When we first heard about Super Street Fighter IV a few months ago, we felt like Capcom was getting ready to milk its fans. A few new characters just didn’t seem to justify a completely new stand-alone title when they could’ve been distributed via DLC. But after spending some time with an early build of the upcoming follow-up to our favorite fighting game of 2009, Super Street Fighter IV doesn’t seem like it’ll be a bad deal at all. In fact, it looks like there’s more than enough content to keep fans happy. In addition to new characters, we’ll see lots of new online modes, and the return of classic bonus stages. Plus, plans to tag the title with a lower price tag than the original, further sweetens the deal.
Return of the bonus stages
Barrels will be broken and cars will be totaled. We were pleased to witness the return of the much-loved bonus stages in a recently released trailer. These stages have been sorely missed since Street Fighter II. But what we’re really excited about, is taking the bonus stages to a whole new level of awesomeness with Dan Hibiki.
Above: We can’t wait to taunt inanimate objects with Dan
Above: Sagat shatters a car with his shins of steel
Team Battle will pit four groups of players against each other. When you’re not fighting, you’ll be in spectator mode, where you can cheer your teammates or offer unwanted advice on how to play better. We’re already familiar with Grade Points (GP) and Championship Points (CP), but it looks like Team Battle will introduce PP, a new point system to help keep teams balanced.
You can spend as much time in the training room as you like, but studying high ranked players is the way to go if you really want to improve. The new Replay Channel will let you view matches from the highest ranked players in the world and will also let you save your own matches for repeated viewing. The user interface shown in the screenshot below is still in development, so this may not look like this when the game releases next year.
We miss the good old days when crowds gathered around arcade machine to watch titans clash. That’s why Endless Battle is the mode we’re looking forward to the most. In it, the winner stays and the loser moves to the back of the line in your game’s lobby. It looks like it’ll recreate the anticipation of placing your quarter on the arcade cabinet’s dash and calling “next” as you studied the defending champion for signs of weakness.