Street Fighter IV Review

If you peer back through the mists of time to an arcade circa 1984, you can witness the earliest days of the videogame fighting genre with such classics as Karate Champ and Yie Ar Kung-Fu.  Just a few years later 1987 saw the premiere of Street Fighter, and fighting games changed forever.  So many things that we take for granted today were first seen in the original Street Fighter.  The concept of having different characters to fight with, each with his own abilities, strengths, and weaknesses.  Having a unique storyline and ending for each of the fighters.  Special moves, hidden characters, the list goes on and on.


Well the granddaddy of all fighting games has returned, and it

Ever since Capcom released the first SF4 trailer, there

The voice acting for all of the characters is solid throughout the game, with plenty of variety in everyone

The controls for Street Fighter IV are solid with not a whole lot of surprises.  There are some minor items that the developer implemented that add to the overall experience, such as having a default button mapped to Heavy/Medium/Light attack all at once, making some of the combos a little easier to accomplish.  The controls are completely customizable, allowing you the freedom to change the button layout to whatever suits your style of play.  If you are so inclined, you can map all of Chun-Li

As I said previously, Capcom didn

Being a fighting game, SF4 is all about the replay and it is done extraordinarily well.  Allowing yourself to be challenged at any point (and giving you the option to turn this feature off) gives the game a real arcade feel.  Who can forget the feeling of standing in the arcade, beating on Zangief, and then seeing the

Ron Burke is the Editor in Chief for Gaming Trend. Currently living in Fort Worth, Texas, Ron is an old-school gamer who enjoys CRPGs, action/adventure, platformers, music games, and has recently gotten into tabletop gaming. Ron is also a fourth degree black belt, with a Master's rank in Matsumura Seito Shōrin-ryū, Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do, Universal Tang Soo Do Alliance, and International Tang Soo Do Federation. He also holds ranks in several other styles in his search to be a well-rounded fighter. Ron has been married to Gaming Trend Editor, Laura Burke, for 21 years. They have three dogs - Pazuzu (Irish Terrier), Atë, and Calliope (both Australian Kelpie/Pit Bull mixes).
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