Super Street Fighter IV

Super Street Fighter IV Preview for PS3

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Capcom's work with Guile is typical. Across the roster the Japanese company has resisted the temptation to nerf powerful characters (Sagat and Ryu), and instead tried to make established lower to mid tier characters more viable. The goal is to enable a concertina effect, where as many characters as possible are crunched together in the middle of the tiers. Hopefully, you get a roster so wonderfully balanced that every character can win against any other character, if he or she is in the right hands.

Hundreds of hours of hands-on time would be needed to eke out all of the tweaks Capcom's implemented, but we have noticed a few juicy morsels. Ryu's medium Dragon Punch, for example, now juggles. His hard Dragon Punch now hits twice. But it's the new Ultras that got us all excited. We spent hours going through all the characters, selecting the second Ultra before the beginning of each fight, and allowing each other the time and space to enjoy them. Some of the new Ultras are truly spectacular. Ryus's Metsu Shoryuken is a devastating three hit Dragon Punch akin to Gouken's meaty Ultra. But get this, as he performs it, the stage bleeds to white and the background music fades out, leaving only Ryu's imposing fist smacking his opponent's shaking chin. It's superb.

Elsewhere, Zangief's Siberian Blizzard is perhaps the most bone crunching of the new Ultras. It's a tricky air throw that asks you to perform two 360 motions and press all three kicks. It sees him spin insanely fast, break his opponent's limbs, then land in a reverse pile driver stance. Ouch. We won't spoil the rest. Seeing them for yourself free from spoilers is a joy I wouldn't deny you. For us, unravelling the beauty of each one was like opening presents on Christmas day.

So, what of the ten new characters? Well, we've already gone over Juri, T-Hawk, and Dee Jay in our last hands-on preview. Here, we'll concentrate on the final seven characters, which take Super Street Fighter IV's playable character roster up to 35 (all unlocked from the start). Three have been re-imagined from the Street Fighter Alpha series: Guy, Cody, and Adon; and three have been taken from the Street Fighter III series: Makoto, Ibuki, and Dudley. And, finally, there's a completely new character - Hakan, an oil wrestler from Turkey.

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The III and Alpha characters work as they did - many of their established combos work here, although Street Fighter IV's slower speed does change things quite considerably, and the lack of a parry system will make redundant many mastered strategies. Jailbait Cody once again can pick up a knife and link quickfire stab attacks. Makoto is an interesting one – a complex fusion of her Hayate special move and crouching light kicks. Budding ninja girl Ibuki can, once again, chuck throwing knifes in mid air. Her tiny health bar, however, forces her on the offensive. English pugilist Dudley feels particularly powerful, and his crouching roundhouse launcher is undoubtedly one of the most devastating moves in the game (although he appears to have lost his rose attack). Guy is almost as useful - his target combos are devastating, and his Ultra is gorgeous. Adon, well, I don't really know anything about Adon. Like, at all.

As for Hakan, well, it's hard to know what to make of him. He's definitely the most bizarre character in the game, and one of the strangest in the illustrious series' history. Some have already dismissed him as a "joke" character, similar to Dan. But, like Dan, Hakan is actually quite useful, and an interesting proposition. He looks like the love child of Hellboy and Wario. He's got red skin, and, yes, that is his hair. He plays like a cross between Zangief and Blanka, with 360 motion command throws, and attacks that slide under projectiles. But what makes Hakan completely unique is the use of oil.

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El-Dev@ Endless

Must...resist...urge...

Ah f*ck it,

Show Spoiler A lot of people will probably be making that detour, if you know what I mean.
Posted 12:54 on 23 March 2010

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Mark_S

Well Wes, looks like you were right - Ryan obliterated the record by 61!

http://www.facebook.com/editalbum.ph...n/408262909178
Posted 12:46 on 31 March 2010
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wyp100@ El-Dev

I love mum related jokes, and that, sir, was top class. LOL.
Posted 20:22 on 23 March 2010
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El-Dev@ Endless

Must...resist...urge...

Ah f*ck it,

Show Spoiler A lot of people will probably be making that detour, if you know what I mean.
Posted 12:54 on 23 March 2010
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Endless@ CheekyLee

My mum lives in Bridlington, i could take a detour on the way ;)
Posted 12:36 on 23 March 2010
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Karlius@ CheekyLee

Go and do the zangief drop kick lol.
Posted 02:37 on 23 March 2010
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CheekyLee@ Endless

Hmmmm .... Hull ....

Sure, Mr. Hart will almost certainly destroy me, but I am sorely tempted to go anyway. Just seeing him play, let alone getting a shot at him, would be well worth the time taken to get there.
Posted 22:55 on 22 March 2010
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Endless

Hull isn't that far from me, but the trip over the humber makes it either expensive enough, or time consuming enough going round. To make it not worth it. I wonder if you get some sort of little medal thing if he beats the record...
Posted 22:08 on 22 March 2010
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Wido@ GeNeCyDe1993

£21.85 at Shopto ;)
Posted 21:17 on 22 March 2010
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wyp100@ Mark_S

LOL, if only. Mr Hart is that good, I can't see anyone even taking a round off of him!
Posted 17:07 on 22 March 2010
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Mark_S

Any Street Fighter nuts living near Hull might be interested in this at the weekend: http://www.facebook.com/gamestation?v=app_10442206389

"On Saturday 27th March, the official European Street Fighter IV Champion, Ryan Hart will be taking on all would-be challengers to break the world record of 108 unbeaten rounds on the BAFTA-nominated video game, Street Fighter IV."

"The event is for the launch of the new Guinness World Records 2010: Gamers Edition which celebrates all the gaming records set over the past year from the highest score on Donkey Kong to Guitar Hero Champions."

And as you may know, Wes hand a hand in writing said Guinness World Record book, so it ties up nicely! :)

Wes - you should SO get there and kick his ass!
Posted 16:53 on 22 March 2010
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MJTH

THATS IT! I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE, I'll start saving for a PS3. I was actually pretty good at SSF2turbo on my SNES, this will be first on my list. :thumbup1:
Posted 16:40 on 22 March 2010
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GeNeCyDe1993

Ill wait till its £20;)
Posted 16:09 on 22 March 2010
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Endless@ Bloodstorm

Can't wait :D Have to be like a month or so after release though so everyone has time to practice with the new guys etc.

Oh Wes: any news on what the 'special thing' is that people who've already purchased regular old Sf4?
Posted 14:15 on 22 March 2010
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Bloodstorm

Yea, you'll have me playing along side you guys this time.
Posted 13:49 on 22 March 2010
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Wido

I'm getting this! Plus, another VG vs Forum again for SSFIV? I'm sure us members can make it 1-1!
Posted 13:45 on 22 March 2010

Game Stats

Release Date: 30/04/2010
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Genre: Beat 'em Up
No. Players: 1-2
Rating: BBFC 12
Site Rank: 644 61
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