Eight years. That’s a mighty long time, and it’s the last time Capcom delivered a “proper” entry into the Street Fighter series. But it’s not as if the 2D fighter has been out of the minds of gamers -- iterations have been included in multiple “collection” titles, and even recently overhauled for Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix.
So to say the series is “back” with Street Fighter IV is a bit misleading; Capcom’s never let us forget that one of their most successful franchises -- one that started a genre craze -- hasn’t really gone anywhere at all. With that in mind, I’ll say it anyway -- it’s back, God damn it. If Street Fighter III alienated all but the hardcore with its somewhat-imposing (yet solid) technical style, Street Fighter IV straddles a fine line, accessible for more casual gamers while still appealing to tournament-play senses.
Hit the jump for our full review.