The second installment in the super popular martial arts fighting series
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Street Fighter 2, a legendary arcade fighting game from Capcom released in 1991, has been brought to the PC as a new adaptation. That's great news for fans of the hardcore beat-em-ups because Street Fighter 2 brings you straight to the nostalgic world of this fighting series.
Since the first Street Fighter game, the second title released an additional four characters, which ups the roster to 16 characters total. In the game, however, you will only face off against 12 opponents, and that includes the original four bosses found in single-player tournament mode. Every character in Street Fighter 2 has special moves through the six-button configuration to square off against your opponent.
When looking at the graphics, we have to remember how we're playing a game more than 20 years old. Back in 1991, these graphics were cutting edge, but today, it's old school, and if you take the PC version, the sound and background doesn't translate well against the console or arcade graphics. In fact, the speed in the attacks and movement looks slower even if you have one of the better gaming computers.
Unfortunately, Street Fighter 2 falls short in many respects, and the modern gamer will find that it just can't compete because it hasn't aged well. While it may have defined the fighting genre of the time, the PC version is a little weak. The game was intended as a fighting game, and that's precisely what you get. In fact, you might call the fighting genre of this time the same as what you'd label the modern shooting games like "Call of Duty." They're not intended to have much thinking or strategy involved, and you mostly just try to beat up the opponent till his health bar drops.
If you want to understand video game history, many of the most popular legacies like Street Fighter helped to carry the video game industry at a time when it almost crashed. We have since seen many popular releases that have made this market into a multi-billion dollar industry. Street Fighter was one of the first games to kick off the popular fighting genre, and while you may not have the social experience of the crowded arcades like back in the 90s, the game still holds a lot of treasured memories for the older generation.
If you decide to install Street Fighter 2, you should understand what you will be getting. For example, you will receive an iconic, action-packed beat-em-up with fun gameplay to spend hours at the computer screen. Old-school gamers will have a deep appreciation and respect for this title, and as long as you know what you're getting, you will probably like it.
Street Fighter II is the legendary fighting game created by Capcom, which is still popular to this day.
This is the iconic fighting game with perhaps more sequels and variations than any other title ever made. It has spawned a host of imitators and has acquired a legion of devoted fans. By 1993, it is said to have grossed over a billion dollars in revenue through arcades as well as sales of the Super Nintendo and Genesis cartridges.
The game involves two opponents fighting in hand-to-hand combat in a best two-out-of-three competition. Each character in the game has their own set of moves, which are executed through a series of button presses. Certain moves, such as Ryu's "Hadouken" fireball or dragon punch, are burned into the brains of gamers worldwide.
The controls utilize a joystick and six buttons. The joystick handles jumping, blocking and movement. Three of the buttons are for punch variations of various strength. The other three buttons are for kicks. Throws are executed with a combination of moving forward and a timed button press. The special moves are executed through a special combination of moves and presses, either learned through practice or from a guide.
In single-player mode, the player must fight their way through a tournament. The player is able to choose one of the eight main characters. After a few fights, there is a mini-game where the player must destroy a car or shatter barrels. Once the player progresses through the tournament, he or she must then face off against the boxer Balrog (based on the likeness of Mike Tyson, who originally was named "Mike Bison"), Vega, Sagat (scarred enemy of Ryu) and against M. Bison (famously portrayed in the Street Fighter movie by Raul Julia).
The game also revolutionized the concept of head-to-head play. Players could each pick a favorite character and face off to see who was the better player. The popularity of this feature greatly extended the popularity of the game and actually spawned real-life tournaments. The game's incredibly deep system of blocking, timing and execution of button combinations made for rewarding study and mastery of each character.
This PC version of the original looks good. The colors are bright and the sounds are just like the original. The combat speed in this is a bit slower than the more modern versions of the game, which may actually be helpful. This game includes all the original characters and yes, the commands are customizable. This is a classic that every self-respecting gamer must master.
One of the great games of all time
Beating M. Bison is one of the great achievements in gaming
Chun Li's spinning kick
Can be difficult to set up
Runs a little slow in comparison to newer versions
Head-to-head gaming tricky on a PC