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The industry of fighting games began with two simple words: Street Fighter. This game is very much worthy of it's presence in the beloved series. Street Fighter IV is in all means a beautifully awesome video game that everyone who owns a next-gen gaming system should invest in. Street Fighter is the first Street Fighter to use any 3D animations in the game period. The graphics flow amazingly smoothly and has a original style not available in any other fighting game like it. SF4 is just about perfect in every way. Even the little tiny things make a huge difference. The game allows you to play according to your flow and the way you feel your best suited. With enough time and concentration, you could make the perfect set-up or your style automatically making you feel like a Street Fighter veteran. Street Fighter does allow the player to mess around on the 360 controller but is impossible to compete on a truly competitive level with the d pad and thumb stick of the 360 controller, For that reason, any serious Street Fighter players should definitely buy the arcade pad because it will come in handy. Though you'll be happy if you got your greedy hands on a arcade pad, you'll be left in the dust without one and pretty much be a noob your entire experience. As always, Street Fighter sports fancy visuals with a almost realistic hand drawn world around you. So while your beating the spit out of Ryu, you just cant help but look at the drunk hobos falling over themselves. Also new to the series are some new air-tight game play mechanics. Each player is given levels of combos and as the player builds them up, they can be saved to create a Ultra Combo turning the tides of a battle in the flash of an eye. Also is the addition of training mode. Training mode brings to the table so new things never even thought of to be in a fighting game. You can record moves by using the training dummy and then constantly work on blocking you're recorded moves multiplying your hand-eye-coordination and your over all skill. Also is the addition of focus attacks which are flashy new moves that can knock and opponent down or make them dizzy giving you the edge for a few seconds. Also any damage taken during the charge of the focus is not taken on unless the focus attack is missed. And then there the online gaming aspect. To my surprise it's just about flawless. Game play is still smooth so there is no lag and the roster is pretty equalled out so you could easily win with anyone purely based on your skill. It almost feels likes HD Remix but times 100. So the bottom line is. Street Fighter IV is amazing and Capcom has proved once again it is the king of fighting games. And while it may have many competitors, when it comes down to it, Street Fighter is just to consistent and to good to be surpassed. Street Fighter IV is without a doubt in my mind the best fighting game of all time so far and hopefully the redeemer of the once legendary genre.(but the final boss is a joke)
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