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Street slicker

tech reviews Updated: Jun 01, 2010 00:18 IST
Gagan Gupta
Gagan Gupta
Hindustan Times
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It’s no secret that the oldest fighting game franchise is still the best. Over the years, Street Fighter has done its share of experimentation and re-invention, but Capcom never altered the core gameplay; and that’s exactly what separates Street Fighter from every other franchise.

Capcom knew right from the start that they had a winner, so instead of messing it up to ‘keep up with the times’, they kept adding to it. The latest finetuning experiment done right is Super Street Fighter IV.

Street Fighter IV was not a broken game in any way, in fact, there were hardly any flaws that one could pick out in it. That is until you try out Super Street Fighter IV. The additions in the new version, though not drastic, are enough to give you new content to play with.

Time for change
The first refreshing change you’ll notice is a much bigger character roster with 35 characters, all playable right from the start. You have all the older game’s characters. Some older, more familiar characters like T. Hawk, Dee Jay and Adon. Cody and Guy from Capcom’s own Final Fight series also make an appearance along with brand new.

Considering the difficulty level of Street Fighter IV, especially in the final boss fight, the Super version comes with many more difficulty settings. The easiest setting can make a perfect entry point for newbies, since the CPU-controlled opponents here are comatose.

The hardest level, on the other hand borderlines on the CPU cheat against you. But the point is, that with a very high number of difficulty settings, just about anyone can find one that’s just right for him.

The biggest change in the fighting system, however is the addition of a second set of revenge-based Ultra Combos to choose from. This adds replayability, since all the characters you avoided in the previous game are now worth another look with new combo sets.

Play it on the PlayStation
Just like the previous game, the best console to pick Super Street Fighter IV on, would be the PlayStation 3, simply because of the controller. D-Pad is the best way to control the game, and in that department the PS3 controller has a clear advantage over the Xbox 360’s.

Super Street Fighter IV is worth the Rs 2,499 tag, even if you own the original one. The content, fighting mechanics and addictive gameplay makes it a must-have for fighting game enthusiasts.

Pick-me-ups
All Sega fans love Sonic the Hedgehog, and even though he hasn’t really had the best of games in recent times, he’s still a pretty lovable mascot. Now here’s your chance to pick up an action figure of his friend — Knuckles at about Rs 450, with free shipping.
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Metal Gear Solid figures
Fans of Metal Gear Solid 4 can make good use of this limited time offer to pick up the highly detailed action figure of Vamp, at a good $15 marked off the original price. Now you can pick this up for under Rs. 1,140 with free shipping.
Head here to get your hands on it: http://bit.ly/9Lev67

Timeshift
The time-altering shooter is the best deal this week for Xbox 360 gamers. Timeshift is available for a limited period only for less than Rs 500. Free shipping makes the deal even sweeter.
Head here to get your hands on it: http://bit.ly/afBQjS

Bayonetta
The Japanese sure know how to take action games to a whole new level, which is very evident in Bayonetta — one of the most adrenaline-pumping action games ever released. Pick up the PS3 version for about Rs 900 (plus shipping).
Head here to get your hands on it: http://bit.ly/8c3REB

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