IGN Reviews Ultra Street Fighter IV’s Rolento, Poison, Elena, and Hugo

By on December 24, 2013 at 2:19 pm

IGN recently posted brand new footage and input about Ultra Street Fighter IV, reviewing the four new characters in the game.

According to the review, IGN compares Rolento more to his “Street Fighter Alpha 2” counterpart than his most recent incarnation in Street Fighter x Tekken ver. 2013.

In the video, there are several tricks of Rolento’s put on display, such as escaping with an EX Back Roll, juggle states off of his knife throw and comboing into an ultra after using the EX Patriot Circle.


Although she clearly doesn’t wear a martial arts dobok and a black belt, Poison is described as having similar play style to “Shoto” characters Ryu, Ken and Akuma.

“Poison can’t technically be labeled as a shoto character,” said IGN in the video review, “but her incarnation in Ultra Street Fighter 4 has a lot of the fundamental tool set that makes the style so popular with newer players.”

Guess we will be seeing a lot of pink fireballs and dragon punch variants in the future. Oh boy.


Our favorite (and only) capoeria using street fighter is back, and is shown to have a punishing move set capable of maximizing damage from almost any range.

In addition to the high damage potential, IGN shows off her great pokes and long distance overheads which look promising to give any non-Elena players a nightmare or two.

And to top it off, the video briefly mentions the potential of safely setting up her healing ultra, which could make the new W-Ultra option a viable one.


“Hugo is monstrous.”

Great first words to describe him in the video, as Hugo appears to be everything he was in both Street Fighter 3: Third Strike, and Street Fighter x Tekken ver. 2013.

According to IGN’s video, Hugo’s fastest normal is a sluggish 7 frames, making him vulnerable to fast characters with quicker pokes. However, he makes up for it with his grappling moves as he can grab you both on the ground and in the air for big damage.

Look for Hugo to rival Zangief and Ultra Street Fighter 4’s scariest grappler.

Take a look at the videos and soak it in. The game is coming up fast, and there is knowledge-a-plenty about the four new characters. It’s only a matter of time before back breakers and patriot circles come to a console (or computer) near you.

Source: IGN

  • SolarShift

    I read “reviews new ultra street fighter 4 characters” as “reveals new ultra street fighter 4 character” and shit my pants.

    For nothing.

  • Mash Harder

    Good informed coverage from IGN? I am impressed.
    He even said “meaty” in the rolento vid.

  • Kapwan

    I believe the headline left the P out of Preview.

    • Azrael VG

      I agree. Review seems to imply that this is even a finished version of the game, which it isn’t.

  • captaincommerce

    What does IGN know about fighting games?

    • dub

      Apparently enough. More than most general games sites by the looks of it.
      Watch the videos, maybe?

  • Andrew John Keeton

    i get a little sad when he says “you can do EX (whatever move) and get a free ultra!” It wasnt a free ultra. it costs meter!

    • Mark Lapasa

      Yah man, what is up with that. Proper engrish would be that it “links” into an ultra.

    • Timothy Ian McMillan

      That is a product of our own making. It’s free because it doesn’t require a cancel or any extra meter to FADC. There is no extra meter required between the EX move and the Ultra, hence it is ‘free’.

      • Garrett Jones

        So what do you call Rufus’ and other characters various ways to land an ultra with no meter? EBT? WIC?

        • $19298411

          Nope, an Obama Phone.

        • Timothy Ian McMillan

          I’d call that free. Without the apostrophes.

          PS: American acronyms don’t work on foreigners.

          • Garrett Jones

            Foreign to whom? This whole language we’re using don’t work on billions of foreigners but I’ve decided to use it because of where this website is based and the people that frequent it.

  • BlackMasamune

    I’m more shocked that IGN has someone who actually knows a little something about Fighting Games.

  • Chaos_Knight

    Seeing that Juri vs Hugo match made me wonder,

    “How the hell is Juri does she hold him up with her foot during Ultra 2?