Wow, it has been more than 30 years since the original Street Fighter game was released on Arcade machines in 1997! Since then the series has 31 more entries or version releases. That is huge when you think about it, so to celebrate this achievement Capcom have released a collection of beloved, early incarnations, onto one shiny release.
If you don’t know what Street Fighters game play consist of you have either a: been living under a rock, or b: have never played a fighting game and are wasting your time reading this review. Street Fighter, along with the incarnations included here, is a one v one, mano on mano (or lady if you prefer) 2D, side camera fighting game. Jump, kick, punch, duck, block and a variety of special moves undertaken via a combination of the left analogue stick and attack buttons.
In best of three round bouts, you progress through a variety of opponents through a very loose and quite uninteresting story. You also are given the option to play against a human rival via multiplayer. Fighting games have always lacked variety yet stood the test of time due to the fun of beating the pulp out of a mate and declaring yourself superior to him.
Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection does not implement anything new, it has simply grabbed some of the past incarnations of the title, directly ported them in original format, to todays new and shiny consoles. The list is quite impressive, with Street Fighter, Street Fighter 2, Street Fighter 2’, Super Street Fighter 2 Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter 2 New Challenges, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Fighter 3 New Generation, Street Fighter 3 2nd strike and Street Fighter 3 3rd strike all included. Although I am not a die-hard fan of the series, I am disappointed that X-Men Vs Street Fighter was not included.
These games all play identical to the originals as they are direct ports. This is not a bad thing, as it is surprising at just how well the gameplay stacks up against todays fighting games, especially with Street Fighter 4 and the Alpha series. It is a little disappointing however to see our large wide screen TV’s, fill of fantastic tech and 4K HD goodness, show a pixel studded game that takes up 1/3 of our screens.
Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 3, and Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike are all playable online vs human global opponents. These matches are held within lobby where 4 players can sit and challenge each other. I struggled big time with latency issues which was hugely frustrating. After a dozen separate attempts, I gave up on online fighting, retreating to couch challenges instead, there is more fun had with an opponent next to you anyhow.
Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection will please those who are fans of the long running series. It is a bit of a shock to those (including myself) who have not played the older games since the 90’s. Street Fighter 2 held such glorious memories in my cranium, and I would be lying if I said those memories are not partially tainted now. The Alpha series and Street Fighter 3 series however stands up well, even by todays standards. It is hard to believe they came out so long ago! Retro fans and fans of the series will eat this up!
Thank you to Capcom Australia and Reboot Communications for providing a copy of Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection for review.