Robust and challenging single-player modes, strong online multiplayer, and gorgeous visuals make this a must-have for any fighter fan.
17 July 2009
Summary: It's obvious that each iteration of the long-running Street Fighter series has been carefully tuned and tweaked to the finest degree, and nowhere is this more apparent than in Street Fighter IV.
Pros: Gorgeous character models, animations, and background art, Comprehensive multiplayer modes, Accessible but nuanced gameplay, Plenty of replay value for completionists
Cons: Online play suffers if either fighter's connection is slow, Keyboard controls works, but arcade sticks or gamepads are preferred
Excerpt: Every genre of video game has a recognizable character or series that one would instantly think of when it comes to the specific genre. For RPGs (Role Playing Games) it has to be “Final Fantasy.” For sports it’s “Madden.
Conclusion: If that hasn’t convinced you to pick up a copy of SFIV, maybe this will: the graphics are outstanding! Sure, the character models are hulking monsters compared to their original opposites, but they have now gone 3D and look beautiful in motion.
Summary: Street Fighter IV
is a true fighting game through and through. No over-complicated game modes or additional mini games get in the way of the straight-up combat, and there aren’t any bells and whistles tacked on for the sake of things.
Pros: Excellent graphics, Easy to pick up, Great online mode
Cons: No additional modes, Won't convert any non-fighting fans
Summary: SF IV features a mix of returning favorites (Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li etc.) along with new characters created for this game, such as Crimson Viper, Abel, El Fuerte, and Rufus. Characters and environments are rendered in stylized 3D, while the game is played in the classic 2D perspective with additional 3D...
Summary: There used to be a running joke roughly 15 years ago about Capcom being unable to count. There are more revisions of Street Fighter II —the game that skyrocketed the video fighting genre into unstoppable popularity all throughout the 90s—than there are stars in the sky if you count all of the...
Excerpt: Street Fighter. It's a series that took up most of my college years. Actually I should refer to Street Fighter II, as I never really played the first one at all (when I saw it listed in a magazine I thought originally it was going to be a sequel to Final Fight. How stupid of me.