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I think I like SSF4 more,
This review is from: Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition -Xbox 360 (Video Game)
Street Fighter IV is my favorite series of the past several years. I really like the games and have sunk hundreds of hours into them.
What is Arcade Edition? Well, SF4 first came out in arcades in late 2008. However, arcades are really only relevant in Japan, so Capcom quickly ported the game to PS3 and Xbox 360. Along the way, they added several characters (Cammy, Fei Long, Sakura, Gen, Rose, and Dan). Capcom then released, a year later, a nicely upgraded version of the game, Super Street Fighter IV, which contained balance changes, an expanded roster (Juri, T. Hawk, Dee-Jay, et. al.), new backgrounds, and so forth. This didn't come out to arcades, which meant that console players had a game that was vastly superior to arcade players. Capcom released SSF4 in arcades in a version which added Oni (Akuma in pure demon form), Evil Ryu (Ryu afflicted with the same demon stuff as regular Akuma), and two twins from SF3, Yun and Yang. Now we are getting this version at home, which marks the first and only time the home and arcade versions of SF4 are the same.
So how is the update? First of all, this is kind of a mediocre add-on. You get the extra four characters and the balance changes, but little else. No new online modes (or even the return of my favorite from SF4, Championship Mode), no new backgrounds, mini-games, etc. You don't even get Trials for the four new characters, which is a major bummer in my opinion. The only noticeable thing is an "Elite" channel which sets the replay channel to only show high ranking matches. It's a nice addition, to be honest.
But let's talk about the characters. First of all, Yun is a monster, just like in SF3. This guy is ridiculous. His combos are simple and do crazy damage. He's very flexible and very powerful. It's almost frustrating to go against him because he has so many advantages over most of the cast. Yang plays similarly, but is a little worse in every way. Evil Ryu is like a mix between Akuma and Ryu, but not really a very strong character. Oni is another Ryu-like character with a few differences - he's more like Gouken in that regard. Early talk is that he is just an alright character. He's fun to play as though.
Here's my problem: SSF4's balance was very good. Throwing in a monster of a character like Yun kind of screws that all up. I dare say that he is even more powerful in AE than Sagat was in regular SF4. This is, IMO, a clear step backwards for the game. One of the fun things about SSF4 was playing so many characters, because so many were viable. I fear now we will see lots and lots of Yun online, and practically zero Yangs.
The game does give you the choice to switch from AE to regular SSF4, but obviously most are on SSF4 AE. I gave this game four stars because it's still SF4 and I like it a lot... but my early thought is that AE is just not as good as SSF4.
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Initial post: Jul 15, 2011 12:21:48 PM PDT
Carol L. Forrest says:
I can beat yun but vanilla sagat? that a different story
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2011 10:40:00 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 18, 2011 3:22:12 PM PDT
My feelings on Yun so far: he moves insanely quickly. He builds up super meter like crazy. His combos are super powerful. He has tons of options that are really safe. The hitboxes on some of his moves are crazy huge. Many of his moves seem to have very high priority.
With Sagat in SF4, I felt like he at least moved slowly, and was a big target. I played as Chun-Li and I was able to exploit the fireball spammers with her Ultra move (that's how I got that crazy "get 365 flashy finishes" trophy - Sagat after Ryu after Ken after Sagat). In the end I was pretty good at knocking out the many mediocre Sagats floating around.
For all I know, that could happen with Yun. But for now? I'm not seeing any obvious flaws in Yun's character here. I mean, the only thing is, I guess that a new player might have a tough time with him. But for anyone else? Man. It's rough.
Posted on Aug 12, 2012 10:06:34 PM PDT
Miami Nights says:
When you say, "The game does give you the choice to switch from AE to regular SSF4, but obviously most are on SSF4 AE," so it's like getting two games for the price of one? In other words, it would be a waste of money to buy both Super Street Fighter IV and the Arcade Edition?
I was debating whether to get Super Street Fighter IV (which costs less) or the Arcade Edition, but if I can switch between the two on the Arcade Edition, then maybe that AE is worth the extra cost.
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