Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition – a new challenger has entered the Expo!

As a Street Fighter fan I wasted no time in getting a good look at the upcoming release, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition on the show floor at the London MCM Expo. As a gamer who can only be described as “useless” on an arcade stick I was delighted to have the opportunity to try out the Xbox 360 version of the title.

Super Street Fighter IV, as expected, doesn’t feel drastically different from its predecessors, however just like the transition from the original SFIV to the Super version, there are several minor changes that are apparent when playing. As a Shoto user (Ryu, Ken, Akuma etc…), one change that was noticeable is the fact that mid-air hurricane kicks no longer allow you to travel across the stage using their momentum. It was only after repeated Shoryukens to the ass that I unfortunately realised this! Besides this, I didn’t notice any obvious changes, although I’ve been assured that a number of balancing issues have been corrected; unfortunately, I only had the opportunity to play against a small number of opponents, all of whom were playing their favourite character, so there may be more lurking in the game than I had the chance to observe.

There wasn’t much time to use each of the four new characters, but based on my experience it is safe to say that fans of the Shoto characters will have no trouble in adjusting to their new, more brutal counterparts Evil Ryu and Oni – both of which come complete with awesome flaming ki auras!

It is also worth mentioning that the Xbox 360 version of Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition runs just as smoothly as its predecessors and I encountered no problems when playing… besides the fact that I can’t pull off ultra combos when under pressure!

The atmosphere down at the Capcom area of the show floor is somehow very relaxed but also competitive; you’ll find yourself battling various opponents whilst on a comfy bean bag chair!

Both Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, and Marvel vs Capcom 3 are available for you to play, and whether your preference is for arcade sticks or controllers, your needs are catered for as both options have been set up.

If you want to get a taste of the latest incarnation of the Street Fighter franchise, or simply just enjoy some social fights on Marvel vs Capcom 3, then head on down to the Capcom area and show us your stuff!

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