Super Street Fighter IV Updated Hands On - Hakan, Ibuki, Makoto, and Dudley

We grease up to take on Super Street Fighter IV's newest character, as well as take some Street Fighter III inductees for a test brawl.

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In the last official trailer announcing even more characters for Super Street Fighter IV, the sound of a sloshing liquid and a mysterious voice-over hinted that there may be more surprises coming from the upgrade to last year’s fighting game favourite. Capcom finally unveiled what that last surprise was overnight, introducing a brand new character joining the Super Street Fighter IV ranks: the bulky, red-skinned, oil-obsessed Turkish fighter known as Hakan.

Before you dismiss the greased-up Hakan as a completely unrealistic addition, let it be known that Turkish oil wrestling is a real martial art (as evidenced by several YouTube clips) and was found by the team behind Super Street Fighter IV. This was after producer Yoshinori Ono asked his squad to scour the Internet for interesting and unusual fight styles on which a brand new character could be based. Ono told GameSpot that with all of the other recent additions to the SSFIV roster being classic characters from the Alpha and III series, he wanted to introduce a new, wacky addition along the likes of a Blanka or a Dhalsim. Hence, Hakan was born.

But while Turkish oil wrestling may be real, Hakan’s looks and move set are definitely more on the fantastical side rather than realistic. A grappler at his core, the potency and range of Hakan’s basic moves are affected by how oily he is, with players able to add more oil to his body at any time via a dragon punch move along with any kick button. Like Zangief, Hakan’s most powerful moves are throws: the oil rocket (performed via a full circle stick move plus a punch button) sees Hakan grab his opponent in a bear hug, with the pressure of the hug and his greasy frame eventually squeezing out his foe; and the oil dive, which sees Hakan grab a combatant and slide around with him/her on the ground. Doing a half circle move with punch performs an oil slide, where Hakan slides along the ground to knock down foes (the oilier you are, the faster and longer the slide). This can be followed up with another body slam by pressing a punch button at the end of the slide.

Hakan’s comedic value really shines when he performs his super and two ultras. His flying oil spin super sees him running a short distance before grabbing an enemy and performing a combo, while his first ultra--the oil coaster--has Hakan throwing an opponent in the air before sliding him or her around his body at ever increasing velocity. His second ultra--the oil combination hold--is bound to draw laughs the first few times you see it. With this ultra (performed by quickly tapping down three times on the stick and pressing all three kick buttons), Hakan lays flat on his back. If an opponent happens to jump onto the prone Turk, he or she will slip on his oily gut, landing face down on the ground. Hakan then jumps on top and squeezes with an almighty effort, eventually popping out the hapless foe from between his legs and sending him or her shooting off across the stage. The move looks to be a purely defensive ultra and can be a little off putting but still a lot of fun to pull off.

While Hakan’s unique fighting style may mean he’ll take some getting used to, fans of the various incarnations of Street Fighter III will be pleased to know that the character additions to SSFIV feel very much like they used to, with a few minor exceptions. Pugilist Dudley, for example, retains much of his move set from Third Strike, such as the jet upper, machinegun blast, cross counter, short swing blows, and various ducking combos. He even gets his thunderbolt charge move back, which was last seen in 2nd Impact. Dudley’s super is still the rocket upper (which is essentially a chain of jet uppers), while his two ultras were also featured in Third Strike--the rolling thunder and the corkscrew cross (which has now evolved into an impressive-looking horizontal tornado that spins an opponent).

Just like Dudley, ninja-in-training Ibuki’s Third Strike move set makes it into SSFIV mostly intact. The still-speedy Ibuki retains the kunai air knife throw, the tsuijigoe somersault, the kubi ori sliding neck breaker, the raida explosive throw, the kasumi gake dash, the kazegiri dragon punch, the tsumuji, and the useful hien. The kasunni suzaku--where Ibuki throws multiple projectiles while in the air--becomes her super. As for ultras, the yoroitoshi is a modified version of a similar Third Strike super and sees Ibuki grab an opponent to deliver an ultrapowerful raida-like move (and is performed via two backward half circles plus three punch buttons). The second ultra is the hashinsho, which begins with a flurry of hits and finishes up with Ibuki jumping into the air while throwing dozens of projectiles at her opponent.

Makoto--one of the deadliest characters in Third Strike in the right hands--also has an almost identical move list compared to when fans last saw her. The uppercut-like fukiage is back, as is the dash punch hayate, the ground chop oroshi, the air kick karakusa, and the ever useful grab-and-choke karakusa. The temporary power boost that is the tanden renki serves as Makoto’s super, while the multi-hit flurry of the seichusen godanzuki is the first of her ultras. The second is the abare tosanami, which sees Makoto jump to the back wall before diagonally leaping on an opponent to begin a powerful combo.

Makoto gets a little punchy.

Just as all of the previous characters introduced in Street Fighter IV felt and played like their classic counterparts, the Street Fighter III additions to the SSFIV roster feel instantly familiar (although it’ll take a few more hours of play time to see just how seamlessly these characters fit into the parry-less environment of SSFIV). We’ll have plenty more on Super Street Fighter IV in the following weeks, so keep it locked to GameSpot for more information.

Discussion

106 comments
Chainsawman_20
Chainsawman_20

PS. Definitely going to be using Hakan, or at least try haha.

Chainsawman_20
Chainsawman_20

This video of Hakan is garbage. There is another video I have seen and he is actually REALLY cool. He has a move specifically to oil up, and when he's oiled up, EVERY MOVE TRAVELS. Even some normals! His grapple move (Where he squeezes the character, and depending on what button pressed, the character is thrown a certain distance) starts as a traveling lunge looking thing, then finishes with a grab. This guy will be a great ant-zangief. It's just a shame this video is so terrible. They are trying to show off the character, yet every battle in the vid has the player with Hakan getting his ass kicked? Like wtf? Why not just show off his move set and let Hakan win.

Ultramarinus
Ultramarinus

We Turks have been waiting for over a decade to see an oil wrestler in Street Fighter and Hakan sure looks fun! His daughters are so pretty as well! :D

HidekiMotosuwaX
HidekiMotosuwaX

@ Blaze_Hrimfaxi So true, I'm with you on this one. The last thing we need is more overpowered Shotof@gs. We already got Ryu, Ken, Sakura, Gouki (Akuma), & Gouken. Why do we need more of them? I'm all hyped for this game and very glad with the selection they made. Just wished we had Charlie in here.....oh well, still good selection of characters regardless.

FsLeonhart
FsLeonhart

more characters OMG!! i hope for coming to PC.

Blaze_Hrimfaxi
Blaze_Hrimfaxi

@ Tzunoy Because we dont need any pointless clones!

JeraudS
JeraudS

I have to agree with Tzunoy on this I have be waiting to play with Violent Ken on a Real Street Fighter game since I played with him on Mugen

dipdish
dipdish

Hakan is the man. =)

Nesysli
Nesysli

Seems like alot of new characters are coming. I hope they don't ruin it.

enagenado
enagenado

Too much ridiculius character, it looks like some kind of dumb, it´s offensive to the turkish fighting spirit, and you can be sure willy the scothish from the simpsons would look more stronger.

RocSeanD
RocSeanD

Let me just be blunt here ................ Why the "F" didn't they show anything cool about this guy. Sell this character to me, and the other fans of Street Fighter. Right now I am feeling like if they needed a grappler, then they could have added Alex. They just did a poor job representing Hakan in this video. Not one super shown, and they just kept on doing that "Low Drop Kick of Doom" which is cool, because I like being the annoying player from time to time. So I say to Capcom, and also I say to Gamespot, we rely on you guys to bring us quality games, and quality game news coverage. If you are trying to keep the gamers of the past for the games of the future then you all need to do a better job captivating the audience when it comes to matters like this. I know that you only work with what you got, but if you only have mediocrity to show then is it really worth showing. I am sorry if I seem harsh, it's just because I have been a Street Fighter fan since Ryu's original hair was red. In closing I would like to say that I can not wait for this game, and I am sure that it will kick some major butt on-line, and I welcome all challengers anytime, any place!!!! Ha-Do-Ken!!!!!

Tzunoy
Tzunoy

Wtf? this is a joke caracter. Why not include Violent Ken and Evil Ryu instead of this stupid character

RocSeanD
RocSeanD

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jeremiah06
jeremiah06

@JaxxRaxor Think about how revered Sumo is or Muay Thai. They should be honored to be included. If it weren't for this I'd never have even heard of the sport.

jeremiah06
jeremiah06

IDK if it was the guy playing but Haken looks like he sucks. The purpose was to show him off right? The other guy could have at least let hm win for the video.

Evil_Saluki
Evil_Saluki

Didn't get to see him do any interesting moves! The person playing was like failing to perform anything but single button mashed random punch or kicks.

Asagea_888
Asagea_888

I shutter to think about the inevitable Zangief/Hakan fight card.

Exia2004
Exia2004

yeah caracther move too slow

Killa_Commando
Killa_Commando

to bad that it is another slow grappler i would prefer a more abel-like 1 in terms of look and speed. But all that matters for me is that they tweak/improve gameplay to make it faster.

master_blue
master_blue

Decent enough choice - a turkish oil wrestler, fair enough but did he have to be so silly?

xerotolerant
xerotolerant

@JaxxRaxor if it wasn't for this vid i would never have heard of the sport. frankly no wrestleing is fun to watch imo. but this guy is just too much fun to watch in action.

newhighscore
newhighscore

wow. im not really feeling the new roster of fighters. i mean those are the fighters the fans supposedly picked. i might just stick with plain old sf4. only maybe one or two of the new characters i would actually use. ESPECIALLY since they really dont seem to be adding any new moves.

inspectercoley
inspectercoley

Looks like the worst character ever from that vid...

JaxxRaxor
JaxxRaxor

I wonder if anyone here of Turkish heritage finds this offensive? Yağlı güreş (the turkish oil wresting) is indeed a true fighting style and very important to Turkish Culture, but I kinda feel that Capcom may be a bit too insensitive in how they are doing this. Of course Rufus is Capcom making fun of the United States, but a great deal of SFIV players are American and our comedians love to poke at our obesity rate, but the oil wresting seems like something that should be deserving of more respect, not just some joke.

terturk
terturk

add some turkish speech to him as well.

rkane34
rkane34

adding oil to anything makes it better....

mertcx
mertcx

Turkish Fighter Hakan! Hell yeah ! :)

Bozanimal
Bozanimal

Truly awful preview of Hakan, who sounds like an awesome new Zangief on paper. He spends the whole video having darts thrown at him by Ibuki and rocks thrown at him by Cody. The one time we had an opportunity to see a Super it fails to connect at 2:14. Just chatting with Ono would have been less disappointing.

Nodashi
Nodashi

They could avoid using a MONKEY to showcase the new character. He doesn't connect a single move other than a few fierce low kicks, not a good way to prove us it's not a lame filler of a character...

awesome
awesome

Looks as if Yoshinori Ono has put some of that grease in his hair & face too...lol

Skargamer
Skargamer

"wait a little longer and get the BRAND NEW SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 ULTRA!!!!!!!!!! available in stores THIS YEAR!!!!!" I AM JUST KIDDING!!!!!!!!! just makin a joke here cuz their previous games were like this.......or will this be like them too?????

venomvolkan
venomvolkan

Chun li still my favorite!!! for EVER But hakan looks interesting!

albanx03
albanx03

evil ryu would a great edition,that guy is awesome..

Aiberg
Aiberg

Hakan is a welcome change. Thanks Capcom!

calvinsora
calvinsora

Man, Capcom knows how to make a remake. I'm psyched for this, it will be awesome!

Henninger
Henninger

Hakan looks stupid as f***! Ok the martial art it real. But i dont like the character design @ all.

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

Can somebody please explain to me why everybody finds Dan so lame? Shoot me a mail to my inbox or something? PLease? I'm so confused.

rpgnutt
rpgnutt

I was goin to buy the first one until they said they was goin to remake it save me 60 bucks but this looks 100 times better im sold.hakan was gettin his butt kick the whole clip was the person playin him just suck?or does hakan suck period?

DeadManRollin
DeadManRollin

This Hakan character looks and feels a bit like Darun Mister from the SF EX games. His gameplay sounds interesting; you can make moves cause more damage by having more oil. However, too much oil should affect other stats like movement speed

Boss_Snake
Boss_Snake

Now, all they have to do to win me over is to: add Haggar from Final Fight, and bring back Alex from SFIII. Please Capcom, add a few more good characters.

mccoyca112
mccoyca112

I'd really like to get my claws on this but I dont know how I feel about paying for the same game again.

dark-warmachine
dark-warmachine

I'm not really liking this character. His playstyle is unique, I'll give him that.

playtoy
playtoy

I like the analodies used in this interview. That Street Fighter school would be awesome to go to. Where do I inlist.

lowkey254
lowkey254

if you showcase a new carrier at least show him kicking ass