I'm not a ginormous fighter enthusiast, and I've never gotten that much into Street Fighter. But still I do like a good fighter and I've had an itch to add a Fighting game to my Library as of late. So is it worth it?
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It's not a terrible fighting game by any means, IMO it trumps all other 2D fighters. It has aspect that make it easier for beginners (shortcuts, comeback factor) and still retains a fairly high skill ceiling (plinking, fadc). Definitely worth it, although most of the fun is had online as the single player aspect is lacking. Although there is trials which will take you a while to finish.
I think its a terrible fighting game but if you don't know any better, I'm sure you'll like it.
I'd say trust the opinions of the greater critical/gaming community at large over some bitter troll on a message forum. It's definitely a quality fighter, I own the SFIV and SSFIV - I'd buy Super if you can swing it for the greater number of characters and move additions/rebalances. A very fun game, even just against the AI.
I hear a lot of people complaining how SF4 was "casualized" after Third Strike but the reality is a lot of people were turned off from SF3 because a lot of the characters and canon were not familiar to old fans, even put alongside the Alpha series.