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Street slicker

tech-reviews Updated: May 25, 2010 15:34 IST
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This fighter game’s new version is so street smart that it renders the old one useless .

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 really altered the core gameplay; and that’s exactly what separates Street Fighter from just about 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 enough new content to play with, even if you’ve worn out your fingers to the bone with Street Fighter IV.

Nice 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 cheating 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.

To be honest, when I initially heard of a “Super” Street Fighter IV game in the works, I thought Capcom was pulling off a cheap trick to milk the franchise by selling off an overrated DLC.

But after spending some good amount of time on it, and seeing all the great additions to it, I honestly believe that it’s 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.