meter”). The Revenge Gauge fills up when one takes damage from their opponent. Along with the Super Combos, Ultra Combos are one of the only times the camera breaks from its normal fixed position to show a more dynamic, cinematic view of the gameplay. Ultra Combos can be devastating attacks that turn the tide of battle.

Conclusion:

Astounding presentation, intricate and pleasant fighting gameplay, and lasting appeal with online play make this a great fighting game. With Super Street Fighter IV, you are getting a full featured edition of the original 2009 game. It is a really easy game to recommend, since it offers more fighters with unique styles and plenty of reasons to keep playing online. Numerous unlockables also keep single-player sessions constantly rewarding. Playing against like-minded Street Fighter friends will keep the game relevant for years. From now on, fighting game fans don’t have access to Japanese arcade machines can experience one of the finest examples of the fighting genre in this generation on your own couch.

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