A look back at an early version of Street Fighter 4

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • September 20, 2009 at 6:13 p.m. PDT
Because of all of the recent news about the upgrade/sequel to Street Fighter 4, I thought it would be fun to jump back in time a bit and take a look at one of the earlier versions of the game before it received the current changes.


For example, at an early point in development, Abel's Super had three different outcomes depending on the strength of the button you pressed. Light would end with a shoulder tackle, Medium a Tornado Throw and Hard would do his elbow launcher move, as shown in this video narrated by Seth Killian.
You can see the old version in action here, with a different announcer, life bars, etc.

It's interesting to see all of the changes that have went into the current game. Yet, I imagine some fans wonder about things like Abel's Super being tweaked.

Considering how delicate the balance is in fighting games, minor tweaks can have a big impact on the game play.

Looking over the old footage and recalling your own experiences, what changes do you see that really stand out to you? Which tweaks are you glad they made and which others do you wish they'd left alone?

Please feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts below.
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