GamePro - With Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike headed for online play, McKinley opines about the most niche of all the Street Fighter games, and why it's still the pinnacle of the series.
... cause I didn't really care for the character-roster. I'm more in love with Street Fighter Alpha 3, because of the nice anime-style and the huge amount of interesting fighter. I did like SF3, but there were only a few characters I cared about.
Me too, I loved the fighting system and the aggressive parry but the roster to me was laden with unappealing characters which I was not familiar with. It would have been better if they still kept the most of the old fighters along with the new ones.
I don't get most of you by saying you didn't like 3rd Strike because of the roster without even trying them, I didn't care about the roster, I cared about how they played, and that was a fully different game when it came to story line and time set, of course it needed new characters, that's why me and most of my Die-hard SF friends kept playing that game for too long(As well as the previous two versions), it wasn't the roster, it was how they played and how the game played that made it the best SF ever since it came out in '99, and it was developed under CPS3 when the rest of them including the Alphas were mostly CPS2.... Just because there's no Honda, Blanka, Bison, please be real!!!!
@Tito It's just preference dude. SFA3 had the better roster but SF3 had the better fighting system. It was a waste not to have included the old characters. I'm also a die-hard SF fan playing the first SF on the arcades along with other fighting games of that era and beyond. You can't force me to like the roster cause I found some of the new characters not to my liking. Only Alex and Dudley were the only new characters I liked. I actually wanted the aggressive parry to be in SF4 since it was more intuitive for veteran fighters like me. I didn't say I didn't like SF3, I'm saying I am unhappy with some of the characters.
I understand that, I agree with you, but it's like saying somebody likes the Lakers but they don't like the new team even thought they play really good and still get championships, I know it's preference, I'm just saying that a game like that shouldn't being judged for having a different roster of characters compared to previous games when you know they're good and the game is good, I thought the same thing as you when it first came out, but once I gave every character a try... I don't like Makoto, but I can't say I don't like the game because I don't like her even if the fighting system is great and there are more to try out, I liked most of them because of the way they're played, the fact that there's like 4 SF2 character in it doesn't bother me a bit, and if you look at SF4, SF3 characters are highly played & ranked, even more than most SF2s and Alphas!!!! I respect your opinion its fine, I'm just saying a game should be liked more for the fighting system and how characters played rather than saying there's not Honda or Zangief or Balrog, I used to say I didn't like Alex and now he and Urien are my main!!!!!
@Tito No problem, I actually liked SF3 more than SF4 even if SF4 had the missing characters I wanted in SF3. The fighting system in SF3 was perfect in my opinion and that's why I can't really hate it. Capcom could have added the other characters later on and they missed a good opportunity to when they released 2nd impact and 3rd strike. If they did that SF3 would own SF4 completely :)
My best memories are on Street Fighter 2.
Street Fighter II: Championship Edition has to be my favorite. Lost years of my teenage life in the arcade playing that game.
It's character roster was atrocious. Had nothing on Alpha 3's. I mean I know it was new generations but they canned 90% of the originals for it.
It was called New Generation for a reason, and by the way the roster wasn't atrocious in my opinion, and that was using the CPS3 when the SF2 and Alphas were still using CPS2!!!!
Atrocious was a bit of an overstatement. The game itself was amazing. Gameplay wise it's my favorite SF game but, the character roster felt bare with the lack of classics. But as I say, I know, it was called New Generations for a reason
We all think the same, the roster killed the game for me too. Alpha 3 for the win!
My friend who is a SF die hard thinks it is. Personally I thought Alpha was the best, probably just because that's the one I spent most time with.
Street Fighter 3 - Stuff I didn't like: * Some of the new characters weren't so great - Oro, Necro, Twelve, Urien,.... * Gill was a cheating %#$£! Stuff I did like: * The fighting system was really good. * Some of the new characters were great - Elena, Makoto, Alex, Hugo, Dudley,... Another thing I liked was that SF3 felt like Capcom were moving the series forward. One thing I didn't like about SF4 is that it felt more like SF2 3D.
I never played Third strike but from the footage I saw the animations look superior than the animations in Alpha. But personally I never cared about third strike because the Alpha rooster was huge and the third strike rooster was a huge letdown. I'm dreaming about Street Fighter Alpha 4 with nice hand drawn graphics. But it will never happen because Capcom is to greedy and they tell us it would cost to much.
I too have to agree with everyone about the roster and art style. I prefered Alpha 3 a lot more.
I was more of an alpha 2 guy myself. I gave up on III after second impact but i'll be giving OE a try though. I was also a really big fan of the EX series as well but we all know that was the unloved step child of the SF family. Shame really b/c it was a great game.
I still have this for my DC. amazing fighting game...what took ya so long capcom :). online mode and HD means ill buy it again,on day of release ,just like i did the DC version. hopefully we get HD versions of SFA2 and 3 along with project justice: rival schools 2...might as well give us XMEN: cota, MSH,and the vs games that followed. ill buy it all!
Ahh Street Fighter 3: Third Strike, I cant imagine how many quarters Ive blown playing this in the arcades. I found the characters odd and refreshing compared to the other SF games (especially Q and Yun), the soundtrack was one of the best Ive ever heard in a fighting game and of course its parrying system needs no introduction. However KOFXIII is on the horizon which means I am going to have to do some hard thinking on which to get first....
I mean, 3rd Strike is only $15 coming on the 23rd of this month you know and it's digital while KOF is on a disc coming October 25, exactly 2 month difference, I'm getting both anyways, and I'm getting excited for KOFXIII and it's only $50 , so you'll be paying for both $65, that's not bad, almost like a full retail, I played the arcade version for XIII, love it!!!!
People that like SF3 appreciated the bold step in staying out of the shadows the omnipotent SF2 by doing things differently. Gone were the whimsical anime design ala Alpha series. It was more mature and intense style of anime. And it didn't play safe by bringing back all the familiar characters we all know from SF2. These were all the reasons why I felt the creativity of SF4 was very disappointing. I loved the originality of most of the characters: Makoto, Remy, Alex, Dudley, Elena, Ibuki, Oro, Yang, Yun. They weren't stereotypes of their given countries.
Well said, agree with you 100%!!! Bubbles!!!
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