I’m a big fan of video games and for me, nothing is bigger and better than Street Fighter.
Don’t know if I could really explain why, heck – I don’t know if I even KNOW why but it’s always been my favourite and it’s one of the few games where I will eagerly purchase it at full price without even checking out reviews.
Where it All Began
Street Fighter II was the first game I can remember buying and I swear after tax that game was like $70. And back in those days…It was NOT a drop in the pan for 10 year old Bush. What am I saying? I would CRY if I had to pay that much for a game now! (Unless it was Street Fighter of course). Man that game taught me so much… Most importantly, it probably forced my thumbs to become the deadly weapons they are now. The Shoryuken, Hadouken… These were all new to me (and most of the world) as were the motions. Funny that today we kinda forget that D, DF, F+P wasn’t always common place. Well back then it certainly wasn’t and I spent HOURS blistering up my thumbs just trying to do a freakin’ Dragon Punch.
Street Fighter II on Super Nintendo
I Put in the Hours
But the hard work would pay off and eventually I could do every move in the game quite easily, of course with the exception of Zangief’s Spinning Pile Driver. I would go on to win many games… Killing many a foe with Ken’s kick throw – Taking their last bit of life and destroying barrels all in the same moment. Man that game was classic. Now for some reason Ken had pom pom hair but whatchya gonna do? Street Fighter II gave us “Get lost, you can’t compare with my powers”, “Attack me if you dare, I will crush you”, and my personal favourite, “”Go home and be a family man”. Of course it also gave us M. Bison throwing you from seemingly halways across the screen but you gotta take the good with the bad I guess.
Street Fighter Alpha
After Street Fighter II, many sequels would eventually come out with most being better than the last. Outside of Street Fighter III, my favourite would probably be the original Street Fighter Alpha. Even though the roster was smaller than it’s sequels and the gameplay a bit slower, it was just a gem. The music was FANtastic (maybe the best outside of the original SF II) the graphics were unbelievably polished, characters were awesome and the presentation was just top notch. But years after all these sequels, I eventually found Street Fighter III… In my opinion, Capcom‘s crown jewel. Unfortunately amongst my friends, I’m one of the few who thinks so.
Wow. This post went someplace I didn’t really intend it to but hopefully tomorrow I’ll wrap this up when I actually review SF IV!