Street Fighter II Collection


Review by Matt Paprocki



Graphics: 8

Sound: 7

Gameplay: 10

Overall: 6.5

Collection? COLLECTION? Maybe they should've re-titled this one. 3 games make up this "collection" and it spans 2 discs, but are Super SF II and Super SF II Turbo really different enough to warrant a purchase? How about SF Alpha II Gold, a game never before released on these shores? Granted, their all great games, but so much more could've been done with this compilation.

Everyone who's reading this has played some version of SF II, so mentioning the premise behind the game is pretty much a waste of time. What matters is that this "collection" holds 2 exact arcade perfect versions of SF II. They even have added some background animations to make the battle scenes even more active, some not even seen in the "other" perfect port, the 3DO conversion. However, since these are exact ports, the music takes a hit, something other versions eclipse easily. A remixed track would've been welcome.

Alpha 2 Gold adds Akuma to the mix from the start, but nothing else. Even the loading screens have remained the same from Alpha 2. It's a nice gesture to include a version never before seen in the US, but the difference isn't exactly earth-shattering. Oh, and for those wondering the difference between Super SF II and Super SF II Turbo…. is faster (duh!), has different menu screens, and adds a super meter. Not exactly earth-shattering either.

With more versions of the game and maybe some type of museum may make this a true "collection." Regardless, the included games are flawless ports of some of the greatest fighting games ever made. Fans of Capcom fighters will appreciate the games for what they are, but gamers should expect more for their money. But, to reiterate again, these are great games and they are flawless……Definitely a judgment call.


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Last updated: Wednesday, December 10, 2003 02:31 PM