Is Capcom's latest DLC offering for SSFIV worth the Price?
The Street Fighter series is known for many things, from its fast and fluid fighting system to its robust character options, but one thing that has been more a mark of Street Fighter than any other fighting game is Capcom's love of releasing multiple copies of each title. Each one is tweaked with new character balancing, new modes, options and very often new characters and the series has made quite a name for itself (as well as a running joke) over the fact that you can expect to see between three to five versions of each SF title. The classic Street Fighter II for example, began with a humble eight characters and ended with seventeen (as well as completely reworking all of the art and several movesets for the original fighters) over five successive versions.
Street Fighter IV, Capcom's newest entry in the franchise, has continued with this practice, first with the release of the stand-alone Super Street Fighter IV, and now with a downloadable expansion that will knock you back $15, but will update your copy of the game to the new "Arcade Edition" with new characters, balances and online options. But at $15, is this update worth it?
Once purchased, Arcade Edition will net you a couple of things straight out of the box. The first (and most attractive to the average player) is the inclusion of four new characters: Two what-if characters (Evil Ryu and Oni) following a different twist of the games lore, and another two fighters who, like Dudley or Makoto, are pulled in from Street Fighter III's roster (Yang and Yun). These characters are the real attraction of the update for most, and adding them onto SSFIV's already impressive roster leaves you with an awe-inspiring 39 characters to choose from. The downside is that Street Fighter's gameplay tends to gravitate towards players picking from a few select characters and then never looking back, so unless one of these new characters stands out for you, you might be paying for something that you never use.
There are a few other small changes to the online system (mainly concerning a better replay system) but aside from that, what you see is what you get. If you plan on making one of AE's new characters your main, determined to make use of the new balancing, or you're the kind of player who wants to have every character available for parties, then AE is worth a purchase. However, if none of the characters look interesting to you, you might be better off waiting for a sale on the DLC (if that ever happens) or skipping it altogether. It's got some deep value, but only if you're a dedicated player. To any other players, $15 is just a steep price to pay for four characters.
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