MNC Dover is going to be running PA tournaments for both SF4 and HDR on both systems check out his thread
for more info.
-Xbox360/PS3: OUT NOW
-PC: Summer 2009
Why are all these Streets Fighting and since when was there four of them?
Street Fighter IV(SF4) is the first numerical sequel of Capcom's iconic fighting game since 1997. If for some reason you've never played Fighting games before it's pretty simple. You and your opponent select a character and try to knock out the other using a variety of moves.
Of course I know that! Give me more details!
The design of the game is very similar to Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo and is intended to allow gamers who played SF2 in the arcades or the consoles to jump right back in and use most of the same mechanics and controls with some additions from SF3. Of course theres also plenty of new stuff.
replace the parry system from Street Fighter 3. A player can hold down the medium punch and kick button, which allows the player to absorb one attack from the enemy. Once the buttons are released the attack is made with it's power being dependent on how long the buttons were held. Theres plenty of canceling shenanigans you can do with these attacks and are intended to be an important aspect of SF4's gameplay.
Super attacks and EX specials make a return along with new Ultra Combos. As your character gets beaten up during the fight their Ultra or Revenge meter builds up. Once it reaches a certain point your character can then use a high damaging over the top cinematic special attack.
Ultra Move Montage
This isn't Street Fighter EX we're talking about. The graphics in this game are possibly the most stylish in any fighting game to date and it looks amazing in motion with impressive animations.
SCREENSHOT DUMP(Size Rape all up in here, Japanese Names Present)
Returning Fighters (Arcade Characters)
Well...he's Ryu. The most iconic fighting character there is returns and still knows how to throw a Hadouken.
Ryu's color swap and training partner might share moves with Ryu but he's more likely to send you flying with a flaming Shoryuken, overused online.
She might be a woman but she can still kick your ass with her trademark thunder thighs.
Possibly the most patriotic man alive, Guile Sonic Booms everyone until they become family men.
A sumo wrestler who can fly like a bullet which makes perfect sense in any sort of context.
An Indian mystic who shows people enlightenment by punching them with stretchy arms and setting them on fire.
The 'Gief' is a muscle bound stereotypical Russian wrestler who Spinning Pile Drives bears and anyone else he can grab on a regular basis for Mother Russia.
A Brazilian who grew up in the rain forest turning his skin green and making him able to expel electricity. Guess scientists haven't discovered those plants yet.
A new Street Fighter may be the most important day of your life, but for him it's Tuesday.
The Muay Thai fighter still wants revenges for the scar on his chest and will use any TIGER TIGER TIGER related powers to do it.
He might be a narcissistic pretty boy but his claw and wall jumping shenanigans are quite deadly.
An American boxer with no connection whatsoever with Mike Tyson who enjoys headbutting people in the face and fight money.
An American spy who uses flame boots and thunder gloves to even the match up.
A French mixed martial artist with amnesia looking to defeat the remaining members of Shadaloo.
Street Fighter jumps on the luchador bandwagon with a lucha libre fighter who cooks as a hobby.
A big fatty America taking full use of animation physics. He has quite a overconfident view of himself and wishes to defeat Ken to become America's greatest fighter.
HOW TO UNLOCK CHARACTERS
He might be balanced but this demon is just as scary as ever.
The trainer of Ryu and Ken and the closest your ever going to get to having Sheng Long.
Every 12 year old boy's favorite character who was doing ass shots before they where cool. Is in the game thanks to a online Capcom poll.
A high school outfit wearing Ryu fan girl who seems to love ripping off his moves.
Street Fighter's joke character. He intentionally sucks but everyone loves him.
He's pretty much a Bruce Lee that can set his legs on fire. Which is just fine with most people.
: An Italian fortune teller who shares Bison's soul or something. She has a pretty scarf which functions as a weapon and a sham-wow.
The only Street Fighter with multiple fighting styles, Gen is intended for Street Fighter veterans who like beating people up with old Chinese men.
The boss character of SF4. He uses the moves of other characters and his belly serves as a vacuum for the oddest Ultra Combo there is. Is the cheapest bastard around.
HOW TO USE CHARGE MOVES
CHARACTER UNLOCK CONDITIONS
[Can unlock with one-round matches on the lowest difficulty level]
Cammy: Beat Arcade Mode with Crimson Viper.
Fei Long: Beat Arcade Mode with Abel.
Gen: Beat Arcade Mode with Chun Li.
Rose: Beat Arcade Mode with M. Bison (Dictator).
Sakura: Beat Arcade Mode with Ryu.
Dan: Beat Arcade Mode with Sakura.
Akuma and Gouken
Seth: Beat arcade mode with all characters. Beat Arcade Mode with Gouken. You cannot continue.
Simply hold towards the direction for about 2 seconds and then do the next commands. For example Chun-Li's fireball would have you holding back for 2 seconds and then pushing forward while pressing a punch button. It is best to use Down-Back for charge characters.
Wait, I can't play this game with a regular controller!
(as in the 360 D-pad is TRASH)
Not to worry as several controllers have been made especially for the game.
Your options are:
Based off the Sega Saturn controller it features a nice floatly D-Pad and a 6 face button set-up along with turbo options. Great for those who want to be good but don't want to break the bank either.
The Fight Stick($70 PS3,$80 360 USD)
The standard fight stick featuring a eight button layout with start and back on the side. Has turbo options as well as a disabler so you don't accidentally hit the home button during a fight. Is easily customizable and a fine entry stick.
The Tournament Fight Stick($150USD)
This super fancy one is literally all the parts straight from the original arcade cabinet at a hefty 6lbs. It has all the features from the standard plus extras including being able to screw it right to a table. Right now they're pretty much sold out everywhere until a new production is made so best of luck finding one.
All reviews so far have been very positive and they look to be great products. However at this time pretty much all of them are a pain in the butt to find.
Of course there's plenty of other options for sticks such as Hori
sticks or customs.
Hows the online?
The online is very good even after the main release! However how good it is may of course vary depending on your connection.
PRO TIP: Playing arcade while accepting online matches is much more effective than searching for other players and you'll get plenty of challengers.
360 Friend List: Send an invite to PASF4 and use that profile's friends list to find other PA SF4 players on XBL.
Currently PASF4 has 97+ friends, I will continue to accept anyone up to the limit however if I get requests afterwords I will be deleting those who have been the most inactive from the list.
PS3 Friend's List(Current as of 3/2, PM me if you'd like to be on the list)!
PA Name-PSN Name
I need more Street Fighting!
Grove - ObstinateGrove
Baratus - Baratus_JT
Toefoo - Soultics
Derigor - Derigor
Elementalor - Elementalor
TheStig - Mannarless
rfalias - RFAlias
thepassenger - ohvermie
SabreMau - Tresjin
Kyougu - brownchiclets
Adda - Addauk
Ah_Pook - Ah_Pook
dav3yb - dav3yb1337
Hyperion - Jhnny_Cash
Hitsuraptor - Hitsuraptor
UnbreakableVow - UnbreakableVow
Professor Snugglesworth - SOLDIER
No Great Name - NoGreatName
Gahzi - Gahzi1337
SisterRay - PalaceBrother
Rubix42 - Rubix42
AggroChan - Sillender
kdrudy - KDRudy
Caenem - Nemlock
Marikir - Marikir
The recently released Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix on XBL and PSN provides old school fighting action with new presentation and balancing.
Check out the PA thread here for more info.
Very good guide to everything Street Fighter
Videos of Trial Modes for all characters.
Downloadable Content, featuring lots of alternate costume screenshots.
Faceplate Templates for the MadCatz Fightsticks.
Pretty much the only place to get parts to mod sticks here in the US.
AWESOME FAKE ADS FROM NeoGAF