I’m a huge fan of fighting games. I’ve never been ‘tournament level,’ but I can Shoryuken, Burn Knuckle, and Ride The Lightning for hours at a time.
Recently, Capcom released the game: Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection, which hosts the first iterations of 12 Street Fighter Arcade games, with 4 of them being online. They also included a lot of art on a timeline to give you an idea where Capcom’s franchises have been.
Over the course of my life, I’ve seen some amazing collections, such as Street Fighter Alpha Anthology, The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga, Darkstalkers Ressurection, Samurai Shodown Anthology, etc. So how does this new game stack up?
The games themselves are, what they were. Nothing additional from Iron Galaxy’s Street Fighter III: 3rd strike Online Edition has transferred such as remixed music or additional color pallets. None of Alpha’s title updates from Street Fighter Alpha Anthologies are present. One of the Street Fighter II titles is too difficult since it’s the first US release of it, thus the quick update Capcom did to the machines back then to fix that is not there. As a complete collection, this anniversary isn’t that, although it is still very good.
Arcade Dip switches are there if you hit a button before going into each title, so you can change the difficulty or amount of rounds, but strangely you can not give yourself infinite time. Training mode has been created due to fan feedback for Street Fighter II’ Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 3, and Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike. Those are also the games that are online.
Speaking about online, while I’ve only played a little bit in the last few minutes… I kind of enjoy playing it? Sometimes there is some stutter here and there when doing moves in 3rd strike, but it was functional. Street Fighter Alpha 3, seemed pretty good. The only complaints I have, are minor: I kept casually playing Alpha 3 and re-matching someone for a few times. Cool. Eventually we would reach our limit though and it would kick us out. I then would go back in, and somehow it found us 3 times in a row. Then later, I had a problem connecting to one. How about there just not be a limit?
Considering that the last incarnation of a fighting game is often the one that is played the most, I can live with only 4 games being online. For $40, the game collection is all right but not perfect. I give this game an 8 out of 10, Mainly for the 2 Street Fighter III games I haven’t gotten much of a chance to play before this.