Street Fighter IV – 2008
On October 17, 2007, more than eight years since the release of Street Fighter III 3rd Strike for the arcades, Capcom unveiled Street Fighter IV at a Capcom Gamers Day event in London. We finally got a sequel to Street Fighter III. Street Fighter IV was released in 2008, and sold 86,000+ copies on its first day in Japan. Is this the Street Fighter game we’ve been waiting for all these years?
Just like the EX series, Street Fighter IV dives into the 3D realm: but this time, Capcom did it right. All the characters and environments in Street Fighter IV are rendered as 3D models with polygons, just like EX, however there are some big differences. Art director and character designer Daigo Ikeno, who previously worked on Street Fighter III 3rd Strike, one of the most beautiful looking Street Fighter games, added a stylized effect to give them a hand-drawn look, with visual effects accented in calligraphic strokes, ink smudges and ink sprays during the fights.
Street Fighter IV introduced brand new gameplay elements, it removed the Parry System and replaced it with the Focus system. Focus attacks allow you to absorb an opponents attack and immediately launch a corresponding counterattack, and it is performed by pressing the medium punch and kick buttons simultaneously. The focus attack absorbs a single attack, so it can’t absorb combos, you can charge it up for more powerful attacks and a fully charged one will stun your opponent for a moment. Not only does Street Fighter IV hail the return of the Super Combo, but it brings something new, the officially dubbed “Ultra Combo”. Ultra Combos are long and cinematic moves featuring a lengthy combination of punches, kicks and other fighting techniques. Just as you have a Super Combo bar you now have a “Revenge” or Ultra Combo bar, this fills up when you take damage. Along with the Super Combos, Ultra Combos are one of the only times the camera breaks from its normal position to show a more dynamic, cinematic view of the gameplay.
Street Fighter IV has 25 playable characters, including six brand new ones. Street Fighter IV also showcases the return of the original twelve world warriors. It’s a fantastic game and i recommend it to everyone. Street Fighter IV is on PlayStation 3 and XBox 360, and will be released on PC sometime this year.
Well that’s the world of Street Fighter. I hope you had fun, I sure as hell did. I sincerely hope this has enticed some of you out there to try a Street Fighter game, or maybe even buy one. Thanks for reading, its been a pleasure.
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