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.

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E. Honda and Dhalsim battling in 'Street Fighter IV'
The old rivalries continue.
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Gouken showing Ryu that he is still the master in 'Street Fighter IV'
Plenty of bosses to battle.
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Rose finishing off Ryu in 'Street Fighter IV'
New faces to reckon with.
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Camera angle change during Ultra Combo by Ryu in 'Street Fighter IV'
New Ultra Combo angles.
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What Was Old is New Again
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:

Abel from 'Street Fighter IV' 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 from 'Street Fighter IV' 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 from 'Street Fighter IV' 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 from 'Street Fighter IV' 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.

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:

  • 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.
New Combat Features: Focus Attacks and Ultra Combos
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.

Features:
  • 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.

Customer Reviews:

  • Don't bother playing this game without a joystick
    This game is a lot of fun but playing with the regular PS3 controller is very frustrating, especially if you are playing against a human online. Its next to impossible to pull off combos and super using the regular controller. Ultra combos??? forget it, its just not happing without a joystick. The other problem is that the joysticks are very expenisive, the good ones anyway. Oh and good luck finding one. I went to several stores and several places online and no one has them. They are available on Ebay at a premium price though. $[...] for a joystick???? I don't think so.

    Overall the game is very fun and it is a must for all Street Fighter fans. ...more info
  • The best fighting game in years
    I am an expert on Street Fighter of course, that's why I bought the game the first day it came out.

    Pros:
    - Gameplay is easy. The game provides training options and challenges for each character.
    - There are achievements and unlockable characters to test your development with the game.
    - 4 new characters were created for the game with different gameplay.
    - Replay value is high above average. The game is great with friends or playing online more than playing alone.
    - Graphics for 2D fighting is above average and acceptable.
    - Same use of controls as of the old street fighter series.
    - Special moves are well integrated to the old moves. These moves are available when you fill up your revenge limit while taking damage. It gives the player a good incentive to get back to the game when losing.
    - Special moves are used by pressing all 3 kicking or hitting keys at the same time. Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 controllers provide that function more easily than previous console systems.
    - Online gameplay provides players a great and addictive ranking system.
    - Audio is high above average.

    Cons:
    - I miss DeeJay, Thunder Hawk, Rolento, Garuda, Darun and Eagle. am I the only one that thinks that they should have added at least 6 more characters?
    - Movies (endings and special introductions look cheesy to me, short and pointless) They all don't add up to a common story.
    - Player starts with 16 characters available and should unlock 8 more characters. Time consuming to unlock all characters.
    - Do you miss mini games while playing arcade mode? Trashing cars, blocks, barrells, etc...
    - I really dont like the announcer.
    - Have you seen the price for joysticks and pads for PS3 and Xbox 360?

    I am an expert with Akuma, Ken, Sagat, Dhalsim and Garuda, so basically I play this game a lot online. I would recomment this game for people who want to spend some time in the game and learn on it. Don't expect to be good at it after a week. There are several combos, attacks and tricks that I yet learn every single day on the other characters. My goal with this game is to be an expert player with at least 5 other characters.

    Good luck to all...more info
  • best of the best
    This is the best fighting game of all time. Ever since streetfighter 2 hit the scenes there hasn't been a fighting game to come close to it's characters personality and gameplay. I'm so glad they stuck with 2d. Mortal Kombat was ruined ever since they turned it to 3d. Still I think street fighter as a side scroller is much better than MK as a side controller. Must buy!...more info
  • great game hard to find decent online match
    ok first off the best fighting franchise is back and better then ever the game is almost flaw less first off controls ain't good for sf veterans the stick is much better and the online hard to find a fare match with all those cheaters like people who pick akuma then repeat the same move over and over but other then that the game is flaw less ...more info
  • Street Fighter 4 is the best Capcom fighting game!!!
    In my opinion, this is not only the best Street Fighter game but it is perhaps the best Capcom fighting game ever made and that is saying a lot because Capcom has probably made more fighting games than any other video game company (SNK is an exception). I think that this game is better than Street Fighter 2 because it improves on it in every way. It has 3D backgrounds and characters and 2D gameplay. You even have lots of spoken character diologue which is missing from any other street fighter game that I've ever played. I like the addition of EX Special moves which are actually pretty easy to pull off. Super combos are nothing new but the Ultra combos look very cool and powerful; this is one of the greatest new features that the game offers. The many different game modes are interesting, especially the versus mode. Versus Mode is a one player friendly mode because you don't need two people to play the mode. You can actually pick who you want to fight against at any time just like in Soul Calibur 4 versus mode. This is great for when you get tired of playing the arcade mode, don't have anybody to play with, or simply don't want to play it because of the final boss Seth. He can become a major headache and he is very cheap but still an interesting boss. He actually gets a lot harder if you manage to beat him in a round. In the next round after you beat him he has a whole new more powerful moves list so anybody playing against him better be careful. The Trial mode can also be hard because many of the moves that you have to do are hard to pull off with the standard controller. Custom configuration is a great thing that was added to this game and it makes some moves easier to do. Street Fighter 3, Street Fighter Alpha games, Marvel vs. Capcom games and Capcom vs. SNK games have nothing on SF4 either. This is defenantly one of the best fighting games of the current consoles....more info
  • The Return of the King
    Usually, I don't review any items I haven't fully examined. But after (finally!) getting a taste of this, I couldn't resist. From what I've experienced firsthand, the long-awaited 'sequel' to the game that started the fighting genre is pretty much everything we expected, and more-or-less of what we wanted.

    Inspired by a Japanese painting style, the '2.5D' graphics make SFIV a living canvas. From Ryu's scorching fireball to the fighters' new Focus Attacks to their cinematic Ultra Moves, it's obvious that the franchise has come a long way since the long-forgotten EX series. Speaking of special moves and combos, a joystick is still recommended if you ever want to execute them. At least you can configure the controls to, for example, pull off 3-button attacks with one attack button.

    It's great to see the 12 original World Warriors strut their stuff again. And throwing 4 new characters, 6 fighters from "Street Fighter Alpha," 2 secret characters, and a new boss sets the stage for new challenges and old rivalries. So the only real gripe with SFIV is the $60 price tag.

    This review will be revised with further testing of the product.

    This game is rated T for Teen: Alcohol Reference, Suggestive Themes, Violence....more info
  • Thank you Capcom for locking features
    Thanks capcom for locking two of my favorite characters, So now I have to try to beat this extremely cheap boss who can teleport and cheat left and right. I think this whole locked feature thing has got to go away. the way soul calibur does there locked feature system is with money so you actually have fun playing the game racking up money and then trading it in for characters and features. but not in street fighter 4, they made the boss so f--king cheap and you have to beat him if want to unlock all the hidden characters, I think thats bulls--t. so f--k you capcom.

    With that huge flaw aside the game is actually very very good....more info
  • Street Fighter 4... is... well, it's like your highschool sweetie comes back to you after 20 years looking like a super model!
    Break MK vs DC, cancel your Tekken 6 preorder, and throw away Soul Calibur 4, this is the only fighter you really need. Everything about this game is perfect, no matter your game skill. This is the Nintendo Wii of Fighting games. Never touched a game in your life and you are 83? No prob. You'll toss fireballs in no time. Are you a Pro Gamer like Fatality? Grab an arcade stick and tear into the Ultra Combos for style.

    In a nutshell, this game should be part of Obama's stimulus package and given to every American citizen!

    Presentation
    Clear, easy to navigate menus and options. The HUD is simple to read. If you played any fighter in the past 15 years, you've seen this before.

    Graphics
    Jawdropping detail and unusual art. Not really anime, but not western art either. The ink-splashes are kind of distracting at first, but then you get sucked into the art of it all and it fits.

    Sound
    Basically the same sound effects as before, just a little crisper. Music is ok, nothing to wow over.

    Gameplay
    Gameplay is perfect... WITH AN ARCADE STICK. With a gamepad, it's slightly better than playing Street Fighter Alpha on a gameboy or PSP. Get a stick.

    Lasting Appeal
    If you are a youngin who missed the first Street Fighter wave, or a die hard street fighter, this game will entertain you for years to come. Casual gamers, it's still a must own for online gaming....more info
  • The true king of fighters is back.
    To be honest I used to think there were only two types of fighting games King of Fighters and Street Fighter Alpha 3 and that was just about it.

    Oh sure I tried out other fighting games like Mortal Kombat, Soulcalibur, Snk Vs. Capcom, Marvel Vs. Capcom and even the abysmal Mortal Kombat Vs. DC, but I always found myself drifting back to Street Fighter Alpha 3 time and time again for my fighting fix and I thought no other fighting game could take it down.

    It had everything going for it when it came out with it's large cast of character and stages and options it was the game to play.

    Then along came the announcement that Street Fighter 4 was coming to home consoles and I was like cool I'll check it out, but could it be my new Street Fighter Alpha 3.

    Yes and no.

    So I saw all the preview videos and read the previews and I was like cool I'll have to get it when it comes out, so I did.

    Enter Street Fighter 4

    Fast forward 10 years and today we have Street Fighter 4. 3D art graphic settings and design with 2D style fighting system. Many question how would it stack up. After all SF3 and the Alpha series each covered a degree of area where fans were concerned with; balance and charisma. SF3 is by far one of the most solid 2D fighter out there today despite its more than a decade lifespan, and the Alpha series sparked the anime-art craze with vicious art effects and speed of gameplay to an upbeat mood. Can Street Fighter 4 live up to all the hype and continue on its legacy?

    As Ryu himself say 'The answer lies in the heart of battle'.

    Gameplay (5/5) - Simply splendid. This is a very well balanced 2D fighting game.

    This is 2d fighting at it's best. So those expecting otherwise should look elsewhere and be warned that Street Fighter has always been about 2D fighting, not 3D. In that respect, the moves and counter system in this game offers creative challenges for players to work with. The 3 unique systems offered aside from your standard specials and supers are the Ultra Meter, Ex-Moves and Focus Attack.

    The Ultra combo meter charges up as you get hit. Those familiar with Street Fighter Alpha 3's X-ism mode and SNK's Samurai Shodown build up meter will be familiar with this feature. Much like your special bar, once the Ultra bar is filled players can unleash a devastating combo attack to bridge the playing field gap or cause massive damage.

    EX moves are essentially powered up versions of your specials. They are activated under 2 conditions; having filled 1 bar out of 4 of your super meter (an 'EX' will be written beside it) and when performing a special, press 2 of the same attack buttons instead of one (example, while performing Ryu's Hadouken, press 2 of the punches at the same time instead of just one). This causes your character to flash in yellow and that very move increases in range and damage.

    Finally, the Focus Attack is Street Fighter IV's answer to a counter system much like how the Alpha Counter was to the alpha series and how parries were to Street Fighter III. The Focus Attack works as a buffer for a single hit. As it is used a portion of the player's life will be covered in gray. During this period if the player is not hit by the time the gray bar is filled he/she will gain back the life damage they took from the hit. In return if the process is not complete the player stands a chance at losing additional health if being hit a second time with a failed focus attack of before the gray bar is filled.

    Following the process of the Focus Attack, players can either choose to cancel the move by dashing forward, perform an instant hit that may hit or knock out at opponent or to charge it to the fullest for an unblockable 1 hit. It is creative in the sense that there are many ways to go about it yet not highly abusable.

    The cast from Street Fighter 2 with some Super Street Fighter II and Alpha characters are back along with 6 new characters. The characters themselves are balanced to a degree where every character stands a chance of dominating another character with the right skills and know how. Even with Seth, the last boss of the game once unlocked will prove balanced by human player standards. This game isn't exactly beginner friendly but it definitely is easy getting into.

    Graphics (5/5) - Stunningly gorgeous in it's own right. Taking a theme from paint brush art with 3D modeling to a 2D touch create this unique art form of a game. Sure the graphics aren't that of 3D fighters, but it is artistic in its own way. Backgrounds are filled with movement and life combined with little details that give it a defined life of its own. Some may have less details then others, but even with those little details from how the buildings in the China Street stage to background effects made by characters slamming into the ground really gives a sense of being in position with an artistic feel. The anime intro and endings for the characters aren't the best, they are a nice a nice touch considering they don't drastically effect the game.

    Sound/Music (5/5) - Sound effects are solid and the music is pretty good. Thought it may vary in taste depending on individual, as for me the music suits perfectly for a Street Fighter game. It takes a page from the Alpha series with some new tracks and remixed ones. As they even have the announcer from Street Fighter Alpha 3 make a return. Although I would have like to have some of the classic Street Fighter II music.

    As and added bonus players can always load up their own personal music saved in the PS3 and open them during matches. A pretty cool feature thank Capcom

    Replay value (4/5) - It is a fighting game overall and playing it over and over again for training purposes or a quick match is its niche. In addition there are tons of things to unlock from characters to titles found in the challenge modes which they themselves may take awhile to unlock. Combine that and the option to take your battle online is a fighter's dream where one wouldn't need to leave their house to fight an opponent. The lack of a proper lobby or a spectator mode bring it down a notch maybe an updat will fix those.

    Overall (5/5) - Street Fighter IV is a solid. The great character cast which made the series what it is today have returned. The added characters may not be the best, but are definitely unique. A plus to Capcom for having Ryu and Ken's master, Gouken finally making his debut as a playable character. Something fans have always wanted to see.

    This is a fun yet challenging game to some degree if you're new to it. Fan who have been playing Street Fighter games since way back then and never stopped may find this one easy to pick and play, with greater balance. Those new to the series can do no wrong by at least giving this one a try....more info
  • A GOOD GAME BUT....
    OK LET START WITH THE GRAPHICS COMMON DEAD OR ALIVE 4 HAVE MUCH BETTER GRAPHICS AND IS A GAME FROM 2005 WE ARE IN 2009 I WAS ESPECTING MUCH MORE. THE ONLINE YOU ARE PLAYING AND YOU ARE DOING GREAT AND THEN PUFF DISCONECTED AND I HAVE 1.5 CABLE CONECTION. IF YOU PLAY THE GAME NORMALY SOLO WITHOUT ONLINE IS KIND OF GOOD GAME BUT TOO EASY. NEXT TIME I HOPE THEY MAKE BETTER GRAPHICS SOULCALIBUR 4 HAVE BETTER GRAPHICS SO COMMON CAPCOM....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. 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.
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  • Spectacular
    Of all the defining video games that I grew up playing, the one that bears the most relevance to me is Street Fighter II. It's what introduced me to fighting games, as well as many others, and still defines what 2-D fighting is today. All these years later, Capcom unleashes Street Fighter IV, which combines all the old school elements you know and love with a glossy, next-gen look and feel; and the end result is one of the absolute best fighting games on the market right now. Very accessible yet deep and complex, Street Fighter IV brings back all twelve warriors from Street Fighter II, and throws in six new ones as well, including a powerful end boss. The first thing you'll notice when powering up the game is that there is some seriously stylish animation and absolutely gorgeous, flowing graphics. In fact, for a 2-D game, the overall presentation is a pure work of art in itself that looks and plays better than most current 3-D fighters. The single-player mode is fun, but the real meat and potatoes of Street Fighter IV lie in the online multiplayer modes, even if it is occasionally laggy. There's also unlockable fan favorite fighters like Akuma, Sakura, Cammy, and even Dan; all of which combines to offer a ton of replay value. All in all, Street Fighter IV is a pure blast that you will enjoy for a good, long time; and is right now the best current fighting game on the market, and it wholeheartedly deserves your attention whether you're a longtime fan of the long running series or a newcomer. ...more info
  • Another great SF game!
    This game is mostly like the rest of the street fighter but with 2D/3D graphics(I know that didn't make sense but you'll see what im talking about). The story mode finally has animated cut scenes instead of just comic strips like the previous SF games. The character's featured here are mostly familiar, but you'll see a couple of new faces. Overall Street Fighter 4 isn't all that bad. So pick up that credit card buy this game and like the trailer say's....Lets Do This!!!!...more info
  • Street Fighter IV Stirs Nostalgic Childhood Memories from Gen-X'ers!
    Being a gen-X'er (now 30-something and still hooked on Video Games!), Street Fighter introduced me to this genre of computer fighting. Fast forward twenty years and several fighting games have come into my lap including MK, SC and Tekken series. None of them just came close to the sheer exhilaration I felt playing Street Fighter-- be it with my buddies or with strangers online. While critics may be quick to point out SF4's shortcomings (that it's 2D fighting trying to fit into the 3D mold of today's games)-- no one can refute that it's just pure unadulterated fun! Any player of any skill level can play this game and have fun-- that universal appeal cuts across all walks of life; a game that trascends two decades of strides in the gaming world. It's a game you can play with your ten year old son and your grandfather as well. And it's also a game that your girlfriend can play with you without her getting bored. While it may not be perfect, as no game ever will, it brings out the child in every one of us-- carefree and invincible. At the end of the day, it's no longer about who wins or loses, but the bond it forges between friends and loved ones alike....more info
  • A Step Backwards for Street Fighter
    Street Fighter IV is a completely new installment to the SF series, however it feels more like an expansion pack to Street Fighter II. The game features nearly all characters from Street Fighter II, a few from the Alpha series, and six completely new ones. It also offers a beautiful new 3D, brush work art style while thankfully keeping the gameplay 2D.

    The game remains similar to previous SF games. Special moves are still performed by maneuvering the stick (or D-Pad) in a particular way, and then pressing an attack button. There's a greater amount of leniency, however, demonstrated most by Zangief's 360 degree rotations required for most of his moves. Some moves, however, were reverted to a more difficult state after the most recent SF game (Street Fighter II HD Remix) made them easier to perform. Cammy and Fei Long both have moves that end the stick motion in an up-forward position, putting you at risk of jumping instead of performing the move.

    Focus Attacks and Ultra Combos are the game's new addition to gameplay. Focus Attacks are performed by holding down the two medium strength attack buttons. While charging a Focus Attack you can absorb one hit, allowing you to quickly counter when the opponent strikes. You also have the option to cancel the charge early by dashing forward or back, allowing you to absorb projectiles while closing in on an enemy. Caution is necessary however, as absorbed attacks take time to heal, and any unblocked hit will negate any health that hasn't yet been recovered.

    Focus Attacks come in three levels. Level one is a simple attack that can be used to counter the opponent. If it lands as a counter, the enemy will crumple to the floor and be vulnerable to another attack from you. Unfortunately, the game's definition of a counter will often be different from yours and level one focus attacks tend to be useless. Level two attacks always crumple the opponent while level three attacks are unblockable and break through an opponent's own Focus stance.

    Finally, Focus Attacks can be used to cancel special moves early. These are called Focus Cancels. Immediately after landing a special move, you can cancel the remaining frames of the moves recovery by beginning a Focus Attack and then dash canceling it. This allows you to string together longer combos, but requires half of your Super Meter (more on that later) and a great deal of speed and dexterity.

    Ultra meters are the game's second addition. This meter fills as a character takes damage. When it's half full, a powerful Ultra Combo can be performed. If you wait until your Ultra Meter fills more, the Ultra will deal a greater amount of damage. Super Meters are back once more. These fill up as you attack your opponent or perform special moves. The meter is divided up into four bars and acts as your "resource" for EX Specials, Focus Cancels, and Super Combos. EX Specials require one bar. They are powered up versions of your specials performed by pressing two attack buttons after the move's input motion instead of just one. Focus Cancels require two bars while Super Combos require the entire meter.

    The game is fun, but it's not without its flaws. It features a combo trial for all characters, allowing players to see what type of combos each character can perform. Unfortunately, there are no in-game demonstrations of these combos, so those that require specific positioning or timing will require a run to YouTube to see what you're doing wrong. Furthermore, a good deal of the combos require incredibly strict timing and speed to perform, putting a sudden spike in the game's learning curve.

    Half the characters are also locked, requiring a few hours of work in order to play with. This is made worse by the fact that the save data is copy protected. If you want to take the game to a friend's house, be prepared to spend a few hours unlocking the remaining characters since you can't just copy your data to a USB drive.

    Online play also has its own issues. Players can see their opponent before a fight, allowing the option to cherry pick opponents. Players can also see who their opponent is choosing, allowing for counter-picking to have an advantage against the opponent. Finally, and most damning of all is that there's no penalty for disconnecting, so dubious players can protect their rank by simply quitting the game or logging out prior to a loss. These are all issues that will most likely be resolved with a future patch; however, I felt the need to bring them up as they are still a part of the product as of the writing of this review.

    Overall, the game is fun, however I'm disappointed. I greatly prefer Street Fighter 2 HD Remix over this and would recommend it more as the price is a third of this game and it's much easier to get into for new players....more info
  • Back to the roots
    I've haven't picked up SF in about 14-15 years. I played the game heavily at arcades up to the SF2 Turbo edition, and also played the Genesis and SNES plain-Jane SF2 ports quite a bit as well. I completely missed out on the SF3 generation. That should give one an idea of where I'm coming from.

    I felt right at home with this one. Small things like the command to throw have changed, with some new innovations for balance, but overall this is quite an effort on the part of Capcom. A lot of love went into this one. From what I can tell, the game does not favor any one particular fighting style, so if you're a combo man like myself, you should have no problem. A scan of the literature about this game will tell you it's all about balance, balance, balance. Accessible to newcomers, but oldies should adore this as well.

    I don't like the boy band music or the cheesy anime cut scenes....more info
  • Worst PS3 Game Ever.
    I cannot believe someone recommended Street Fighter 4 to me. I feel profoundly tricked and cheated.

    The first thing you will notice is that the game's configuration options are unbelievably overcomplicated, and if you don't understand them (which no one does), the default settings make it easy for anybody on the Internet to hijack your PS3 and erase any progress you may have been in the middle of.

    But beyond that, the bottom line is that most of the characters and special moves are STILL completely unchanged from back when I played the same stupid game on my SNES 15 years ago. Sure, they threw in some time-wasting cut scenes with some remarkably bad voice acting (even by video game standards), but there is absolutely nothing new that anyone would actually want.

    It should be illegal to call a game a "sequel" without adding anything new. It's like they are trying to see how many times they can make you pay for the same thing. Please don't buy Street Fighter 4....more info
  • BEST FIGHTER EVER! aka Radtastic.
    This is gonna be short... Remember when SFII first came out on the SNES? Remember how all you wanted to do was play that game, EVERY WAKING HOUR? It's Deja Vu man! I Love this game I don't really see me getting tired of it anytime soon, plus everyone loves street fighter so you'll always have a match on xbox live (or playstation network) or at home....more info
  • just nasty
    this game is good! the special moves are not that hard. Many are pretty easy...Ryu's special the slide from down to forward done twice, then any punch button...easy peasy. The graphics are nice, they are cartoonish, but SF has always been slightly more anime, for a more serious look, get MK. The online play is HARD, everyone there knows their stuff, so practice a TON before getting in there. But, honestly, the game is good where it counts: entertainment, it's a really fun game, I'd definately recommend to anyone....more info
  • Picks up where I left off!!
    I haven't played a Street Fighter game since SFII on SNES. Those were some good old days. I heard how much it has changed since then so I wasn't planning on getting this game until my friend started hyping it up. He told me that it had the old SF feel so I started looking at Youtube vidoes and never looked back. This game made me realize why I loved Street Fighter so much. The graphics are great and the moves seem much easier to execute. Playing online is a bit laggy but fun none the less. Gonna be playing this game for a while....more info
  • Good to see an old friend
    It was good to see that SF4 made it to the PS3. It looks great, plays great and in my opinion will give Tekken 6 a run for its money. Being a Tekken die-hard follower, playing SF4 was still fun no matter how many times you down-forward+heavy punch. 20+ years classic......more info
  • The Definitive Button Masher.
    The game of Street Fighter sure is a legendary one and something that has a fond place in the hearts of many gamers. The super Nintendo was what made this game famous and now Street Fighter makes its first leap onto the next generation of gaming. What made Street Fighter so famous were its easy playability and its general simplicity, but the coolness of the more memorable characters was the icing on the cake. Some of the sequels following its initial debut were disappointing to say the least as they sought to try and make the original formula better, but let's be honest; you can rarely improve upon perfection.

    Street Fighter and Street Fighter II were easily the best of the series up to this point. Any in between are easily forgotten about. So it was with much trepidation that Street Fighter IV was heard by the ears of many old school fans asking "please not another torturous piece of garbage." Little did they know that Capcom were planning to go back to through the traditional route and returning to the idea of simplicity and fun, but adding to the awesome imagery of the past. It also planned to bring back a lot of the characters who were discarded by Street Fighter 3 and told the makers of that "you can't get rid of the coolness.

    The game itself tries very hard to return to the traditional feel of the past games, but also to bring it up to date so it would look fitting for the PS3 generation. The 6 button fight system and the 2D platform fighting format make a very welcome return, and thankfully they don't try and take it to the 3D fighting experience and just have it be annoying. The fighters are designed with an anime style cell shading which gives them both the cartoonish image, whilst maintaining a 3D next Generation appearance. The fighting backgrounds are entirely 3D and are immensely detailed and add a lot to the whole experience.

    The fighting is something very enjoyable indeed as the game is very responsive to a persons' button mashing ways and I certainly found myself hitting any and every button and pulling off an amazing "ultimate combo." There are of course the combinations that you can master in order to pull off these moves once you've filled your "Super" bar to an acceptable level, but if you're like me, you'll just hit any and every button until something really cool happens and it will eventually, I promise. The main roster of characters is drawn straight from Street Fighter II and has a few wonderful additions to its roster. Abel, the French amnesiac. Rufus, the fat American and Seth, Dr. Manhattan on LSD. In addition to a few others of course.

    The collector's edition to this game, contains a 65 minute anime film called "The Ties That Bind" which could possibly explain the beginning and end anime scenes from the arcade mode for each character. The arcade mode is simply a way of fighting through a number of wonderful foes to reach the dreaded Seth. He's a really tough one to beat I must say. The game also contains a challenge mode which consists of Time Trial and Survival for both Normal and Hard difficulty. They can be a chore, but are certainly a good way of helping you become familiar with the game so you can become ready to take on the legendary Gouken who can only be unlocked through a certainly difficult and complicated manner.

    The online mode is pretty simple but offers certain awards that will certainly convince you to give it a darn good go. You can unlock a number of badges and other particular awards, and also accrue a number of points for every impressive win you pull off, meaning you can progress through the ranks and become the best of the best. There is absolutely no lag in the gameplay from what I noticed and even if it recommends you only connect to those with a superb online connection, I had no problem connecting to and playing those who had a terribly low connection. I've only managed to win one online match so far.

    This is a highly enjoyable game with lots of replay value and a high addiction capability which I'm sure will have many complaining relationships have broken up because of it. I would highly recommend it to those loyal fans of the series and it's certainly hard to imagine that it almost didn't get made....more info
  • WHERE'S THE REST OF THE GAME?! WHERE IS THE 3RD STRIKE CHARACTERS?! WHY THE HECK IS VEGA SO SLOW?!
    Dont get me wrong this is a good not great game with flaws but I only give it 1 star because there's nothing but Street Fighter 2 characters on here with the exception of a few Alpha and new characters. Where's the assigned stages for each character? What happen to all the special moves that each character used to have which is like at least 3 instead of just 2 and some characters used to have like 4 or 5 like Akuma! Street Fighter franchise in all aspects is the best fighting game of all time and part 3 along with Alpha 3 was the best ever made in my opinion because it stood out and different from the rest. The same with Capcom vs Snk 2 was the best rival game capcom has made. Where's Elena,Ibuki,Makoto,Hugo,Dudley,Akex,Yun and Yang,Remy,Twelve,Q,and Urien,Deejay,Eagle? At least Elena,Ibuki,Makoto,Hugo,Dudley and Eagle should of made the cut or even some ex characters should of made the cut like Karen even though the ex series were disappointing. How come Capcom want ever release another version of Fighting Evolution to redeem itself over the disappointing first one? Where's Capcom vs Snk 3? I just hope this game is not the only version and hope to see future upgraded versions with more depth and characters just like in the past with previous Street Fighter games and also hope this is a fresh start from the dead with more rival games in the near future...more info
  • video games
    this game is so cool, i can actually beat many people in this game, the game is so much fun....more info
  • Old School Classic has a new face!
    I was a huge SF II fan back in the day, and when I heard that this game was coming out I was very excited. Well I wasn't disappointed when I got my copy. This game is simply amazing!

    My favorite ps3 game so far!

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  • HARD
    I am 28 yo and have playes lots of times years ago... I liked this new game as well as the graphics but it is too hard for an fan old player... Maybe an young 15 yo will find it okay but they have exaggerated on the difficulty.
    But it's fun... I play once a few weeks....more info
  • ST4
    This Game is awesome and it looks great on my LED TV. The game is even better than I remember it from when I was younge....more info
  • Exceeded expectations
    This game rocks. It gives a truly experience of fighting. My fingers hurt today because I played like 4 hours last night with my cousin, but I liked it.

    There are a total of 25 characters to play with that are stylized in 3D while keeping the traditional game in 2d.

    I highly recommend this game to your collection.

    Best Regards,...more info
  • where is the demo??????????
    I'm rating this game 1 star because Capcom didn't give us a demo.
    I live in a place where it is impossible to get to a game rental store and I don't have a car. So unless the game is horrible there is no reason to make demos available for us. I buy all my games from Amazon.com, so I must make sure that I like the game before I buy it and the only way to do that is by playing the demo.
    I see the 5 star reviews but I really find them unreliable, cause one I bought headphones according to the amazing reviews but the headphones really almost ruined my ears and left me deaf and I returned them on the same day I got them, so the only find the one star reviews reliable. ...more info
  • Too frustrating to be fun!
    I have to say I'm very disappointed with Street Fighter 4. Sure, the graphics and overall presentation are awesome, and the controls are tight. But, the computer opponents are so cheap it's unbelievable. Even on the easiest setting. Doesn't Capcom know that easy is supposed to be EASY! The final boss is impossible. He teleports all over the place and has moves that are unblockable.

    If your able to play online against human players, I guess it could be a fun game. But the single player mode just isn't fun....more info