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Street Fighter IV is the first main game in the fighting series, since the release of Street Fighter III in 1997, to up the main number in the game title. Produced by Yoshinori Ono, the game was launched following the positive response to Street Fighter II': Hyper Fighting.

The game is chronologically set between the second and third main series and features a cast of well-known characters. The most important change is the visual style. Instead of choosing full 3D like the Tekken or Virtua Fighter series, SF IV stays true to it roots with stages on 2D planes. The characters are rendered in 3D with polygons similar to the Street Fighter EX series, but now with a hand-drawn touch of strokes and smudges, providing an effect of ink or paint in the visual design.

The gameplay is largely reminiscent of Super Street Fighter II Turbo and Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike with a six-button scheme for light, medium and heavy kicks and punches, throws, dashes, quick standing, combos and special moves. New to this game are Focus Attacks (Saving Systems in the Japanese version), based on two stances where an incoming attack can be absorbed and consequently countered. These attacks can be used to cancel out special moves, leading to new opportunities for combos and putting the emphasis into reading an opponent's move, rather than relying on strict combos. Regular special moves can be powered up through a super combo gauge. There is also a revenge gauge that is filled up by taking damage. When full, an ultra combo can be performed, with a long cinematic set of moves, often shown from a camera perspective that breaks away from the regular view.

Compared to the arcade version, the home version offers online multiplayer, new characters, both Japanese and English voice acting, animated introductions and endings for all characters, bonus stages, a new introduction, a challenge mode that introduces players to the basics, and downloadable content.

The set of playable characters includes:
  • Abel (new)
  • Akuma
  • Balrog
  • Blanka
  • Cammy
  • Chun-Li
  • Crimson Viper (new)
  • Dan
  • Dhalsim
  • E. Honda
  • El Fuerte (new)
  • Fei-Long
  • Gen
  • Guile
  • Ken
  • M. Bison
  • Rose
  • Rufus (new)
  • Ryu
  • Sagat
  • Sakura
  • Vega
  • Zangief
Other characters are Gouken, Ryu and Ken's sensei and the elder brother of Akuma, as a computer-controlled character, and Seth as the new boss character.


Street Fighter IV Windows E. Honda at close
Street Fighter IV Windows Vesus mode match results
Street Fighter IV Windows This is the character Gen.
Street Fighter IV Windows You have to decide in 10 seconds if want to continue.

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Alternate Titles

  • "快打旋風4" -- Taiwan spelling

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Critic Reviews

Gaming since 198x PlayStation 3 Mar 06, 2009 6 out of 6 100 Windows Jun 29, 2009 9.5 out of 10 95 PlayStation 3 Mar 02, 2009 92 out of 100 92 Xbox 360 Feb 25, 2005 92 out of 100 92
GameSpot AU PlayStation 3 Feb 18, 2009 9 out of 10 90 Windows Jun 29, 2009 18 out of 20 90 Windows Jul 01, 2009 90 out of 100 90
Game Revolution PlayStation 3 Feb 17, 2009 B+ 83
XboxAchievements Xbox 360 Feb 27, 2009 81 out of 100 81
The Video Game Critic Xbox 360 Mar 27, 2009 B 75


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It received five awards in IGN's Best of 2009 Game of the Year Awards (Editors' and Readers'):

  • Overall Best Fighting Game
  • Overall Best Fighting Game (Readers' Choice)
  • Best Xbox 360 Fighting Game
  • Best Xbox 360 Fighting Game (Readers' Choice)
  • Best PS3 Fighting Game (Readers' Choice)

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