Eventhubs has posted its latest Tokyo-approved Super Street Fighter IV tier list, and boy is this one a doozie.
First off, if you play a charge character, odds are you’ve landed yourself in the Top Tier.* Honda, Bison, Guile, Chun-Li, and Balrog have landed the consecutive top spots, pushing long-time favorites like Ryu, Rufus, and inputting actual motions to lower echelons of play.
In the middle of the pack come all the characters you hate fighting against, with little scoring difference seen between what would be the B and D tiers. In fact, there is as little as 20% overall rating difference between the highest ranked characters and the majority of the cast. Suffice it to say, whether you agree with this specific list or not, Super Street Fighter 4 remains one of the most balanced games since Pong.**
That is, unless you’re Guy, Gen, Dan, Hakan, or Makoto. These little-played pugilists are all vying for Fail Tier, with over a 25% spread from the game’s strongest contenders. Granted, even that’s not a big spread. But with a majority of 3-7 and 4-6 matchups, maining these characters may result in more of an uphill battle than is typically desirable.
As with all tier lists, this system is subject to scrutiny. Are charge characters really this good? Does the game actually have this many 7-3 matchups? Is Makoto actually the worst character in the game? Until Capcom pays me to say something definitive, I leave that pondering to you, gentle reader.
Adapted Super Street Fighter 4 Tier List Summary
- M. Bison
- Seth –
- Fei Long
- Dee Jay
- C. Viper
- El Fuerte
- T. Hawk