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  • After the success of Street Fighter 2, everyone was waiting to know what Capcom would do with

  • the series. Instead of Street Fighter 3, we got update after update of Street Fighter

  • 2, including Super Street Fighter 2, Street Fighter 2 Hyper, among others. And while each

  • update added something new, everyone wanted to know when Street Fighter 3 was coming.

  • And when it seemed finally ready to come, instead we got this, Street Fighter Alpha:

  • Warrior’s Dream aka Street Fighter Zero, a prequel. And while initial disappointment

  • may have been high, after being played it was accepted that this was the next step for

  • the series. The game offers everything you could want in a new Street Fighter game. It

  • has its own style of graphics, gameplay changes and new characters.

  • The game has its own unique graphic style. Moving away from Street Fighter 2’s style,

  • Alpha went for a more anime look that might be strange at first but works perfectly with

  • the game being a prequel and having younger characters. Many of the characters are returning

  • favorites like Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, and Sagat. But there are also some brand new characters

  • like Rose, Charlie Nash and the now infamous Dan, who was put in the game as a joke to

  • make fun of SNK. Each character has their own background and each one looks great and

  • plays differently.

  • While the new characters are great additions, the biggest changes come in the way of gameplay.

  • This is a Street Fighter game so the combat involves the famous three different punches

  • and kicks to pull off combos and specials. The fighting feels just as smooth as ever.

  • New though is the upgraded special meter. There are now multiple levels the meter will

  • reach, allowing for different levels of special moves. Should you perform your special now

  • or wait until it reaches the next level? This is now something you have to think about.

  • There are also some additions that actually really change the fighting, such as air-blocking

  • and chain combos. To a novice these are not a big deal, but to a series vet they are major

  • changes.

  • The only small complaint about this game would be the limited mode options. You can fight

  • through the arcade, fight against a friend or the new training mode. This may seem limited

  • but with new fighting system and characters, you will want to try out each one and learn

  • the ins and outs of all of them. While it may not have the 3 in the name, after playing

  • it you will see that it is the series taking a major step forward.

After the success of Street Fighter 2, everyone was waiting to know what Capcom would do with

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