Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition Review
Xbox 360 | PS3
Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition Box Art
System: PS3, PC, Xbox 360
Dev: Capcom
Pub: Capcom
Release: June 28, 2011
Players: 1-2
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?

Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition Screenshot

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.

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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.

By Angelo M. D'Argenio
CCC Contributing Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
The graphics haven't been updated, but they looked pretty awesome in the original version anyway.
4.5
Control
Part of the reason why SFIV is popular in the first place is its spot-on controls and well thought out gameplay system. If you understand them, then the level of control you get in this game is second to none.
3.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music also hasn't been updated, but the voices of Oni, Evil Ryu, and the twins are pretty well done.
3.5
Play Value
This category is better described as 2.0 for newbies, 5.0 for old pros. 3.5 seems like a good compromise.
4.3
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • New Playable Characters: Four new challengers enter the ring: Yun, Yang, Oni, and Evil Ryu.
  • Updated Character Balancing: Features all new character balancing, further refining gameplay.
  • Updated Replay Channel: Replay Follower: Be able to follow up to five separate player replays making it easier to find your favorite players' latest replay. My Channel Advanced: Allows players to distribute their replay data to up to fifty players. Elite Channel: Watch replay data from elite players who have a rating of 3000PP or more.

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