Friday, 10 August 2018

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection ★★★★☆

Street Fighter 2 is the game that would solve schoolyard disputes, during the '90's, and create more. Every kid played it or at least lied about an older sibling that owned it. While everyone would argue over the correct pronunciations of names. Capcom would go on to release multiple refinements, of the same game, to squeeze extra money out of its fans. A tradition they've managed to keep up with through all the games that followed. Microtransactions and season passes making this long running scheme even easier.

As ace as a collection of twelve Street Fighter games sounds, the majority of people will only care about three or four of them. The others will only be looked at once and disregarded. Five is more versions of Street Fighter 2 than you'll ever need when you have Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo. Same thing goes for the others that are only there for the sake of completing a collection. Adding Super Street Fighter 2 HD Remix would have been nice, but I guess that would piss off anyone that recently already overpaid for it, on the Switch. (Even though it came out in 2010 for the Xbox 360. It's good that the original Street Fighter is included because no one would ever buy it any other way. Similarly, when you have Third Strike available, there's no reason to play the original release, of Street Fighter III, or Double Impact. Except for maybe some of the stage songs. 30th Anniversary Collection contains a lot of nice extras, such as early concept and production art, for all of the games. Shame the 90’s anime wasn't included like it was on the PS2 15th Anniversary Collection.

All the games are taken as straight ports (emulations) of the Arcade CPS arcade boards and all run exactly as they should. Bugs included. So as Third Strike is a straight port of the Arcade original, which while a good thing, it's also ver 1.01 that's not got the balance patches that the hardcore and competitive audience expect and are looking for. And to make it more null and void, currently, legacy controllers aren't compatible (with the exception of the pc release) making my TTT2 Stick pretty useless. Four of the twelve games support Online Mode. Hyper Fighting, Super 2: Turbo, Alpha 3 and Third Strike. Which would be nice if there wasn't already two superior versions of the net code, for Third Strike, that run with a lot less latency. If you'd seriously want to play SF3: Third Strike, online, I'd highly recommend either the 360/PS3 version of SF3: Online Edition (which runs on GGPO netcode, by Iron Galaxy). SF Alpha 3 is also an odd choice, for online, as SF Alpha 2 is generally considered the better competitive game and one of the better Street Fighter games, in general.

Games in the collection:

Street Fighter
Street Fighter 2: World Warriors
Street Fighter 2: Hyper Fighting
Street Fighter 2: Championship Edition
Super Street Fighter 2
Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo
Street Fighter Alpha (Zero)
Street Fighter Alpha (Zero) 2
Street Fighter Alpha (Zero) 3
Street Fighter 3
Street Fighter 3: Double Impact
Street Fighter 3: Third Strike

This is a great collection for a fan, or people chasing nostalgia, that haven’t played for a while or just want to replay a part of their childhood and fight against a friend. Can't beat a game of Street Fighter.

Bry Wyatt

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