Ok, so there has been alot of talk around the web with how the PS3 load times in between matches are longer than on the 360 version of the game. The following video was the cause of all the hub bub.
For four amazing Street Fighter-filled hours, Capcom's event staff threw an underground party at a location open only to those who RSVPed by special invite. The room was filled with a myriad of PS3s with matching HD TVs, each playing the latest version of Street Fighter IV, complete with its new edition of characters. There were even a few stations with Street Fighter HD Remix. The very fabulous Viewlix cabinets also made an appearance, while each PS3 was outfitted with all the new controllers from MadCatz. That's right, that includes the new MadCatz Standard and Tournament Edition Fight Sticks, as well as the Fight Pads and various HRAPs. They even had pizza and a (pretty good) live DJ.
The official Street Fighter IV FightStick Tournament Edition is back up for pre-order on Amazon.com. They have been sold out/unavailable on Amazon for a couple weeks now, so if you haven't already pre-ordered one, now is the time to do it!
Click the product links below for the pre-order page for both the stick and the game itself.
This is the footage from last nights special where Richard Li, MAGUS1234, A_Rival and myself were able to sit down and take a closer look at the console version of SFIV. It was a lot of fun and there is a lot of questions answered in this session so check it out!
Alright guys, time to get those creative juices flowing and show PushingPlay.com your best hadoukens. They are running a contest where you have a chance to win an official Street Fighter IV Tournament Edition FightStick. Not only do these sticks go for 150 bucks, but they are virtually all sold out and not up for preorder at this point.
The submission can be anything really, video, audio, art... whatever! The deadline is February 17th so you have about a month to gather your chi and get crackin' on this contest!
1up.com is throwing another Game Night event tonight where SRK members MAGUS1234, A_Rival, myself and 1up's Richard Li will be playing Street Fighter IV and taking questions from the fighting game community. The segment will be 1 hour long so we should have enough time to go over a lot of details of the console version.
If you have anything you are wondering about in regards to Street Fighter IV, post up in the comments section and I'll see what I can do about answering all relevant concerns about the final retail version.
Should be a lot of fun, check out the full details here.
The video confirms you'll have to shell out some quarters for the downloadable alternate costumes in Street Fighter IV. I've always assumed this would be the case, but I also thought they would have included at least one alternate costume with the game.
This was supposed to go down last week, but it was the same day 1up was acquired by UGO so they had to put it on the back burner. It's an hour long session of Street Fighter IV, showcasing the new characters and taking questions from their online forum. The action starts 5pm PST.
1UP's Game Night: Street Fighter 4
Time: Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 5 p.m. PST
Location: Watch the embedded video player right here in this story.
Questions: Ask your question in the Game Night thread on the Street Fighter 4 boards.
Yeah, this was supposed to happen last week, but something got in the way... so now this week's Game Night will be a special show featuring not only Street Fighter 4, but also former 1UP employees. Come join current and former editors as they play Street Fighter 4 in an hour-long streaming session on Tuesday, January 13, 2009, at 5 p.m. We'll show you the features exclusive to the console versions, including new stages and new characters Rose, Dan, Gen, Sakura, and Fei Long.While watching us play, don't forget to ask us questions in the Game Night thread on the Street Fighter 4 boards. We'll try to answer your questions throughout the hour-long stream!
Looks like all the Bay Area Street Fighter heads finally got their wish.. Street Fighter Club in San Francisco! I wont be able to attend because I will be at the California Regionals tournament but these events have been a real success in the past. If you're in the area and not at CaliRegionals then you should definatley check it out. At previous events, attendees have been given Street Fighter items just for showing up, hip hop music and Street Fighter all night long. This will most likely be the last Street Fighter club before Street Fighter IV drops so be sure to register at this page (send them a message) to get an invite.
If you plan to attend, please let me know!
New gameplay videos showcasing some more of the new characters straight from 1up.com:
Seen this posted on a couple of forums but MarkMan made a basic breakdown of the new SF4 Tournament Edition Fight Sticks compared to the Hori Real Arcade Pro and Sega Virtua Stick High Grade. The breakdown shows the dimensions and weight between the 3 sticks.
It's interesting to see how the Madcatz Fight Stick Tournament Edition shares some attributes with the other sticks. It's as if the design is a blending of the best of both worlds.
So are you one of those who thinks size really matters?
Usually you see a bunch of mods for sticks but I thought this one was really exceptional. An SRK poster by the name of DevilsFang posted up a small write up of how he put a Hori Tekken 5 pcb inside a Sega Saturn pad.
"I have been wondering this for quite some time, and since I'm between projects right now and I had all the parts I needed floating around, I decided to give it a shot."
TornadoFlame from SRK has his own site, TornadoFlame.com where he covers a lot of East Coast Street Fighter action and is also conducting interviews with people in the community. He asked me to be one of the first people to interview for his site and we talked about where iPlayWinner.com is going and my thoughts on Street Fighter IV. He also has an interview with Justin Wong as well that is worth checking out.
From the interview:
GAMESPOT was able to pick up some great footage with CAPCOM Community Manager Seth Killian demoing all the new characters in Street Fighter IV (GEN, CAMMY, ROSE, FEI LONG and...DAN!) at CES 09. He goes over the basic moves of the new characters and shows each Super and Ultra in its entirety. There is also a demo of the new training mode that was mentioned in the previous article and also in the EGM preview.
A great first look at the characters but more is soon to come. Trust me on this one, this is just the beginning. These videos are only scratching the surface of what is possible with these new additions to the SFIV roster. I can't say too much but keep an eye on all the major game news outlets in the coming week.
GAMESPOT was able to get some hands on time with Street Fighter IV like a lot of other CES attendees. Most of the preview isn't really geared towards the hardcore fighting game enthusiast, but they do go over the different modes and impressions on the new MadCatz Joysticks.
One aspect of the article, which was also mentioned in the last issue of EGM, was the training mode feature which sounds cool. I have heard from sources that this training mode will offer combos and strategies that most of us would not expect to see in a retail game like this. I can't say much more than that but this should help level up a lot of new players and expand the base of fighting game players once again.
From the article:
Besides being able to try out the new fighters and content, we were able to try out the new Challenge mode, which is one part training mode and one part fighting tutor. The mode offers six challenges for each fighter, and these initially start out as primers on the basic attacks in the game. The primers lead up to familiarizing yourself with each character's special moves. The challenges we tried were made up of six different tasks, such as performing Ryu's standard arsenal. However, once the basics are covered, the later challenges introduce more-complex tasks, such as combos, crossovers, and other advanced moves that are key to really kicking butt in the game.
Ars Technica posted an article today about the Street Fighter IV sticks they had a chance to try out at CES. They also have the first shots of the inside of the unit.
Overall really good impressions, although someone in the video mentions the standard stick is more suited for shooters. I'm sure this can be taken care of with a quick mod so we will have to see.
Gamespot is finally continuing their coverage of the Ultimate Street Fighter battle they held like 3-4 months ago. They uploaded the first video today and I assume there will be about 5-6 more to follow. Keep in mind this was the first time many people had even played the game so the gameplay isn't up to par to what most people are used to seeing at this point.
Also, if you haven't read our coverage of the event, check it out here.
Thanks to Xjaden on SRK for this find. I am not sure if this has been seen before but it is new to me. I guess I was wrong about that last video being the final trailer! Click here and select "Watch in HD" for the HD version. Check it out:
The poster ShinAmano on NeoGAF whipped up a file using the original Japanese move list that shows the command list for all the characters in the Wii version. If you have people just getting into the game playing with you, print this out and keep it around to help them out!