Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. 92
    This DLC is definitely a must buy for diehards but is something casual players really need to think about before making the plunge. Keep in mind though that Ultra Street Fighter IV is what this fighter should be and it has been perfected through hours of hard work to get it there.
  2. 90
    The ultimate evolution of the game responsible for growing the fighting games of the previous generation, but also one that can fill the expectations of beginners and veterans.
  3. Aug 27, 2014
    By implementing new fighters, tweaking some of the old, and addressing some balance issues, Capcom offers a great update to an already superb fighting game.
  4. Aug 8, 2014
    The original Street Fighter IV sent the series back to the top of the fighting game heap, and Ultra Street Fighter IV does everything it can to make sure it stays there.
  5. Jun 27, 2014
    It feels, in other words, an awful lot like classic Street Fighter, and praise doesn’t come much higher than that.
  6. Jun 16, 2014
    If you’ve somehow managed to stay away from the phenomenon this entire time, then Ultra Street Fighter IV is the perfect gateway to becoming a World Warrior.
  7. Jun 6, 2014
    The most interesting of the mechanic additions is the implementation of red focus – a souped up version of a regular focus attack. Red focus cancels moves that you normally could not, creating more aggressive playstyles. Additionally, you can absorb more attacks, giving characters a defensive boost.
  8. Jun 3, 2014
    Ultra Street Fighter IV is a great DLC with dramatic changes to the previous editions of the popular fighting game. The new characters and arenas are just the smaller additions to the game, while the new balance and gameplay mechanics are the real deal.
  9. Jun 3, 2014
    USFIV is definitely the Street Fighter IV ultimate version; huge roster, good balance changes, new and needed tools for pro players and content sharing via social media, in a game that can make Street Fighter IV last for a decade.
  10. Jun 3, 2014
    Ultra Street Fighter 4 takes an already incredible, content-rich fighting game, and builds upon it in ways that fighting enthusiasts can get lost in and casual fans can enjoy. Every addition and refinement, both big and small, works.
  11. Aug 22, 2014
    Sure: It isn’t as fascinating as it was five years ago. But still the fighting mechanics and even more so the visuals stand the test of time. This is one of the best beat-em-ups of its generation.
  12. Jun 9, 2014
    While most of Ultra Street Fighter IV‘s new characters are little more than port-overs from Street Fighter X Tekken, the characters are still welcome additions to the roster—and the rest of Ultra‘s features and expanded online modes make upgrading a decision worth making for fans.
  13. Jun 9, 2014
    Ultra Street Fighter IV adds even more characters and enhancements making this version the ultimate version of Street Fighter IV.
  14. Aug 22, 2014
    Ultra was a great time over a weekend (especially trading off between rounds with my kids) and I'm sure that players who've stayed current with Street Fighter have already purchased it and sussed out the new tweaks and systems, but as someone who popped in to see how things are going, I quickly popped back out and wished the series well
  15. Jul 16, 2014
    Still enjoyable after all these years, the new content of Ultra helps revitalise Street Fighter IV and will no doubt keep it going for a good while to come. [Issue#113, p.81]
  16. 80
    Hands-down the best version of Street Fighter IV yet, and that goes whether you’re a complete newbie or an online veteran of the game.
  17. Jun 22, 2014
    Ultra Street Fighter IV looks and feels fantastic, and despite the fact that many of its "new" pieces of content have been seen and used before, it's still very much an exciting riff on an already-solid fighting game.
  18. Jun 16, 2014
    A little (tiny) bit lazy but still polished and very well balanced. Capcom does it again.
  19. 80
    Capcom has shown a good deal of skill in refining an already great fighter in Ultra Street Fighter IV. Surely, now, it's time to move on to a proper sequel.
  20. Jun 5, 2014
    Ultra Street Fighter IV (again) changes our favorite fighting game for good, and the fans will love it... but if you're not an hardcore player of SFIV, it's not necessarily a must-have.
  21. 80
    The retail version will offer better value for money, but for existing fans this is a determined effort to drag Street Fighter IV even closer to perfection.
  22. 80
    In the end, Ultra is a game growing old with grace and dignity, going in for one more round before retirement, signified by the inevitable arrival of SFV. Nothing more, nothing less.
  23. Jun 4, 2014
    Nearly every aspect of the game has received some sort of enhancement or upgrade, and the result is an expansion that makes a great game even better.
  24. Jun 3, 2014
    Regardless of the differing packages, Ultra Street Fighter IV is unequivocally the best of the lot, though the series is showing its wear after six years. Whether that means yet another SFIV installment will be arriving in the pipeline remains to be seen.
  25. The definitive version of an already excellent fighting game, Ultra Street Fighter is the pinnacle of Capcom's tinkering with the title, and shows just how far one game can go with a little bit of love from its fans. That said, we're ready for Street Fighter 5 now, please.
  26. Jun 3, 2014
    It offers highly refined gameplay married with a rich art style, and by acknowledging fan feedback in an effort to make a well-rounded game even more polished, Ultra feels like the work of a developer that's content to please its core audience rather than trying to grab everyone else's attention. That's rare, especially from a studio that was responsible for Resident Evil 6.
  27. Jun 3, 2014
    Ultra Street Fighter IV renews the formula of the wonderful fourth chapter in the Capcom's fighting series another time with a good selection of new characters and a balanced new set of revisions that can appeal the pro player, but after 4 years and various iterations the average consumer starts to feel the need for something completely new.
  28. Aug 28, 2014
    Since this is technically a rehash of a game from 2009, the retail version can be had for a relatively low price of $40, with the downloadable upgrade (if you have another version of SF4 in your library) setting you back only $15. If you are deciding between download or retail, it basically all comes down to if you want the 100 costumes found on the disc, or if you have enough HDD space for the upgrade.
  29. Aug 11, 2014
    Ultra Street Fighter, while good, doesn’t quite live up to that Ultra name. The new mechanics and balance changes will keep the game fresh for months to come, but the new characters - which are largely the reason this is a paid update and not a patch - bring next to nothing to the game.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 60 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 5 out of 12
  1. Jun 4, 2014
    Another Street Fighter game to last for years.
    Like it or not, this is the biggest and the best fighting game on the planet.
    Deep fighting
    Another Street Fighter game to last for years.
    Like it or not, this is the biggest and the best fighting game on the planet.
    Deep fighting game mechanics and so many unique characters make this game an instant classic for any fighting game fan. With EVO just around the corner, the hype is only starting to build up. Shoryuken!
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  2. Jun 4, 2014
    Made by fans for fans.
    If you are new to the series, then this is a must buy.
    If you've played the old versions of the game, then you have
    Made by fans for fans.
    If you are new to the series, then this is a must buy.
    If you've played the old versions of the game, then you have already bought Ultra.
    If you're thinking "this is a new version of an old game", then you probably haven't played SF4 ever and you're just an internet troll .
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  3. Jun 3, 2014
    The definitive version of the game. There really isn't any competition when it comes to deep, involved fighting mechanics. You aren't drownedThe definitive version of the game. There really isn't any competition when it comes to deep, involved fighting mechanics. You aren't drowned in a quandary of different systems and minutia. Everything simply works.

    The balance is also razor thin. The worst characters (when looking at a 10 point match up tier list) are only 20% below the best. The same can't be said for pretty much any fighting game aside from SF2. Using MVC3 as an example, the best character is actually close to 250% better than the worst (on a match up based tier list).

    You also don't have to sit there and watch the other person play while your character is endlessly juggled for half the match. Combos are there but they are swift and succinct. No more 15-20 second long combos of MVC3 and King of Fighters 13.

    The character variety is amazing. The inputs are tight and responsive while also demanding that you learn your character. There is no dial-a-combo system, so mistakes are still risky but not as risky as Street Fighter X Tekken where stray jabs lead to full out dial-a-combos.

    If you are new to fighting games this is absolutely, positively a 10. If you have the older versions of Street Fighter 4 then this is a 9, seeing as how you've tread this ground before.
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