Street Fighter IV Volt Review: A Hadoken Sized Update

Posted: July 6, 2011 in Now Playing (Video Game Reviews)
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Pros:
Three New Characters & New Game Modes
Online Multiplayer FTW!

Cons:
Multiplayer is laggy at times
Game feels more like an update

Review Based On Version 1.0

Street Fighter on the iPhone…who would’ve thought that it would work. In the beginning I was skeptical, but when I purchased the game a while back I was amazed withhow well it played. The game controls were so fluid and the graphics looked great. I was so excited since I now I had Street Fighter IV for my on the go lifestyle. Now an updated version of Street Fighter IV is available and the question is whether it will still play as well as the original game. The answer is a resounding YES!

Street Fighter IV Volt (now available in the app store) is basically the iPhone/iPad version of Super Street Fighter IV. The new game features new stages, game modes(including online multiplayer), and of course three new fighters joining the cast (Balrog, Cody, and Vega) bringing the total of fighters to 17. With all that in mind, Street Fighter IV Volt may sound more like an update. In a way I would say that your correct, but then again we all know Capcom’s track record with the Street Fighter series in terms of releasing the same game with upgraded gameplay as well as  a longer title.

So let’s get right to the point. How is the gameplay? Well nothing much has changed in terms of the controls. Then again we’ve all heard the old phrase “If it ain’t broke…don’t fix it.” The touchscreen gamepad works extremely well with no signs of hiccups. For a Street Fighter game that is very important considering the very critical nature of the series’ fans who will bitch at the slightest imperfection. As a Street Fighter fan I would react in the same way except not as harsh as others. You also have assists in play (you can turn them on or off on the options screen) when performing Super and Ultra Combos making them easier to perform. With that in mind you’ll get to see all the eye candy associated with them as well the satisfaction of kicking your opponent’s ass especially if you use it as a finisher.

Capcom has listened to all the fans out there after the release of Street Fighter IV and now your biggest request has been answered. Street Fighter IV Volt has online play. With your WiFi connection you can play Street Fighter IV with anyone. You can get challenges anytime especially when your playing in Arcade Mode just like on the consoles. Of course this option can be turned off from the options screen if things get too annoying or if you just don’t have the time. Now you can finally play to see who’s the best in the mobile world. I’ve played the game online and my thoughts on this are a mixed bag. Most of the time I was playing I experienced some noticeable lag which really hurt the game. While this is a big problem to some just remember that this is Apple so you can expect a patch to fix the issue. Did you think I would only give you bad news?

Also new to Street Fighter IV Volt is Wandering Warrior. Just like Ryu would journey the world all David Carradine in Kung Fu you will build your own avatar character through battles with other players either local or online. Success will earn you points that you can use to build up your avatar. Wandering Warrior feels a lot like an RPG with all the leveling up, but it does add a breath of fresh air in between all the fighting. Let’s just say that Wandering Warrior is a pretty cool idea and a lot of fun to tinker around with.

So the big question that’s on your mind is whether Street Fighter IV Volt is worth your hard earned money? Well that depends. If your a big Street Fighter fan then the answer is YES! If you’ve been wanting online multiplayer then the answer is YES! Then again their will be some of you who feel that it takes more than three added charcters and couple of game modes to get you going. If that’s the case then you might want to wait until this game goes on sale. Overall, Street Fighter IV Volt is truly a fun experience that is worth a spot on your iPhone or iPad.

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