I smell a comeback on the PS4.
I think it’s safe to say that most people have at least heard of Street Fighter IV. There’s been many iterations and updates to the original game that released back in 2008, and now it’s coming to the PS4 in the form of the “final version” Ultra Street Fighter IV. I myself have put well over 400 hours into vanilla SFIV and SSFIV combined, so I know my way around the game. Let’s talk about this current gen package.
First off, this comes with everything that has been released for SFIV up to this date. All new characters, costumes, stages, and updates are here. The Ultra version has only been out for about a year so the new characters and other additions may be new to players who fell off during the many iterations before. Finally we get challenge levels for the newest characters, so we can work on combos and have a better time at learning the basics with them. It took them long enough. With the addition to choose which character and the version I wanted, it adds a lot to the customization.
Price I’d Pay: $24.99
Now the big thing for the PS4 version is the fact that it’s running at 60 frames per second, and at 1080p. And yes, it does look really good. Even then, the visuals are starting to look a bit dated. We’re talking about a seven year old game now, so it can’t be too far gone, but it does have a little bit of age on it. Of course, when playing a fighting game, the visuals are about the last thing on a person’s mind.
Another important question many players will ask is “how does it play online?” Well, for the most part, pretty good. Four out of five matches I had online were lag free. But there would be a time where during a match, I would get a “Waiting for player” message while everything froze for about two seconds and it would clear up. When this happened, I could forget keeping my combo. Any other time, though, it was smooth.
Capcom has come out and said that PS3 fight sticks that are USB connected will work on the game, so if players were worried they would have only the DualShock 4 to work with , they are in luck if they own a fight stick for the PS3.
There’s nothing much that can be said about this game that hasn’t already been said. It is a fantastic fighting game that still holds up to this day. It means something when it is the showcase game for EVO, the fighting game world championship. For $25, you get a great fighting game on the PS4 with all the trimmings. If you’re looking to get into the game for the first time, the training and challenges will help with that, players looking to rekindle their love of the game will get a steal at this price, and fans looking to double dip will have the blow softened a bit by the discounted price. If you’re into fighting games and have a PS4, this is a no-brainer. It is a must have.
Review copy of game provided by publisher.