Returning to Rose in Street Fighter V

Rose in the Street Fighter IV series will forever be my muse. When I made my ascendency from fighting game scrub to competent combatant, I did so by honing my skills with this formidable fortune teller. Beyond my personal growth as a fighting game player, I felt a connection so deep with Rose that I felt like it was actually me throwing the fireballs and swinging her magic scarf. Since then, I’ve found main characters in different fighting games that I enjoy playing as, but nothing compares to the bond I have with Street Fighter IV Rose.

That connection was severed as players migrated to Street Fighter V. With her not being a part of that game’s roster, I was forced to fight with someone else. Rashid has been a great ally to me, but it wasn’t the same. Even as the game’s mechanics and character balance were refined over time, a Rose-shaped hole in my heart still existed.

Until now. Welcome back, my friend.

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Ultra Street Fighter IV jettFTW (Rose) vs. Smug (Dudley)

Widely recognized as the best Dudley player in the world and one of the best overall in Ultra Street Fighter IV, I have my hands full against Smug. Clearly I’m in over my head in this set of four matches, but do I have enough to not completely get embarrassed?


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Ultra Street Fighter IV battle: Ryu (anon12345678910) vs Rose (jettFTW)

anon12345678910 does a great job of controlling the flow of this fight with his solid ground game. Relying on well-timed fireballs and pokes, he maintains control of the fight while keeping his jumps to a minimum. I’m forced to fight outside of my comfort zone in a fight that admittedly, isn’t going to be all that exciting for many to watch. Still, if you love watching battles where players are trying to control space from a distance, then this is right up your alley.


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Jett Plays Ultra Street Fighter IV Omega Mode

I try my best to show off some of the new changes within the context of a real fight with mixed results. At a certain point, my opponent gets too good, so I switch to playing serious. Also, I got someone to rage quit!


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Ultra Street Fighter IV Omega Mode Rose Combo Video

With Omega Mode now out in the wild, I immediately took Rose into training mode to see what was possible. She may not have been changed as dramatically as some of the other characters, though she certainly got a bit more flavour added to her arsenal. Some of the things I try to demonstrate in the video are:

– Opponents are now in juggle state after LK Soul Spiral. I think the only thing you can do off of it is Soul Throw in the corner.

– Forward MP now slides towards the opponent a bit. In Capcom’s official Omega Mode moves list, it’s called Soul Feel. Not sure how practical it is in an actual fight, but you can link from it to score big damage.

– She has a new move called Soul Passing. When someone tries to hit you, it acts as a counter that temporarily stuns them. Not really much use within the context of a combo, but could make for a good opener on an overly aggressive foe.

– Her Aura Soul Spark is different depending on which button you trigger it with. LP activates the usual version, which has been tweaked so that you can follow it up with a Soul Throw. The MP version moves Rose forwards with a multi-hit combo before finishing with the fireball. The HP version starts out with a Soul Reflect before going into the fireball.

– She has a two-hit EX move that isn’t listed in the official move list. By doing the Shoryuken motion with two punch buttons, she does a crouching HP that sends her opponent into the air, and finishes them off with a Soul Throw. This move costs 1 EX bar.

– She also has more range on her slide move, but you can’t combo off of it. As such, it’s not in this video.

Hope you enjoy the video! More Omega Mode combo videos to come!

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Ultra Street Fighter IV battle: Dan (Mars312XD) vs Rose (jettFTW)

Dan was originally designed to be a joke character in the Street Fighter series, but he’s actually quite dangerous in the right hands. I may be the #1 ranked Rose on PSN, but that wasn’t enough to carry me through this match against Mars312XD.


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Ultra Street Fighter IV battle: Yun (FUNKYA2A) vs Rose (jettFTW)

When played to his full potential, Yun is an absolute monster in Ultra Street Fighter IV. Here I am discovering this point first hand. Ouch.


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Ultra Street Fighter IV battle: Blanka (EnigmaMount) vs Rose (jettFTW)

Most Blanka players rely heavily on shenanigans to score victories. Here, EnigmaMount systematically picks my Rose apart by letting me rush in and punishing all of my mistakes. This one one of the most sobering matches I’ve played in recent memory.


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Ultra Street Fighter IV battle: Cammy (Lex_Almighty28) vs Rose (jettFTW)

Cammy may not be as popular today as she was during her Arcade Edition heyday, but I still believe that she’s one of the best characters in Ultra Street Fighter IV. In this video, I square off against the #11 Cammy in the world on PSN!


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