STREET FIGHTER IV Volt ($0.99) by CAPCOM is the new Street Fighter release for the iPhone. The same great arcade game, crisp graphics, and familiar characters …. and much, much more!
What would a great, new Capcom release be without an intro video? Watch as Ken and Ryu battle it out in this awesome beginning sequence filled with beautiful animation and stunning graphics.
Okay. Enough of me gushing over the intro video; let’s get down to the basics. This is Street Fighter IV, but with more customization, new characters, and even more epic battles. Essentially, it’s just better.
In Volt, there are three new characters you can play: Balrog, Vega (yay!), and Cody. I hope they will continue to add more characters over time (read: Akuma), as well.
There is also a new survival mode which is my favorite feature. In survival mode, you go up against opponent after opponent, but here’s the catch: your health will never regenerate. So, instead of the usual full health bar you start each game with, you will only have whatever amount of health you had at the end of the previous match. It’s really fun to see how long you can last.
The controls are the same as the previous release. You can even arrange the buttons on the screen to wherever they are most comfortable. That is pretty neat, if I do say so myself.
Also, you can finally battle players over Wi-Fi, not just Bluetooth. You can toggle an option in settings to allow random opponents the ability to join your game and fight against you. The game has full Game Center support so battle your hearts out against friends, random opponents, or the AI. Whatever route you take, get those thumbs ready.
Unfortunately, though, playing online is ridiculously laggy. My screen froze up almost immediately and I just couldn’t catch up. Having my Chun-Li butt handed to me by some 12-year-old kid playing Ryu — while I stood by helplessly — was awful. And, yes. Chun-Li is my favorite Street Fighter character. Typical female player? I know. I’m sorry (not really). But have you seen her legs? She is a beast!
I would really like the ability to take advantage of the player card swapping which is a new feature. You can trade cards with those you play and it keeps track of your stats. You can even customize your own card. Unfortunately, the lag is still an issue that needs to be addressed. I’m interested to see how they fix this in future updates.
The game was released on June 29, for only one dollar. Every day, the price will be going up by one dollar until it finally settles at a whopping $6.99. So, what are you waiting for? Stop reading this and go buy it already! Maybe we can battle over Wi-Fi, so you can have a chance at a KO.