Holy crap, Street Fighter IV is a lot uglier than I remembered it being.

SecretCharacter

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I remember seeing the arcade version for the first time and thinking "why is this so terrible?"
Then I played it and it felt nothing like Street Fighter.
I still bought it day 1 when it came out on console. Didn't enjoy it much. I played more super turbo hd than sfiv.
 

RM8

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I think it looks okay, and some character designs are better than their SFV counterpart. And everyone got a ton of cool costumes, not only the waifus.
 

captmcblack

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Game looked great for a HD 2.5D 2008 release that hadn't gotten any series representation since 1999's 3rd Strike. And 7 years after the SFIV series, we got a similarly epic jump forward with SFV. Definitely looks rougher now, though - and the 2.5D takes the timelessness away unlike looking at the beautiful 2D games of the CPS2/CPS3 era.

I don't think there were better looking 2.5D/3D fighting games released on PS3/360 in that time either...
 

skeezx

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i remember on GAF back in 2007 (or whenever it came out) consensus was it was fugly ass game

i thought it looked quite alright, obvs they aren't going to do hand drawn sprites or whatever so it was a decent compromise. today (IMO) it looks fine... but yeah, it was never critically acclaimed on the visual front
 
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RM8

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I won’t argue there are lots of dumb bikinis in SFV, there are, but that doesn’t mean SFIV costumes were interesting. They weren’t.
I disagree I guess :P I miss a lot of SFIV costumes for many characters. This is not to say there are no SFV costumes I like, of course.
 

J 0 E

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SFIV looked inky and stylish back then and even now I can’t call it ugly, SFV is miles better of course artistically & graphically (I like how Ken looks too)
 

EeK9X

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I was very disappointed with SFIV's art direction, mostly because I'd set my expectations incredibly high after the game's beautiful announcement trailer (inspired by sumi-e).

I wish that they'd have gone with an even more stylized look, instead of settling for an overly cartoony aesthetic. The facial animations, in particular, still bother me to this day.
 

Jawmuncher

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In terms of art style I always felt 4 and 5 are pretty similar. With 4 being a bit more exaggerated in certain instances. I’m curious to see where 6 will end up. Hope they go for a cool change. I’d love to see something that’s say more “classy” which I can’t exactly explain lol
 

Rice Eater

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I always thought SF4 looked OK back then. As time passes, I don't think it hasn't aged well. But I still don't think of it as very ugly like many have. I still prefer some of the character designs in that game compared to their SFV version.
 

Seven Force

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I thought it looked okay for what it was at the time. V looks miles better, though.

I remember preferring Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom's visuals over SFIV's in spite of the former being far technically inferior in those regards.
 

Dogenzaka

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I really need the ridiculously bulging muscles on every single character to fuck off in the next game.
 

lusca_bueno

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It's crazy but I read people saying SFV was worse looking than SFIV tbh. People can hate all they like, SFV has a very solid art direction (aside from the horrible UI), and to me the clay aspect looks great.
 

Iori Loco

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Game looked great for a HD 2.5D 2008 release that hadn't gotten any series representation since 1999's 3rd Strike. And 7 years after the SFIV series, we got a similarly epic jump forward with SFV. Definitely looks rougher now, though - and the 2.5D takes the timelessness away unlike looking at the beautiful 2D games of the CPS2/CPS3 era.

I don't think there were better looking 2.5D/3D fighting games released on PS3/360 in that time either...
I would argue that Battle Fantasia is a much better realisation of 2.5D artstyle than SFIV. Sure, the character designs were generic and the animation was the classic ArcSys stuttery limited style, but at least the colors are vibrant, the background NPCs look like they belong in the same universe and aren't distracting clowns and the character models look really good. It also debuted in 2007, according to wikipedia.

 

Rice Eater

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this reminds me about the alpha look of the game. man i wonder how the game would have been received if they had kept that look lol

I actually have absolutely no memory of seeing these images when they were first released. And it's probably because I didn't keep up with the game much after I found out it was going to use 3D graphics.Ignorantly I thought there was just no way a SF game with 3D graphics could be good and didn't even follow the games production.

I bought it when it came out just because it was SF though. I got over the 3D graphics quickly though when I actually started playing the game. Playing the game, especially online, made me remember just how much I fucking love this franchise.
 

Neoxon

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when you look at the gap between the best looking fighting games on ps360 compared to SF4, the gap is smaller than between the best looking fighting games on ps4bone and SF5
The difference is that SFIV looks bad to decent depending on the character by the standards of its generation, while SFV looks decent to great depending on the character. We’re talking about a generation that gave us TTT2, Tekken 6, Virtua Fighter 5, & UMvC3.
 

Neoxon

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Pretty much this and the menu style, general art on select screen and the animes for ending in the first version. SFIV is honestly a piece of art. It has so much personality on it
Disagree. Looked great then and now. Nice animations, great colors, good character designs, fun backgrounds. Top notch job overall.
Hard disagree there, especially when you have the likes of Guile & Ryu looking the way that they do. Plus you have Sakura still wearing a high school uniform after god-knows-how-long.
 

Kewlmyc

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Yeah, game always had an ugly art style. Some characters looked fine though (3S crew, Viper, Juri, SxT crew).
 

RM8

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Hard disagree there, especially when you have the likes of Guile & Ryu looking the way that they do. Plus you have Sakura still wearing a high school uniform after god-knows-how-long.
SFV has Ken and Vega, though. And they're canonically handsome characters, lol. And I really don't like how Sakura's face in SFV looks out of place when compared to other characters (her eyes are way too big).
 

icecold1983

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The difference is that SFIV looks bad to decent depending on the character by the standards of its generation, while SFV looks decent to great depending on the character. We’re talking about a generation that gave us TTT2, Tekken 6, Virtua Fighter 5, & UMvC3.
youre talking about art preferences, im talking about the quality of rendering. SFV is an absolute joke compared to almost everything this generation. extremely low poly everything, no proper shadowing, basically non existent lighting, n64 era quality textures etc. when you look at the gap between something like SFV and the most recent mortal kombat, its just far bigger than any last gen fighter compared to SF4. under no circumstances does SFV ever look great. the only thing it has going for it visually is animation
 
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youre talking about art preferences, im talking about the quality of rendering. SFV is an absolute joke compared to almost everything this generation. extremely low poly everything, no proper shadowing, basically non existent lighting, n64 era quality textures etc. when you look at the gap between something like SFV and the most recent mortal kombat, its just far bigger than any last gen fighter compared to SF4. under no circumstances does SFV ever look great. the only thing it has going for it visually is animation
Your first mistake is comparing MK with Street Fighter. They're not even going for the same thing.
 

Dreamboum

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After SF5 I used to think SFIV was almost unwatchable. Now I think it has a great look to it (not a shot against SF5)
 

zoodoo

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Only the SFIII series looked good to me. I have never liked their art style. SFIV is probably the worst offender. It was always ugly OP.
 

Jangowuzhere

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Yeah, there's definitely some revisionist history going on in this thread.

SFIV looked pretty damn good at the time. It had a really awesome and unique style that made it stood out from most of the games of its time.