Ever since a kid I’ve enjoyed the street fighter series, starting with Street fighter I. I later moved onto Street fighter II and found it to be somewhat easier to beat, but much more fun vs human opponents. After that I took a hiatus until the late 90s when all those “alpha” streetfighters showed up. I’ve always enjoyed them, and always have been good at them. Don’t get me wrong, the game can be frustrating, but as far as games in the big picture go, it’s not the hardest thing out there.
So I was surprised to read many blogs and reviews about Street Fighter IV, saying it was “too hard to beat”, even on “Easy setting.” Hmm, I thought. I eventually got around to getting the game mid March. I played it, and after about an hour was fully warmed up. I played through the entire game on “medium-hard” (second hardest), completely devastating the characters except for Blanka, he was the only guy who gave me trouble. After about 5 tries with him I overcame him. I play Ryu by the way.
All the characters after Blanka were a complete slaughter fest. Even the last boss fell during my first try, beating him 2 out of 3 rounds. He was cheap, sure. But I would expect that from a last boss.. Anyway, I thought back to the blogs. All the whining about the game made me laugh, “The game is too hard, all the computer does is use super moves.” This game was very easy to beat, while using trivial attacks. Here’s a tip: super moves are a distraction for shallow gamers whose job it is to make real gamers look good. It has always been more effective to use regular punches and kicks to down an opponent than to rely on graphical ooh and ahh effects. I didn’t even use the super deluxe thing that builds up energy, not even once. I didn’t know how, because at that time I beat it I hadn’t even read the manual yet.
I won’t tell you my secrets, but they involve a lot of punching and kicking. “The game is too hard.” We’ve got a new generation of gamers out there, and they suck. Here’s a challenge, try Street Fighter I on an emulator, if you dare. I have played it, it has to be the most inconsistent game ever. Sometimes your hits land, sometimes they don’t. There doesn’t appear to be any rhyme or reason to it. Sometimes I will play the emulator through to the end in 10 minutes, other times I will flail hopelessly against the first two opponents until I give up. Looking back I know why I dumped so many quarters into that game back in the day. It was very unpredictable, and very unforgiving. Don’t get me wrong, when I won it it was a well deserved win. You could never let your guard down in that game. If you can get over the primitive graphics, you will realize that you have got it easy with SF IV.