Fury Ac3 manages an in-depth preview of Super Street Fighter IV, before heading to a special preview event in Glasgow, along with his buddy SavageW0lf. Will he make it out alive?
Street Fighter 4 is going to be getting an update very soon in the form of Super Street Fighter 4, which is coming to Xbox 360 and PS3. This isnâ€™t just a collection of DLC and live updates, but a full retail release of the game at a knock down price, with all of the new add-ons. So, what has changed and is there anything here to make the diehard fans buy the full game again, as well as attracting newcomers?
Well, first off the bat, there are going to be not just one or two new fighters, but ten. Yes, there are going to be ten new fighters entering the round for Super Street Fighter 4. There are fan favourites T. Hawk and Dee Jay, who were pencilledÂ in to be in Street Fighter 4, but they were dropped later into the development. There is also Adon from the original Street Fighter, along with Cody and Guy from the Final Fight games. The last time that these two were in a Street Fighter game was Street Fighter Alpha 3. Rounding out the old favourites are Dudley, Ibuki and Makoto fromÂ Street Fighter 3
Finally there are two brand new characters to the series. One is a wicked Tae Kwon Do cyborg called Juri, who works for Seth’s organization, S.I.N. Juri has an energy boosting device implanted inside her left eye, which is called the “Feng Shui Engine”. This will give her the power to use time-warping. Then there is the last new fighter, who is a bizarre Turkish oil wrestler called Hakan who oils himself up. So thatâ€™s how the roster is shaping up. There are also all of the old faces and every fighter in the game is unlocked right from the start, so there is no need to complete arcade mode over and over again to get them. There are 35 fighters in the game, which will make it one of the largest rosters in any Street Fighter game ever.
On top of this, each of the characters returning from Street Fighter 4 will have an additional costume. This means that they will have 3 costumes each, although the new fighters will have just 2 costumes, but this may change with additional DLC in the future.
There are also a few new backdrops to the game, so the backdrop will change to even more exotic locations to slug it out in. Although there are no new ones in Europe, which is a bit odd, to make up for that we see the return of the car and barrels bonus stage from the Street Fighter 2 series.
On top of this, there are a series of tweaks to the game engine. All fighters have two Ultra finishers now, instead of one (with the exception of Gen who will have four Ultras. There are two for each of his fighting styles), but you can only pick one Ultra at a time. This is chosen at the start, with your fighter, and will mix up the game play a fair bit, as each Ultra will take time to learn and even more time to master.
The other big addition to the game comes to the on-line side of things. There is a new Team Battle mode, where up to 8 players can fight it out. There is also a Replay Channel which lets you download and save replays from fighters all over the world. This will make for an outstanding training ad, because it will let you watch the best in the world and see how they fight. There is also an Endless Battle mode, which is just a big game of winner stays on, in which the winner will fight against a rotating group of players. Rounding off the new modes is a Rival battles mode, which will see a dialogue sequence play out whenever a certain pair of fighters clash in battle.
So thatâ€™s how Super Street Fighter 4 is shaping up. On behalf of GGUK, I was lucky enough to get the chance to go to a preview event that was being held in Glasgow on 17th of April, to play the game, see how it differs from the last and to put the new fighters through their paces.
The event was held at the ESC game centre in the middle of Glasgow. They had teamed up with Ready-up to bring this taster of the full game, a week before it was released in the UK. There were also going to be tournaments held on the day, with the winners getting to walk away with prizes that included arcade fighting sticks and signed Street Fighter art work.
So the event was held in the basement area of the ESC game centre and had a very good set up. There were around 10 Xbox 360’s, all running Super Street Fighter 4, and they were linked to a range of different sized screens, from about 28inches up to 48. There was also a small stand from a game shop in Glasgow called G-Force and they were selling a whole array of fighting wonders, from high end arcade sticks to limited edition fighting pads and everything in between. They even had a copy of Turbo Street Fighter 2 on the SNES .
The event was open to all comers and everyone was welcome, though there was a strong hardcore crowd at the event. This was easily seen by the amount of high end arcade sticks that there brought to the event. There were easily more than 50 and we had never see that many in the same place, at the same time, which was just a bit different to say the least.
The first order of the day was to sign up for the first tournament, then get in some practice time on the game. This was needed, as the tournament was limited to just the new fighters. But, just as I sat down to get in a little bit of training, our friends from Worlds Wildest Dudes podcast, Ally and William Lockheart, started interviewing me in the middle of a fight. Sadly,I lost that fight. But after that I had the chance to get a few words with the guys. They were there to do a special podcast from the event that can be found at WorldsWildestDudes.com.
It was time for the tournament. As the Ready-up staff called out the pairs, not far from the top of the list, I was called out. Who was I to fight? Of all the people at the even,t it was Ally lockheart from the Worlds Wildest Dudes.
The fight was set. I chose Juri and I was up against Ibuki. It was the best of three rounds. On that note, I am going to stop talking about it because the outcome was brutal. I got horsed 3 – 0. Thatâ€™s all I want to say about that fight. After that let down we got to watch the other fighters and by this stage there where easily 60 people at the event.
So that was the preview event in Glasgow, giving me just a taste of what the new game will be like. With the games budget price tag, this may be a hit again. But for the full and in-depth review, be sure to check back in the coming weeks.
FuryAc3 & SavageW0lf
Check out the FuryAC3 interview with Leo Tan, UK PR Manager for Capcom, coming soon.
A big thankyou to everyone involved in this event.
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