When Capcom released Street Fighter IV for the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 the running gag of the time was about when the company would repeat the Street Fighter II history and get around to releasing Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition. Now wouldn't you know that the answer to "when" is April 24? Capcom sent out a press release announcing the free update.
Championship Mode offers you the chance to compete in 5 different grades of tournaments, creating the right challenge for players of every skill level. You’'ll score Grade Points (GP) for tournament wins, and as your GP total grows, you’ ll become eligible to enter into more exclusive tournaments. Winning tournaments will also net you Championship Points (CP). CP are like “ prize money” up for grabs in the tournament. The higher the GP skill of the players in a particular tournament, the bigger the CP prize!
Replay Mode allows you to select and watch the best Championship Mode tournament matches.
- On the PlayStation Network, you can rate matches while you watch according to characteristics such as “awesome” or “funny.” Replays are then ranked based on these vote ratings.
- On Xbox Live, instead of rating the matches, you can choose to download and save your favorite replays to study the players’ techniques. You’ ll also be able to turn on the input commands from both players to be able to review their button and joystick motions in precise detail.
Free upgrades are always welcome, but I don't see myself doing much with Championship Mode. I enjoy Street Fighter and I consider myself to be a decent player, but I'm nowhere near skilled enough to survive in a serious tournament. Still, points to Capcom for supporting their product with additional free features after release. So, how long until we see Street Fighter IV Turbo and Super Street Fighter IV: The New Challengers?