Review to the Power of 2!: Street Fighter IV
We’ve had our grubby mitts on Street Fighter IV for a while now and so Nacho and I decided to forgo the traditional review format and have a casual (non-sexual) chat about the newest entry in the iconic franchise. Everything from technical aspects of the game to Cammy’s ridiculously toned butt is up for discussion. Take a look at our conversation to check out what we think and let us know in the comments what YOU think about Cammy’s ass your experience as well.
WRIXEL: Dude I just want to say that I hate the endings. Wtf, they should’ve just taken them out.
Nacho: The in-game scenes are way better than any of the animated endings.
WRIXEL: I think that’s the only thing I really find wrong about the game
Nacho: They are so mediocre.
WRIXEL: Yea. Did you beat it with Blanka?
Nacho: I beat the game with everyone.
WRIXEL: DUDE wtf was BLANKA’s ending? Seriously it was horrible.
Nacho: Here’s the thing about the endings, not only are they poorly animated, but there’s ZERO context.
WRIXEL: Most of them are more of a joke than anything else.
Nacho: I won’t lie though, when I first put the game in I got goose bumps. It’s been a long time since I’ve played an SF game. It was kind of exciting.
WRIXEL: Very true. What do you think about the jpop intro? I like it, but it’s generally hit or miss with ppl.
Nacho: Ummm, the song is a bit catchy, but after you hear it during the menu screens for the 1000th time, you get sick of it.
WRIXEL: “I can feel it coming over meee.”
Nacho: Although, I think one of the best things about the game is that you can run a custom playlist and it automatically takes out the background music, which I don’t think is great. So, that pretty much alleviates the music problem. Playing SF to Prodigy is great. “Smack My Bitch Up” is a good fightin’ song,
WRIXEL: You know, I still haven’t found that option, does the 360 have that?
Nacho: Yeah, you can do it for 360 as well.
WRIXEL: Oh shit. new prodigy album is out too, right?
Nacho: Oh yeah it is. Haven’t heard good things, but I’ll check it out anyway.
WRIXEL: “Smackkk my bitch up!”
WRIXEL: Yes, definitely a good song. I can’t even type the next part of the song. Wouldn’t know how to spell it.
Nacho: It doesn’t have that many lyrics. “Chase my bitch up, smack my bitch up!”
WRIXEL: Then it’s got some weird-ass sound effects after that.
Nacho: yeah, I never tried to spell sound effects. Prodigy sound effects are particularly hard to spell.
WRIXEL: Sorry. I digress.
Nacho: Anyway, I remember when they first showed off the game, I thought SF was dead. The art style put me off.
WRIXEL: Really? I liked how they OKAMI’ed it out.
Nacho: I was so used to the anime style of the Alpha and Vs. series, but they did an awesome job. Well, I saw Ryu and I almost shit myself (in the bad way). Then I saw Ken, I was like “meh”.
WRIXEL: I don’t know… I still think the Ryu 3D model still looks kind of retarded.
Nacho: Then it somehow grew on me and when I first saw it in Chinatown with you in motion, I was pretty much floored.
WRIXEL: Yeah. It Looked sick in motion. That was defintely an eye opener. Seeing pictures does not do this game justice.
Nacho: Then my Zangief got destroyed T.T
WRIXEL: LOL. You got close though. He wasn’t expecting that shit.
Nacho: You should see me now. I’m a piledriving machine.
WRIXEL: By the way, I joined a Gamestop tournament and a Zangief cleaned house
Nacho: Zangief is actually a very solid character, as are all of them really. Some are weaker than others, but you can’t really go wrong with anyone.
WRIXEL: Do you think the game is imbalanced though? In rhe right hands I think Akuma / Gouken are definitely over powered.
Nacho: Well, there’s all this “character tier” stuff that people flame each other over, but I think the bottom line is that every character has a decent chance vs. any other character. Some more than others of course. I haven’t fiddled too much with Gouken (who is a badass by the way), but Akuma has always been really strong. Then again, you have to remember that he takes damage like a bitch. He has the least life and stun of any character
WRIXEL: True, but still a full revenge meter (Raging Demon) does almost 50% damage. Crazy.
Nacho: It does more actually, but in all honesty it’s tough to land, haha
WRIXEL: I’ve seen some sick people on XBL pull that shit out of the air, but yeah. What do you think about El Fuerte?
Nacho: He’s so cool, but I’ve only just gotten my skills up to an acceptable level with Zangief and Akuma.
WRIXEL: wish you had an Xbox so i could destroy you
Nacho: XBOX FANBOY!
WRIXEL: PS3 FANBOY
Nacho: SONY 4 LIFE!!!!
Nacho: So let me ask you, how did you feel jumping into SF4 after not playing an SF game for a while? I think the last thing we probably both played was Marvel vs. Capcom 2
WRIXEL: Actually, it felt weird.
Nacho: I missed out on the whole Third Strike thing.
WRIXEL: Third Strike was hard. The learning curve was ridiculous and I couldn’t do a parry for the life of me.
Nacho: Here’s the thing, Street Fighter is a hard fighting game. It always has been. The vs. games were always much easier
WRIXEL: True, but I really think IV got it right in terms of bringing in casual and hardcore players
Nacho: Have you made any attempts at the combo challenges?
WRIXEL: Dude! The 5 stage combo challenges are HARD. I can’t pull them off.
Nacho: They are ridiculously hard, but once you mess around with them for a while, it’s do-able. I totally cleared Akuma’s and Zangief’s.
WRIXEL: Holy shit. I can’t do Akuma’s. Fucking Xbox controllers. I should have never sold my joystick.
Nacho: Sucker! Although I was raised on playing SF with a controller, once I got used to the joystick, it was like butter. (I got the Standard MadCatz stick by the way readers). That brings up another cool thing though. There’s such high level stuff in the game, but you don’t NEED it to compete.
WRIXEL: Still, I sold my stick for like $150 so I’m not too sad. I’m going to get one once it comes out again.
Nacho: And you call yourself a gamer? That’s a sin.
WRIXEL: yo, whatever, I’m a business gamer.
Nacho: Fucking suit! I keep it real.
Nacho: how’s your online experience been so far?
WRIXEL: Pretty damn awesome. XBL makes it soo stream lined. Like I’m playing in the arcade with the smelly teens who forgot to shower.
Nacho: oh, yeah with the arcade interrupt on? well, I think as far as playability goes, the online is awesome. 3-4 bars of lag out of 5 gets you a really smooth game
WRIXEL: i’ve Never lagged over XBL which is amazing.
Nacho: my only gripe is that you don’t have large lobbies like in HD Remix. it’s kind of cool to be able to hang out with a few people and spectate some matches. Maybe that can change that though with a patch
WRIXEL: yea I agree, I honestly thought the game would have big lobbies and a messaging system or something, I remember reading about being able to set up tournaments in game
Nacho: that’s coming soon via patch
WRIXEL: hooo shit
Nacho: hasn’t been any word yet on an exact release
WRIXEL: thats cool
WRIXEL: maybe we’ll have an online wriXeL tournament
Nacho: of which I won’t be part of because you’re Microsoft’s whore!
Nacho: j/k I love you
Nacho: not really
WRIXEL: you can be in charge of the PS3 tourney
Nacho: so have you been able to wrap your head around the focus attack system?
WRIXEL: yea its pretty complex but i get it now
WRIXEL: its COCK diesal in the right hands
WRIXEL: so you can basically absorb 1 hit and counter with an UNBLOCKABLE hit
Nacho: you don’t absolutely NEED to use it, because if you play a good methodical SF2 match, then that basically translates to a good SF4 match, but focus opens up SO many options that it’s worth your while learning.
Nacho: it was a bit awkward for me at first, but now I have a real good grasp on it
Nacho: and I’m like 3 weeks in
WRIXEL: takes a bit of learning but its much easier than the parry in SF3
Nacho: that seemed a bit too hardcore, which probably explains why SF3 never really hit mass market like other SF games
WRIXEL: i still cant link my combos into a focus attack though
WRIXEL: yea SF4 is def great for the casual gamer
Nacho: I’d choose my words carefully
Nacho: it’s not really a casual fighting games by any means, BUT
Nacho: I think a casual gamer can jump in and still have fun
Nacho: there is a LOT of depth
WRIXEL: yes, well put
WRIXEL: Its MUCH better than, say SOUL CALIBER
Nacho: ugh, soul calibur. I could never wrap my head around that game as nice as the HD boobs were
WRIXEL: did you play the new one?
WRIXEL: you can DAMAGE ARMOR and clothes come flying OFF
WRIXEL: wtf? !
Nacho: yeah for a month and then I gave up on it
Nacho: SF4 is going to keep me going for a long time
Nacho: to me, nothing feels as good as a street fighter game
WRIXEL: yea i was worried about this one
WRIXEL: but everything feels right
WRIXEL: (except the god awful anime endings)
Nacho: yeah, if you’v played a street fighter game (and who hasn’t) you’ll feel right at home.
Nacho: let us never speak of those abominations ever again
Nacho: what’s your favorite ultra?
WRIXEL: lol Fei Long got a pretty awesome one
WRIXEL: where he does like a flying bruce lee kick
Nacho: good pick. all the ultras look fantastic, but fei long’s is badass
WRIXEL: M bison has a pretty good one too
WRIXEL: he takes you for an aerial ride and stomps on your face
Nacho: honestly, I really like them all
WRIXEL: eh, Ryu’s isn’t that great
WRIXEL: same as alllllll the other games
WRIXEL: still the graphics are so good it makes everything worht while
Nacho: right, so what did you think of the english voices?
Nacho: I laughed so hard I had to change them to Japanese. they are terrible
WRIXEL: You can CHANGE them ?!
Nacho: you idiot, haha
WRIXEL: im gonna change mine right nowwww
Nacho: after you beat arcade mode once, you can change the voices to japanese
Nacho: and you can even choose by character which voice you want to change
WRIXEL: sorry i was too busy looking @ cammy’s virtual boobies
Nacho: have you seriously been playing with english voices this whole time?
WRIXEL: yess i have 8(
WRIXEL: i actually like Cammy’s voice
WRIXEL: its nice and British
Nacho: this kind of brings me to my next fond memory of SF, but you’ve been playing on english
Nacho: yeah hers is a rare case that fits her, but…
Nacho: I always would remember the death voices in SF games and if you turn your game to Japanese, M.Bison’s death voice is the BEST
WRIXEL: remember DeeJay?
Nach0o0o: it’s so dramatic, much like Guile’s old “OOH AHH!”
Nach0o0o: do you want me to ruin M.Bison’s for you?
WRIXEL: ill prob play after we do this
Nacho: just listen to it for yourself and tell me afterward
WRIXEL: (loading up my xbox now)
Nacho: it’s great
WRIXEL: anything else you didnt like about the game?
Nacho: the sound is great in the game too though. what with the camera angle changes in the ultras and the sound of the fighters, it’s really an experience
Nacho: honestly, very few complaints on my end. just the lobby thing I mentioned early and the terrible anime scenese
WRIXEL: yea me 2
WRIXEL: the sound effects are awesome
WRIXEL: the subtle sonic booms
WRIXEL: SONIC BOOM
Nacho: a fierce punch rocks your socks off
WRIXEL: btw C. Viper is cool
Nacho: yeah, I’d really suggest playing with the JP voices, haha
Nacho: she’s really technical
WRIXEL: i just changed it to JP voices
Nacho: she seems more like an SNK character, but she’s cool nonetheless
Nacho: what’s great also, is that all the old SF2 favorites all feel just like they used to, which is pretty amazing
WRIXEL: one thing i dont like about the game
WRIXEL: yea Ryu feels like RYu
Nacho: even some of the old combos work
Nacho: in fact, I think all of them do as far as I know
WRIXEL: like the fierce uppercut
WRIXEL: into dragon punch
Nacho: yeah fierce into dragon punch
Nacho: they really kept it old school with this one
WRIXEL: you notice how you can
WRIXEL: do a dragon punch of the floor
WRIXEL: and interrupt anything?
WRIXEL: thats kinda annoying sometimes
Nacho: that’s always been in street fighter though
Nacho: those reversals on wakeup
Nacho: the biggest adjustment I had to make for SF4 was the fact that jumping is actually risky since there is no air block like in the vs. games
WRIXEL: yea but sometimes with Ken its ridiculous
WRIXEL: no air block
WRIXEL: i forgot about that
Nacho: that really changes the entire game
Nacho: my main strategy in vs. was to just dash, super jump forward and charge everyone, but that will get you killed so quickly in SF4
WRIXEL: yea man, btw just heard the japanese sounds. M BISON, NANDE, LOL
Nacho: it’s fucking great
Nacho: I told you
WRIXEL: so basically to sum it all up
Nacho: also, Zangief’s “Final Atomic Buster” doesn’t sound right unless it’s in Japanese
WRIXEL: i gotta go play a few rounds
WRIXEL: but bottom line
WRIXEL: the game delivers
Nacho: Capcom really did Street Fighter justice with this iteration
Nacho: minor gripes aside, the game is fantastic
WRIXEL: and damn it looks so good too (looking at it right now)
Nacho: I stared at Cammy’s ass for 30 minutes earlier
WRIXEL: i do that all the time
Nacho: also, if you do Sakura’s kick she flashes her panties (yes, something is wrong with me)
WRIXEL: yea cammy’s got some serious fan service going on
Nacho: also, if you’re not a sellout (like someone) I would recommend one of the MadCatz sticks
Nacho: they feel great and really improve your game if you want to put some time into the game
Nacho: when they become available again that is
WRIXEL: I wanted the $$ to much
Nacho: Quiet you, So how do you feel about our first review chat?
WRIXEL: pretty good, how about you?
Nacho: I don’t think we should see each other anymore :\