1st off if you are playing this to somehow experience something you haven't experienced before don't bother. All too many times you may see how it maybe not be worth getting, or how it's just a super. But take for a moment an MMORPG and how any slight change to any particular class can have a wide effect across the board. A few things if you are planning to rent this game you should remember..
1. Fighting Games are not meant to be played alone. If you are looking for something like that go play UFC or something. Any and all true fighting games shine when played with someone else.
2. Becuase of 1 the 2nd usually suffers. There is no real story but honestly it's hard to tell a story in such a way fighting a 2/3 bout makes sense. But again this isn't what the game is designed for.
3. Those who have rated the game average or lower don't play fighting games. and it's fair, this game isn't meant for everyone. I don't expect a hardcore madden fan to play WoW and "get it". Some reviews come off as disingeinous..
If you are really into fighting games and aren't afraid to experiential then pick it up, chances are you will not be disappointed but don't expect it to play like Tekken, VF and don't expect a deep engaging story like FFXIII. The game does nothing new but refines and balances the game to where it's tight fun to pick up if you are casual but allows for vasts amounts of depth if you are willing to put in the work into animation frames (Cool downs in RPGs), Dmg scaling, and effect combos.. Capcom has delivered again and if you are into fighting games like sports games, RPGs, action games in terms of their relative genres you will enjoy this game.. I didn't bother renting this game, I out bought it..
This isn't a review just a warning to anyone who rents this game, almost everything about this SSF4 is fantastic except using the ps3's dpad/analogue stick to pull off some of the more complex moves.
You know the old saying practice makes perfect that does not hold true in this case, pulling off about 50% of your fighters moves with 95% efficiency is darn near impossible so you are basically gimped when fighting against the cpu and the world(online Opp)
BEWARE if you dont have a special gamepad or arcade stick