Street Fighter 4

March 3, 2009 at 2:02 am (Gaming)

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Story: B

There isn’t really a deep storytelling element here, but there never really was in any of the previous installments. However, each character does have a specific intro movie, end movie, and rival to face which at least gives the illusion of there being something of a story behind this fighter. In all seriousness, fighters don’t need storylines to keep us engaged, just action, and for that reason, Street Fighter 4 gets some leniency points.

Gameplay: A

Controls are responsive and smooth, moves are easily executed, and there is a surprising level of depth to the gameplay not seen in most fighters. The only problem I had with the arcade mode was with the difficulty settings. The easy modes are definitely very very easy, but there is really little difference between playing on medium or up, Seth is still going to rock you with cheap moves. Other than that minimal complaint about difficulty settings, CAPCOM really hit a home run with this game.

Sound/Graphics: A+

Visually this game is stunning. The colors and textures are beautiful and really lend a new stylishness to the characters. What really stood out to me were the facial expressions when someone was charging up to unleash an ultra attack, your opponent gets this look on their face like it might be time for a fresh set of underpants. Sound effects are right where the should be. Bone-crunching effects for when hits are landed, and all the “HADOUKEN”‘s you can handle.

Value: A+

If you can get your hands on a used copy, by all means, go for it. But don’t be discouraged when there aren’t any within reasonable driving distance. This game has nearly endless replay value between unlocking characters, costumes, personal actions (taunts), and a whole assortment of ways to customize your online profile, there is a lot to do in this game. The online battles are really a lot of fun, and a nice way to “educate” your friends without blowing through all your laundry money. Training levels offer gamers who want to take their game to the next level the opportunity to do so by learning the impressively difficult and equally devastating combos. A bit pricey at 60 bucks, but well worth it.

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