Street Fighter IV Will Meditate And Then Destroy You

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Posted by Jeff (3400 posts) -
Before we get into the game itself, Capcom held an event where Street Fighter aficionados collided on the PlayStation 3 version of the game. Our cameras were there and caught this:

  


Well, I guess we should actually take a break from playing Street Fighter IV to say some stuff about Street Fighter IV. We received a build of it last week that, unfortunately, doesn't contain any of the additional modes being placed into the home version of the game. So I don't really have much to add there other than the mode that will supposedly train players on how to play Street Fighter sounds like a great idea. Watching people play fighting games really well probably seems like arcane mysticism to people who didn't come of age during the golden age of fighting, and concessions like these are things that can help people get into the genre.

Out of 150 captured screenshots, this was the best.
But the version of the game we got does have all the fighting, and some of the console-only characters. So in addition to playing way more Street Fighter IV, we've been able to get a feel for how Sakura, Gouken, and Seth will handle.

I've never been a big Sakura fan. I should probably get that out of the way up front. Other than the way her wind-up dragon punch hits multiple times with a bevy of satisfying smacks, I've never cared for her charge-up fireball or her not-quite-a-hurricane kick. She also has the jumping punch move from Alpha 3, the Sakura Otoshi. She feels roughly the same to me here as she did in the Alpha games, but I'm not enough of a Kasugano-phile to notice minor differences in the way she plays.

Gouken is one of those storyline characters from the Street Fighter universe that hasn't actually appeared in a game until now. He's the guy that trained Ken and Ryu, and he's also Akuma's brother. But that doesn't mean he's yet another clone-like character along those lines. He's actually quite different, and I'm really enjoying him a lot. He throws a one-armed fireball that can be charged, and using medium or fierce punch shoots that fireball up at an angle, knocking down airborne attackers. Instead of using a dragon punch as a special move, he has a palm strike that lunges forward. And instead of having a hurricane kick that carries him forward, his Tatsumaki Gorasen launches him up into the air, making it good against jumping attacks. He has a version of Akuma's jumping kick special, and his super and ultra are big, damaging shoryukens. His ultra is essentially the same as one of Ryu's super arts from Street Fighter III, right down to the way it pauses a bit to show you the force of all three hits when you land it up close.

No, wait, this one is better.
Seth is the game's final boss in arcade mode. So far, he feels pretty powerful. He takes bits and pieces from the arsenals of the other fighters, so his limbs can stretch out a bit, Dhalsim-style. He has a dragon punch that will hit multiple times, he can throw one-armed sonic booms using a fireball motion, and he's even got a spinning piledriver. After messing around with him for awhile, I don't feel like any one attack seems overpowered, but taken together, he feels very potent.

Beyond that, this is roughly the same Street Fighter IV we've been telling you about for the last year or so, except now we're playing it with 360 and PS3 controllers. The graphics still look great and the consoles don't seem to lose anything in the translation from the Taito Type X2 hardware that powers it in arcades. In a word, I'm stoked. In two words? Totally stoked. Now I'm just left wondering if the online play will be as smooth as it was in Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix.

Here's an unsettling number of screenshots we took while we were in the act.



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#1 Posted by Jeff (3400 posts) -
Before we get into the game itself, Capcom held an event where Street Fighter aficionados collided on the PlayStation 3 version of the game. Our cameras were there and caught this:

  


Well, I guess we should actually take a break from playing Street Fighter IV to say some stuff about Street Fighter IV. We received a build of it last week that, unfortunately, doesn't contain any of the additional modes being placed into the home version of the game. So I don't really have much to add there other than the mode that will supposedly train players on how to play Street Fighter sounds like a great idea. Watching people play fighting games really well probably seems like arcane mysticism to people who didn't come of age during the golden age of fighting, and concessions like these are things that can help people get into the genre.

Out of 150 captured screenshots, this was the best.
But the version of the game we got does have all the fighting, and some of the console-only characters. So in addition to playing way more Street Fighter IV, we've been able to get a feel for how Sakura, Gouken, and Seth will handle.

I've never been a big Sakura fan. I should probably get that out of the way up front. Other than the way her wind-up dragon punch hits multiple times with a bevy of satisfying smacks, I've never cared for her charge-up fireball or her not-quite-a-hurricane kick. She also has the jumping punch move from Alpha 3, the Sakura Otoshi. She feels roughly the same to me here as she did in the Alpha games, but I'm not enough of a Kasugano-phile to notice minor differences in the way she plays.

Gouken is one of those storyline characters from the Street Fighter universe that hasn't actually appeared in a game until now. He's the guy that trained Ken and Ryu, and he's also Akuma's brother. But that doesn't mean he's yet another clone-like character along those lines. He's actually quite different, and I'm really enjoying him a lot. He throws a one-armed fireball that can be charged, and using medium or fierce punch shoots that fireball up at an angle, knocking down airborne attackers. Instead of using a dragon punch as a special move, he has a palm strike that lunges forward. And instead of having a hurricane kick that carries him forward, his Tatsumaki Gorasen launches him up into the air, making it good against jumping attacks. He has a version of Akuma's jumping kick special, and his super and ultra are big, damaging shoryukens. His ultra is essentially the same as one of Ryu's super arts from Street Fighter III, right down to the way it pauses a bit to show you the force of all three hits when you land it up close.

No, wait, this one is better.
Seth is the game's final boss in arcade mode. So far, he feels pretty powerful. He takes bits and pieces from the arsenals of the other fighters, so his limbs can stretch out a bit, Dhalsim-style. He has a dragon punch that will hit multiple times, he can throw one-armed sonic booms using a fireball motion, and he's even got a spinning piledriver. After messing around with him for awhile, I don't feel like any one attack seems overpowered, but taken together, he feels very potent.

Beyond that, this is roughly the same Street Fighter IV we've been telling you about for the last year or so, except now we're playing it with 360 and PS3 controllers. The graphics still look great and the consoles don't seem to lose anything in the translation from the Taito Type X2 hardware that powers it in arcades. In a word, I'm stoked. In two words? Totally stoked. Now I'm just left wondering if the online play will be as smooth as it was in Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix.

Here's an unsettling number of screenshots we took while we were in the act.



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#2 Posted by dantron (25 posts) -
#3 Edited by Endogene (4741 posts) -

Those familiar to the thing that happen on the forums will recognize someone...

edit: raaa got path of neo and online confused, found it weird that he had a normal voice.

#4 Edited by jakob187 (21640 posts) -

Brad's manly beard matches his manly voice.  My God, I don't know what to do right now.  I'm flustered!!!

*EDIT*

ZOMG!!!1!!11!!1!1!!!  BEARD!@!!!!!11!!!  And random car esploshuns at endz of videoz!!!  Vinny r teh master of editingz!!!
#5 Edited by Luke (1609 posts) -

Yo! I was there!!  Met both Vinny and Brad's beard.

It was awesome!

Watching the vid now... wonder if I'm in it? :p

EDIT:
Awww, I wasn't in it after all... even though I distinctly remember getting beamed in the eyes with Vinny's camera-light :p  None-the-less, great interviews and shots of SFIV!

I guess I'll just have to settle with just being in the Ultimate SSFIITHDR and SFIV Showdown Tournament Vids, last year... where I made it just 3 challengers away from the top on SFIV.  Andry (Magus1234 on Shoryuken.com) knocked me out kinda early in SSFIITHDR.

Anyway, I'm all ready with my pre-order of the CE and TE of the FightStick!  Cya all online!

#6 Posted by Yagami (580 posts) -

I urge for this game so very very much. It is my most anticipated game of the year, no doubt about it. I am hoping that the GB crew will hold a Streamed unpack-and-play session on justintv like you guys did with GTA IV. If not... tough luck for me.

Brilliant write through, and.... there wasn't really a lack of screenshots here.

#7 Edited by Gump (564 posts) -

That video hasn't been embedded properly.

#8 Posted by PowerSerj (987 posts) -

I've never been a big Street Fighter fan myself, but damnit I can't help it. I love you man.

#9 Posted by Double0hFor (410 posts) -

am i the only one who doesnt care about this game?

#10 Posted by Brad (2869 posts) -

@Gump, fixed. I'm going to convince Jeff to start using FireFox, I swear.

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#11 Posted by Coltonio7 (3156 posts) -

Wicked beard Brad, I must say.

#12 Posted by Lies (3866 posts) -

Brad looks (and sounds) pretty drunk...

Also: great grammar Endogene ;)

#13 Posted by dtran1212 (299 posts) -

whats up with some dudes on here always commenting on Brad's beard??? its just a fuckin beard, its like you guys never see a beard on a man's face before or somethin....homos

#14 Posted by LiquidPrince (15833 posts) -

LMAO - "Take a momemt... BEARD!"

Genius!

#15 Posted by Jimbo7676 (709 posts) -

OMG BEARD

Online
#16 Posted by keyhunter (3207 posts) -

Oh shii! You know they means business with the old ass Midnight Brown all up ins.

#17 Posted by AndrewB (7436 posts) -

I have zero interest in fighting games in general, let alone Street Fighter IV, but I still find it amazing how they brought the mechanics of the 2D games over to the 3rd dimension (or, at least, "2.5D"). They also made the graphics pretty, while still keeping with the general artistic style and feel of the older games.

#18 Edited by JohnDudebro (924 posts) -

I still can't help but be totally bummed that they didn't just call Gouken Sheng Long.


How AWESOME would that have been?
#19 Posted by Milkman (16479 posts) -

Dude, Jared totally sent me a friend request like the day after Giant Bomb launched. I didn't even know who is was until now.

Online
#20 Posted by Systech (4078 posts) -

Damn, Brad's beard is glorious....

Huh!?! Oh, yeah. Street Fighter IV looks really awesome.

#21 Posted by JJOR64 (18881 posts) -

w00t!  This game is going to own.

#22 Posted by the_purgatory_station (400 posts) -

nice column.  i'm not the biggest fighting game fan, though did like MK1&2, yet i found this piece captivating.  i liked that thundering bass in the background music.  ups the mood at these types of events.

#23 Posted by Spiritof (2017 posts) -

Brad looks like a young Kenny Rogers now.

If Kenny Rogers was into video games.

#24 Posted by TheJadeAngel (147 posts) -

I don't wanna play till i get me one of them fancy Madcatz Sticks .

#25 Posted by JoelTGM (5596 posts) -

I've never played Street Fighter, and hearing more and more about it, it sounds way too hard to get into.

#26 Posted by John1912 (1811 posts) -

Brad actually looks his age with a beard....

#27 Posted by Knibbly (107 posts) -

That's quite a beard...

#28 Posted by ProfessorZombie (84 posts) -

I miss the Bay Area... : (

Nobody in Sacramento likes game as much as me....

Oh yea.. cant wait for Street Fighter 4

#29 Posted by insanejedi (655 posts) -

Jeff's E Honda is brutal. I can back that up from personal experience.

#30 Posted by TripMasterMunky (2403 posts) -

giantbeard.com

#31 Posted by imayellowfellow (558 posts) -

im glad capcom is starting to show playstation 3 versions of games when they demo games for news publications, glad that producers are starting to soften up to the system some more

#32 Posted by TripMasterMunky (2403 posts) -

@doubleshock

Don't be intimidated. Street Fighter is actually easy to get into. But if people want to be way into it too they can as well. Either way you can have fun with it, whether you know what all these terms are or not.

#33 Edited by Linkyshinks (9881 posts) -

Awesome beard Brad, I have one too right now, but mines thicker than yours :P

If any US members are struggling to get the Joysticks I can point them in the right direction. I know a place that is fully stocked with them.



Cannot wait.

#34 Posted by ColumnBreaker (1159 posts) -

Must have this now.

#35 Posted by Wright (637 posts) -

brad was pimpin that beard.

#36 Posted by ThomasP (1655 posts) -

It's ALIVE! That beard is alive.

#37 Posted by BawlZINmotion (714 posts) -

Hot.

#38 Posted by Linkyshinks (9881 posts) -

The saturation of colours in  the PS3 version seems different than the Windows versions  *looking at pics*

#39 Posted by HiroSeven (215 posts) -

In anticipation of this game I'm going to get some of those madcatz gamepads!

... what? they're sold out?!  Phail...

Anticipating this game very much, it has been a while since I've said that for a game.

-hiro

#40 Posted by tuesdaythe5th (43 posts) -

JEFF! Can't let him talk smack on your Honda!

Also I think i have a problem with the game. Cammy's moves have been changed back to a similar inputs they were in other games, HD Remix fixed them. It's not to late Capcom!

#41 Posted by insane_shadowblade85 (1376 posts) -

When I saw Brad with a beard, I automatically imagined him in a log cabin and sitting infront of a fireplace.

#42 Posted by Mister_Snig (553 posts) -

Oh snap! The 4chan van!

#43 Posted by Will (234 posts) -

Nice vid cant wait for the game to come out, hopefully I can muster some money for a TE stick

#44 Posted by serbsta (1867 posts) -

Ive been waiting for this big boy for a while, bout time.

#45 Posted by coakroach (2485 posts) -
TripMasterMunky said:
"giantbeard.com"
Best. Post. Ever.

This game has me craving a good fighting game, last one I played properly would have been Tekken 3 and I was too young to grasp any concept of combos and strategy
#46 Posted by ljgpliskin92 (171 posts) -

Did I hear some Loadest Kids just now??

#47 Posted by StaticFalconar (4849 posts) -

I actually want to see Jeff's Honda now to guage how good a player he is.

#49 Edited by Death_Burnout (3792 posts) -

Brad's...Beard...Is...Majestic.

#50 Posted by Ruukie (29 posts) -

Yes the beard is amazing I've been growing my own its the only way now lol

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