to celebrate the Street Fighter's 15 years and 27 million copies on the market,
Street Fighter: Anniversary Collection contains two games: Hyper Street Fighter II
Fighter III: 3rd Strike (which was previously only available on Dreamcast
& Arcade). Basically, if you don't own a Dreamcast or access to an arcade
with Third Strike, Anniversary Collection is your ticket to one
of the best fighting games in existence.
You thought Super Turbo
was the final SF2 installment? Think again!
But before we get on to Third Strike,
good old SF2 has been "enhanced" yet again. Just when you thought
they were completely done with Street Fighter 2, Capcom gives us "Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary
Edition." In this "final" rendition of SF2, players
can use all
of the different versions of the characters from every installment in the SF2 series.
What that basically means is that you can play as Chun Li from Super
Street Fighter 2: Turbo against Ryu from Street Fighter 2 Turbo...
(complete with accurate character selection screen artwork... badass!) This allows for some fun
and the ability to experience the SF2 series in a new way...
You still fall for those
old school tricks?
as the "headliner" of the collection, SFIII: Third Strike
makes it's debut on the PS2 and Xbox! Capcom crammed everything from the arcade
classic into the PS2 port without compromising any animations or smudging any
of the 2D brilliance. Capcom also included a new "color filtering" option
which lessens the color intensity, but nicely smoothes out some
of the jagged edges of the 2D sprites.
Overall, I'd say the PS2 version looks
equal or possibly even better than the Dreamcast version with the filter turned
on (and using an HDtv). Funny though how the intro still maintains some noticeably jagged edges
within those beautiful sketches. Ahh well... I'm nitpicking. All the options
from the Dreamcast version translate beautifully to the PS2. This version also
includes the all new "original" soundtrack which was made specifically for
Anniversary Collection. The "Arrange" soundtrack is turned on by default, and I actually
prefer it rather than the Original; but it's definitely nice to have the option!
Along with the two great games, the disk includes a full version of Street Fighter:
The Animated Movie... one of the best video game movies of all time of
release is no doubt an entertaining and reasonable package that every Street
Fighter fan should own... there's just no excuse!
On a side note, the text in the
intro to this game looks like it came straight from TFG...
Makes me wonder if Capcom visits TFG occasionally? Like
Capcom (and TFG) says... "True Fighting is Art"...
and no "true fighting
game enthusiast," should be without Anniversary Collection... c'mon
everybody loves Street Fighter.
While the intro /
presentation isn't really a "presentation," if you know what I mean, I
can still respect Capcom for their motivation to put out something like
this. Two great games, plus a classic fighting game movie, for about
30 bucks? Must buy! ~TFG