kevin;;ultimate street fighter;;fighting;;capcom;;other ocean Kevin "Methodone89" van Dongen The ultimate version of the world’s greatest fighting game has appeared exclusively for the PS4. It's not quite as good as the original though, which really is too bad. Especially since it's loaded with DLC costumes and the promise to be the official game of the Capcom Pro Tour. USFIV for the PS4 was to replace the previous versions at some of the bigger events like EVO 2015 and the previously mentioned Capcom Pro Tour, but for now they have switched back to the last-gen consoles... and for good reason.

ULTRA STREET FIGHTER IV

By Kevin "Methodone89" van Dongen on June 3, 2015

The ultimate version of the world’s greatest fighting game has appeared exclusively for the PS4. It's not quite as good as the original though, which really is too bad. Especially since it's loaded with DLC costumes and the promise to be the official game of the Capcom Pro Tour. USFIV for the PS4 was to replace the previous versions at some of the bigger events like EVO 2015 and the previously mentioned Capcom Pro Tour, but for now they have switched back to the last-gen consoles... and for good reason.


Believe me when I say I’m a huge Street Fighter fan and couldn’t wait to play Ultra Street Fighter IV on the PS4, especially because Street Fighter V will not be released until 2016. Just like with other ports, Ultra Street Fighter IV was not ported by Capcom but by Other Ocean, an Indie developer responsible for the Mortal Kombat: Arcade Kollection. Seeing as how this port wasn’t really a huge success, you have to ask yourself: "why take this risk?"

Ultra Street Fighter IV features a number game-breaking bugs like: input Lag, nerved moves, sound glitches and many more. One of the more irritating port-flaws is, in my opinion, the fact that the start screen says “Press Start”, although the PS4 doesn’t feature a “Start” button. Instead the PS4 has an “Option” button. This kind of mistake is unforgivable; it’s just plain stupid.


While a lot of players reported these bugs, I personally only encountered a few, like the sound glitch where the background FX completely overpowers the character sounds. Glitches like Guile’s invisible Sonic Boom haven’t occurred during my time playing USFIV at all.

There is a huge amount of content incorporated into the game, so it basically features everything a Street Fighter fan / player would have prayed and hoped for. I mean, come on, you can't go wrong when you have multiple game modes like: Arcade Mode, Trials, Ultra Trials, and of course online mode. All the previously only as DLC available costumes are also already present in this version. Even the latest ones, like the Wild Costumes (to watch the Wild Costumes trailer, click here). Apart from all these costumes, every Streetfighter character ever is in the Ultra Version, bringing the total to 44 great playable characters.


I still had a great time playing USFIV, but for now I would rather play my PS3 version of the game. This mainly due to the sizeable amount of glitches and problems this port still has. Both Capcom and Sony have stated that they are working on the issues, and with Capcom’s excellent service-record in the past years I have no doubt that they will make good on their promise. I just can’t help but think that this all could have been avoided just if they'd ported the game themselves, or handed it to a developer with some experience in fighting games.

Other Ocean under-delivered on some of the most important parts of this game. Let’s be honest; USFIV is all about the Hadokens and Tiger Uppercuts. I still had a blast playing through arcade mode with some of my favorite fighters. Funnily enough, during the arcade mode I didn’t encounter a lot of issues caused glitches and such. I might have spent more hours on the Arcade mode than I would normally have, just because I wanted to watch every intro and outro animation of my favorite fighters. This is what Street Fighter is to me; a homage to my childhood heroes. So despite the glitches and poor, poor, poor mistake on the home screen, this is still what makes Street Fighter a one of a kind fighting game.


Still, I would pick a broken version of Street Fighter over no Street Fighter at all every day of the week. So while it’s still no excuse for the bad port by Other Ocean, I’m actually happy it happened. In my opinion, Capcom is going to step up their game and do everything in their power to fix this, and most importantly, take measures to prevent such a disaster in the future.


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ULTRA STREET FIGHTER IV
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