Ultra Street Fighter 4 is currently the undisputed emperor of fighting games, surpassing even its critically-lauded predecessor, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, in terms of roster size, character balance, and gameplay breadth and depth.
Naysayers can say what they will, but the fact remains that casual and competitive players the world over have been playing this game since 2008 and are still playing to this day (2015 as of this writing). That kind of faith and fanaticism can only be evoked by the worthiest of brawlers.
Things you should know about this fighter:
- USF4’s Story Mode isn’t the best the franchise has to offer. In my humble opinion, the most coherent plot ever written for a Street Fighter game was the one presented in Street Fighter Alpha 3. So don’t expect to get steeped in character lore or get absorbed in compelling world-building here.
- You’re not going to get much help from the Tutorial Mode either. It gives you stuff to do, but doesn’t tell you why that stuff is important. You’ll have to read between the lines to figure out that the game is ‘telling’ you what moves link or cancel into others.
- Switching characters between sets isn’t a decision to take lightly. This is because (a) the button press rhythm for links differs for each character, and (b) although theoretically you can force your own playstyle on a particular character, they were designed to favor particular playstyles (e.g. space control with Ryu, counterstrikes with Chun-Li).
- Expect to spend countless hours inside Training Mode honing your combos and setups. On the bright side, you get an unparalleled sense of pride when you pull off a tournament-grade combo during an actual match.
- I don’t think any other Street Fighter has as many game systems as USF4 does. Focus attacks, red focus attacks, focus attack dash cancels, armor, dashing, delayed wakeup, variable stun, Ultras, Ultra Combo Double… that’s not counting the series mainstays like chain combos, overheads, and supers.
CHARACTER GUIDES FROM WITTY GAMER
Presenting Ken Masters 01 – Practice Drills
Presenting Ken Masters 02 – Crossup Combos
Presenting Ken Masters 03 – Forward Jump Combos
Presenting Elena 01 – Practice Drills
Presenting Elena 02 – Ground Combos
Presenting Chun-Li Xiang 01 – Mastering the Basics
CHARACTER GUIDES FROM OTHER SOURCES
Basic Ken Tutorial by Momochi
Cody Tutorial by Momochi
Ibuki Tutorial by OptionSelect
Juri Han Tutorial by OptionSelect
Makoto Tutorial by OptionSelect
Adon Tutorial by OptionSelect
Sakura Tutorial by Shytzoo
Oni Tutorial by Gammon
EVO 2009 Grand Finals (Street Fighter 4)
EVO 2010 Grand Finals (Super Street Fighter 4)
EVO 2011 Semifinals and Finals (Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition)
EVO 2012 Top 8 (Super Street Fighter 4 AE 2012)
EVO 2013 Top 8 (Super Street Fighter 4 AE 2012)
EVO 2014 Top 8 (Ultra Street Fighter 4)
Capcom Cup 2013 Grand Finals (Super Street Fighter 4 AE 2012)
Capcom Cup 2014 Grand Finals (Ultra Street Fighter 4)