Super Street Fighter 4…Arcade Edition!

Characters including Ryu, Akuma, and M. Bison ...

Just this last week my brother decided to pick up Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition and it certainly is a gem to play.  Although I’m not big on arcade style fighting games, it’s still a lot of fun to play with another person.  The gameplay is fast and furious and there are a lot of characters, which ultimately make Street Fighter 4 a pretty cool addition to any collection of fighting games.  Even with the negatives, Street Fighter has a lot going for it.

Blanka (Street Fighter 2)

Blanka (Street Fighter 2)

The thing that makes games like Street Fighter so hilarious to play with friends is that you can pretty much button mash your way to victory unless your opponent is really, really good at stringing together combos and doing super moves.  But, if they aren’t then it basically becomes a battle between who can get lucky the most.  This couldn’t be more true than the other night when I was using Blanka while playing against my brother.  At first, things were pretty even, but as soon as I figured out how to do his lightning attack the pace of the game completely changed.  Characters like Blanka that have a spam move are so awesome when you’re using them to beat people, but if you’re on the other end it’s pretty much the most annoying thing on the face of the planet.  Sometimes I forget how much I hate spamming until it’s being done to me.  Luckily for my brother and I we thought it was extremely hilarious so we ended up laughing the whole time rather than ripping each others heads off.

The one major complaint I have about games like Street Fighter is that the commands to do moves are so damn hard that you literally have to be a god to execute them.  I know the controls are meant to resemble the old-school arcade controls, but come on!  There are some moves that are literally impossible.  I don’t care how good you are, some of the moves are literally not possible while using a controller.  If you really want to turn up the heat try playing Street Fighter 2 on the SNES.  I promise that you will end up steaming from the ears for a few reasons.  First, the controls suck.  Imagine trying to do moves that require you to use the diagonal command…on a D-pad.  Yeah…just forget about it.  Second, the computers will spam the hell out of you and I’m not talking about playing on hard or expert.  Even playing on easy will leave you begging for your life against those piece of crap AI‘s.  If you’re playing against a friend games like Street Fighter can be a lot of fun, but if you’re trying to take on the game itself and its AI, then you have another thing coming.  Do yourself a favor and just play to have fun.  That’s what games are all about anyway!

-Ocarina of Time Nerd

About Joel

Live, love, play video games.
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