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With Ultra Street Fighter IV announced for the PS4 I wanted to check and compete with the online community for Ultra Street Fighter IV on the PS3. Which was harder than expected.

A bit of information about myself and my history with Street Fighter. As I grew up i spend most of my live playing street fighter II on the SEGA. I got the game when I was 5 years old and played SFII until I was 14 years old. We didn’t get a new console or in fact even new games. By the time i got the SEGA there weren’t much games left, which is what happens when you get a console at the end of its cycle. The games i did get where SFII MK1,2,3 and a few games I didn’t want to play for example cliffhanger. So i spend my first 9 years of gaming on the same console with the same games, this results in a passion for Street Fighter which I don’t have with any other game.

As mentioned I played SFII for almost 9 years straight, I played against my brother, my father ,my uncles, my school friends, every kid in de neighborhood and almost my complete family. I found out that next to having a passion for the game I was also skilled in the game. I would rarely lose a match which evolved in couch tournaments in which I almost never lost, I felt like a king. I would come home from school and start up me SEGA and play SFII for hours and hours straight and no one could beat me.

February 20, 2009 SFIV has his EU release at this time I’m 19 years old ,work in a game shop and own a PS3 and XBOX 360. I pre ordered the game for like ages ago and can’t wait till i get my hands on the game because this is the first time I will play any other Street Fighter game than SFII. I got home shouted at my father and my brother to come and play with me, i beat them all it was almost gruesome. I needed new challengers so I called my Uncle, nephews some local street kids and a few school friends. We held our first SFIV couch tournament and as the story goes I slaughtered every last one of them. We didn’t have an internet connection at that time so Online matches weren’t an option, a friend of mine who did have an internet connection pointed out some local tournaments in the area. I went and for the first time ever I felt like there were more people like me, people with the passion for SF and also skilled people. I didn’t win that tournament, I came out third and was proud of myself , because of the skills I saw and the love I felt from all the other players, a love for the game I have been in love with since I was 5 years old. I became a regular at local tournaments and won a few.

Fast forward to 2015 and I have almost every console and game I like to my disposal. Street Fighter isn’t a big part of my life anymore or at least not a daily routine anymore. There were  a lot of other games I liked to play and a lot more I still want to play. With the announcement of USFIV and SFV on PS4 , it was like a spark lit that fire inside of me that slumbered for a few years. I bought a copy of USFIV on my PS3 and dived in, first I played Arcade followed by Online Matches.

Arcade mode wasn’t a problem I played SFIV before and was used to the Arcade mode, Started on medium and went till the hardest setting. This didn’t feel like a challenge at all, I needed a greater challenge, at this point I’m afraid I will end up like Akuma. So I went Online and well, that was the worst decision I ever made. I got beat up every single ranked match I played, where were my skills? Were they gone? Were they never there? What was wrong? So I kept playing and playing , train in Arcade mode and test in Ranked. At this point I’ve played my 100th Ranked match and won 9 of them, that’s like close to 10%. I feel like a complete noob at this point and can’t wait to step my game up.

The biggest issues I have with ranked matches are the following:

-Being matched with player ranked 2nd  on the leaderboard while my rank is not on the leaderboard,   which results in a true beating of a lifetime.

-Getting matches which disconnect just at the moment I’m winning this is due bad internet connection or maybe the challenger does this I can’t confirm on that.

– Finding a match is gruesome , it takes a lot of time to find a valid match, with a good internet connection and a player willing to play, some of them will kick you out of the lobby.

I still have a good time playing USFIV , I’ve played a few good ranked matches in which the outcome was decided by a minimum difference in life bars. I haven’t received any messages saying somebody did something with my mother or calling me a complete noob, so I’ve got that going for me which is nice. I’ll keep on playing USFIV on PS3 until it’s release on PS4 somewhere in the next months.

10/10 Would Hadou-a-ken

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Kevin "Method" van Dongen

Ain't no thing like me, except me. I am the biggest half behind this website and love to write about my deep love for fighting games, (J)RPG's and Destiny. Really do not like Call of Duty and absolutely love pizza.