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Street Fighter IV More Retro Than Ever

Posted by: Akuma on Thursday, February 7th, 2008

When Street Fighter III hit the scene, we were largely treated to a new battalion of characters. As such, people started to suspect that when Street Fighter IV would finally arrive in our homes, we would once again have to learn the backstory of several new fighters. That may still be true, but for this go-around, we’ll also have the option of playing as the eight classic characters that we’ve come to know and love.

Up until now, screenshots have only featured Ken and Ryu. A whole series of other fighters have now been announced through the latest issue of Famitsu, revealing to us that the original eight are here in full swing. And they’ve got character sketches and screenshots to prove it. Joining Ken and Ryu in this fourth Street Fighter generation are E. Honda, Blanka, Guile, Chun-Li (with her thunder thighs!), Zangief, and Dhalsim.

And they look great. Check out the page scans at Kotaku. The detail is astounding and I’m really starting to dig the art direction of this highly anticipated fighting game. You can really start to appreciate the 2D gameplay in a pseudo 3D environment when you consider the outstretched arms of Dhalsim and the overgrown muscles of Zangief. Blanka looks a little weird.

On a side note, the latest episode of Street Fighter: The Later Years has been released by College Humor. Hop on over to see Part 8.

Topics: Characters, Previews

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