Ultra Street Fighter IV (ウルトラストリートファイターIV Urutora Sutorīto Faitā Fō?) is a 2.5D fighting game, and is an update of Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition and the fourth update to the Street Fighter IV series overall. It features five additional characters, six additional stages, and character tweaks based on community feedback. This title update also features brand new modes.
Ultra Street Fighter IV was first released to Japanese arcades via the NESICA system. Those who already own Super Street Fighter IV or Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition can buy the game as a digital download add-on for $14.99. It was later released as a standalone game for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 for $39.99, and for PC for $29.99. The game/add-on was released in June 2014. 
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
New mechanics[edit | edit source]
- Ultra Combo Double allows players to choose both of their character's Ultra Combos at the cost of doing less damage. This gives players more options in their tactics and play styles.
- The Red Focus Attack is a Focus Attack that absorbs multiple hits. By holding the Medium Punch and Medium Kick buttons, plus the Light Punch button, the player's character will flash red as they charge their Focus Attack. It is still subject to the same weaknesses as the former with Armor Breaking moves and throws.
- Delayed Standing (similar to "Tactical Recovery" from Capcom vs. SNK 2) allows players to alter the timing of their character's wake-up, when they are getting back on their feet. By pressing any two buttons when the character is slammed down in a hard knockdown (similar in the fashion of performing a Quick Stand), the character will take a few extra frames to get back on their feet, disrupting the wake-up game of the attacking opponent.
In addition to new gameplay mechanics, there are new modes available for use: Elimination and Online Training. Elimination is an improved Team Battle mode for online play, bearing great resemblance to the three-on-three survival style from The King of Fighters series. Online Training makes its return from Street Fighter X Tekken, allowing for players to train together online.
Other additions[edit | edit source]
Players are able to upload their online matches directly to YouTube, much like in Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition. Players have the option to choose any match from their battle log of online matches and upload in 480p quality directly to their own YouTube channels.
Another addition is the "Edition Select" feature. Taking a page from Hyper Street Fighter II, players are able to choose which version of their character they would like to play. Under personal actions, the versions are labeled as SFIV (Street Fighter IV), SSFIV (Super Street Fighter IV), SSFIV AE (Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition), SSFIV 2012 (Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition: Version 2012), USFIV (Ultra Street Fighter IV), and the newly added "OMEGA" mode (DLC only).
Ultra Street Fighter IV was released on Japanese NESICA systems on April 17. However, the fifth new character, Decapre, was not playable at first, as Capcom was still fine-tuning the character. She was added to the roster of the arcade version at a later date, via an update patch.
As Ultra Street Fighter IV neared its digital and retail releases, two new features were revealed: save/reload states and Network Simulation. Save/reload states allow players to pause gameplay in training mode and replay it again with a press of a button. Pressing start will save a state and select/back will reload this state. This will allow players to perhaps find out what follow-ups after a hit confirm, practice juggles easier or to replay a certain scenario to find out what offensive/defensive options are available.
Network Simulation allows players to simulate laggy online environments offline. Players will be able to simulate from 1 frame up to 20 frames of lag, designed as a means to test the waters and practice combos before jumping online. Features that are seen in offline training mode will be nearly identical to those seen in the new online training mode. Both features make a return from previous Capcom fighting games, Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition and Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds respectively.
In addition, Training Mode Fight Request and Offline Battle Log were also added. Training Mode Fight Request allows players to practice combos and warm themselves up in between online matches. A preferred option over sitting in lobbies and running through the Arcade Mode over and over again.
Offline Battle Log allows players to, upon enabling, automatically archive offline matches and allow for players to replay them as they would replay their online matches. Likewise, players are also able to use the previously announced 'Upload to YouTube' feature and upload their offline matches to YouTube just as it is possible with their online matches.
Button configuration was brought to the character select screen via pressing the select/back button. This greatly speeds up the process of preparing before a match. This is another feature to make a return from Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition.
Characters[edit | edit source]
Ultra Street Fighter IV features 44 playable characters.
Returning characters[edit | edit source]
|Character||Japanese voice actor||English voice actor|
|Abel||Kenji Takahashi||Jason Liebrecht|
|Adon||Atsushi Imaruoka||Taliesin Jaffe|
|Balrog||Satoshi Tsuruoka||Bob Carter|
|Blanka||Yūji Ueda||Taliesin Jaffe|
|C. Viper||Mie Sonozaki||Michelle Ruff|
|Cammy||Miyuki Sawashiro||Caitlin Glass|
|Chun-Li||Fumiko Orikasa||Laura Bailey|
|Cody||Daisuke Kishio||Michael T. Coleman|
|Dan||Toshiyuki Kusuda||Ted Sroka|
|Dee Jay||Kenji Hamada||Chris Cain|
|Dhalsim||Daisuke Egawa||Christopher Bevins|
|Dudley||Naomi Kusumi||Stuart McLean|
|E. Honda||Yoshikazu Nagano||Joe DiMucci|
|El Fuerte||Daisuke Ono||J. B. Blanc|
|Evil Ryu||Hiroki Takahashi||Kyle Hebert|
|Fei Long||Yuuichi Nakamura||Matthew Mercer|
|Gen||Youhei Tadano||Michael Sorich|
|Gouken||Tōru Ōkawa||Rod Clarke|
|Guile||Hiroki Yasumoto||Travis Willingham|
|Guy||Tsuguo Mogami||Jason Miller|
|Hakan||Shintaro Ohata||Lance J. Holt|
|Ibuki||Ayumi Fujimura||Kat Steel|
|Juri||Eri Kitamura||Jessica Straus|
|Ken||Yūji Kishi||Reuben Langdon|
|M. Bison||Norio Wakamoto||Gerald C. Rivers|
|Makoto||Makoto Tsumura||Jessica D. Stone|
|Rose||Akeno Watanabe||Gina Grad|
|Rufus||Wataru Hatano||Christopher Corey Smith|
|Ryu||Hiroki Takahashi||Kyle Hebert|
|Sagat||Daisuke Endou||Isaac C. Singleton Jr.|
|Sakura||Misato Fukuen||Brittney Harvey|
|Seth||Akio Ohtsuka||Michael McConnohie|
|T. Hawk||Tōru Nara||David Vincent|
|Vega||Junichi Suwabe||Doug Erholtz|
|Yang||Masakazu Suzuki||Johnny Yong Bosch|
|Yun||Kentaro Ito||Todd Haberkorn|
|Zangief||Kenta Miyake||Anthony Landor|
New characters[edit | edit source]
|Character||Japanese voice actor||English voice actor|
|Decapre||Miyuki Sawashiro||Caitlin Glass|
|Elena||Saki Fujita||Karen Dyer|
|Hugo||Wataru Takagi||Patrick Seitz|
|Poison||Atsuko Tanaka||Karen Strassman|
|Rolento||Jin Yamanoi||Dameon Clarke|
Stages[edit | edit source]
The update adds six new stages, all of which come from Street Fighter X Tekken. The stages are:
- East Asia: The Pitstop 109
- Europe: Blast Furnace
- North America: Mad Gear Hideout
- North America: The Half Pipe
- South America: Cosmic Elevator
- Unknown: Jurassic Era Research Facility
Testing[edit | edit source]
- Japan - November 22-25, 2013
- Tokyo Taito Station, Shinjuku South Game World
- Osaka Taito Station, Osaka City Nipponbashi
- Nagoya Taito Station, Oosu
- Fukuoka Taito Station, Fukuoka Tenjin
- Sendai Taito Station, Sendai Chris Road
- Sapporo Taito Station, Sapporo Tanuki Kouji
- United States of America
- Super Arcade - Walnut, CA - November 29-December 1, 2013
- Northeast Championships 14 - Essington, PA - December 6-8, 2013
- Capcom Cup - Burlingame, California - December 14, 2013
- Tough Cookie Gaming Cafe - Singapore - December 20-22, 2013
Bonus costumes[edit | edit source]
Capcom announced a pre-order bonus that includes an alternate costume for each of the new playable characters. These costumes have been designed by UDON, the same art studio that created/published the Street Fighter comics and drew the artwork for Super Street Fighter II Turbo: HD Remix. Players who purchase the full retail/digital release of the update will receive all previous DLC costumes for free. Preorders of the game included the "2014 Challengers Costume Pack", new costumes designed by UDON artist Genzoman for Decapre, Elena, Hugo, Poison and Rolento.
A new set of "Summer Vacation costumes" was released on August 12th, 2014:
- Shoryuken Pack: Dan, Gouken, Ken, Akuma, Ryu
- Femme Fatale Pack: Cammy, Rose, Sakura, C. Viper, Chun-Li
- Shadaloo Pack: Sagat, Balrog, M. Bison, Seth, Vega
- Challengers 1 Pack: Guy, Hakan, Dudley, Dee Jay, Makoto
- Challengers Pack 1: Juri, Adon, Ibuki, T. Hawk, Cody
- Classic Pack: Blanka, Gen, Dhalsim, Fei Long, Guile
- Brawler Pack: E. Honda, Rufus, Zangief, El Fuerte, Abel
- Arcade Challengers Pack: Yang, Oni, Yun, Evil Ryu
- 2014 Challengers Pack: Hugo, Rolento, Decapre, Elena, Poison
"Wild Costumes" featured animal-themed alternate costumes.
- Shoryuken Wild Pack: Gouken, Ryu, Dan, Ken, Akuma
- Femme Fatale Wild Pack: Chun-Li, Cammy, Sakura, C. Viper, Rose
- Challengers Wild Pack 1: Hakan, Dudley, Guy, Makoto, Dee Jay
- Challengers Wild Pack 2: Ibuki, Cody, T. Hawk, Juri, Adon
- Classic Wild Pack: Fei Long, Guile, Gen, Dhalsim, Blanka
- Brawler Wild Pack: Zangief, El Fuerte, Rufus, E. Honda, Abel
- Arcade Challengers Wild Pack: Evil Ryu, Yang, Oni, Yun
- Shadaloo Wild Pack: M. Bison, Seth, Balrog, Vega, Sagat
- 2014 Challengers Wild Pack: Elena, Poison, Decapre, Rolento, Hugo
For Halloween, "Horror Costumes" featured as the name suggest, horror-themed costumes for the characters and was released in 2015.
- Shoryuken Horror Pack: Ryu, Ken, Akuma, Gouken, Dan
- Femme Fatale Horror Pack: Chun-Li, C. Viper, Sakura, Rose, Cammy,
- Brawler Horror Pack: Zangief, E. Honda, Rufus, Abel, El Fuerte
- Shadaloo Horror Pack: M. Bison, Sagat, Balrog, Vega, Seth
- Classic Horror Pack: Guile, Blanka, Dhalsim, Gen, Fei Long
- Challengers Horror Pack 1: Hakan, Makoto, Guy, Dudley, Dee Jay
- Challengers Horror Pack 2: Juri, Ibuki, Cody, Adon, T. Hawk
- Arcade Challengers Horror Pack: Yun, Yang, Evil Ryu, Oni
- 2014 Challengers Horror Pack: Rolento, Elena, Poison, Hugo, Decarpe
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Game[edit | edit source]
Bonus costumes by Genzoman[edit | edit source]
Videos[edit | edit source]
Reception[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Metascore for Ultra Street Fighter IV on Xbox 360Metacritic, Retrieved March 19, 2020
- Metascore for Ultra Street Fighter IV on PS3Metacritic, Retrieved March 19, 2020
- Metascore for Ultra Street Fighter IV on PCMetacritic, Retrieved March 19, 2020
- Metascore for Ultra Street Fighter IV on PS4Metacritic, Retrieved March 19, 2020