Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition Review

Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition

The Basics

  • Name: Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Genre: Fighting
  • Price: Free to try, $4.99 to unlock full game

The Details

  • Installed size: 2.17 gb
  • Best played in medium sessions
  • Minor bugs experienced
  • Playable Offline: No

What is Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition?

Street Fighter IV: CE is a new mobile entry in Capcom’s famous fighting game franchise. The game offers Android users 32 characters to choose from and both single player and online multiplayer modes.

SF IV: CE players can use either the game’s available touchscreen controls or a compatible controller. As one might expect, the touchscreen controls feature a virtual joystick and buttons that try to emulate a traditional controller layout. Players have the option to change the size of the onscreen controls, their layout, and transparency in the game’s option menu. These onscreen controls thankfully disappear when a controller is connected.

While the game is free to download, the free version should be viewed as a demo. Players can only play as Ryu in matches against 3 AI controller characters. The rest of the game can be unlocked for $4.99, and there are no other in app purchases.

Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition gameplay

Recommendation

Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition is the best fighting game on Android. It offers players a roster filled with familiar Street Fighter characters and some of the mechanics the franchise is known for. Some control options have been simplified to better fit the platform, but the game still feels like Street Fighter. On a platform where fighting game franchises often turn into hero collection games, that alone makes the game worth a look.

The game’s biggest drawback is its visuals. Street Fighter IV CE is an ugly game. Character models appear as though they were pulled from the 2011 3DS version of the game and the game’s style just doesn’t shine through as well as it had on other platforms. There is also the issue of controls. Touchscreen controls are inherently less suitable for fighting games due to reduced accuracy and lack of tactile feedback. That being said, with a little practice and patience it is possible to get used to using a virtual joystick. Of course you can also just opt for a Bluetooth controller or a controller like the Dualshock 3 and an OTG cable.

If you can overlook the game’s graphics and you’re looking for a solid fighting game experience on your smartphone, Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition is the way to go. It is the complete opposite of the beautiful but IAP filled Shadow Fight 3. The game might not have the best user interface, but it delivers a fighting game experiences without making any compromises for the sake of profits.

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The best fighting game on Android
Available on Google Play
Note: This review reflects the author’s views on the game at the time it was played. The state of the game may have changed since that time. Please note that installed size includes optional downloads where applicable.