STREET FIGHTER IV VOLT Review
- Online multiplayer; drop-in feature for opponents means you can brawl all day long.
- Expanded roster; unlockable Akuma.
- Additional modes mix things up; Challenge mode to improve your skills, Wandering Warrior to motivate you for online matches.
- Current iOS limitations can cause you to disconnect from multiplayer matches (SMSs, etc.).
- Auto-accepting challenges on by default; option to turn it off not intuitive to find.
The first time around the only thing that really held STREET FIGHTER IV back was the lack of online multiplayer; Volt fixes this while bundling a few extras.
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As I consider CAPCOM’s latest Street Fighter title for iOS I can’t help but drag my eyes across the room to the two arcade sticks I have for playing the console version with my friends. While there’s a lot of fun to be had in mastering characters offline, the real magic happens when two people go head-to-head and although last year’s iOS version provided local multiplayer, players can now take their fight to a global level with STREET FIGHTER IV Volt.
In addition to online competitive play, a handful of characters have been added to the roster (notably old ‘bosses’ Balrog, Vega and an unlockable Akuma) and players can also test their skills out in the challenge mode to pull off powerful combination attacks. However this mode only highlights the limits of the touch-screen as a control system.
This isn’t to say the controls are bad, to the contrary they’re as refined and responsive as you’d expect from someone who has placed this much time and effort in to a 2D competitive fighter series, but without physical buttons your deadly combo can quickly turn in to your character having a fit on screen instead. By now this issue is almost a moot-point, but if any game is going to make you yearn for an arcade stick, it’ll be this one.
Online multiplayer comes with all the usual statistics tracking, bling for your character cards and thanks to the option to accept random matches it’s easy to find a competitive game any time you want. Currently the smoothness of online combat can be hit-or-miss depending on the connection quality of those in the fight, sometimes rendering matches almost unplayable, but when things go right you’ll wonder why you ever bothered playing against AI opponents.
Whether or not you decide to upgrade to Volt from the original title will depend on whether you’re interested in the online play, but if you’re yet to buy a Street Fighter game for your iOS device, this is the one you should get. Even after a year the game looks gorgeous, plays smoothly and barring the use of an arcade stick it’s Street Fighter as it should be.
Description◇New Feature “Battle Network” is Added:
Team up with your friends and entry the Tournaments on Battle Network.
Once you signed up in a team, you can enjoy team vs. team battle and in-team ranking!
You can now share the replay data, plus you can view the character’s winning percentage against each character!
*Please note that when you do update, replay data from the original version will be deleted.
◇Wi-Fi Match is Available
As many users expected, Wi-Fi match is finally available!
Even if you are playing on your own, someone from far distance can break in!!
In addition to the characters in previous version, Balrog, M. Bison, Cody, Sakura, Makoto, FeiLong and Yun are playable!
There are 22 characters overall!
You can train your avatar using SPs you gained from the fights or bingo.
The ability of my avatar changes depending on icons or status.
Even if you are not very confident playing fighting game, you can win by your style of combination!
Create your own mighty avatar!
Capcom improved its original visual pad technology.
Operability is even more improved!
Required OS and compatible devices for Street Fighter IV VOLT are below.
iOS requirement: iOS 4.2 or better
Device requirement: iPhone 3GS / iPhone 4 / iPhone 4S
iPod touch 3rd (32GB and 64GB), 4th
※We have confirmed that this application will run on iPad and iPad 2, but this title is not designed as an iPad or iPad 2 application.