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Street Fighter IV is a fighting game developed and produced by Capcom.

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Pros

improved depth and 3D modeling/effects - without taking away from the simple 2D gameplay

5 agree

Combines classic gameplay with modern innovations

5 agree

great replay value for hardcore fans of the series and genre

5 agree

Great graphics

5 agree

includes some extra characters and features not available on the arcade version

4 agree

available on PC, Xbox 360 or PS3

4 agree

well designed online play

3 agree

stays true to the popular Street Fighter II

2 agree

Fantastic animations

2 agree

strong, well balanced mechanics

2 agree

Fantastically slick presentation with menus, music and setting options

2 agree

large variety of fighting styles and character personalities

2 agree

Interrupt mode lets you play single-player Arcade and get challenged by online players

2 agree

Focus Attack is a better system than parrying

1 agrees

new revenge powerup allows players a stronger power attack after taking a lot of damage

1 agrees

Old cast is still as fun to play as ever

1 agrees

battle points system is a good method for tracking how well you're doing

1 agrees

constant icon/title rewards keep you playing to unlock more

1 agrees

Online play has no lag with a good connection

1 agrees

Great training mode that teaches you each character's combos

1 agrees

inputing special moves is a lot easier than previous street fighters

1 agrees

battle points system works well

1 agrees

Battle points system works well

0 agrees

New characters are worthy additions to the Street Fighter franchise

0 agrees

Online play with a good connection is near perfect

0 agrees

Interrupt mode lets you play single-player Arcade and get challenged by other online players

0 agrees
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Cons

have to pay for downloadable costumes

3 agree

fighting mechanics may still be too complicated for casual players

3 agree

some characters from previous Street Fighter games didn't make the cut

3 agree

very little variation in gameplay - all fighting!

2 agree

forced to unlock too many things like "hidden" characters

2 agree

no online lobbies

2 agree

anime cutscenes are pretty bad quality

2 agree

no way to watch your friends play

2 agree

little true innovation in the series

2 agree

no tutorials or ways to learn how to play effectively - have to learn on the job

1 agrees

Fans of previous Street Fighters may find it comparatively slow.

1 agrees

May still be too complicated for casual players

0 agrees

No lobbies means you can't watch people play online

0 agrees

Have to pay for downloadable costumes

0 agrees

Removed the parrying system entirely

0 agrees
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Street Fighter IV is a fighting game developed and produced by Capcom. Initially released on July 18th (2008) for coin-operated arcade systems, Street Fighter IV went on to be released for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 on February 17th (2009), and then on Microsoft Windows during the second quarter of 2009. Essentially a continuation of the Street Fighter series, Street Fighter IV features models and backgrounds in 3D, but the gameplay remains on a traditional 2D plane. According to producer Yoshinori Ono, this was done "to keep the game closer to Street Fighter II." Cited as being quite similar to Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Street Fighter IV adds along 'focus attacks' and ultra moves, not to mention four new characters (Abel, Crimson Viper, Rufus, and El Fuerte). Like its predecessor, however, Street Fighter IV still maintains light, medium, and heavy attacks. Most importantly, Street Fighter IV will offer online multiplayer access and even free downloadable expansion packs, the first being titled "Championship Mode" and being offered for free. Street Fighter IV retails for $59.99.

Features
  • 3D Graphics
  • 2D Gameplay
  • Focus Attacks
  • Ultra Moves
  • Four New Characters
  • Light/Medium/Heavy Attacks
  • Online Multiplayer Access
  • Downloadable Expansions
  • ”Championship Mode”
Post Review
Keatsta
01/08/2010 04:40

Very quality game, but I'd still rather play 3rd Strike any day of the week. Street Fighter IV may have the appeal of the classic characters returning, but I'm a little too young to get nostalgic over that. SFIII's characters seem much more varied and dynamic to me, and I miss that in the relatively dry fighting of SFIV. Maybe the soon to come Super Street Fighter IV will address this. Also, on a competitive level, SFIV seems to be more turtle-oriented than previous incarnations - usually the most effective strategy is to not approach at all and simply poke until a window opens for your ultra. That may be a bit of an oversimplification, but I still find that IV is, on the whole, more defensively oriented (and therefore boring in my eyes) than 3rd Strike.

Omar
02/24/2009 11:18

Update: Alright, I've had the game for about 5 days now and have already put over 20 hours into it. I think it goes without saying that I'm continuing to enjoy myself. My initial enthusiasm has not waned and I'm still obsessing/thinking about this game just as much now as when I first got it. If this obsession doesn't go away in the near future I could be in trouble.

Dialupinternetuser
02/21/2009 08:30

Is this related to the same Street Fighter that was on the Genesis?

Omar
02/20/2009 03:26

Man oh man. I love this game. Of course, I love all Street Fighters, so that may not be saying much.

The game is polished.
The game has loads to do even for single players.
The game teaches you things.
The game has great graphics.

The game has all of these things and more (as listed in my pros/cons). But what really makes it awesome, especially right now that it just came out? Is that it's NEW. Most fighting games on the market have been around for many many years, with the previous Street Fighter incarnation released in the early 2000s. So you're seeing people experimenting, you're seeing people trying out new things, you're seeing people make mistakes. It's not just "make a mistake, now you get combo'd to death". There's a lot more strategy in the game right now when playing online, which makes it a lot more intense and fun.

It remains to be seen as to whether this more strategic approach to the game is something that will last as more nuances/exploits/combos are discovered. If so, then Capcom have done a superb job of making a game that is balanced and works from essentially day 1.

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