Super Street Fighter IV Review for Xbox 360

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Street Fighter is back
Street Fighter is back

Street Fighter is back

It's 1994 all over again. Michael Schumaker's driving really fast, a charming US president is wowing the political world, and Capcom's releasing a Super update to a Street Fighter game. I half expect Oasis to reform and Romario to come out of retirement to guide Brazil to victory in the World Cup.

So, when it comes to updates of Street Fighter games, Capcom's got form. Super Street Fighter IV's existence should surprise no-one. Nor should its brilliance; Super is IV expanded. Because Capcom has decided Super's worthy of release on a disc rather than as downloadable content, for so many fans IV is now obsolete. But stay your tears, loyal street fighter. Super is worth the loss.

If you're new to this street fighting lark, if when you hear the word Hadouken you think only of a trendy new wave band, then head over to our Street Fighter IV review to find out why the 2.5D one-on-one fighter's ruddy brilliant. Don't worry, we'll wait.

But, if you know your Dragon Punches from your Spinning Piledrivers, then read on. Super feels instantly familiar because its mechanics are exactly the same as the game it updates. Super's EX special moves, spectacular Ultra Combos and strategic Focus Attacks work just as they did in IV. Super is an expansion. It is not a sequel.

Why bother to buy it then? Because it's got ten new characters, a second Ultra Combo for everyone, new arenas, rebalanced gameplay, two bonus stages, a brilliant new online suite, a revolutionary Replay Channel and new trials. That list may not be long enough to convince the uninitiated or the casual Street Fighter fan to get their wallets out, but enthusiasts didn't need a list in the first place.

Hakan's bizarre, but when oiled up, he's one of the best characters in the game.

Hakan's bizarre, but when oiled up, he's one of the best characters in the game.

As an enthusiast, your first half hour spent with the game feels like unwrapping presents as a child on Christmas morning. Whether you're checking out the new Ultras, trying out the new characters or heading straight online, the sense of excitement is huge. I jumped straight into training mode with my favourite character of yesteryear: spiky-haired American Guile, to get a handle on his rebalancing. His new Ultra Combo, the Sonic Hurricane, lifted straight out of the virtual pages of Marvel vs. Capcom 2, is infinitely more useful than the Flash Explosion. Better still, the charge time on his Sonic Boom projectile has been reduced, making him more than a match for any foe in a projectile face off. The great one is back to his old self.

Guile is not the only character to enjoy similar buffs. Capcom has made many of the weaker fighters viable. Conversely, however, it has made some of the overly powerful characters ever so slightly less so. I wouldn't go as far as to say Capcom's nerfed anyone. Sagat, for example, still does huge amounts of damage despite doing slightly less damage than before. Some have said Ryu's been hit hard, but he still seems top tier to me, and his medium and hard punch Dragon Punch hit twice now.

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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

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Super Street Fighter IV
9
Out of 10
Super Street Fighter IV
  • Groundbreaking Replay Channel
  • 10 new characters
  • Old school online modes
  • Story movies still terrible
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Release Date: 30/04/2010
Platforms: Xbox 360 , PS3 , 3DS
Developer: Capcom
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