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The Next Level
Has it really been 15 years since I first popped a quarter into the machine that would redefine fighting games and in essence an entire industry? The masterpiece that “shoryukened” competitors left and right to always come out on top is here along with a much-respected newer entry. For those who have been craving a complete version of the Street Fighter legacy, or for those who simply want to experience it for the first time, Street Fighter Anniversary Collection is a must buy. For $30 I can’t see a better deal coming your way this year. Superb ports of two of the most highly regarded fighters complete with 480p and Live support. Get yourself a copy and enjoy the 2-D goodness.
Street Fighter Anniversary
Collection is a must for both
fans of the series and beat-emup
enthusiasts alike. For our
money, the only thing missing is the original Street Fighter game.
As such, it stops just short of
being the complete Street
Two competitive brawlers that are tremendous fun to play and a large part of gaming history, is what you get for your cash. True, one-on-one fighting games like the Dead or Alive series may boast ideas such as scenery interaction, but Street Fighter still manages to entertain without such things but yet still has a lot to answer for in the genre. This is one historic collection for an important series, brilliant.
Last year Capcom graced the PlayStation 2 with Street Fighter Anniversary Collection, and it was good. So good, in fact, that we picked it as our fighting game of the year. It did have one major oversight, though, which was a decided lack of online features. The Xbox version looked to remedy that, but its release date was pushed back into 2005. Now here we are in the future, and, as promised, the Xbox version of SFAC is just getting around to sneaking its way into stores. It looks to have been worth the wait, as it's every bit as good as the PS2 version ... and the online play makes it even better.
It is hard to believe that it has been 15 years since the Street Fighter hit the streets. I remember when I was a young kid, people cramming quarters in the arcade vying for a chance to get to play this fighting masterpiece. Since that time Capcom has milked the Street Fighter II and III series for all that it is worth, releasing countless variations of the same game. Each edition has a nice additional name tacked on in the end such as: turbo, championship, or something that made it sound different, and players were given slight tweaks. Yet in spite of this, millions of people purchased these games in droves over the course of several generations of console hardware.
Capcom, once a publisher known solely for milking sequels, is at it again. Not surprisingly, it's milking its most famously exploited franchise, Street Fighter. Street Fighter Anniversary Collection, the Xbox collection of arcade games including online play, is a massive reiteration of previous fighting games, five from the old, old, old school, and one from the newish one. It's a great collection of fighting games, regardless of the price, but this happens to be $29.99, which is a fantastic value for what is essentially six variations of Street Fighter all of which are online.
In 1991, Street Fighter II was released in video arcades all over the world, and it became an instant classic. This one-on-one 2D fighting game featured incredibly responsive controls and unprecedented depth with its eight memorable and highly complex playable characters. It ushered in a new era of arcades--a decade dominated by Street Fighter II-inspired fighting games. Street Fighter II itself saw several substantial upgrades over the years, which added new characters and new moves for the returning fighters. But the core gameplay never changed, and because of its timelessness, it didn't have to. Now you can experience the Street Fighter II series, as well as 1999's Street Fighter III: Third Strike, in a single volume in Street Fighter Anniversary Collection. Unfortunately, the name of this volume is misleading, since it's a missed opportunity to celebrate one of the greatest gaming franchises of all time.
Met Guilty Gear X2 Reload en The King of Fighters packs hebben de 2D fighting fans heel wat om naar uit te kijken. Maar tot nader orde blijft deze Street Fighter collectie het beste wat in dit genre op Xbox te vinden is. En ik heb zo'n vermoeden dat ook na de release van eerder genoemde games, dit zo zal blijven.
Although I consider Anniversary Collection to be a recommended purchase, chances are many of you probably won't be lucky enough to secure a copy. For starters, the price is a bit high to justify going out of your way to pick up the game now, especially with the existing lineup of available Xbox fighting games available. You should note that copies of the region-free disc won't be around for long. According to a recent news announcement, Capcom already has taken action to pull the region-free copies of the game off store shelves due to a “bug” (an online glitch which affects players from rematching). Coincidence? Unlikely, but the fact remains -- players are eagerly awaiting for this game to make its way to this side of the world.
I personally found Street Fighter: Anniversary Collection to be a fantastic collection of fighting games for the Xbox. Both games’ being playable online is a great inclusion for long time fans and this is easily the better version of the game when being compared to the PS2 version for that reason. Throw in a handful of cool bonus features including the Street Fighter II animated movie and you have a truly great collection that is hard to pass up at it’s $29.99 price tag.
Press Start Online
So, should you bother then? Well, if you like your fighting games and you've somehow evaded the Street Fighter series until now, then certainly. Likewise, if you weren’t around for the originals and fancy a peek at how things used to be done (not that it's much different, mind you), then the answer is the same.
It took a while but the Xbox version of the acclaimed Street Fighter Anniversary Collection is finally here. If you don’t know what the fuss is all about Capcom has two of their popular old fashion 2 dimensional Street Fighter games (Hyper Street Fighter II and Street Fighter III: Third Strike) in one package to celebrate the 15-year birthday of the series. PlayStation 2 owners have already gotten a chance to play Street Fighter AC in 2004, but now Xbox players not only get their chance to play these legends but they can also fight online too.
SF3: Third Strike is a must own, but if you have it for the Dreamcast already, pass on by this collection. If you want a truly excellent 2 pack of fighters, get KoF 2002/2003, as 2003 is just as good as SF:3S, and 2002 is superior to it. As well KoF 2002 does the dream match angle Capcom was going with SFA right instead of mucking up their legacy. A disappointing show from Capcom compared to what they could have done, but for what it’s worth, we’ve got an okay package here.
(Street Fighter Anniversary Collection 5/10, Street Fighter 3: Third Strike 7/10)
Une compilation qui a le goût d'une oeuvre indispensable mais dont ressort beaucoup trop l'aspect mercantile. Les simili-bonus de cette édition anniversaire sont censurés ou sans intérêt et on aurait aimé quelque chose de plus imposant pour une telle série. Je n'en oublie pas pour autant à quel point Third Strike et Street Fighter II sont mythiques mais n'en déplaise à certains, Capcom s'est une fois encore contenté du strict minimum, cela se ressentant également au niveau du mode Xbox Live trop peu évolué.
In many ways, Street Fighter Anniversary Collection is a wonderful gift to fans of the franchise. Not only does it contain Hyper Street Fighter II (an amalgamation of every version of Street Fighter II) but it has a port of Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike too. On top of that, it lets you play both online. Sounds good, right? And so it should - to the fans at least. But think about it for a second. We are being asked to buy Street Fighter II... again. We are being asked to buy 3rd Strike... again. The only real incentive? Xbox Live, which only accounts for a fraction of players anyway.
There's a word for people who can't get enough of a good thing - crazy. And if you haven't had enough Street Fighter by now, you should be locked up. Seriously.