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Mixed or average reviews- based on 258 Ratings

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  • Summary: Street Fighter IV features a mix of returning favourites such as Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li and Guile along with new characters created exclusively for this game such as Crimson Viper, Abel, El Fuerte, and Rufus. Characters and environments are rendered in high definition 3D, while the game is played in the classic Street Fighter 2D perspective with additional 3D camera flourishes. Six-button controls for the game return, with a host of new special moves and features integrated into the input system. Street Fighter IV also incorporates state of the art online match making and worldwide online gameplay. Mixing classic genre-defining game mechanics the franchise is known and loved for with all-new, never-before-seen gameplay systems, Street Fighter IV brings a brand new fighting game to fans the world over. With the inclusion of Capcom's latest advancements in new generation technology, Street Fighter IV promises to deliver an extraordinary experience that will re-introduce the world to the time-honoured art of virtual martial arts. New special moves that go beyond any Street Fighter fan's wildest imagination, including Focus attacks, Super Combos, and the revenged-fueled Ultra Combo system. Classic Street Fighter characters recreated for a new generation of gamers, including the original cast of Street Fighter II. New brawlers: female super-spy Crimson Viper, lucha libre wrestler El Fuerte, mixed martial artist Abel and more. New gameplay elements provide new challenges for both newcomers and the most seasoned Street Fighter pro. Online gameplay features, including instantaneous online challenges, versus mode, tournament mode, and world wide online gameplay. [Capcom] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 77
  2. Negative: 0 out of 77
  1. 100
    This is, in almost every way that matters, the perfect Street Fighter.
  2. 100
    Even if you haven’t touched a fighting game since the 16-bit era, one match of Capcom’s new masterpiece will remind you why you spent so many hours at those now long-shuttered arcades.
  3. Make no mistake: this is the finest fighter ever made. A glorious reworking of a classic that leaves the pretenders to the console fighter crown picking up their teeth with shattered fingers. [Mar 2009, p.62]
  4. Even without the update, however, we have great graphics, new spectacular moves and the intensity with which the matches are disputed is also very good. So until the launch of King of Fighters XII, we can safely say that Street Fighter IV is the best 2D fighting game on the market.
  5. While Street Fighter IV plays an expectedly brilliant game, the real surprise stems from its direction from a visual point of view that is nothing short of astounding.
  6. This title restored our faith in the genre and it rises high above the competition. Capcom deserves credit for this one. It's been a long time since we felt this kind of vibe and the best part is, it's a good slice of gaming even for those who are unfamiliar with previous releases.
  7. Is Street Fighter IV the best version? Absolutely. But once fans have relived their virtual-martial-arts glory days; once they’ve defeated Seth, the poorly named final boss; once the patina of nostalgia has worn off, most will wonder whether they needed to spend $60 on a game they already own.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 62
  2. Negative: 9 out of 62
  1. Aug 22, 2011
    9
    Okay Capcom, you showed up with your sleepy franchise to give it a comeback. I'm glad that you made this at last and trnasformed the awesome series to a monster of a game. Beutiful graphics, solid gameplay ( ultimately slow though) and nice features makes the best entrie in the series. Even with those great feautres get the Super Street Fighter or the new Arcade one that came out, overall Capcom slipped the hand on making to much Street Fighter in less than 4 years probably , so get the most updated version. Expand
  2. Sep 28, 2011
    8
    People who hate on this game are clearly impatient. This was the first fighting game I ever played and after many hours practice, I finally saw why it's a good game. At first, it seems terrible but after you do all the trials in challenge mode it becomes easier. It's not for casual gamers (at least SUPER SFIV isn't) but there's lots of content in challenge mode and while you can run through everything in the single player by just spamming Lariat with Zangief, the strategy and execution required for online play will make you keep wanting more if you can get into the game and see the skill in it. Expand
  3. Jun 13, 2011
    8
    This is very impressive for a Street Fighter game.Never really liked the franchise but this version is very good.
    Are there Mortal Kombat vs
    Street Fighter fans still around after all these years?Well,Mortal Kombat is much better.Good effort though SF. Expand
  4. Sep 27, 2010
    7
    im not a big fighting game fan to begin with so and fighting game that has me playing it longer then a day or 2 is pretty good in my book. i have played most of the SF games and liked alot of them . i think 2d style fighting games for some reason will always be more fun then the 3d ones. the games looks beutiful . controls both on the 360 and ps3 arnt very tight mainly because some of the moves are so close together controlwise that you will be doing the wrong move alot with some charicters i had ALOT of problesm with Ryu . also not really alot of charicters when you look at some of the other SF games. it also has a UBBER cheap boss even on very easy he just spams the same move over and over using ryus flying upper cut attack over and over and over and over again. i also wish they added more special moves to this game . i also felt the supper attacks didnt look as flashy as say in marvel vs capcom 1 or 2. still though this game is fun and online will provide you with alot of fun and bring you back to the early 90s of playing people in the arcade . Expand
  5. Sep 17, 2011
    6
    I am a huge fan of the fighting games playing them since the original Mortal Kombat days. I have played alot of different fighting game series over the years the Tekken Series, The Mortal Kombat series, The Soul Calibur and Street Fighter series. I just loved Street fighter 2 to death I can't explain the amount of hours I spent on that game and how much fun i had with my cousins when playing SF II with them. And than comes Street Fighter 3 one of the most disappointing games ever, the game is just seemed broken and the fighting did not seem polished at all and it surprisingly did not work well in 3D enviroments. And nows comes Street Fighter IV to be honest I was no looking forward to this after the awful flop that was Street Fighter 3, after seeing the reviews this game got I felt like this game would redeem the franchise and finally give fighting game fans a great fighting game after most of the fighting games this gen Soul Calibur 4, MK vs DC and Tekken 6 turned out to be underwhelming games that did not live up to their potential. But when I played this game expecting to relive the amazing time I had with Street Fighter 2 I was just let down. First of all the A.I in the game is just cheap and messed up. Capcom also changed its controls and combos so the veteran players would have to learn and master all over again to be honest that would not have been a problem for me if the A.I actually gave you a chance you see if you are veteran player and you want to completely master a game you should start out on the lowest difficulty in a game and that exactly what i did when I first played this game and what happened? Well even on the lowest difficulty the A.I is cheap as hell doing the same unblockable and unavoidable moves over and over again and even exploiting the new meter system, this kind of stuff should not happen at the easiest difficulty otherwise how in the world are you going to learn the combos and execute them. The Meter System would have been a great addition if the game actually did a good job of explaining how it actually works for the players. Sure the game has the combos listed in its menu but they are really hard to bloody understand and even when you get to understand them executing is a bigger pain because the controls are just slow in responding. In a game like this which is hard as hell and takes a while to master the unresponsive controls just make it alot harder to execute combos and special moves making the fights harder and annoying plus the awful directional pad on the 360 just makes all this more painful. Plus the game has a lack of modes where are team battle, 2 on 2 fights, Mission or Challenge mode and an actual story mode none of that is in the game plus the roster is very thin and here I was thinking they would expand the roster by a large number, there are only 4 new characters in total thats it. As far as the online Multiplayer goes it is much better than the offline mode because atleast the players online don't have the tendency to do one cheap move after another and kicking your a** as much A.I does in the arcade mode thaty is simply because it is hard and time consuming to learn combos and special moves and executing them. The graphics even though if cartoonish look great, the environments in fight areas look fantastic even for 2D and characters models during the gameplay also look great and I would also say that the voice acting for all the characters has been done really well. But the anime cutscenes just look terrible and I mean terrible it looks like i am watching a cartoon show on cartoon network only alot worse. All those scenes look tedious and corny and lip syching is also a problem during the scene couldn't they have just made the characters look like they do during the gameplay because that would have been so much better. I must admit however the game does have a alot of extras but will you really be willing to spend all the time it takes to unlock the extras in the game because of how problematic it is learn and than execute combos against the cheap A.I in the arcade mode..It is so obvious CAPCOM did not go all out on this game because they wanted to release a Super SFIV with more content so that they can hog more money from their fans this move has just proven that CAPCOM cares more about money than giving fans what they really want. As a huge Street Fighter 2 fan I really wanted to like this game and have fun with it but all these problems just ruined the game for me and it is just sad for an incomplete and to an extent problematic fighting game like this can get 93/100 metascore. 6/10 Expand
  6. Mar 17, 2011
    6
    Very one dimensional. It's gets old fast and Capcom likes to milks it's customers by selling brand new games that included content that could have just been DLC. Expand
  7. Aug 13, 2010
    0
    This game is terrible. I was bitterely dissapointed with it. All the good moves are really hard to do, which means your left with boring punches and kicks. If you want a fighting game, i reccomend Soul Calibur IV. Expand

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