Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection brings together 12 titles from the iconic series from ever since it began on August 30th, 1987, so just a little over 30 years ago. This isn’t a definitive collection of every SF game, however, but it is a meaty compendium of those in the arcades.
For me, it’s all about the offline play against the computer, although naturally, you can team up against a friend. There’s online play if you have PS Plus, in Online Arcade, Ranked Matches, Casual Matches, Create a Lobby, Join a Lobby and Leaderboards, and this works for four of these games, marked with an asterisk in this list of what’s on here:
- Street Fighter
- Street Fighter II: The World Warrior
- Street Fighter II’: Champion Edition
- Street Fighter II’: Hyper Fighting*
- Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers
- Super Street Fighter II Turbo*
- Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors’ Dreams
- Street Fighter Alpha 2
- Street Fighter Alpha 3*
- Street Fighter III: New Generation
- Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact – Giant Attack
- Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike – Fight For The Future*
Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection – Footage from every game in this collection! – DVDfeverGames
For those of us who enjoy a fair bit of button-bashing, you effectively have six at which to throw your fingers and thumbs, because, as well as the square, triangle, circle and cross, R1 and R2 will also come into play. All of these can be redefined, too. The only control downside is that it did feel a bit counter-intuitive that the start button was actually the touch pad on the PS4 controller.
When it comes to the gameplay, I’m not an expert in every last nuance of this series, but I’ve put plenty of time into various entries from the series over the years and there’s nothing I enjoy more than waggling my joystick…
The original Street Fighter is insanely difficult, or maybe I’m just lame… or both! Super Street Fighter II Turbo is easily my favourite since, like almost all of them, it’s so fast and furious and very fluid. This is my sort of era for when this game was at its best. Street Fighter III: New Generation is like 16-bit sumptiousness, but I do have a penchant for the old 8-bit days.
For the presentation, you can play with the original resolution, so for the first game, for example, it’s in a slightly windowboxed section of the screen rather than, say, a 4:3 section with black bars down the side. There’s also a ‘Full’ version with the full height of the screen used for the game, and a wide version which stretches it to 16:9, but I prefer to stick with the 4:3. You can also add filters to make it look like you’re playing on a CRT TV or an arcade machine, but switch these off as it’s much clearer without them.
And to top it off, YES, you can switch off the sides of the image so they’re just black, and not showing vrious SF characters.
Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection – History – Concept Art – DVDfeverGames
Yes, you’ve got 12 games, and only by playing them all can you truly appreciate all the differences, but while there’s a lot of repetition, you can’t be a completist without it – and it reminds me of the David Bowie remastered CDs with tons of extra tracks including more than one remix of the same track.
There’s also a ton of concept artwork from every Street Fighter game ever made, plus an individual breakdown of each character, and the music from each game.
Overall, Capcom have done an incredible job, here, and there’s nothing wrong with it… apart from how I play it 😉
In addition, the cost works out about £2 per game, even if you discount the extras, and you cannot complain about that.
- Publisher: Capcom
- Players: single player, multiplayer
- HDTV options: 720p/1080i/1080p
- Languages: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Brazillian Portuguese, and several Asian langauges (alas, it didn’t tell me what these were in English so I don’t know)
- Subtitles: None
Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection – Launch Trailer – Playstation
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