posted by bluelou247 (STATEN ISLAND, NY) Jul 31, 2009
Member since Feb 2009
gamers (62%) found this review helpful
This latest submission to the fighting genre of games from Capcom is dissappointing to say the very least. The game's insistance on the user mastering the ability to execute the 'Ultimate/Super' combo (as was evidenced by the game's A.I. using said move FOUR times on me during the course of one match) really takes away from overall enjoyment of the game. SF4 appears to care less about the user honing the ability to pull off coordinated, sequenced attacks ala Soul Calibur than it does whether or not this move can be done in battle. I played it three days then immediately sent it back so as not to allow my Soul Calibur skill atrophy.
Fighting games have evolved.
Street Fighter has not.
This game brings back the great childhood memories of slamming away at the arcade sticks pulling off crazy moves with funny sayings. The game is fun, and looks much better than past versions of course. The graphics are great. There is a lot of content to the game. The problem I have and that really kills the game for me is the difficulty level. I never read the manual as you do not get them with gamefly and I do not take the time to go online to read it. There are some revenge combos that I could never figure out. You can get the move list from ingame under the pause menu, but it does not tell you how to execute these. I think they take away from the game anyways as the computer uses them like crazy and they take away half or more of your health with no way to block them.
Back to the big complaint of difficulty. I have always been good at the Street Fighter franchise, not great, but always been able to hold my own. In this installment I started off on arcade mode on easy to get the feel back for the game. The game is very difficult even on easy. This fat guy in yellow took me about 20 times to beat or more, and just really ruined the game. Other fighters took a few times to beat. I got to guile and he was impossible to beat and that is when I sent the game back. It is no fun when on easy no matter what you do you hear sonic boom and you are on the ground. You start a combon on him and he hits you in the middle of it to break it up as no other fighter in the game did up until him. He was only the 5th or 6th match into the game, so I would hate to see the harder fights of the game.
I'm gonna put this out there first thing, if your not a Street Fighter master then this game is hard. I got it about three weeks ago after I played at a local tournament. I fell in love with game right away. The awesome ink art style, tight control, and great soundtrack sucked me in right away. With a large selection of stages and costume colors it keeps things from getting boring. Now having said that, there isn't a large amount of characters to choose from, granted there are all the original Street Fighter 2 characters, but there's not any I know from the 3rd game. There are many different modes in the game from arcade to challenge mode which is divided into time trial, survival, and a new trial mode were you learn and try to complete combos. As far as arcade mode comes it is generally fun especially since another person can join mid game and when your match is over you start from the same point in your previous fight. It does have online play and it is fun, especially since even on bad internet connections there's not a lot of lag. This is fun to play alone, but it's a blast to play with friends since your so easily pulled into the fights. Now on to the cons. As I said before this game is hard and this might keep some newcomers away. I myself am, but I enjoy challenging games and I find myself getting better all the time especially in the handy training mode where can set fight conditions and practice your moves. Sometimes I find the boss fight so challenging I do have to change the difficulty level so I don't put my controllers through my TV screen. The only other con is that it has some what long loading time between fights which can be shortened if you install it on your system. I have a PS3 and by installing it I lowered the load time by about 10 seconds. Overall this is a good game and recommend it whether your a new comer to the series or a veteran since its just a blast to pick and play.