Friday, February 29, 2008

Street Fighter IV not Street Fighter II "part 23"



A new Street Fighter game is finally coming to the series. The gameplay, as usual, looks impressive and sharp. Those familiar with the series will welcome the classic 2d style gameplay. The addition of 3D character and setting renderings are what really set this game apart from prior Street Fighter games. In fact, it was this new rendering that really caught my eye. We have seen so many versions of the classic "World Warriors"; Ken, Ryu, Chun-Li, and Dhalsim, that they are hard to tell them all apart. The game will likely have other as yet unreleased characters returning from previous versions of the game, in addition to new warriors like Abel.


Street Fighter Fans; Rejoice!


While there was a major change in gameplay and available characters between Street Fighter and Street Fighter II, for the past two decades Capcom has had a tendency to release what are nothing more than repackaging or slight re-imaginings of the classic Street Fighter II game. A simple search on the GameFAQS website for the words Street Fighter results in more than a hundred such games on a couple dozen platforms. This doesn't even count the games that include the word street and fighter by themselves.

For a while the main series releases were Street Fighter II and its many spin-offs, EX the 3D game that was the response to Virtua Fighter, Alpha the anime styled game, and III which is both 3D and anime inspired, there were also numerous crossover "street fighter" games like Marvel vs Capcom, SNK vs Capcom, or my favorite high concept X-Men vs Street Fighter. Last, and certainly least in this litany of remakes, is the SD, Gem Fighters which pits big head versions of our favorite street fighters in mini-combat with the Darkstalkers.



Street Fighter IV is an attempt to relaunch the series. It seems to be asking fans to take it as if this is the new canon, kind of like Marvel does every decade. It says to the old fan, "you love Street Fighter, and so do we but we want to make it better for you and for our new fans so bear with us, please".

I think that the combination of the the classic style 2D gameplay and cool Next-gen 3D rendering might allow them to please old fans while still appealing to newer gamers. By taking all the tried and true elements and adding some of the neat experimental stuff from all the other Street Fighters, they might end up giving us a, experience that is nostalgic, fun, and exciting.


Here is a list of the key game features according to the press release from Capcom:

  • 2D/3D fighting environments
  • Classic Street Fighter characters re-imagined for a new generation of gamers
  • New special moves that go beyond any Street Fighter fan's wildest imagination
  • Amazing locations never seen before in a Street Fighter game
  • New gameplay elements provide new challenges for both newcomers and the mostseasoned Street Fighter pro."

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