Super Street Fighter IV

Super Street Fighter IV Review for PS3

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An enhanced version of Street Fighter IV featuring eight new characters.

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9Out of 10
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Dudley is quick, powerful and has great moves. The new Sagat, we reckon.
Dudley is quick, powerful and has great moves. The new Sagat, we reckon.

Dudley is quick, powerful and has great moves. The new Sagat, we reckon.

More interesting is the Endless Battle mode, designed to simulate the old school arcade experience. This set-up allows up to eight players to hang about in a queue using winner stays on rules. What's great about this mode is that the waiting players can watch the action and chat to each other. Endless Battle, really, should have been in IV (it was in Super Street Fighter II HD Remix), but at least Capcom's got it right second time around.

The new Replay Channel is fantastic. At its most basic it lets you save your matches to your hard disc. But more exciting is the ability to watch matches involving other players, other players who are better than you. Finally we have a way to learn new techniques, combos and strategies without having to head to YouTube. You can even turn the input data on, play back in slo-mo and turn on the damage numbers. If you see a replay that knocks your socks off, you can save it, invite a party in to watch it with you, and have it blow all their socks off, too. Super's Replay Channel raises the bar other fighting games will now have to at least attempt to reach. Brilliant.

Bad points? Some of the few criticisms I had of IV have carried over to Super. There is still no way to see how a trial should be done. The story animations are still awful. Just... awful. And you can tell that some of the new Ultras haven't enjoyed as much development effort as others. Some are just plain boring, like Ken's Guren Senpukyaku.

This frustrates all the more because most of the new Ultras are quite stupendous. Ryu's Metsu Shoryuken is a three hit Dragon Punch that may be the most spectacular in the game. Dhalsim's Yoga Shangri-La sees the flexible Indian rain down head butts from above. And Zangief's Siberian Blizzard is guaranteed to make your opponent wince.

The game's a tenner cheaper than standard full price games. Bargain.

The game's a tenner cheaper than standard full price games. Bargain.

Some have said that the rebalanced gameplay and new online modes should have been made available through a patch and the new characters sold as downloadable content for Street Fighter IV. The fact that Capcom's releasing Super a tenner cheaper than a full price game is an admission that the critics have a point.

At the end of the day, though, Super is a tremendous update to a tremendous game. It addresses many of IV's weaknesses, subtly tweaks old features so that they work better, and introduces some characters that exceed the high quality bar set in February last year. It is a game tailor made for hardcore Street Fighter fans; if Street Fighter IV didn't float your boat, Super won't either. But if you're a hardcore Street Fighter fan, Super is an essential purchase. It is the best fighting game available on this generation of games consoles, and further reinforces Capcom's dominance of the fighting game genre.

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aansystone

i love the game and also written a couple of reviews on the characters as well.
Posted 20:04 on 28 August 2011
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Bloodstorm

I'd wait on the Darkstalkers announcement and more on Marvel VS Capcom 3 THEN maybe Street fighter 5s announcement even then it'd take a good 2-3 years to develop.
Posted 13:36 on 05 May 2010
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mrgarrettscott

@ Bloodstorm... I read the interview. After reading it and regardless of the answer given, the question remains: When will we see Super Street Fighter IV Turbo/Ultra/Anthology/Collection/Anniversary.

Capcom's track record in this area has been firmly established with SFII and SFIII III. The trend only continues with SFIV and SSFIV. If Capcom decides to surprise me and do things differently, I'm all for it. Until that time, I won't hold my breath and patiently await the announcement of the next game in the Street Fighter IV series.
Posted 07:05 on 05 May 2010
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Bloodstorm

If you read the SSF4 interview you'd know the answer to that.
Posted 13:55 on 04 May 2010
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mrgarrettscott

The most important questions is when will Capcom release Super Street Fight IV Turbo?
Posted 13:11 on 04 May 2010
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Endless

Seth can kiss my ass, stupid wall jumping freak, up there with a Fuerte tostada-death-loop for annoyance.

What i wanna know though is what can you actually counter with Cammy's new CQC ultra? Can i counter anything or do certain attacks still pwn it?
Posted 13:15 on 28 April 2010
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CheekyLee@ altaranga

Seth still exists, and is apparently even worse than before. However, since everyone else is now better than before ....

Wez, be a man. You gave SFIV a 9, and state that this game is better. The cut-scenes are not really a valid complaint, are they? Besides which, some of us quite liked them!
Posted 08:59 on 27 April 2010
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altaranga

Is that Michael Schumacher's cordwainer cousin? :lick:

Nice review, Wes. If I were a fan of fighting games this would definitely be on my "to buy" list. But, alas, I am just too crap at them.

Btw, I did not see a mention of Seth. Am I right in thinking he has been removed, along with his annoying difficulty spike?
Posted 08:22 on 27 April 2010
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Get2DaChoppa

Yeah great review Wez, even more excited about getting it, not so much the ass whopping i'll sustain, but yay...

@sexyjams: haha man, you're right about the 4 page review.
Posted 19:42 on 26 April 2010
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SexyJams

Definitely buying this game.
Trust Wes to write a 4 page review on Street Fighter lol :p
Posted 19:38 on 26 April 2010
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MJTH

Brilliant review wez, I'm not suprised it is not though. It may be a much better game then Street fighter 4 but it is still the same game, in a basic view, as street fighter 4 that came out a year ago. Man games like make me wish I had a PS3
Posted 17:20 on 26 April 2010
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mydeaddog

I'm pretty sure that the "bonus" is an eleventh colour for when you're choosing your character. How exciting.

Never mind, the game still rocks bells.
Posted 16:46 on 26 April 2010
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GeNeCyDe1993

Im also surprised that this wasnt a 10, mammoth review though, lots of stuff to investigate and sink my teeth into. May purchase this soon...
Posted 16:45 on 26 April 2010
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Bloodstorm

I'm still queuing outside my GAME at 7am for this. Too bad i'm working 8pm-1am that night :(
Posted 12:42 on 26 April 2010
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wyp100@ Endless

As far as I'm aware, they haven't revealed what it is yet.
Posted 12:21 on 26 April 2010

Game Stats

Super Street Fighter IV
9
Out of 10
Super Street Fighter IV
  • Old school online modes
  • Groundbreaking Replay Channel
  • 10 new characters
  • Story movies still terrible
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Release Date: 30/04/2010
Platforms: PS3 , Xbox 360 , 3DS
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Genre: Beat 'em Up
No. Players: 1-2
Rating: BBFC 12
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