An new tier chart has been produced by Japanese Street Fighter IV fans, detailing the ‘best’ and ‘worst’ characters in the game. There is another SFIV tier list out there too, but this is the first for the console release and therefore the first time we get to see how the new characters fit in.
It works like this; two players of a similar ability stand off against each other for 10 fights between every single permutation of match-ups. They then enter the info into a chart, and the characters are ranked according to their win/loss ratio. Take a look at the chart above and you’ll see that Sagat recorded 147 wins in all his fights, more than anyone else. That’s why he’s the Daddy. In addition to this, the chart allows you to have a look at what characters are particularly effective against others. So, for example, our favourite pirate-patched Thai Sagat kicked Cammy’s lovely little round bum 7 times out of 10.
As for the new guys, Seth and his stupid twirly stomache ranks highest — second only to Sagat — while poor old El Fuerte languishes near the bottom. It should be stressed, however, that the majority of these stats mean absolutely nothing to most of us. These tiers are created for and by top SFIV players, and difference between the top and bottom characters is actually relatively small. If your bog-standard Sagat comes up against an excellent Rose (the lowest ranked character) then you’ll still get your ass kicked. Oh, and the names below are the Japanese names, so Claw is Vega, Boxer is Balrog and Dictator is M. Bison. That is all.