Super Street Fighter IV

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I have a tight circle of friends who know how to play Street Fighter. I mean know. We take it in turns to play host to tournaments (money may or may not exchange hands) that last long into the night and sometimes, long into the morning. The victor - he who wins ten matches in a row - walks away with more than just the knowledge that he is the best. He walks away with the respect of his peers. This, in all things competitive, is the holy grail. Well, that, and the humiliating PERFECT!

So, when Super Street Fighter IV arrived at the office, it was time to sound the call. But there would be no tournament. There would be no competitiveness. Only excited grown men huddled around a television, exploring the joys of ten new characters, new Ultras, and the intricacies of a slightly rebalanced fighting system.

This, in a nutshell, is why Super Street Fighter IV is so anticipated among fans. Ten new characters to master. Loads of new combos to learn. A raft of new strategies to perfect. And spectacular new Ultras to explore. The beautiful new fighting stages, new online game modes, and new animated movies are, in truth, a bonus - secondary to the primary pleasure the core gameplay provides.

We began our first tentative steps with SSFIV not trying out the new characters, but exploring old favourites. I headed straight to Guile - I'd heard he'd been ever so slightly tweaked to make him more powerful, and as an old school fan of the spiky-haired US army general, I needed to know. It's true: he's now even better. His pressure mix up game - so good in past Street Fighters - is reborn. His crouching medium punch is now easier to link from, enabling some great poke, Sonic Boom, tick throw mix ups. Unfortunately, his Overhead Kick doesn't hit high - as it did in Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD, but he still has a dirty towards medium punch that does the job almost as well.

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Guile's biggest weakness, however, was his Ultra - the Flash Kick Explosion looks the business, but it's about as useful as a paper boat in the middle of the ocean. Because it's extremely difficult to combo into, Guile's Ultra goes largely untouched. No more. Welcome, Guile fans, to the Sonic Hurricane.

The Sonic Hurricane (charge back, forward, back, forward and all three punches), is lifted straight out of Guile's Marvel vs. Capcom incarnation, and spits out a vortex Sonic Boom that stays close to Guile for a few seconds, damaging anyone silly enough to jump into it. Finally, he has an Ultra worth the complex command input, and it can be more easily comboed into from the Double Flash.

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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: 580
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