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Street Fighter IV – 2008

Street Fighter IV

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.

Ryu Vs. Ken

Ryu Vs. Ken

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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  1. Stand up job! I’m ecstatic that you included the “VS” series. X-Men versus Street Fighter is one of my personal favorite fighting games of all time.

  2. I think SF: Anniversary Collection has been added to the rare game lists. I almost bought a second copy when I saw one at the Circuit City out of business sale. But yeah, I’ve played it from time to time and it’s one of the best looking 2D fighters save for the newer KOF’s.

    • avatar Lukaz

      TheGamekid96 / @YouKnowItzTTime81 yeah i feel your pain D: they cselod down our ONLY bowling alley,and just recentley OUR ONLY MOVIE THEATRE/ARCADE!!!!! D:< WTF?!Vegeta:DAAAAAAMMMMMIIIIIIIITTTTT!!!!!!!!

    • avatar Venugopal

      A1ienDrummer / Ya know, Mark’s not the only guy that thnkis it should be called the Street Fighter 2 collection. When I bought this game at a trade in store, Street Fighter 2 Collection was on the tag! XD

  3. @NeoRyo
    I totally agree, Street Fighter games are so hard to come by in general though. I’ve been searching for a copy of Marvel Vs Capcom 2 for over 2 years, i don’t feel like using Ebay. :D

    • avatar Nursel

      That’s an intelligent answer to a difufilct question xxx

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  4. Don’t worry about that; MVSCapcom 2 is most likely coming to the Live Arcade and PSN.

    • avatar Muhammer

      Seeing as this game has some similarities to smeily-wars is it safe to expect a map editor? Also it seems like this game will work with a single player campaign, obviously with weaker enemies and a stronger you.

  5. @Chris
    I would totally cream in my pants if that happened. I’d love to see Marvel Vs. Capcom 3.
    Oh wait, i want 3rd Strike on PSN.

    • avatar Agatha

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  6. This was great, nice work. I’m looking forward to playing Marvel vs. Capcom whenever it releases on XBLA or PSN

    • avatar Raquel

      i have cast vote MvC3 this years fitghin game, SSFIV 3ds ultimate game all categories, because i fell in love with SFIV two years ago x_o

    • avatar Edelrose

      We think it is not about our acutal policies, but about the fact that standing for these policies for so long when they were unpopular, and speaking up loudly about them, has gained us the reputation of being overly radical, not the kind of people you want on your platform if you are trying to capture the attention of centrists. (Even this year Tikkun took out a full page ad in the New York Times criticizing Israel for the Gaza invasion when other Jewish groups held off.) This is what Josh Healey was talking about in this interview, and I should have linked also to Michael Lerner’s editorial about J Street and Tikkun in the current print issue of Tikkun, here: . In that editorial Michael compares this with the way many liberals who turned against the Vietnam War continued to resent the radicals who had opposed the war much earlier: they couldn’t forgive them for being so outside the consensus when they had been in it. I think this is a very common human reaction, or maybe only very common among liberals: I’d like to hear of examples involving conservatives so I could get a better handle on it.

  7. @David
    Get into it! ;P
    I need people to play against!!
    A Staff tournament would be cool, but we all have different systems and not all of us have Street Fighter IV.

    • avatar Gregory

      Erotomaniax / I btchea a bunch of people (incl. myself) who are watching this are like Try these cheap moves on me and see if they work =DGreat review. Your reviews are even more fun than informative!

    • avatar Pavan

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  8. avatar LastDance

    I have to say, I hated SF3. The new characters were terrible.

    • avatar Zulfa

      two different types of fun. MW3 will rely on spiaecl forces type battles in claustrophobic settings, like real spiaecl forces fight in, whereas Battlefield focuses on wide, BATTLEFIELD gameplay. Not to mention in battlefield you’re meant to feel like a soldier, whereas in MW3, you’re meant to feel like a badass.

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    • avatar Carllos

      This looks truly excellent, but now that I’ve seen some Modern Warfare 3 gmaeplay, I think that they’re actually level now, unlike what I thought when I saw a shitty campaign mission at E3.

  11. avatar sousa

    J Street ecdulxed Tikkun/Michael Lerner?! But .why?? You all have consistently put forth a two-state settlement.

    • avatar Kathryn

      xan1242 / @Erotomaniax I’ve seen that some PS3 Slims can play PS1 and 2 games.You just need to download the BIOS’es from PlayStation Store,and then make meomry cards and there you go!It works perfectly fine as long as you have original discs for PS1 and PS2.

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