Street Fighter IV and the quality of charm

Posted by sgt_match (121 posts) -


I purchased a used copy of Street Fighter IV several months ago.  It didn't grab me.  It seemed horribly complicated and I only played it for a few hours, snagging only one achievement for completing a challenge room. I was a Mortal Kombat guy, anyway. 
 
However, after reading about the relationship and Japanese name switching between Vega, M. Bison and Balrog, my interest was rekindled.  It is a silly reason to experience a rennaisance, but, there you have it.  I have now received two more acievements and I am still not any good at the game.  Why do I keep playing it? 
 
Probably just for the cutsecnes and rediculous nature of the plot threads.  I've beated arcade mode on "medium" with four characters:  Ken, Ryu, Vega, and M. Bison.  I don't have an interest in being able to pull off the moves at will, much less actually learn frame counts and reconize the need to cancel out of moves.  But I keep putting hours and hours into the arcade mode with a feverish "get through with just one more character" mentality.  I can only liken this obsession to harvest moon: " I HAVE to get this crop of potatoes in.  I just NEED to. "
 
The truth is I've been charmed.  The art style and flat out rediculous nature have me hooked, at least for a few days at least.  If you'll excuse me, I have to swear at the screen some more and get back to playing exclusively with the left analog stick and right trigger and bumper.
 

 

#1 Posted by sgt_match (121 posts) -


I purchased a used copy of Street Fighter IV several months ago.  It didn't grab me.  It seemed horribly complicated and I only played it for a few hours, snagging only one achievement for completing a challenge room. I was a Mortal Kombat guy, anyway. 
 
However, after reading about the relationship and Japanese name switching between Vega, M. Bison and Balrog, my interest was rekindled.  It is a silly reason to experience a rennaisance, but, there you have it.  I have now received two more acievements and I am still not any good at the game.  Why do I keep playing it? 
 
Probably just for the cutsecnes and rediculous nature of the plot threads.  I've beated arcade mode on "medium" with four characters:  Ken, Ryu, Vega, and M. Bison.  I don't have an interest in being able to pull off the moves at will, much less actually learn frame counts and reconize the need to cancel out of moves.  But I keep putting hours and hours into the arcade mode with a feverish "get through with just one more character" mentality.  I can only liken this obsession to harvest moon: " I HAVE to get this crop of potatoes in.  I just NEED to. "
 
The truth is I've been charmed.  The art style and flat out rediculous nature have me hooked, at least for a few days at least.  If you'll excuse me, I have to swear at the screen some more and get back to playing exclusively with the left analog stick and right trigger and bumper.
 

 

#2 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19308 posts) -

Alright... but I'm pretty sure there are not many people who have bought SFIV for its arcade mode.  It's all about playing against other people.

#3 Posted by newmarcom (295 posts) -

If relationships and art styles have you charmed, the King of Fighters series might just overwhelm you.

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