Ultra Street Fighter 4 video explains new mechanics

By Ozzie Mejia, Jun 07, 2014 3:00pm PDT

Not everyone is a hardcore fighting game fanatic, so terms like "Red Focus" and "delayed wakeup" will likely fly right over the heads of casual players looking to pick up Ultra Street Fighter 4 for the first time. Fortunately, Capcom offers up a new video to helpfully explain these concepts to amateurs and newcomers, hopefully in terms that are understandable to everyone.

Capcom's Peter 'Combofiend' Rosas explains Red Focus and how its mainly used as a defensive tool, similar to what parries did in the Street Fighter 3 series. If used correctly, it can completely take every hit of an opponent's Ultra combo for zero damage.

Rosas then explains the idea of delayed wakeup, which allows players to delay their standing movement off a hard knockdown. The mechanic was added in mainly to prevent frustrating cross-up moves and also to help fend off pesky unblockable combos.

The full explanation can be found in the video below. Ultra Street Fighter 4 is out now on Xbox 360 and PS3 as a digital upgrade and will release to retail outlets and PC in August.

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