Cap-Vember/Timeless Review: A Retrospective of Street Fighter II

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Yeah, I was going to do this next year but I thought ‘AAAHHH, lets get it over and done with, it doesn’t need an introduction, you don’t need an introduction because you should know about it, it’s Capcom’s magnum opus Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (ストリートファイターⅡ -The World Warrior-, developed and published by Capcom and was released in 1991.

So there’s no plot, just each fighter battling to win for one reason or another. DONE!!!

Characters and I’ll describe them:

Ryu: The boss, the honorable fighter who fights to be the best and to show how awesome he is. He can also do a Hadoken…nuff said!

Ken: Pretty much similar to Ryu in terms of fighting, mostly because he was his fighting partner many years ago, but whilst Ryu likes to live in a peaceful environment, outside where he can live with nature and what not, Ken on the other hand lives the life of Riley with a girlfriend.

E. Honda: The sumo wrestler with abs. He can do the hundred hand slap…screw him.

Chun-Li: The strongest woman in the world…who is an undercover cop who avenging her murdered father by defeating M. Bison.

Blanka: The Brazilian mutant man, raised in the jungle and fighting like a monster. He’s also a decent power generator.

Zangief: The ultimate Russian man-bear that would make a vodka-drinking country proud, fighting to make his country proud and with muscles like that, I guess you’ll do well.

Guile: INSERT THEME SONG HERE

Dhalsim: The Indian Stretch Armstrong who loves yoga and fire, winning the tournament will save his village as well as his family. YOGA FIRE!

Each character has their own style of fighting moves and they fit their character down to a tee.

The gameplay is fantasic, absolutely fantastic, with smooth controls and something that’s easy to play but mastering it is very rewarding, it takes time but you’ll do well.

So since this a retrospective, I’m going to talk about the main games from Street Fighter II and these are the arcade versions, so Hyper Street Fighter II will not be included here:

Street Fighter II: The World Warrior
Street Fighter II’: Champion Edition
Street Fighter II’: Hyper Fighting
Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers

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Street Fighter II: The World Warrior: The one that started it all. Six fighters, one-on-one battles, with a famous bonus level where you need to destroy a car. A legendary fighting game and one of the best…until Capcom had the idea of revising it every year because it was making mad money in the arcades.

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Street Fighter II’: Champion Edition: The same game, only this time you get 4 characters who were the 4 bosses you had to battle from the first version, that is Balrog, the African-American boxer with resemblance to Mike Tyson. Vega, the Spanish Wolverine with sharp claws. Sagat, a Thai kickboxer, quick on his feet, but not fast enough to be scarred by Ryu. And finally, M. Bison, leader of the criminal organization Shadaloo, Now there is some regional differences of three of the four bosses, Balrog, Vega and M. Bison’s names are switched over for legal reasons involving Mike Tyson. In Japan, Balrog is M. Bison, Vega is Balrog and M. Bison is Vega. So that version was also a success, but some people bootlegged this version and added new gameplay mechanics. So Capcom enacted revenge by…

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Street Fighter II’: Hyper Fighting: Making it official. Faster and balanced gameplay along with new moves for all the fighters and everyone’s favourite version and my favourite…though E. Honda can still suck it.

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Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers: This one has newer graphics and audio and now, new characters. T. Hawk, the bulky Mexican warrior whose home was destroyed by Shadaloo. Cammy White, a female British agent who has a past involving M. Bison…OF COURSE!!! Bruce Lee…I mean Fei Long. And Dee Jay, the Jamaican kickboxer and a s***-eating grin that would make the Joker blush. I love this game and it’s Hyper counterpart.

Overall, this is a landmark in gaming, an awesome fighting series of games that still hold up today, you can still go back today and play this with a friend, in fact, that’s exactly what I did. Street Fighter, you are an utter legend and with Street Fighter V on the horizon, it looks like the series is here to stay.

You can get it on the Arcade, Super Famicom/SNES, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Sega Master System, Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, DOS, Game Boy, PlayStation, Sega Saturn, PlayStation Portable, iOS Devices, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Java ME and Wii Virtual Console.

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