I vividly remember the release date of Street Fighter IV! I was not lucky enough to have an arcade around me that had this in so I had to wait for the release. On day one, I was there and picked this up for the Xbox 360. It felt like it had been forever since we got a new game in the series and it was exactly what I wanted in a new Street Fighter game.
The setting of the game is very interesting. I feel that with Street Fighter III, fans were kind of divided on the game. I thought it was ok, but when I heard that Street Fighter IV was going to take place after Street Fighter II, I knew I was going to love it. The game features many of our returning heroes, but there is a new villain, the cheap SOB that is called Seth.
Each character has their own little story and overall, I would say that this at the time was the most cinematic of all the Street Fighter games to be released at this point. You will want to beat the game with each character so you can experience their story. The game does not give you all the characters at the start. The roster is stacked, but by beating the game with certain characters you can unlock hidden ones.
It Was Like I Was Back In 1992
One of the things that Capcom was very clever with here in Street Fighter II was the way that gamers could play the game. This is a very deep fighting game with some awesome new systems in place such as the focus attacks which with the right timing can give you a devastating counter-attack. Street Fighter IV also has these awesome Ultra Combos that are like a very flashy and over the top way to bring your opponent down.
The thing is, as great as all that is and as much fun as that is to learn. You can pick your favorite character from Street Fighter II, which in my case is Ken, and play the game just the same way you did back in the day! It made it a game that all Street Fighter fans could embrace and I thought that was very cool.
Flash, Bang, Wallop
I was blown away by the way that Street Fighter IV looked and I think that it still holds up to this day. While this is still a 2D fighting game, the characters are big and beefy and have a ton of personality. If you had shown me a picture of this back in 1992 and told me that is what Street Fighter would look at, I would have lost my freaking mind! This game is just pure eye candy and I love how each stage has a ton of stuff going on in the background.
I talked about how cinematic the game was, but one thing I have to give special mention to is the way the characters talk to each other. There is a little bit of trash talk before fights and when you fight your “rival” you get an extended animated scene which is cool.
Street Fighter IV is a truly amazing game. It is a game I loved playing when it first came out and I am sure I would have a great time if I were to fire it up now. The thing is, not long after this came out Capcom released Super Street Fighter IV which makes this version of the game kind of pointless….
Shortly after that, Capcom would release Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition which is the ultimate version of this game. Look, on its own, this is great, but you want to get Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition if you truly want to experience this game.
- This game is just so much fun to play
- I liked the new “deeper” gameplay mechanics
- The game looks like a million bucks
- I really enjoyed how it was more cinematic
- Super Street Fighter IV is better than this
- And Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition is better than that!