Ultra Street Fighter IV PC

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  • Summary: The series evolves to a whole new level with Ultra Street Fighter IV for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. Continuing the tradition of excellence the series is known for, five new characters and six new stages have been added for even more fighting mayhem, with rebalanced gameplay andThe series evolves to a whole new level with Ultra Street Fighter IV for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. Continuing the tradition of excellence the series is known for, five new characters and six new stages have been added for even more fighting mayhem, with rebalanced gameplay and original modes topping off this offering. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Sep 4, 2014
    90
    Ultra Street Fighter IV is a great experience and should not be missed from the collection of any fan of fighting games.
  2. Aug 13, 2014
    86
    The definitive version of Street Fighter IV, but not the best until its technical problems are solved.
  3. Sep 14, 2014
    80
    The two-player training mode and 3v3 team battles function exactly as advertised. [Issue#253, p.75]
  4. CD-Action
    Oct 24, 2014
    70
    6 new stages and 5 new characters – sounds great until you realize that ‘new’ means ‘borrowed from Street Fighter X Tekken’ (with the exception of Decapre, which is a Cammy clone with an interesting move set). [Nov 2014, p.61]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 6 out of 16
  1. Aug 13, 2014
    9
    The last and definitive edition of Street Fighter IV is here and the classic mechanic of the series are intact.
    In my opinion this is the
    The last and definitive edition of Street Fighter IV is here and the classic mechanic of the series are intact.
    In my opinion this is the best fighting game ever made. This is the most complete Street Fighter game. without the GFWL and full steamworks are good... Ok, there are some bugs but it's Capcom and this developers read the forums and listen the people. I think all bugs will be solved, AAA+++
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  2. Sep 8, 2014
    9
    The final iteration (allegedly) of Street Fighter 4 is here! Ultra has certain issues with online play, but that will undoubtedly be addressedThe final iteration (allegedly) of Street Fighter 4 is here! Ultra has certain issues with online play, but that will undoubtedly be addressed by Capcom in no-time. Other than that, everything that makes this franchise great is here plus the new chars & stages (although copy-pasted from SFxT), new mechanics and new tweaks. Played it for a few weeks now and the overall impression is most positive. Still the best fighting game out there by far! Expand
  3. Jul 8, 2016
    8
    Contentwise this is one of the best Street Fighter version ever. Has Arcade Mode, Bonus Stage, Trials and so on. Online modes are varied tooContentwise this is one of the best Street Fighter version ever. Has Arcade Mode, Bonus Stage, Trials and so on. Online modes are varied too and that's good to see. Expand
  4. Oct 16, 2014
    7
    I waited a lot before writing this review because this awesome game is cursed by a really bad netcode implementation, I thought the issuesI waited a lot before writing this review because this awesome game is cursed by a really bad netcode implementation, I thought the issues could be fixed but since after 2 months the situation is almost the same I think things are going to remain like that forever. Anyway, let's start with everything else, we will get there eventually.

    The game is, as was SSFIV AE, one of the best fighting games ever made. The roster is huge and the gameplay of each character is unique (shotos share similarities ofc). Usually with a huge roster tier list gets crazy but in Ultra Street Fighter IV there are almost no impossible match-ups.

    Graphics are really nice and on PC you can customize even more game's graphic settings, music is really good (character bgm are better than stage bgm IMHO, but that's just for me) and SFX/announcer are part of what makes the game street fighter.

    Now let's talk about the netcode implementation. When you buy a fighting game you're not supposed to play alone by design.
    In 2000 you wouldn't expect the game to have any online mode implementation and you'd have struggled to search players at your level (it involved moving around your country a lot) to learn the game and eventually enjoy yourself.
    In 2014 you expect your game to be fully playable online since 30~40 ms ping values are totally bearable (it's more or less 2 game frames that should even be mitigated by the netcode). Sadly this is not the case.
    The netcode is bad and so the "mitigation" is completely missing (at least it feels like that) meaning that if you play with low ping values (let's say 40ms) outside ranked, the game plays fine, otherwise you will experience totally unplayable games.

    To recap, gameplay 10 (wouldn't make major changes), graphic 9 (it's old but on PC you can enhance it), music/SFX 9 (totally enjoyable), netcode 2 (well, read above)
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  5. Oct 29, 2014
    4
    I have played and followed this game for a long time, but I cannot recommend it for several reasons. First of all, the PC version isI have played and followed this game for a long time, but I cannot recommend it for several reasons. First of all, the PC version is unplayable at current. This is not a single-player game. Unless you want to do the trials (which I spent most of my time doing), you won't have fun offline. To really experience this game, you need to play against human opponents. The online on PC is extremely laggy and inconsistent and slow in terms of the matchmaking process. But the other reasons I wouldn't recommend it are as follows:

    Too dependent on match-up knowledge. You can't counter-pick, which forces you to learn ONE character and learn them well. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. After having cleared all trials and experimenting with every character I still haven't found one that works for me. Whether I win or lose seems to be decided mostly at the character select screen. My performance is not representative of my skill level due to the character I have chosen vs the character my opponent has chosen.

    No opportunity to use combos. This might sound like a noob thing to say but despite having excellent execution when in training mode I can never combo anything online not because I can't make the links, but because the opportunity to use it is rarely there. The risk vs reward makes it difficult to justify at times. This combined with the non-existent juggling mechanics mean you have to rely on bread-and-butter combos. This makes the game far too "flow-charty".

    Too much poking. Everything in this game feels safe and hard to punish.

    And finally, the most important one: NO TUTORIAL. This game is about as accessible as twister is for wheelchair users. There's nothing in the game to help you. Altthough the strategy and fundamentals might be intuitive, the controls and mechanics take a lot of practice and aren't actually all that satisfying. The game requires frame-perfect timing and is infuriating if you don't have the patience.

    Don't get me wrong, this is by far my most played game and I've had some great moments on it, but to me it's more fun to watch others play it (e.g. Excellent Adventures). As a spectator game, it's often more exciting. But to play? It's more frustrating than rewarding.
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  6. Nov 22, 2014
    0
    this game is the worst piece of crap i have ever played there is no instructions as to the rules and combos are almost impossible it lag andthis game is the worst piece of crap i have ever played there is no instructions as to the rules and combos are almost impossible it lag and i have an intel core i5 processor Expand
  7. Oct 28, 2014
    0
    The game itself is very good when played offline, new characters are nice, solid mechanics and everything you know about SF4 series is there.The game itself is very good when played offline, new characters are nice, solid mechanics and everything you know about SF4 series is there. The nightmare comes when you play online however, lag, freezes, lag and again freezes as they failed to integrate their netcode with the Steam networking services. It will get easily on your nerves. They also released a patch after 2 and a half months which solved almost nothing... the support for this game is just very poor, they just release more costumes to get more money. And no, it's not my connection if you are wondering. Expand

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