Super Street fighter 4 3D Edition review

Posted on Jun 19 2013 - 4:31am by Michael Sobrevega

Super Street fighter 4 3D Edition

Fighting games seem to be an almost perfect fit for handheld games. The quick and accessible natures of the genre make it ideal for gaming on the go. It was inevitable that the 3DS will eventually get a fighting game. Fortunate for the 3DS it got one at launch and even more fortunate it got a really good game.

What game am I talking about? It was obvious I was referring to Super Street fighter 4 3D Edition. Leading the charge at the 3DS’s launch, Super Street fighter 4 3D Edition is a handheld port one of the current gen’s greatest fighting games.

First thing you might notice is how closely this game resembles to its console iterations.  Sure it’s not in HD, but that doesn’t take away the fact the game looks very good especially for the 3DS. Character animations are fluid and the frame rate is generally good. I’m not sure if it just me, but there are rare instances when two hadokens connects the frame rate drops slightly. However there had to be some compromise to reach this level of quality in visual. Quite noticeably the background animations on stages are missing from the console versions. But the sacrifices made are well worth it.

Street Fighter is notorious for having a difficult learning curve. I’m a huge fan of fighting games, but by a significant margin street fighter is one of the hardest to pick up. Unlike other fighters one cannot merely button smash in hope to gain victory. It just doesn’t work that way in street fighter. At a superficial level, Street fighter 4 game mechanics are simple. There are kick and punch variants of fierce, medium and light. In addition each character has their own special moves and supers. There are other complexities that make this game deep but a tad hard to masters. Things like counting frames, FADC, and spacing make Street fighter 4 a complex game.

The Button layout on the 3ds isn’t exactly ideal for fighting games. Capcom has thankfully recognised this, and have provided a viable solution.  In order to compensate the awkward button placement and the difficulty in performing certain moves – 4 virtual buttons are placed on the touch screen. Simply touch the buttons to perform these moves without any complex button input. The inclusion of the virtual buttons eases up the learning curve and makes it a little more accessible.

Unique to the 3DS version, is the 3D Versus Mode. In this mode, an unique perspective is utilised. Instead of the usual perspective of a normal fighter, a somewhat over the shoulder angle is used. This perspective is to take the full advantage of the 3D and the extra depth of field. This mode doesn’t actually add anything of value. Rather it’s a novelty to showcase the capabilities of the 3DS. I myself just played it for a couple of minutes and never touched this mode again. The perspective is disorientating and a lack of a better word kind of crummy to say the least.

Super Street fighter 4 3d Edition thankfully has online multiplayer. It’s a quite straight forward affair. You can choose from two general game modes – versus mode or 3d versus mode. You can still rank up by winning matches online to increase your battle points. The critical question here is how well online runs? It runs well for the most part. However I still get noticeable lag – sometimes unplayable slowdown. That doesn’t necessarily mean the online is bad. It just means where I live, the internet speed isn’t that great.

Super Street fighter 4 3d Edition is as complete as its older brother. All the additional modes make an appearance in in the 3D version.  Trial mode looks rather useful. It is a character specific tutorial.  You will be required to complete certain inputs and combo. Sound really easy right? But some of these inputs are crazy and difficult to pull off. Although it starts pretty easy the difficulty gets really deep quite quickly. I suppose completing these challenges is a step closer in mastering street fighter. Furthermore these challenges are tailored towards a specific character and are not some generic tutorial so there are certain perks in completing them.

Other game modes such as Car Crusher and barrel buster provide neat alternatives to the normal versus mode. In car crush mode, players are tasked to demolition a crush within a certain time frame. Barrel buster has players attacking barrels as they drop into the playing field. Fun is to be had in trying to achieve a high score. My real gripes with these modes, is that they don’t have a great deal of substance.

 

Disappointingly game modes that have been standard in fighting games have not been included.  Survival and Time trials are non-existent in Super Street fighter 4 3D edition. It would have been nice if they made an appearance.  It would certainly add more weight to the final product.

Super Street fighter 4 3d Edition is an excellent fighting game.  It is as complete as its console version and looks as good as well. The Shallowness of certain modes drags the game down a bit. Don’t let this discourage you, Super Street fighter 4 3d Edition is definitely one of the best fighting games on the 3DS.

Fighting games seem to be an almost perfect fit for handheld games. The quick and accessible natures of the genre make it ideal for gaming on the go. It was inevitable that the 3DS will eventually get a fighting game. Fortunate for the 3DS it got one at launch and even more fortunate it got a really good game.

What game am I talking about? It was obvious I was referring to Super Street fighter 4 3D Edition. Leading the charge at the 3DS’s launch, Super Street fighter 4 3D Edition is a handheld port one of the current gen’s greatest fighting games.

First thing you might notice is how closely this game resembles to its console iterations.  Sure it’s not in HD, but that doesn’t take away the fact the game looks very good especially for the 3DS. Character animations are fluid and the frame rate is generally good. I’m not sure if it just me, but there are rare instances when two hadokens connects the frame rate drops slightly. However there had to be some compromise to reach this level of quality in visual. Quite noticeably the background animations on stages are missing from the console versions. But the sacrifices made are well worth it.

Street Fighter is notorious for having a difficult learning curve. I’m a huge fan of fighting games, but by a significant margin street fighter is one of the hardest to pick up. Unlike other fighters one cannot merely button smash in hope to gain victory. It just doesn’t work that way in street fighter. At a superficial level, Street fighter 4 game mechanics are simple. There are kick and punch variants of fierce, medium and light. In addition each character has their own special moves and supers. There are other complexities that make this game deep but a tad hard to masters. Things like counting frames, FADC, and spacing make Street fighter 4 a complex game.

The Button layout on the 3ds isn’t exactly ideal for fighting games. Capcom has thankfully recognised this, and have provided a viable solution.  In order to compensate the awkward button placement and the difficulty in performing certain moves – 4 virtual buttons are placed on the touch screen. Simply touch the buttons to perform these moves without any complex button input. The inclusion of the virtual buttons eases up the learning curve and makes it a little more accessible.

Unique to the 3DS version, is the 3D Versus Mode. In this mode, an unique perspective is utilised. Instead of the usual perspective of a normal fighter, a somewhat over the shoulder angle is used. This perspective is to take the full advantage of the 3D and the extra depth of field. This mode doesn’t actually add anything of value. Rather it’s a novelty to showcase the capabilities of the 3DS. I myself just played it for a couple of minutes and never touched this mode again. The perspective is disorientating and a lack of a better word kind of crummy to say the least.

Super Street fighter 4 3d Edition thankfully has online multiplayer. It’s a quite straight forward affair. You can choose from two general game modes – versus mode or 3d versus mode. You can still rank up by winning matches online to increase your battle points. The critical question here is how well online runs? It runs well for the most part. However I still get noticeable lag – sometimes unplayable slowdown. That doesn’t necessarily mean the online is bad. It just means where I live, the internet speed isn’t that great.

Super Street fighter 4 3d Edition is as complete as its older brother. All the additional modes make an appearance in in the 3D version.  Trial mode looks rather useful. It is a character specific tutorial.  You will be required to complete certain inputs and combo. Sound really easy right? But some of these inputs are crazy and difficult to pull off. Although it starts pretty easy the difficulty gets really deep quite quickly. I suppose completing these challenges is a step closer in mastering street fighter. Furthermore these challenges are tailored towards a specific character and are not some generic tutorial so there are certain perks in completing them.

Other game modes such as Car Crusher and barrel buster provide neat alternatives to the normal versus mode. In car crush mode, players are tasked to demolition a crush within a certain time frame. Barrel buster has players attacking barrels as they drop into the playing field. Fun is to be had in trying to achieve a high score. My real gripes with these modes, is that they don’t have a great deal of substance.

Disappointingly game modes that have been standard in fighting games have not been included.  Survival and Time trials are non-existent in Super Street fighter 4 3D edition. It would have been nice if they made an appearance.  It would certainly add more weight to the final product.

Super Street fighter 4 3d Edition is an excellent fighting game.  It is as complete as its console version and looks as good as well. The Shallowness of certain modes drags the game down a bit. Don’t let this discourage you, Super Street fighter 4 3d Edition is definitely one of the best fighting games on the 3DS.

 

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