|System: X360, PS3||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Dimps / Capcom||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Capcom||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: April 27, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-8||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
by Amanda L. Kondolojy
One thing that Street Fighter fans have come to expect is the eventual rerelease of their favorite franchise. No matter whether you love or hate the Super, Turbo, and Hyper subtitles, Capcom have made a habit of extending the life of every numerical entry in the Street Fighter series by eventually slapping it with some bonus content and then reselling it to hungry fans with an exciting adjective accompanying the original title. Although it's easy to approach Super Street Fighter IV with some trepidation due to its recycled status, this is one rerelease that is definitely worth getting if you are a fan of the Street Fighter series.
As you might expect, all of the combat mechanics that were introduced in Street Fighter IV are still in the Super rerelease. Characters can still perform focus attacks to counter opponents and ultra combos to turn the tide of a match. However, the ultra combo feature has been enhanced, and characters now have more than one ultra combo to equip characters with prior to battle. Although ultra combos from the original Street Fighter IV can be equipped, the new attacks are a lot of fun to learn, despite being just as difficult to pick up.
Although the new attacks are certainly a great way to get players back into the game, what most fans are probably looking forward to is the new characters. Of course, all of Street fighter IV's original cast is back, but there are ten new additions, some of which may be familiar to longtime fans of the franchise. Adon, who fans may remember from the original Street Fighter and Street fighter Alpha series, returns in Super Street Fighter IV, and Dudley, Ibuki, and Makoto are back from Street Fighter III.
In addition to the appearance of old Street Fighter favorites, Super Street Fighter IV also includes cameos from some familiar Final Fight characters and some fresh new faces. These new characters are all very well-balanced, and the game's new Arcade mode does a great job of introducing these new faces into the Street Fighter universe. These new characters include Juri, who is a Korean Tae-Kwon-Do fighter, and Hakan, who is a big red Turkish Oil wrestler. Hakan is particularly fun to play with (or against), as his oil fighting technique allows him to slide around the battlefield and maneuver quickly around heavy attacks.
However, the improvements in Super Street Fighter IV don't just stop at characters and battle enhancements. One thing that fans have come to expect from the Street fighter rereleases is the incorporation of fun bonus modes. Bonus modes in Street fighter IV are small mini-game-like modes that help punctuate lengthy Arcade campaigns. Although there doesn't seem to be anything new in Super Street Fighter IV, classics like the car-breaking event and the barrel destruction stage are both available in the arcade mode as well as the challenge mode.
Though all of these tweaks and additions are great for Super Street fighter's offline longevity, the mode that will keep you playing after you have tried out all the new characters and had your fill of the bonus mode is online play. While Street Fighter IV's online mode was by no means bad, it only featured ranked and custom matches, which got tiring after awhile. However, the online action in Super Street fighter IV has two new modes to add to the mix: endless battle and team battle. Endless battle is probably the most interesting of the two modes, as it takes an old-school approach to online online. Up to eight players can join a battle, and players can keep competing against each other in a series of "best-of" matches, much like you would see in an arcade. Turn order is determined by last win and time spent waiting, and you can stay in this mode as long as you want, watching and competing against other players.