|System: PS3, PC, Xbox 360|
|Release: June 28, 2011|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Alcohol Reference, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence|
Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition is sold in two different ways: as a downloadable update for Super Street Fighter IV, and as a stand-alone forty dollar game. The DLC pack is a pretty decent value. Heck, four characters for a little less than four dollars each is a value in and of itself, and everything else is icing on the cake.
The standalone disk, on the other hand, will only really appeal to collectors, because it's kind of a rip-off. I'm not criticizing quality here, I'm just doing simple math. Go to Amazon right now and you can find Super Street fighter IV for fifteen dollars, and you can upgrade that to AE with another fifteen dollar purchase online. That's thirty dollars … when the disk is being sold for forty. Get it?
Newbies, let me stress to you that this is a horrible way to get into Street Fighter IV. The lack of tutorials is inexcusable, especially when games like Blazblue update their challenge modes when balance patches hit for free. If you want to get into the game, sadly you have missed the boat. You are much better off waiting until Street Fighter X Tekken comes out and jumping into the game fresh.
Veterans, if you like Super Street Fighter IV, there's really no reason not to buy the DLC update. It's mostly characters and balance changes, and that's what everyone wants. Sure, the balance is a little wonky, but you'll get over it. Before you know it, you'll be having fun throwing hadokens and punishing whiffed dragon punches.
As a final thought, I'd like to say that, personally, AE is fun, but just doesn't have a whole lot of staying power. I toyed around with the new characters, played some online matches, figured out how they changed my old mains, and then honestly just put the game down. I don't feel the want or need to play Street Fighter any more than I did before I purchased AE, and I'm a Street Fighter fan. Even so, I honestly can't imagine playing the game without the AE expansion at this point. So, this patch is less giving you a reason to get back into the game, and more simply keeping your game up to date. At fifteen dollars, game maintenance is a pretty good value, but at forty dollars it's downright laughable unless you feel the compulsion to drop two Andrew Jackson's on what is essentially a pro-only game at this point.
Angelo M. D'Argenio
CCC Contributing Writer