Street Fighter: Anniversary Collection
  

  
REVIEWCreated to celebrate the Street Fighter's 15 years and 27 million copies on the market, Street Fighter: Anniversary Collection contains two games: Hyper Street Fighter II and Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike (which was previously only available on Dreamcast & Arcade). Basically, if you don't own a Dreamcast or access to an arcade with Third Strike, Anniversary Collection is your ticket to one of the best fighting games in existence.

 

You thought Super Turbo was the final SF2 installment? Think again!

 

But before we get on to Third Strike, good old SF2 has been "enhanced" yet again. Just when you thought they were completely done with Street Fighter 2, Capcom gives us "Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition." In this "final" rendition of SF2, players can use all of the different versions of the characters from every installment in the SF2 series. What that basically means is that you can play as Chun Li from Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo against Ryu from Street Fighter 2 Turbo... (complete with accurate character selection screen artwork... badass!) This allows for some fun flashbacks and the ability to experience the SF2 series in a new way... brilliant!

 

You still fall for those old school tricks?

 

Finally, as the "headliner" of the collection, SFIII: Third Strike makes it's debut on the PS2 and Xbox! Capcom crammed everything from the arcade classic into the PS2 port without compromising any animations or smudging any of the 2D brilliance. Capcom also included a new "color filtering" option which lessens the color intensity, but nicely smoothes out some of the jagged edges of the 2D sprites. 


 

Bwahahahaha... these guys are cool.

 

Overall, I'd say the PS2 version looks equal or possibly even better than the Dreamcast version with the filter turned on (and using an HDtv). Funny though how the intro still maintains some noticeably jagged edges within those beautiful sketches. Ahh well... I'm nitpicking. All the options from the Dreamcast version translate beautifully to the PS2. This version also includes the all new "original" soundtrack which was made specifically for Anniversary Collection. The "Arrange" soundtrack is turned on by default, and I actually prefer it rather than the Original; but it's definitely nice to have the option!

 

Relive old school battles in brand new ways!
Super SF2 Fei Long versus Super Turbo Dee Jay.

Page Updated: June 29th, 2021
Developer(s): Capcom
Publisher(s): Capcom
Platform(s): PlayStation 2, Xbox
Release Date(s): Aug. 31st, 2004         PS2
Oct. 28th, 2004
         Xbox
Feb. 22nd, 2005
        Xbox
Characters Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Guile, Dhalsim, Blanka, Zangief, E.Honda, Balrog, Vega, Sagat, Bison, Cammy, Fei Long, Dee Jay, T. Hawk, Dudley, Alex, Yun, Yang, Ibuki, Necro, Sean, Oro, Elena, Hugo, Urien, Remy, Makoto, Q, Twelve, Akuma, Gill

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Related Games: Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection, Street Fighter Alpha: Anthology, Street Fighter, Street Fighter 2, Street Fighter 2 Champion Edition, Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Super Street Fighter 2, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo: Revival, Super SF2 Turbo HD Remix, SFIII: New Generation, SFIII: 2nd Impact, SFIII: 3rd Strike, SFIII: 3rd Strike Online Edition, Street Fighter 4, Super SF4, Super SF4: Arcade Edition, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter 5, SF5: Champion Edition, Street Fighter Alpha, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Street Fighter Alpha 3, SFA3 Upper, SFA3 Max, Street Fighter EX, Street Fighter EX2, Street Fighter EX3, Street Fighter: The Movie, TEKKEN 5
  

Music / Sound Effects  9.0 / 10
Innovation  8.0 / 10
Art Direction  8.0 / 10
Customization  9.0 / 10
Options / Extras  8.0 / 10
Intro / Presentation  9.0 / 10
Replayability / Fun  9.0 / 10

BOTTOM LINE

 9.0 / 10

  Review based on PS2 version    

 

Final Words:

Along with two genre-defining fighting games, the Anniversary Collection disk contains a full version of Street Fighter: The Animated Movie... one of the best video game animated movies of all time, of course. What a cool package!

This release was no doubt an entertaining and appreciated package for every Street Fighter fan in the mid 2000's who perhaps didn't have any "new" Street Fighter games to play at the time. (You guy's should come over to TEKKEN 5 scene at arcades because it's hot.)

Anyhow , the text in the intro of Anniv. Collection looks like it came straight from TFG... doesn't it!? "True Fighting is Art"... and "True fighting game enthusiasts" should definitely pick up Anniversary Collection on PS2 or Xbox. It still holds up as one of the best Street Fighter Collections ever made. Street Fighter Alpha Anthology is another compilation not to be missed. Two iconic games, and a completely new and unique way to play Street Fighter II.
~TFG Webmaster | @Fighters_Gen
  

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