Street Fighter has been around for donkeys years, this is a fact. Its also a fact that its easily one of the most recognisable games and franchises in history, with more than 15 titles under its belt (at least not including re-releases and spin offs) Capcom can stand proud knowing they stumbled across an absolute corker of a game.
Street Fighter IV gave the series a stark new direction, with a Japanese manga/cel shaded art style which felt like new blood was pumped into each character, but sitting at roughly 5 years old now, it was time for Capcom to throw the world Ultra around and give it a complete edition before they beaver on with what I can only imagine will be Street Fighter V (Im assuming this is fact, of course as Street Fighter X Tekken 2 just doesn't appeal)
So what changes can you expect in this Ultra package? Well apart from the obvious choice of added fighters being thrown into the mix, Capcom have constructed what can only be described as both a love letter to its passionate, competitive players as well as the most balanced all round fighting game ever made! with something for everyone, from noobs to battle hardened l337 players! Sweet!
With that in mind, for those not into the more technical, competition level, changes then perhaps you should pop the kettle on and skip the next paragraph or two…. only joking! Im not here to bore anyone, but you can trust me when I say that Capcom have gone to town rebalancing the entire system and each character to answer all the wants and needs of pro players.
W-Ultra finally gives you the option to have both Ultra Combos available in a fight, at the cost of a slightly weakened state but its worth it for the chance to mix it up and adds another dimension that needs to be considered when preparing a battle of minds and muscles. Delayed stand up is a hugely welcome addition also, it may seem trivial I'm sure but considering that previously you could get knocked onto your butt and then hit again by an unblock-able attack the moment you stand up and so on until the cows come home, this small adjustment will make big waves I'm sure. No one likes to feel like a sitting duck after all.
Big additions aside, each character has been subtly rebalanced to shuffle around the natural selection, meaning those once considered weak and perhaps pointless fighters are worth another spin in all they're newly nipped and tucked form. From Ken moving that bit faster, yes both walking and crouching, to Dudley and Deejays hit boxes getting an increase for certain attacks.
As I said previously, there’s also a boost to the roster, adding in 5 new(ish) fighters raising the total to a rather beefy 44 warriors. I say new rather hesitantly, as if you've played Street Fighter X Tekken then you’ll be more than familiar with 4 of the new additions. Rolento, Elena, Poison and Hugo have made the cross over pretty much exactly the same as their original iterations, only subtly chi sled to suit Street Fighter more than the hybrid style which was bred from their cross over origins.
Rolento is easily my favourite from the bunch, with some punishing and whirlwind manoeuvres courtesy of that pain in the butt cane of his. Visually, he's a pleasure to watch when in the hands of an experienced fighter, while perhaps a bit of a tough one to fight with if you’re not yet a master of the game.
The 5th new challenger comes in the shape of Decapre. Yes, she does indeed look almost identical to Cammy, aside from a pinstripe suit/mask, but she offers a plethora of awesome moves which include two useful and indispensable ultra combos.
For the ultra (no pun intended) fans of the series out there, edition select allows you to pick your fighters perfect form for yourself, all in aid of offering up the chance at settling all those arguments and finally playing out those grudge matches. You want to see Guile from Super Street Fighter IV kick classic SFIV Abel into an early grave? You got it! Why not have the ultimate pugilistic fight between USFIV Dudley and SSFIV Balrog?
Ultra Street Fighter 4, in short, bundles together everything thats great about SFIV and builds on the last few, much requested, tweaks to create one of the most feature laden releases ever! Theres something for everyone here, from those after the quick gratification of a fight to the hardcore among you who wish to get lost in every ultra, red focus and EX-red focus available to you. Each new fighter feels completely at home amongst the ranks of classic warriors, while the original line up feel refreshed and show no signs of ageing.