Conclusion and scoreThere are some noticeable tweaks to some characters to give the game more balance and give those who aren't familiar with characters and their moves a better fighting chance. Sagat, for example, is now less powerful and he dishes out less damage than before. Furthemore, everyone has ultra combos that can be performed more easily. There are some new ultra combos thrown in, thus adding a new level of strategy to the already ocean deep gameplay with players being able to choose one of two visually arresting ultra moves. Ryu, for example, now has a "Metsu-shoryuken" -- an extemely powerful Dragon Punch to add to his arsenal of moves.
So, it's Street Fighter as you know it, only more refined, with more characters, more variety and more depth to the fighting system. That's enough on it's own to warrant a purchase, but the online component now takes the series to another level. Street Fighter has always been a brilliant pick-up-and play title with vast replay value, and now these online modes make it even more so. Round Robin 8 player tournaments offer endless amounts of entertainment and various degrees of challenge from online gamers, and the Endless Battle Mode is a brilliant way to show that you're a great player by seeing off opponents time and time again to stand proud in the arena for the longest time possible.
Super Street Fighter IV is an opportunity to experience the Street Fighter series at its very peak. I can't see how the series can get much better than this, and at this price you’d be foolish not to take a look.
10 new/old additions to the roster give you a huge choice of play styles
Familar fast-paced and exciting battles
New robust and exciting online modes offer serious replay value
Impact of two new characters overshadowed by return of old ones