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I guess you can't edit the OP so here's my attempt at what would ostensibly the final paragraph of my imaginary SFIV user review:
"With Street Fighter IV, Capcom has managed to recapture the magic of this forgotten franchise and breathe new life into a long-stagnant genre. Whether you're a new player, a lapsed fan, or a die hard that has stuck with fighting games throughout the years, you owe it to yourself to dust off that old joystick (or pick up a shiny new one) and play this game. Striking that perfect balance between depth and accessibility that no game has been able to match since Street Fighter II, there can be no question: The king is back."
Street Fighter 4 no question about it. As many already said it revived the fighting game genre and is an incredible game overall. Mortal Kombat was still fun eventhough I don't care about the characters at all. The story mode was pretty good for a fighting game too.
It would be a real Injustice if Street Fighter doesn't win
I know Street Fighter 4 revived the fighting game genre and all that but I just had more fun with MK9. I've always been a bigger MK fan since I love the origins and characters from MK. I also think the kombat in MK9 is the best in the series. Combine that with a great story mode and my vote has to go to MK9. SF4 is a great game in it's own right but I've always been a SF3: Third Strike kind of guy.
Street Fighter in general did more for the fighting genre than mortal kombat did even when it was actually a headline game. I don't know a single friend who went on online marathons of Mortal Kombat, I like like 5-6 who did with Street Fighter 4 plus myself. Obvious choice, surprised it is even this close.
I went with Mortal Kombat but I played the hell out of SFIV as well. I just feel that good stories were more important this generation than bringing back old school game play and MK had the only fighting game story that I would describe as amazing. I would never try to downplay Street Fighter IV's significance but I don't typically get hung up on getting super great at fighting games and the single player content really made MK a worthwhile product for me overall.
I think Mortal Kombat was one of the best fighting games to come out in a long time. Finally having a lot of content was a nice thing to finally see for a fighting game, as someone who enjoys them but isn't just jumping into the competitive scene.
SF IV missed that yet again for me. I hope they can learn something from MK.
Mortwl Kombat wouldn't exist as it does without Street Fighter IV. That the vote is this close is madness.
They've been making 3D MK games at a good clip for a while. Not sure what you're basing that on. Maybe the return to MK II roots a bit but who knows. MK was supposed to be a fresh take was always the story after they did Armageddon.
Either way, some people like MK more than SF. How is that madness?
I've got to give it to Street Fighter IV. I loved the story mode in Mortal Kombat, but didn't touch the multiplayer. I played dozens of hours of Street Figher IV and while I was never playing at a particularly high level, I did have a ton of fun online and won a decent amount of matches.
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@artisanbreads: It is madness to think MK would have gone the way it did without SF leading the way.
Some of its sales maybe. But MK is a very smart and very great game. There is a ton of content in it and it is very friendly to a wide range of players, especially people who play fighters single player (an audience which Capcom never caters to).
It is a great game in its own right. It'd be "madness" to think a game would sell as well as it did just because SF IV came before it.
@artisanbreads: I'm willjng to bet that without SFIV, Netherrealm would have just made another 3D MK that would have been unremarkable to most, save diehards like Jeff. SFIV gave them that kick in the pants to do something different.
What they did different was nothing like what SF IV was doing. It was all about the single player story, challenges, unlock features, and crazy stuff like the tag teams. I do think it's possible that it maybe inspired some of the idea to go back to an MK II style (which SF IV did with SF II) but I think MK did a lot of great things in its own right.
It's fine if you like SF more. It isn't madness to think the opposite. I definitely do like MK more.
But I'll take you up on that bet. Lets do that hypothetical bet.
For a vote like this it all comes down to personal preference for one fighting model or the other but anyone who steps back and look at the complete package of what is offered both online and in single player and MK becomes the clear winner. It's not even close. I'm more interested in the fighting in SF and pretty much any fighting games i played over MK but man do all these games feel so limited and empty in comparison to what they put in MK. I hope going forward more franchise will take a long hard look at what MK did.
god, this is the toughest one yet. but im happy if either one wins though.
arguably both games generally speaking have similarities to the older games,
i think id give it to MK though, it made the idea of story modes in a fighting game possible, even ono really liked MK
Citing “a penchant for wacky, over-the-top games,” Ono admits he's been playing a fair bit of the rebooted Mortal Kombat lately: “they did such a good job with their Story mode and some of the other features that I feel like they kind of beat me.”