Super Street Fighter II Turbo: HD Remix
Last Updated: 11/17/2012 Developer(s): Backbone Entertainment Publisher(s): Capcom Designer(s): David Sirlin (lead designer), Rey Jimenez (producer) Artwork by: UDON Comics Platform(s): Playstation Network, Xbox Live, PC Release Date(s): November 25th, 2008 (PS3)
November 26th, 2008 (360)
Characters: Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Guile, Dhalsim, Blanka, Zangief, E.Honda, Balrog, Vega, Sagat, Bison, Cammy, Fei Long, Dee Jay, T. Hawk, Akuma
Related Games: Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo: Revival, Street Fighter, Street Fighter 2, Street Fighter 2 Champion Edition, Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Super Street Fighter 2, Street Fighter 3: New Generation, Street Fighter 3: 2nd Impact, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike Online Edition, Street Fighter 4, Super Street Fighter 4, Super Street Fighter 4: 3D Edition, Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition, Street Fighter Alpha, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Fighter Alpha 3 Upper, Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max, Street Fighter Alpha: Anthology, Street Fighter Anniversary Collection, Street Fighter EX, Street Fighter EX 2, Street Fighter EX 3, Street Fighter: The Movie, Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo, Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix, Pocket Fighter
Gameplay Engine 7.5 / 10 Story / Theme 8 / 10 Overall Graphics 8.5 / 10 Animation 7 / 10 Music / Sound Effects 9 / 10 Innovation 9 / 10 Art Direction 9 / 10 Customization 9 / 10 Options / Extras 9 / 10 Intro / Presentation 7.5 / 10 Replayability / Fun 7.5 / 10 "Ouch" Factor 8 / 10 Characters 9.5 / 10 BOTTOM LINE
8.8 / 10
Review based on PS3 version Final Words:
It's been a long time coming, but HD Remix is a gift from the heart to veteran Street Fighter fans and was well worth the wait. It's beautiful to see all of the original Street Fighters brought back to life in a new art direction and in full HD! The coloring is particularly well done and the awesome attention to detail on the character sprites will not soon be forgotten. A lot of the rough edges that the old sprites had were expertly smoothed out and given a fresh cel-shaded-esk re-coloring.
The fact that these huge character sprites kept the same amount of frames of animation as the originals (which are 17 years old), often-times makes them appear to move a bit funny or awkward. After being completely spoiled with the amazing fluidity of the Street Fighter III series and the awesome "anime-esk" look of the characters in the Street Fighter Alpha series; the characters in HD Remix do have some obvious imperfections. For one, everyone still turns into M. Bison when they're on fire (or turns into Zangief if they're T. Hawk)... I was hoping they'd fix that.
I'm sure everyone will draw different opinions on the way the characters look in general, and if you want my two cents; Cammy went a little overboard on the eye make-up and Fei Long's noggin is a bit large... nitpicking aside, I realize "perfection" in a project like this is damn near impossible. For what UDON had to work with, they really came through and fans were treated with the most impressive remake of a classic fighting game, ever. ~TFG Webmaster
REVIEW: SSF2: Turbo HD Remix is the first ever complete "re-make" of a Street Fighter game. And what more deserving title than the classic, long-time fan favorite, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, which is the last installment from the immortal SF2 series (originally released in 1991). Every background, character sprite and frame of animation has been resized to a larger scale and was completely redrawn by the team of talented artists over at UDON Comics!
Coming from someone who grew up playing all of the incarnations of SF2 in the arcades (and at home) religiously, and having nearly every frame of animation in this game embedded into my brain... I, like many other die-hards out there, can fully appreciate what UDON has done with this timeless classic. Re-drawing and re-coloring every single frame of animation must have been an immeasurably frustrating and long trial & error process, but let me be the first to congratulate UDON on their beautiful final product... it was well worth the effort guys.
Super Turbo never looked so crispy... and don't forget spinning knuckle goes through fireballs!
The new graphics really stand out, even though they're based on very old sprite artwork. However, by today's standards of 2D fighting games, the 2D character sprites are definitely bigger than most and simply "fill the screen" like no others ever have. The characters themselves have enough presence and charisma to fill the screen under normal circumstances, but these beefy & colorful new sprites simply light up the room!
HD Remix really does look like a completely new game, complete with fabulous re-drawn selection screen artwork. That said, the in-game characters look more like actual game artwork than character sprites. I have to say that overall, I'm very pleased with nearly every character in the game as far as looks go. They really nailed the faces and the characters actually resemble the way Edayan draws them, which in my opinion is one of the absolute best Capcom artists of all time.
As any Super Turbo player would expect, many of the animations in HD Remix do have a dated look and can sometimes appear a bit "choppy". The backgrounds, while looking awesomely sharp, also still contain characters that poorly animate (2 frames)! It's a forgivable flaw given the nature of what this game actually is, hence the word "remix". As far as the characters themselves, they obviously wanted to keep the frame count the same as in the original game so that it plays exactly as we remember, and the good news is, it does!!
What the hell is Jesus doing in the background?
Capcom kept the gameplay mechanics perfectly intact from the original arcade version, but also includes a new HD mode with small gameplay tweaks, character balancing, extra moves, more combo possibilities and even all new character colors! If you were ever a fan of the Street Fighter 2 series, there's no reason not to love playing this visually superior version of one of the biggest arcade hits of all time. Don't forget that this is the series that sparked the competitive fighting game community and brought fighting games and arcades in the early 90's to a new level.
Speaking of arcades, where ever did they go? ...I'll always miss the smell of token machines and old arcade cabinets. *sigh* How times have changed. Seems like the best arcade you can go to these days is in your own home... in that online mode. Heh. I tried out HD Remix's online mode and had some trouble connecting. Once I did connect with a few friends, the game ran smoothly for the most part. There's also a Network Smoothing option which also helps out when any lag pops up. Overall, it seems like you can play the same type of intense game online as you can offline. Online options are bare bones, but the essentials are there.
As far as gameplay goes, you know this game is OLD school. As much as I love playing HD Remix with my old school buddies; honestly, I'd still rather pop in a game from the Street Fighter III or Street Fighter Alpha series. Being able to parry that fireball when your life is down to nothing (so you don't die of chip damage), or use a wider variety of super moves to mix things up are fighting game novelties that I dearly miss when playing this classic for any long period of time. As a 27 year old fighting game connoisseur, I'm old school myself, but I'm also quite partial to newer, more advanced gameplay systems these days... and sometimes my thumbs don't feel like working so hard anymore.... Shoryuken, Hurricane Kick, Low Jab, Low Jab, Shoryuken, Shoryuken, Hadoken, Shoryuken, Hadoken, Fake Hadoken, Jump in, Low Jab, Shoryuken... Carpal Tunnel, and I lost... Dammit, and two more rounds to go.
The big guys are most definitely bigger than ever!
Options... HD Remix has em! Firstly, there are a nice variety of arcade style dip switch settings, which allow you to tweak some interesting details about specific character moves and abilities. You also have the option to set the stage music back to the original arcade themes, or keep the default "remixed" themes (most of which sound extraordinary)! And, as funny as it sounds, you can even switch out the character sprites back to the originals! The old style sprites have a filtered and blurred look to them, and although they look rather out of place in front of the HD backgrounds, they come out looking fairly decent... for old ass pixels. The brand new endings drawn by UDON are also a much appreciated addition to this solid package! Overall, this game is packed with nostalgia and kicks ass... it's a must-buy!!!