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Despite its troubled launch, the PS4 version of Ultra Street Fighter IV honors Street Fighter IV's impressive legacy while adding a few wrinkles of its own, making it an essential purchase for long time fans and newbies alike. It is easily the best and most accessible console version of the title available, and will do more than enough to keep you busy until Street Fighter V. If you're looking for the definitive edition of one of the best fighters on the market, look no further.
Don't think of Ultra Street Fighter IV as "just another add-on." Ono and his team have put delicate work into this final expansion, with new characters that fit right in, balancing that truly makes sense, YouTube uploading and plenty of fun fighting options to choose from. Enjoy the brawl.
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
Ultimately, the Ultra Street Fighter IV's appeal largely depends on your view of the genre. If you're not a fan and doing a simple fireball feels like advanced calculus to you, then this game won't be your cup of tea. If you love fighting games, however, Ultra Street Fighter IV is arguably the technical pinnacle of the genre that you wouldn't want to miss.
Ultimately, what we've got here is absolutely zero failure in making the ultimate version of one of the greatest fighting games known to man. This is every bit ultra street fighting and Capcom deserve all manner of goodwill for continuing to develop their stunning game for casual sofa fighters and professional contestants alike. In our opinion this provides the quality needed to ensure it remains a tournament favourite for years and it's definitely one which will stand shoulder to shoulder with Third Strike even if it's unlikely to ever eliminate it. In so doing, it remains a game for the less capable to play. It's still fun. It still guarantees joy and excitement and wow moments combined with facepalms. It's fundamentally brilliant. It shouldn't be touched again though. Let us enjoy this and hope Capcom go away now and do once again what they did here, and generate a new fighting game for the new generation of consoles.
Ultra Street Fighter IV is a wonderful appetizer for the impending Street Fighter V. SFIV is a proof-of-concept to how a Street Fighter game can turn out when built and utilized properly on big time hardware.
If you haven't played Ultra Street Fighter IV yet, this Game of the Year-style edition for PlayStation 4 is what you've been waiting for. SF4 gets kicked up to 1080p at 60 fps and includes all of the available DLC for a mere $24.99. If you already own all the content on PC, skip it, but it's a solid upgrade for console players.
Ultra Street Fighter IV for the PS4 is the comprehensive, definitive edition of one of the best fighting games around. While you might want to be the competitive type if you plan to play, there's something here for the warrior in everyone. Just be wary of early launch bugs.
The added characters and backgrounds, as well as the rebalanced gameplay and features do an excellent job of rounding out the final package. Regardless of how many other versions of "Street Fighter 4" are available on other systems, "Ultra Street Fighter IV" is by far the king of them all.
What more can be said about Ultra Street Fighter IV? If by some act of (insert deity here) you've never played a Street Fighter game, this is a great place to start. It's the best fighter you can get on the new generation of consoles. With the PS4 in its second year, it's about time the series showed up! For $25, you can nab the most definitive version of Street Fighter IV released to date, including all DLC. If you're a fighting game fan, this is a no-brainer. Just be sure you update.
Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers may be a bit pricey – but it's the same gorgeous fighting game as always. The graphics is beautiful and the mechanics is almost perfect.
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But for the time being, there are simply too many problems with Ultra Street Fighter IV on PlayStation 4. The input lag is definitely an issue, the technical hang-ups mar an otherwise astounding-looking game, and there aren't enough new features or additions for hardcore fans to warrant a purchase. It's nice to have Omega Mode and all the DLC costumes tossed in for free and the Red Focus Attack does add some flash and strategy.
Ultra Street Fighter IV should feel like the finished, definitive product on PS4, but it's incredibly hard to justify double, triple or even quadruple-dipping for long term fans when Street Fighter V is so close and this port is so poor in quality.
It's a sad state of affairs when your current gen release is bested by the last gen iterations in almost every way, and although only the most hardcore of fans will notice most of the changes and little tweaks to the gameplay, there are still undeniably some major issues that need to be addressed, hopefully with a patch in the near future.
There's something quite mesmerising as to how such complexity can be played out almost effortlessly by people who practice enough at the game to get good at it, but, frankly, everyone is better off waiting for next year's Street Fighter V.
It's true that if you own a PS4, played Street Fighter a while back and fancy returning to it, Ultra Street Fighter IV isn't a bad purchase: it gives you a lot of gameplay for the money and, at a base level is great to play – or will be once updates have been disseminated which fix the more glaring bugs. But the game's core audience is more or less guaranteed to own it already on PS3 or Xbox 360, and it would be well advised to stick to those versions of the game. Even in this day and age, it seems, porting is still a minefield.
Admittedly, a port of a fantastic and iconic game. Get it if you want, don't get it if you have any sense. Just be sure to have some cash left over for Street Fighter V next year, and all the other versions that Capcom are going to try to sell you in the years to come.