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That’s right, I’m up at 3:30 am. After watching a movie or two, I have nothing better to do, since I can’t sleep right now. As many of you are fully aware, we’ve been playing a lot of Street Fighter IV lately. I’ve been playing so much that I actually did not play at all on a Saturday. Once it hit Sunday though, whole different ball game.
There are things about the game that we all love and then there are just the things that we hate. For instance, the fact that most characters don’t have really good setups for their Ultras is a big let down for me (Especially since I use a character who can’t setup unless a person is jumping in on Bison). I say that it’s a let down because when you see Balrog’s (Boxer) headbutt into Ultra set up or Ryu’s Shoryuken into Ultra setup (I’ll get more onto this one later) for the umpteenth time, you start to wonder “WHY CAPCOM!?!? WHY!?!” and continue to get more and more frustrated. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to say it’s cheap, I mean it’s my fault that I allowed myself to get hit by a crouching light punch and then have it go into a 12 hit combo with an Ultra finisher. I’d just like to see a few more simplistic setups like Boxer, Rufus, and Ryu’s for other characters.
Being a Bison (Dictator) player, I can say that nothing makes me more frustrated than hearing “You’ve gotta stop fucking that Ultra set up” from people all around. It’s not like I don’t know how to do it, and yes, I’m fully aware of the fact that it’s an easy motion to do. But stop and think about it just a wee bit, put all feelings and egos aside, and look at it from a player’s POV. You all know that Bison’s teleport is a DP motion, you all know that DP Shortcuts are in the game. You all should also be aware that just because you can do something in “Training Mode” several times, without even looking, does not mean dick all when you have pressure on you with one hit left and you’re starting to panic and hold on to that clutch. So if you see a Bison player teleport instead of ultra after a j.mp x 2 set up, don’t turn to them and say “Oh come on, stop fucking that shit up”. Don’t be one of those people and don’t try to say “I’m only trying to point the mistake out”, because we already know where the mistake is.
Yes, this seems more of rant than anything, where I complain about certain things about when I lose. It looks like I’m just crying that I can’t win, blah blah blah. “Lose and forget about it” , “Hide the frustration”, “Don’t look so serious”. I’m sorry, but if I lose to the same shit over and over again and for some reason it’s NOT clicking in my head? I’m going to get frustrated, I’m gonna NOT forget about it, and when you’re in a tournament, losing to some shit, you can’t just laugh it off. That’s not to say you can only have fun when you’re winning, but that’s how most people will see it.
The game is fun, and somewhat challenging. Certain things we can really love, such as the balance of the game. It’s not so spread apart like 3S and not as complicated, it’s a great game to play with friends and family (well if you have siblings that are around your age and give you a challenge). Gameplay wise, I guess there are certain things to love, cross ups can be god like, Focus Attacks make the game interesting. Stuff like that. This game brings back the memories of the arcade scene, where people would gather and line up to play. I guess that feeling is something to love about the game. Brings back nostalgia.
Should I really hate on a game that brings out the worst in me? Somewhat.
But what do I mean by that? I mean that this game brings out my biggest frustration/anger than in any game I’ve played (Yes, Tyler, even more than Arcana or Guilty Gear). Multiple losses to the same shit makes me want to hurl my stick out the window. Maybe it’s just my personality, maybe I have anger issues. But you’ve all gone through it, whether it’s not executing the right thing, or miscalculating your counter attacks to eat a huge combo that kills you, or just playing against Sagat.
Do I hate this game? No, but I’d definitely love to see some improvements on it. It’s almost 4 am, I’m gonna head off to sleep now. Happy Easter everyone…
James “Korea” Kim
P.S. I’m also fully aware of the fact that I put very little effort into the “love” part of the game, so if you could just refrain from pointing out that I just made a gigantic rant about SFIV, it’d be greatly appreciated.
Yes, that’s right, the Tokyo Game Show (TGS) is back already and you can bet yourself Capcom is there. And if Capcom is there, that means so is Street Fighter. It just so happens that they even released a trailer of Street Fighter IV for TGS 2008. Who knows what else Capcom might show at the event this year, but SF4 is a good start.
If you would like to see the trailer in HD, visit GameTrailers along with coverage of all games at this year’s TGS.