Street fighter has been forever known as the king of fighters, sure there have been other big titles in the mix like, Killer Instinct, Mortal Kombat, Marvel vs Capcom, dead or alive and Tekken, but none has managed to knock Street Fighter off its pedestal as the king. To be honest, everyone has played Street Fighter at some point too, and even if you love or hate it, you cannot deny the fact it is a solid game with fantastic mechanics that never feels like you shouldn’t of been hit.
So when Street Fighter IV came out, it pushed the boundaries of what people expected from the fighting genre. No longer restricted to the realm of 2D, and showing how you can transition its fantastic art style into the 3D world, when you try, and when the game finally came out, it looked fantastic and still it looks great today.
One point of criticism that the game keeps getting is the shear amount of DLC and expansions that the game keep receiving, with some taking the piss out of Capcom’s naming system. Of course, this sort of thing loses its impact when Capcom themselves start taking shots at themselves, with the likes of ‘Dead Rising DLC’ for Street Fighter IV, which was announced in a fantastic way, and almost made me want to buy Dead Rising 3, Almost.
Of course, all this is not a surprise, when you consider that Street Fighter is one of Capcom’s most profitable game series, with tournaments a plenty, and usually one of the biggest games when http://evo.shoryuken.com/ comes around each year. You can really see why this game is so popular when you pick it up and play the game yourselves.
Graphically the game stands out with its unique art style, which allows you to choose style that best suit your character preferred look, for example leaving ink splats when you hit an opponent.
But one of the biggest advantages Street Fighter seems to have over its competitors is how the game emphasised the look and feel when an opponent strikes another opponent. You can really see this in action when you use the one of the characters ultimate moves, these show boating attacks really show off what the game developers have created, wish each move landing perfectly on a character and they really do look fantastic
With each expansion that has been released, more and more content has been added, from extra playable characters, to a sleuth of costumes, which adds on to the already impressive roster. If that’s not enough, Street Fighter x Tekken might be your thing? But with each new DLC/Expansion released, the roaster just gets longer. Personally I only really like to play Oni, because he has many awesome attacks and seems way to over powered.
With the most recent update to the series being Ultra Street Fighter IV, you need to know what new content has been added to the base game. There have been some major overhauls to the fighting system, the new system changes up how those who played the previous expansions fight totally.
First, we have Red focus, allowing you to build your Ultra meter at a 2x normal speed by absorbing damage, with three levels each lasting a different amount of time. This will be a strong risk reward fighting style.
Delay standing, this allows a player to keep their character on the ground for a slightly longer amount of time, purely to throw off those combos where your opponent has mastered the correct timings, prepare for some rage.
Ex red focus, allowing a player to deal 1.5damage of a character’s normal focus attack, whilst taking up three meters of power to perform the attack, allowing for some stronger damage to be dealt without going full super.
Finally, Ultra combo double, if you couldn’t tell by its name, this allows you to perform both ultra-simultaneously, which will allow you to deal some crazy amount of damage, and really proving how good of a player you are.
Well, there is a mass amount of changes to a lot of characters, just too generally balance them out, and I’m sure there will be many many MANY people who want to complain about their favourite character being nerfed. Oh yeh there is also a shed load of new costumes too, which is always nice to show off with.
Overall, Street Fighter is still ‘king of fighters’, always has been and always will be most likely, with the eventual release of Street Fighter V.
Street Fighter IV gets a 5/5 for being a top notch game that is always relevant and still gets a solid amount of content, patches for balances.
Disclaimer:All scores given within our reviews are based on the artist’s personal opinion; this should in no way impede your decision to purchase the game.