WASHINGTON, D.C. - It's a blast from the past. You would beg your parents to take you to Pizza Hut just so you could play in their small arcade. There you'd find a group of kids huddled around one machine cheering.
As you walk toward the group, the excitement in your stomach begins to reach it's boiling point as Ryu yells "Haduken!" and a ball of blue flame emerges from his hand and flies toward his opponent.
Click the player to watch a video sample of Street Fighter IV.
This scene played out in arcades across America from the mid 1980s to early 1990s -- kids gathered around arcade machines to play Capcom's Street Fighter II.
Now, Capcom is hoping to bring back the classic arcade fighter - but with a new look: this Tuesday's release of Street Fighter IV.
What to Expect
In Street Fighter IV, Capcom takes the series in a new direction. Although the fighting takes place on a 2D plain, like previous editions of Street Fighter, Capcom has said that in the new version will have 3D elements.
"Characters and environments are rendered in stylized 3D, while the game is played in the classic Street Fighter 2D perspective with additional 3D camera flourishes," the makers of the game said. "Six-button controls for the game return, with a host of new special moves and features integrated into the gameplay system."
This definitely is the Street Fighter of yore.
All the mainstays are present: Ryu, Ken, and Chun-Li, and their fighting techniques have stayed intact. But the characters have been given some more polish and shine so that they stand out and look beautifully rendered. The game has become more approachable for casual gamers as well as for the seasoned Street Fighter veteran.
Street Fighter IV is shaping up to be the hot item on both the PS3 and Xbox 360.
If nostalgia is your thing, this is a must have. But it is a great starting off point for people to come into the series with its superb graphics, tight fighting mechanics, and new gameplay elements.
What's it Rated?
The game is rated "T" for Teen and contains fight-related violence, alcohol references, and suggestive themes.
Some of the female characters are on the risqué side, but the game should be fine for 15-years old and up.
Of course, parents should always monitor what their kids are playing.
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