The Street Fighter series has never been one to wow or dazzle with an amazing plot but it does have one. The series of games known as Street Fighter IV takes place several months after the events of Street Fighter II. Seth, a strange being, begins another fighting tournament in an attempt to draw out the world’s finest fighters to complete his top secret BLECE project.The story isn’t anything worth reading about and honestly isn’t the main focus here. Instead, the Ultra rendition of Street Fighter IV for Playstation 4 is aimed to be the most complete and definitive rendition of the game. While that’s both true and false (at the moment, at least), the Playstation 4 version represents the most content filled version. Every single one of the game’s playable 44 characters is here with every single alternate costume included too.Visually speaking, Ultra Street Fighter IV retains the original super stylised ink painting like visuals that the previous editions of Street Fighter IV employed. It’s bright and colourful and one of the best looking fighters on the system so far, even if it’s from the previous generation. For the most part, the game runs at a silky smooth 60fps which is the gold standard (or even minimum) for fighting games. The resolution has been upped as well which leads to a more PC-like experience rather than what was seen on the previous generation of consoles a few years ago.
Prior to an update, the game struggled to run at the same level as previous versions of the game, but post patch, the game runs like a dream. It’s smooth, it’s more responsive than before and it looks amazing. Capcom did the right thing by packing so much detail into the backgrounds of the levels as it helps them feel alive.The voice work is probably culturally insensitive but does the job at merging these characters and their vivacious appearance and personalities. Everything is here as you remembered it, although we did notice, especially during some scene transitions (for example, between ultra-moves and normal gameplay) that there was still some very, very slight stutter.
For the average player, it’s not a huge deal but for the more professional player it can easily mean the difference between winning and losing.Street Fighter IV is a typical fighting game. You choose a character, battle against another character and whoever depletes their opponents health wins. It’s a simple system that works well. Ultra Street Fighter IV plays the same as Street Fighter IV, largely, but with some alterations. The game has a roster of about 44 characters to choose from, each with their own unique fighting style and special moves.