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Review: Can Ultra Street Fighter 4 maintain the status of most popular fighting game in the world?

After numerous Ono hints, dozens of location tests, over 30,000 character balance suggestions, and what felt like centuries of waiting, (in reality it was only about a year), Ultra Street Fighter 4 has finally been unleashed upon the masses.

This digital update adds five fresh fighters to the already massive Street Fighter 4 roster, six different stages to throw-down on, and a variety of new game mechanics/modes.

This is the fifth, and more likely than not, final iteration of Street Fighter 4; how does it stack up against previous versions? Can Ultra Street Fighter 4 maintain the status of most popular fighting game in the world, that which past versions have worked so hard to achieve?

Hit the jump to read our full written review.

Tiers launched for Ultra Street Fighter 4, old rankings for SSF4 AE v2012 archived

We've launched the new tier listings for Ultra Street Fighter 4 today, which means we've reset and archived the SSF4 AE v2012 rankings.

You can find the archived rankings down at the bottom of the USF4 tiers page, where they'll be preserved for eternity.

As USF4 was just released, you can expect the tiers to vary wildly over time. As such, look at this as a way to share knowledge early on, but not the absolute way these rankings will look in the days/weeks/months that follow.

Keep in mind trolling our tiers will result in a ban, and our system will detect and zap your account if you attempt to abuse your votes.

The tiers section updates once per hour with all of the latest data that has been submitted, so keep checking back to see how things are evolving.

As part of the tier launch, we've also rolled out new stats pages for USF4, and people with accounts on our site can now add Decapre, Elena, Hugo, Poison and Rolento into their profiles.

Updated: Ultra Street Fighter 4 digital upgrade live on PSN and XBL, new launch trailer; official iOS frame data app live on iTunes

Update 3: The Xbox 360 version of Ultra Street Fighter 4 is now available for download as well. It's a 1.92 GB download.

Update 2: The 1.08 patch (29MB) that activates your USF4 Digital upgrade on PSN is now live. Start-up the game, and you should be prompted to download the patch -- if not, just quit the game and reboot, over and over.

Updated: Many reports have come in saying that the same error message continues to show up when attempting to launch USF4. It appears that we'll just have to wait until the PlayStation Network updates. Please feel free to let us know in the comments if you manage to get the update to load properly.

It's the moment you've all been waiting for: Ultra Street Fighter 4 is now available for download on the PlayStation Network in North America.

This is the digital upgrade for the game, so you will only be able to properly launch USF4 if you already own Super Street Fighter 4 or Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition. The upgrade comes at a price tag of $14.99 USD and a 3.5GB file-size.

Move listings for each of the five newly added characters can be found below.


Our tiers section, stats pages and profile character options will be updated tomorrow morning at around 9 a.m. PDT / 12 noon EDT to reflect the implementation of Ultra Street Fighter 4.

Hit the jump for a brand new USF4 launch trailer and information on the official BradyGames app.

Updated: Mortal Kombat X features multiple variations of each character, new cast members, game modes & graphics engine

Updated: Ed Boon confirmed that MKX would have new characters, game modes, and an all new graphics engine in a recent statement.

Mortal Kombat has always been about over-the-top, visceral fighting and with Mortal Kombat X we wanted to utilize the power of new-gen consoles to give players our most intense game yet. The team has worked hard to make sure Mortal Kombat X delivers everything fans expect along with new characters, new game modes and an all new graphics engine.

The official PlayStation YouTube channel uploaded the Mortal Kombat 10 announcement trailer today, but they included some previously unknown details in the clip's description.

Most notably that Mortal Kombat 10 will have multiple variations of each character, and that feature will change the strategy and fighting style of the combatants.

The last major detail is that the game features a "persistent online contest," where apparently every battle is logged as part of some ranking system.

Mortal Kombat X officially revealed, announcement trailer shown

Updated: Warner Bros. confirmed that Mortal Kombat X would be released on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One in 2015, which backs up the Amazon UK listing we previously posted.

Ed Boon announced the 10th installment of Mortal Kombat today, saying the game is officially titled Mortal Kombat X.

NetherRealm Studios also released the announcement trailer for the game which shows Sub-Zero and Scorpion fighting, using x-ray attacks through part of the bout, and their environment to attack each other, then ending with one of the series' signature fatalities.

Here are a few high resolution images from the video.

Click images for larger versions

Hit the jump to view the trailer.

Updated: Ed Boon all but confirms new Mortal Kombat is in the works, posts reworked logo

Updated: Ed Boon has updated his personal Twitter account with the same phrase, "Who's next?" shown in the poster, and also the new MK logo as well.

At this point, a new Mortal Kombat announcement is considered eminent on June 2nd, but the same cannot be said for Injustice: Gods Among Us 2. Earlier today, a poster surfaced over on the Xbox One sub-Reddit that shows a heavily battered spinal cord with the re-stylized Mortal Kombat dragon logo at the bottom. Hit the jump to check it out.

Ultra Street Fighter 4 trophies surface on PlayStation 4 consoles

The trophies for Capcom's Ultra Street Fighter 4 popped up today via the guys at 2Yes, but you can only view them on a console if you have a PlayStation 4. Note that although they're viewable on the PS4, these are for the PS3 version of the game.

In the trophy listing you can see what new achievements can be sought in the title, five of which can be unlocked by beating the game with the new fighters.

The remaining trophies have to do with the game's new modes and system mechanics. Check out our screen shots below.

Check out the video after the break.

Ultra Street Fighter 4 balance changes to Poison, Hugo, Rolento and Elena

While we received the full list of changes to characters who are transitioning from Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012 into Ultra Street Fighter 4 yesterday, but there are still four characters who are already out in the arcade version and they, too, are receiving multiple balance changes for the console version hitting in two weeks.

Is your favorite of the newcomers getting buffed? Nerfed? Perhaps a little bit of both? Hit the jump to find out.

Final Ultra Street Fighter 4 balance change list

While we've seen a full change-log of the Arcade release of Ultra Street Fighter 4 before, it's come to many people's attention that additional changes are being made to the console version prior to its release.

Thankfully, Capcom's Combofiend has posted a full list of the changes over at Capcom-Unity.

To see the full change-log for all of the characters in Ultra Street Fighter 4, look no further. All you have to do is hit the jump.

Also, we've posted the change list for Elena, Hugo, Poison and Rolento for the Japanese arcade release.

YouTube to buy Twitch for $1 billion, if U.S. regulators approve

According to sources close to the situation, YouTube is preparing to acquire the Twitch.TV video streaming service for $1 billion, and both parties have agreed to it, Variety is reporting.

The deal is about to be announced publicly any moment now.

If the deal goes through, this would be the biggest acquisition ever for YouTube, which was itself acquired by Google in 2006 for $1.65 billion.

But there is a fair chance it may not, if U.S. regulators are not convinced that the deal isn't anti-competitive, and would not impact the industry negatively.

As both YouTube and Twitch are already leaders in the field, the acquisition might make YouTube too big a player in the online video arena. YouTube expects that the Justice Department will likely challenge the acquisition.

Source: Variety via Kotaku. Sent in by kinoslayer, shinwar, and an anonymous tipster.

Ryu may have a brink-of-death reset combo in Ultra Street Fighter 4 - XMikexSonicX demonstrates using the KingBlackToof SSF4 AE v2012 PC mod

While experimenting with an approximation of Ryu's new move properties in Ultra Street Fighter 4 through the KingBlackToof SSF4 AE v2012 PC mod, YouTube user XMikexSonicX has discovered a reset combo that may raise a few eyebrows.

Thanks to Ryu's EX Shoryuken reset, it appears to be possible to reset your opponent mid-combo for a 50/50 front-or-back mix-up, that can lead to stun and, ultimately, defeat. Especially if you're fighting against Akuma.

The reset combo is somewhat similar to what Yun was previously able to do in SSF4 AE, and involves a good amount of the EX meter, along with a fully-charged Ultra Combo gauge. Although there are also variations that deal slightly lesser damage but does not require Ryu's UC.

Hit the jump to see the video.

Ultra Street Fighter 4 hits PSN and XBL on June 3rd/4th, retail versions on August 5th - an EventHubs exclusive interview with Combofiend

EventHubs correspondent Jason24cf recently conducted an exclusive interview with Capcom's own Peter "Combofiend" Rosas over at ECT 2014.

The entire discussion focuses on Ultra Street Fighter 4, and Combofiend shared with us the one important bit of information that everyone has been aching to know.

Ultra Street Fighter 4 will be released on the PlayStation Store on June 3rd and on the Xbox Live Marketplace on June 4th. The digital version of the game comes at a price tag of $14.99 USD.

The digital upgrade will be released first, and the disc-based version will follow on August 5 for $39.99 USD. PC players can look forward to a retail and digital copy on August 8th.

This interview is packed with juicy information, and we've also added a transcript with some of the standout bits. Hit the jump to check it out.

Tiers for Street Fighter X Tekken launched on EventHubs

We've launched a new game for our tiers app, Street Fighter X Tekken.

Users have the ability to vote on each of the game's match ups, plus there are new discussion areas where you can talk about each of the bouts.

If you're knowledgeable about Street Fighter X Tekken, please get in there and vote on the match ups you're familiar with. Please keep in mind that this section updates once an hour, so keep checking back to see how the tiers are taking shape.

It's the wild west when a tier section is first launched, just a few votes can have a drastic impact on the list, but over time the picture gets much more defined and normalized. Please be patient as the list shapes up, and try not to freak out if things look a little odd at first.

We'll have tiers for another new game launched in the near future, usually every four or five days. Stay tuned.

Northwest Majors VI results, stream archive and battle logs ft. Tokido, K-Brad, PR Balrog, FChamp, NuckleDu, Nemo, Abegen & more

Updated: This story has been updated with final results for multiple games.

Northwest Majors VI kicks off today from Des Moines, Washington, and the event will run all the way through the weekend. This major tournament is the next stop on the Capcom Pro Tour, and a plethora of different games will be competed in, including Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, King of Fighters 13, Injustice: Gods Among Us, and more.

As with any major, many top-level players are expected to compete. MCZ|Tokido, EG|K-Brad, EG|PR Balrog, RG|Filipino Champ, EMP|NuckleDu, BT|Clockw0rk, AS|Reynald, BE|Nemo, BE|Abegen, BE|KaneBlueRiver, MMG|Apologyman, EMP|Mew2King, Bokkin, Bronson Tran, Mr. Naps, JustFramesJames, and many more are set to take part in this event.

Northwest Majors VI marks the first stateside event where the public can try out Ultra Street Fighter 4's Decapre. A USF4 location test will be running throughout the weekend, so anyone in attendance can get their hands on the upcoming update.

A first-to-10 King of Fighters 13 exhibition is set to take place between Tokido and Reynald, along with other side events.

Hit the jump to check out the live streams.

King of Fighters 13 is the next game to get the EventHubs tiers treatment

We've just launched King of Fighters 13 as the next game in the EventHubs tiers section. You can now vote to your heart's content on KoF13 character match ups and discuss them with other EventHubs users.

Please note this section is new and as votes come through, many match-ups will be inaccurate, initially. Calculations happen every hour, so be sure to check back often to see how the matches are shaping up.

If you're in the know about KoF13, please drop that knowledge on our tiers system. And, if you know others that might have valuable insight, be sure to share the link on Twitter and Facebook.

This is just one of many more games to get the tiers treatment.

If you can't contain your excitement in anticipation of your favorite fighting game getting added to the tiers section, let us know in the comments below and we just might make it happen sooner.

Keep checking back for more announcements.

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