bit-tech.net

Games I Own: Street Fighter IV

Posted on 30th Sep 2009 at 14:25 by Mark Mackay with 10 comments

Mark Mackay
As anyone that has read my blogpost about why I don’t like consoles will know; I don’t like consoles.

However...

There was a time when console gaming was all I was interested in. When I was a wee tiddler (well, seven years old) I went over a schoolmate’s house. He had a SNES. He had Street Fighter II. That day was just shy of 20 years ago. That day was the first day that I fell in love with a game. I loved the glorified violence and being able to bring my wrath down on my opponent with my own tiny hands.

Games I Own: Street Fighter IV

About ten years later, I found myself in a similar position, absolutely loving Street Fighter 3 Alpha on the Sega Dreamcast. The animations were more violent and more colourful, the action was faster and the game as a whole had been massively improved - but in a way that held true to the arcade roots of the series. New characters kept things fresh without diluting the game.

Being about 17 years old I didn’t think much of the fact that a whole decade had passed and I was sitting there revelling in the game’s fast-paced, colourful brutality just as much as I had ten years prior. The fact didn't escape me the second time around though, when I sat in my living room preparing to kick my flatmate's ass at Street Fighter IV again. Another decade had passed and there I was, sitting down and relishing the Street Fighter experience again.

Games I Own: Street Fighter IV

How many other games are releasing updated versions of the practically the same thing almost a quarter century after the original? Street Fighter IV stands as it's own game obviously, but it's also very much an update to the same old formula. It's still the original Street Fighter at heart, with Capcom sticking to the old the axiom of ‘if it’s not broke, don’t fix it'. That's why, even though Ultra Combos and online multiplayer have been added, it's still the same game I've always loved.

Whenever I play another beat-em-up, it just feels wrong. I quite liked Tekken II, Virtua On, but when I sit there looking at the HP bars, the characters, the special moves it all just feels like a bad copy of Street Fighter. I can’t help but think that they’re trying and failing to imitate Street Fighter. It’s the benchmark of all beat-em-ups. An unbeatable fighting game of epic proportions and perfect balance. The really crazy thing is that almost twenty years since my first taste, I’m more into than I ever have been.

10 Comments

Discuss in the forums Reply
Narishma 30th September 2009, 18:06 Quote
They're called fighting games, not beat-em-ups. Those refer to games like Final Fight, Double Dragon or Streets of Rage.
tripwired 1st October 2009, 00:08 Quote
I'm totally with you, SFII on the SNES was such an defining period of my gaming youth. Capcom have done a fantastic job on Street Fighter 4 and it's a fantastic improvement and complement to the SNES classic.
CardJoe 1st October 2009, 08:17 Quote
It was for me too - I bought it on the Amiga, but it was defining because my parents thought it was too violent and made me take it back and swap it. So, I bought Monkey Island instead.
Horizon 1st October 2009, 08:30 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Narishma
They're called fighting games, not beat-em-ups. Those refer to games like Final Fight, Double Dragon or Streets of Rage.

you forgot dynasty warriors and god of war
Jack_Pepsi 1st October 2009, 10:03 Quote
If it wasn't for my parents buying me a SNES with Street Fighter 2 Turbo (still have the Sagat v Bison box!) I wouldn't have got into Taekwondo, I wouldn't have got into Anime and it (unintentionally) inspired my music tastes (Alice In Chains & Silverchair).

I love SF, I'll always love Street Fighter and one day I will throw a freakin' Hadoken! It's all about getting my Ki together.
Xir 1st October 2009, 15:09 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by CardJoe
It was for me too - I bought it on the Amiga, but it was defining because my parents thought it was too violent and made me take it back and swap it. So, I bought Monkey Island instead.


Sooo..they fuelled your Addiction :D tsktsktsk
CardJoe 1st October 2009, 16:03 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xir
Sooo..they fuelled your Addiction :D tsktsktsk

They encouraged my passions, just as they did with all my brothers and sisters.
thehippoz 2nd October 2009, 21:46 Quote
yeah the late 80's =] fighting games were peaked, lot of double dragon gettin played too.. you remember the later ones like primal rage- all from street fighter
Dave Lister 3rd October 2009, 10:52 Quote
Street Fighter 2 Turbo & Mortal Kombat 2 = The best fighters in the early 90's.
earlydoors 3rd October 2009, 23:26 Quote
It was Street Fighter II: Championship Edition on the Sega Megadrive that fuelled my love for the series.

I've just installed IV on the PC, but am hanging back from playing it until I get an Xbox Pad. :)

That doesn't stop me going in and drooling over the intro movie, though ;)
Log in

You are not logged in, please login with your forum account below. If you don't already have an account please register to start contributing.



Discuss in the forums