Touch Arcade reviews Street Fighter 4 Volt, online play has issues

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • June 30, 2011 at 12:17 p.m. PDT
Touch Arcade reviews Street Fighter 4 Volt, online play has issues Street Fighter 4 Volt was just released on the iPhone/iPod Touch platforms and Touch Arcade has already posted a review. As online play is one of the major new features the piece mostly talks about that aspect, but it also covers what else you'll get with the game.

By default you are set up to accept any online challenges that might be out there. This means that if you’re running through the arcade mode you might suddenly get interrupted with a challenge from a random player online who’s searching for a match. This ensures that there should always be a pretty large pool of players to match up with when you feel like throwing down online, and it also gives it that old-school arcade feeling of having a complete stranger walk up to your arcade cabinet unexpectedly and issue a challenge. Of course, it would be hard to even make it through arcade mode with constantly being interrupted with matches, so thankfully you can easily switch the auto-acceptance on and off at will.

As for the actual experience of competing online in Street Fighter IV Volt, so far it leaves a lot to be desired. Random matches are easy enough to find even in this early stage of the game’s release, but they are usually plagued with lag and are prone to randomly disconnecting. Sometimes the online works near flawlessly, and when it does it’s absolutely brilliant. But more often than not you’ll be subjected to jittery animations and momentary freezes that can really disrupt the flow of a game.

Street Fighter 4 Volt is currently on sale, and the price will gradually increase until July 6, so if this is something you're interested in, it's a good time to pick up the game.

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