Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition Hands-On Preview

We go hands-on with Evil Ryu, Oni, and twins Yun and Yang in Capcom's latest update to the Street Fighter franchise.

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What Street Fighter IV started, Super Street Fighter IV refined, tweaking the balance of its characters and explosive ultra combos to produce an excellent fighting game. Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition continues this tweaking, promising upgrades to the underlying combat system, as well as four new characters to play as. Capcom's fighter proved to be a major attraction at this year's MCM Expo in London, so we battled through the crowds to get a feel for how the new characters handle.

The most notable of those new characters is Evil Ryu. Like his nemesis Akuma, Evil Ryu has been consumed by Satsui no Hado, a murderous energy that grants him greater powers, but at the cost of his soul. In combat, this gives Evil Ryu a different feel and a set of new moves that make him a much more aggressive fighter. He now has a Shakunetsu Hadouken; an orange-coloured fireball that's extremely powerful, but takes time to charge, leaving a split-second gap for opponents to get in an attack. Evil Ryu also gains Akuma's teleporting ability, his Raging Demon ultra combo, as well as a new scissor-kick-type move that Capcom told us is ideal for chaining with other moves to form combos.

Most of Evil Ryu's other moves are gleaned directly from his non-evil counterpart, so if you're familiar with the classic quarter- and half-circle stick motions, you'll feel right at home. This made him easy for us to pick up and immediately start laying down some impressive-looking combos. While his moves are familiar, the way he handles is not. He takes on a much more aggressive feel, similar to Akuma, with his powerful new attacks driving us to play more offensively.

Ryu's not the only one to have dabbled with the evil arts, with Akuma's super-evil alter ego Oni making an appearance in Arcade Edition. He too gains new moves, such as a powerful Gorai Hadouken, a quick punch attack called Sekeisei Jiraiken, and an electric-shock-like attack called Tenchi Sokaigen. Capcom told us these new moves make Oni the second most powerful character in the game. Both Oni and Evil Ryu have also gained some impressive-looking visual flourishes, with their evil glow evolving into bright red flames that flick around their bodies as they battle.

The two other new characters are Yun and Yang, who made their first appearance in Street Fighter III and were two of the most requested by fans to appear in the Street Fighter IV universe. As twins, the pair share very similar moves, all of which are based on the Ryu and Ken style of quarter- and half-circle stick movements. Despite the familiar commands, we found it tricky to use the pair in combat. They handle in a rather unique way, feeling heavy yet somehow light at the same time. They also have some interesting moves, the most impressive of which was Genei Jin, a special that made all subsequent moves faster, allowing for some impressive-looking combos that would otherwise be impossible to execute.

In addition to gameplay tweaks and new characters, Arcade Edition's online mode has been improved. An updated replay channel lets you follow up to five of your favorite player replays, while the My Channel option lets you send out your replay data to 50 of your friends. Interestingly, Arcade Edition players will still be able to battle it out online with owners of Super Street Fighter IV. Features such as the new characters and gameplay tweaks are removed in those fights, ensuring that neither player has a competitive advantage. Though Arcade Edition marks the last installment in the Street Fighter IV series, Capcom has promised to keep supporting the game with balancing tweaks and patches, so long as there's a player base to warrant it.

Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition will be available as a downloadable update for Super Street Fighter IV owners on June 7 on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and as a stand-alone retail release on June 24 in Europe and June 28 in the US. A PC version is set to follow later in the year.

Discussion

199 comments
revengetg
revengetg

nothing particularly.

just felt like saying a HI.

reyace
reyace

@irishkd: Um no....there both just as good or as i said on other review statuses,its only an opinion that no one does not follow by or care about :P Ps, nice try trolling though

irishkd
irishkd

SF sucks, Mortal Kombat ROCKS !! ! !!

MacItaly
MacItaly

While playing this I have found Oni and Evil Ryu to be great additions. Still refining and tweaking how to use Yun and Yang. I also like the addition of new achievements to be unlocked with these characters. Well done Capcom!

terrain600
terrain600

it's not even out on playstataion store. I hope it wasn't delayed or this is one of gamespots lies

Speuj
Speuj

Wierd... I'm usually the first to whine about overpriced DLC, but I'm quite interested in this. After playing MVC3 and MK, it'll be fun to go back to Super Street Fighter for a bit I'm sold!

akmex
akmex

looks ok i guess..

terrain600
terrain600

@Chuman231 oh. That's actually good. Thanks for the info

Chuman231
Chuman231

@terrain600 It basically making weaker characters better and making stronger characters weaker (mostly the latter) Things like frame-advantage, hitboxes, damage, and invincibility of special moves were changed

terrain600
terrain600

About this ''rebalancing'', does this mean that combos will be easier to pull off or what? someone explain. I'm too lazy to ready this article

Chuman231
Chuman231

@punkdsk8erdude: Do you know how impossible it is to perfectly balance over 30 characters at release and never have to balance the game? Only games that a popular and competitive enough, actually receive this kind of update and balancing. The AE edition is only $15 as DLC. Id much rather have a game see this kind of attention to gameplay and perfection, rather than spend $15 for 3 maps.

punkdsk8erdude
punkdsk8erdude

i know capcom has a history of doing this sort of thing, but to be honest since they keep having to "rebalance" the characters and what not, it makes me feel like capcom released an unfinished game, only to keep working on it and releasing 3 more editions of a more finished version of the game. What I'm saying is, SSFIVAE is what SFIV should've been to begin with. This is how they make money. They make a couple little adjustments and add a couple characters and rerelease the game. Finish the game capcom, then release it when you are truly happy with it. If you must update it, please do, but allow us to simply download patches and updates then for free that will fix the balance issues and online issues. Then release extra characters as cheap DLC if you must and do not want to give them to us for free with updates. That would make me happy, and I would've bought SFIV a long time ago if I knew that could be the case. But i knew it wouldn't be, and it wasn't, and SSFIVAE just makes me glad I didn't waste my money on an unfinished game.

Iviqrr
Iviqrr

@AgentRebecca i agree about Evil Ryu being ALOT like Akuma, but not about Oni being like Gouken. The stance does look similar but the attacks arent that similar.

AgentRebecca
AgentRebecca

Evil Ryu is an Akuma clone, and Oni is a Gouken clone, big woop v.v

SeptuagintXXX
SeptuagintXXX

this video was so over the top. I couldn't even tell what was going on. This is supposed to be a better fighting engine? If I wanted mindless fireworks, I could just play mortal kombat.

Contra75
Contra75

Fighting games seem to be so dated.

annoyingdevil
annoyingdevil

What i dont get is why they put evil ryu hes a ryu clone why did they put oni akuma hes just a fat version of akuma.

Neyowolf
Neyowolf

This is the reason gamers have been getting raped this generation V V V V

vega13mv
vega13mv

more characters, more balance, more asses to kick online, keep it coming capcom

brunorr
brunorr

Thoug I agree CAPCOM was using the same business model of SF2, which feels cheap nowadays because you can update your game instead of buying a new cartridge, most ppl complaining here doesn't know crap about SF. This is for the hardcore players, if you just want to play with your kids don't download it and stick with SSFIV. You can still play with ppl that bought AE. As a PC gamer I will buy it because the jump from SFIV to SSFIVAE is worth the money.

jnw93
jnw93

its only worth the money for people who dint have SSF4 just Sf4 like me so i dont mind paying 20 pounds for this since its got 39 chars and the online is good

AgentRebecca
AgentRebecca

What you people fail to understand, this isnt just about the 4 characters, what im mainly getting this for, and same reason for all my SSF4 friends, is the CHARACTER BALANCE!!!! You guys need to read the whole thing and not just a few and comment it. Its mainly for its character balance, so no one is too overpowered or too weak...jeez...

SIDOUSOMEGA
SIDOUSOMEGA

This blows----This is what all the hype was about! This is just another cheap money scam, Evil Ryu ,Oni, yun and yang---LAME LAME LAME AND LAME!

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

E3 and AE in the same week....... It's going to suck going to work.

jmpittman0220
jmpittman0220

People can't complain about this. It's what Street Fighter does.

Alucard_Prime
Alucard_Prime

Some of the posts here prove that some people just love to complain. When AE releases, I will make the single most efficient purchase of the year: 15$ for several hundreds of hours of entertainment. I wonder how many people here bashing AE can say the same about their 15$.

DementiaSoldier
DementiaSoldier

I wonder how many jokes and complaints we'll see about the game being released a 3rd time, even though this is DLC and people just can't read.

AndresEBR
AndresEBR

"Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition will be available as a DOWNLOADABLE update for Super Street Fighter IV owners on June 7 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3" - This is definetely one of the best news I've been received on my life. Capcom rocks!!!!

cylis1
cylis1

Here goes CAPCOM again!!! Just give us the Super Duper Ultimate Street Fighter Champions Arcade + Special Edition with every character and every move and all the Evil / Good versions of them too. SONICCCCC SHORYUKENNNNN !!!!!

dreamforager
dreamforager

Good to see Evil Ryu's on board. Now where's Evil Ken, Good Bison, Skinny Honda and Midget Zangief?

GameBeaten
GameBeaten

Still don't have Super Street Fighter IV, so Arcade Edition sounds nice.

eViL_iTo696
eViL_iTo696

guys guys theres a new street fighter game coming out is "Super Duper Street Fighter 4 AE This Is The Remix Ultra Edition" whit one extra super duper fighter stronger than the strongest, he looks like Ryu fights like Blanka and acts like Vega but hes compared to Akuma!!!! XD

rottenskater
rottenskater

In the article, it says "new moves make Oni the second most powerful character in the game".... so who is THE most powerful? Not trying to start a fan-boy war, just want to know an official answer. Repeated question that was ignored.

1uP_OnYou
1uP_OnYou

"The two other new characters are Yun and Yang, who made their first appearance in Street Fighter III, and were two of the most requested by fans to appear in the Street Fighter IV universe." Why do I not believe that? Just like S-E saying they are making a sequel to FFXIII because there is a BIG demand for it. Gaming company's will make what ever they want and know fanboys will eat up anything they give them.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

The "don't spam hadokens" phrase is ridiculous, it's all about space control and adds a superb dynamic to any 2D fighter. Jumping goes over them, focus attack-dash blocks them and a lot of ex charge attacks go through them, what's the issue? Don't bash a tactic if you fail to conquer it, but rather, practice.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@GyroGate I like the new Mortal Kombat as much as the next guy (if not more because I really rate it), but have you actually played any variation of Street Fighter IV? I ask this because you stated "I could go against some of the best fighters out there just by bashing my remote in Street Fighter", you really can't. It's not a pick up and play fighter nor is button bashing a good tactic. Fair enough it may work in Capcoms other fighter, Marvel VS Capcom 3 to a degree but in SFIV it doesn't. Street Fighter IV is likely the most technically demanding fighter out there, it's all about tactics and reading your opponent more then anything. "you actually have to think out your moves and dish out some heavy combos to even have a chance against the best players out there", this statement suggests you would love Street Fighter IV. I urge you to buy Arcade Edition upon release and give it a go. If you appreciate tactical fighters like you've said you do, you'll like it. As I said, this is coming from a huge Mortal Kombat 9 fan.

spiritwave
spiritwave

Makoto...it's been a tough year...now take off your weights, spread your wings, and ABARE TOSANAMI!

iamshivy
iamshivy

why do you like to bend me over on a table capcom.. y..

iamshivy
iamshivy

only 4 new charaters... an 2 of them are just clones... sad..

Lockedge
Lockedge

Yun and Yang are going to be so powerful it isn't funny

ShadowofSonic
ShadowofSonic

i LIKE THE WAY tHE EVIL GUY AND THE BLUE GUY LOOKS..... .....sh***t,caps lock

Dawg9000
Dawg9000

So 2 more shoto clones, one of them doesn't even make sense. Sad that I'm gonna end up buying this anyways. You already know this isn't gonna be the last one either. I'm already hype for Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition Turbo Alpha HD The new challengers 90.

Furious1116
Furious1116

Wazzat? Another version of SF4 at full retail price barely within a year of the last re-release? Oh Capcom...may you never change. Didn't get Super Duper SF4, not getting Dead Rising 2 Remix, not getting this one either. **edit: I stand corrected. They're actually releasing it as a DLC add-on...something they should've done with Super SF4. Welcome to 5 years ago Capcom! You're almost there!

Tso11
Tso11

@ShadowofSonic This really is a bad time to jump in, a lot of characters got nerfed. They added some new ones that are too strong like that dude in the blue hat aka Yun. If you are just looking to try out the game I think you will have fun, there is a lot of chars to experiment with. One thing you may want to know you have to always be connected to access a chars. The game has some crazy DRM protection.

Belz_
Belz_

@GyroGate: I'm sorry, but there's no other way to say it: you have no idea what you're talking about.

Speuj
Speuj

@PatIsStuupidd I totally agree! As much as I love the MK series, it's FAR from a mature game!! lol! That's actually what I love about it: It's so over-the-top retarded that you have to laugh at it! @Shenmue_Jehuty Dude, this is being released as DLC update for SSFIV. No need for you to trade anything in! ;)

sagejonathan
sagejonathan

@shadowofSonic Ryu is the main character really and he just trains to get stronger; he ytrained with Ken Masters with his mentor Gouken. Gouken's brother, Akuma, wants to get Ryu to learn and absorb this evil energy which he uses. There SIN an organization of just plain evil. They want power and stuff like that. There's not too much to it IMO. In Street Fighter IV, Seth copies people's abilities and he wants to be the strongest being alive.