Published on February 22nd, 2013 | by Craig Forshey1
Street Fighter 4 Video Review
There are very few video game franchises as iconic and beloved as Street Fighter. Unforgettable characters like Ryu and Chun-Li have long been ingrained in video gamer’s minds, making moves like Ryu’s hadouken impossible to forget when playing other fighting games. While the series has evolved over the years, it has always retained its core game play mechanics. The world’s greatest fighters duke it out for martial arts supremacy through a myriad of combos and special moves in different parts of the globe. This system has evolved ever so slightly through the years, with new additions like super combos and hyper combos added to the mix.
In 2008, Capcom released Street Fighter 4, an updated version of Street Fighter for the new generation of consoles and gamers. It received universal acclaim from critics and was praised for its ability to expand the game play of the original games without forgetting its roots. Eschewing the traditional hand-drawn characters and backgrounds, Street Fighter 4 was the first 3D Street Fighter in the series(not counting the Street Fighter EX games). It was regarded as the best arcade game of the year by many publications, and rightly so.
Fast Forward to 2013 and Street Fighter 4 has finally been released to Android after seeing an IOS version 2 years before. Capcom, Street Fighter 4’s developer, has an odd style of only releasing its hit Android games in its home Japanese market. This means if you want to play Street Fighter 4 on your Android device, you’ll either have to live in Japan or use an app called Market Enabler. This is only a minor inconvenience as Street Fighter 4 for Android’s language is completely in English.
Street Fighter fans will be relieved to see that the game play from its console and arcade brethren is largely intact. All of the original roster of fighters are present along with their special moves and catchphrases. Hyper combos, reversals, and focus attacks all play heavily into the combat, though they have been simplified to accommodate mobile devices. The 8-button setup has been changed to a 4-button setup so as not to overwhelm mobile gamers. This takes away from the strategy of some matches since you are only given a heavy punch and kick options that can be modified by what direction the joystick is in as opposed to having light, medium, and heavy attack buttons. Aside from the controls, the actual combat is the same as on other platforms, special moves require rapid precision and enemies are just as ruthless as ever.
With the mobile version of Street Fighter 4, several compromises were made to fit a full console game onto an Android device. The 3D graphics of the console version have been replaced with 2D sprites and backgrounds that closely mimic the arcade version. Characters and backgrounds, while recognizable, are decidedly low res. Because of this, Street Fighter 4 loses much of its visual flair at the cost of having true to console game play. In spite of that, Street Fighter 4 is still the best looking fighter on Android, rivaled only by King Of Fighters Android.
The music and sound effects are largely present here but like the graphics have also been compressed to fit mobile devices. This gives the music and character catchphrases a tinny sounding effect. Also of note, there is only one spoken catchphrase for each character, unlike the original. It can feel repetitive when you hear you fighter announce he needs to train harder for the 100th time.
Summary: Street Fighter 4 on Android is a faithful representation of the console and arcade game although in order to keep the game play intact sacrifices were made in the graphics and sound departments.