Today I'm playing a game that I've somehow never played before...and it's phenomenal. A fantastic, fun time all around.
I don't consider these games "beaten" unless I play on the default medium difficulty. This one starts at 3 stars so I'll go with that. The music on the menu screens in this game is one of the hippest tunes I've heard in a while:
Reminds me of Persona 3 music. I could seriously listen to this all day.
The intro is great, with sketches of the characters rapidly flashing onscreen.
Most of the characters in this game are new (or from Street Fighter Alpha, I'm not sure). There are a few returnees like Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, and Akuma; most of Street Fighter 2's cast is missing, though.
I accidentally chose this dude because the timer ran out on the character select. Character select timers need to not exist.
I quickly discovered that this guy has a Flash Kick. It's unwieldy to execute, as usual. These graphics are excellent, with some very colorful backgrounds. I think I like this art style the most of any game in the series, and I'd like to see this get re-released in 1080p on the PS4.
After fights, you get ranked based on performance. I keep getting super-low rankings, but at least they aren't F's...
Dudley (who could totally be played by Idris Elba in a movie) gives me my first loss.
Since I'm having issues defeating Dudley, I decided to play as him. Started over, as well, to see more characters.
At this point I set out solve the mystery of just what the hell Twelve is.
He can both turn invisible and extend his arms, in addition to being wildly creepy.
This stage is pretty sweet, a brawl in the rain. Yun and Yang are a pair of twins with attitude, and they both fight like Fei Long.
Good stage theme for these guys, as the excellent music continues to impress.
Now I brawl with the other twin as the first one looks on creepily.
Beating up a car is as in-style as ever. This one has a distinctly pre-rendered look to it and it's a little odd.
Not a fan of Chun-Li's look in this one. She looks like some kind of cartoon character. ...well, she IS a cartoon character here, but what I mean is that she has this "whimsical" look like she's about to start breaking into song.
Chun-Li's theme is pretty freaking good. I'd say this is my favorite stage theme in the game, and I can only imagine how much I'd be using this soundtrack for everything circa 1999.
Elena is interesting because she does Capoeira. Weird thing is that it's a Brazilian martial art, yet she seems to be a resident of Africa. I guess she relocated.
I love how Dudley's butler gets dropped in via helicopter after he wins fights. This guy is like a boxer version of Bruce Wayne after fusing with Alfred.
Makoto can't be bothered to get out of the way of Idris' swank pimp-mobile. Luckily it has good brakes and stops just in time.
Necro is another bizarre character. He shambles around and attacks in some unconventional ways. His stage is also odd and looks like a mosque under construction.
Alex seems to be the new generation version of Guile, much like Dudley is the new generation version of Balrog.
Hugo is also known as Andore from Final Fight, a massive brute who was likely patterned after Andre the Giant.
I AM FINALLY GOOD AT STREET FIGHTER.
...well, Dudley at least. Figured this guy out. He's a powerhouse, and even though he can't kick, his punches are effective and appealing.
This mundane guy in underpants is my next foe. He looks a lot like the final boss, so I wonder if he's a proto version of said final boss. Or a sibling/clone or something.
Oro is so-named because no one can figure out what the hell he is.
Basketball minigame here where you need to parry incoming basketballs. Merely blocking isn't enough. It's even more fun than beating up a car.
Ken (AKA Ryu USA) is still the hadoken-throwing bastard he has always been. This game finally answers the question of who is the more powerful fighter between Ken and Ryu, since Ryu now has penultimate boss status.
On the flipside, Akuma has been reduced to just another fighter. I figured he'd be the one to be the penultimate boss, since he has always been a huge threat in this universe.
Akuma's themes are always very menacing, and this one is no exception.
Second-to-last fight is Ryu. Never thought I'd see him playing the Goro role. He's much more difficult than any of the previous fights, but he's also nothing compared to the fight after this.
It's good to see at least a couple of the old characters return.
After a very tough fight, I get what looks like a double KO...but for some reason I won it. Dudley stylishly puts on his coat and leaves in his Aston-Martin.
The next time I fought Ryu, it went a little better. I love winning fights with super moves.
This guy is the final boss of the game, and I've heard about how difficult he is. Time to find out firsthand. Not only is he sort of gender-ambiguous, he's also split between fire and ice elements (and blue/red). Talk about being indecisive!
A bunch of creepy
Klansmen druids look on as the final battle begins. I notice he also has a Lana.
I proceed to get completely whooped. Gill is much more difficult than the other guy in underpants.
Look at him posing and trolling the player when he wins. I hate this guy
Finally, I manage to defeat him...only to have him Hulk Up and get all his energy back. ARE YOU SERIOUS, BRO?
Many, many tries later, I got him, and managed to do it in style. Good thing the game has unlimited continues. One of the reasons I struggled to beat Mortal Kombat 2 as a kid was the inexplicable limited continues (think you had four tries).
Dudley returns to his estate to do some gardening...and forgets to take his boxing gloves off.
This was a blast, and probably the most fun I've had with a game lately. It's my favorite game in the Street Fighter series as of right now and I found it a lot more appealing than Street Fighter 2 or Street Fighter 4. I'd totally buy a PS4 remaster of this.
I feel like George W. Bush in college.