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Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection (Switch)

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1 hour ago, DuD said:

Has anyone bought this?

I was very interested, but having seen the £15 price difference between Switch and other versions... think I'm gonna have to skip it purely for that BS alone.

 

I'll get it soon despite the Switch tax.

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I snapped it up and have put a fair bit of time into it. Here are my thoughts on the game.

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I often get nostalgic when thinking about the Street Fighter games. Looking back at them sends me though a time warp and I can see myself through the ages, with each new iteration of the game highlighting a certain point in my life. Street Fighter II gets me thinking about playing the game in a local arcade as a kid, usually on a Saturday after a session in the swimming baths with my friends. It also reminds me of the Turbo edition that was released on the SNES. Getting the game in a special edition tin will always stick with me. Fast forward to the Saturn and Playstation era and along came the release of the Alpha series, which to this day remains my favourites out of all of the Street Fighter games. I used to play this a lot locally on both consoles with a friend of mine who still remains my best mate to this day. Lastly, the arrival of Street Fighter III takes me back to when I owned a Dreamcast and the joy that console brought to me with its arcade conversations. As you can see, I have certain amount of affection for the series.

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Ryu has come a long way since the original game

You'll first have to decide on what mode you would like to play. Offline mode offers up things such as Arcade, Versus and Training. Local play allows you to create and join lobbies, as well as the ability to create local tournaments. Online mode lets players play ranked matches, casual matches, look at leaderboards, create lobbies or join friends. You can also select the experience level you are searching for when looking for opponents. As you can see, there are a lot of options and modes for people to play around with. However, not everything is fine and dandy with all of these modes.

Over the past few days I have tried having a few online matches and the game seems to be pretty broken a lot of the time.Lobbies have a habit of hanging, meaning you have to quit out of the game, people are quitting mid-match if they are getting beat and finally, and probably the worst problem of them all, is that the game has major netcode issues. The game is VERY laggy a lot of the time, which is baffling when you consider that Capcom have already released a Street Fighter game on the Switch that played really well online. These issues aren't exclusive to the Switch version of the game. You just have to take a look around on the internet and you can see these issues cropping up on every platform the game got released on. Capcom have a lot of patching to do in order to get this in a state that is acceptable.

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"Do I have something on my foot?"

The final mode on offer is the Museum. I love this!  In here you can have a look at the Street Fighter timeline, showing when things like when the games, anime and comic books were released. There is also a characters section for you to have a look through. Here you can look at your favourite characters and read their biographies or look at each of their moves that they can pull off in each of the games they have appeared in. The music section has a cracking selection of tunes to listen to. You can go through each of the games and pick which tracks you specifically would like to listen to. The final option in this mode is a Making Of section. There is an insane amount of artwork and design documents for players to look through here and it's interesting to see what the thought process was for various designs in the series.

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Just one of the many amazing pieces of artwork in the museum

Once you have decided on what mode you would like to play on it is time to select a game. On offer in this delightful bundle are 12 games to play, which include:

Street Fighter
Street Fighter II
Street Fighter II Turbo
Street Fighter II Turbo Hyper Fighting
Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers
Super Street Fighter II Turbo
Street Fighter Alpha
Street Fighter Alpha 2
Street Fighter Alpha 3
Street Fighter III: The New Generation
Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact
Street Fighter III: Third Strike

Phew! As you can see, there is lots on offer and something for everyone to enjoy. While most will have their favourite and gravitate towards that, I would still recommend playing through each of them, especially the original game. It certainly has not stood the test of time, unlike the rest of the collection, but it's worth trying at least once just to see how the series began. It's a very different experience! If kind of makes you wonder how the series went from that to the masterpiece that is Street Fighter II.

Once the game has loaded up you will be presented with the title screen and it will then go straight into the character selection process. Pressing the + button will load up a bunch of options for you to have a play around with. You can save the game at any point and load it back up if something goes wrong. Not one for the purists but it's certainly a nice addition. You can also change the button layout on your controller or look at how to pull off certain special moves. There are also a bunch of options for how the game will be displayed. You can have it full screen, with borders or widescreen, as well as having a couple of options for filters. These options are available for every game in the collection and can be accessed in exactly the same way.

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Guy putting his Final Fight experience to good use

Gameplay wise all of the games play exactly as they should. If you have played a Street Fighter game then you will be right at home with all of these games...well, expect maybe the original. With these being arcade versions of the games I found them to be a little more difficult than the home console conversations, however, you can actually tweak the difficulty settings. Before you start the game if you hit the Y button you can alter things like the game speed, difficulty and damage levels. These were quite hidden ( especially when playing in portable mode ) so keep an eye out for them if you find yourself struggling.

The game has practically no loading times at all, which makes starting and continuing matches very fast. Visually the game looks fantastic on the Switch's screen. The sprite work looks amazing, especially in the later games. Street Fighter III has some fantastic animations that really pop on the console's screen. While I love Alpha 3, the lack of World Tour mode in it is a bit of a downer. It was to be expected seeing as it was a home console exclusive mode but it still would have been nice to have had it in this package. It's a mode that I spent most of my time in when playing on the console versions and i'm sad that it didn't make the cut, even though it does make sense why it didn't.

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The graphics in the Alpha series have really stood the test of time

Playing through each of these games you can see how the series has progressed over the years. More characters were introduced, gameplay styles added and graphics and animations improved. Still, outside of the original game, there is a sense of familiarity while playing each of the games, no matter what version they are. If you are an expert in one of the games then chances are that a lot of your skills will transfer over into one of the other games, providing that your character is available. This sense of familiarity makes it easy to jump between games and get straight into the action, without having to re-learn everything.

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The game that got every gamer hooked on the series back in the 90's

Outside of the online problems, there are a few other issues with this package. Firstly, the game is very expensive compared to the other console versions. You will be looking to pay around an extra £10 for the Switch version of the game. Also, the other console got Ultra Street Fighter IV as a preorder bonus. This is something that is becoming very common amongst publishers and it's sad that Switch owners are having to put up with paying this "Switch tax".

Secondly, there is an issue with the controls on the Switch. The directional pad on the joy-con isn't the best for this game, due to it requiring exact inputs in order to pull off your attacks and special moves. I found it really tricky to pull off certain moves when I needed to. This led to a lot of frustrating moments while playing the game. I can't comment on how it works with the d-pad on the Pro Controller ( apparently it's still a bit iffy ) but it seems that the best way to play this would be with either the Pokken controller or with a proper arcade stick. Either one of those should lead to a more satisfying experience.

Lastly, there seems to be an issue with the audio of the game. I've been playing the game exclusively in handheld mode and the audio is very quiet in, even on max output. There doesn't seem to be a way to increase the volume, which is very annoying as a lot of the stages in the games have some fantastic music in them. Obviously, you can get around this by simply plugging in a headset but that really shouldn't have to be the case.

Conclusion

This is a fantastic package for those who want to relive their youth or try out the series for the first time. They are some absolute classics on offer here for players to enjoy and it's a great way of celebrating a series that has shaped the genre for 30 years now. Sure, there are a few issues but, despite these, I still recommend picking up this collection, especially if you have a controller with a decent d-pad. The Street Fighter games are a significant series in gaming's landscape and to have so many of them in a single package, and on a console that doubles as a portable system, is a dream come true.

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15 minutes ago, Hero-of-Time said:

Street Fighter II gets me thinking about playing the game in a local arcade as a kid, usually on a Saturday after a session in the swimming baths with my friends.

Classic! :D You just described many of my weekends back in the day too, ah the memories...  :love:

Remember when people would gather around the machine to watch fights? I used to draw some pretty big crowds in my arcade. :hehe: Always made playing that much more exciting due to the added pressure of knowing everyone was watching your game. :laughing:

Man, I really miss the arcade scene, but am also thankful that I got to experience it during the peak. Great times. :) 

Awesome write-up, H-o-T. Cheers.

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Off topic but 8 player Daytona in the arcade was EPIC. Gauntlet, Double Dragon and Pac man also bring back great memories. 

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Sounds like they've done a pretty good job with the collection really (barring issues with the online connectivity and volume issues in handheld mode).  Glad to hear, because Digital Eclypse's track record has always been very spotty.

 

SSF2 Tournament Fighters is also a pretty great addition for hardcore SF fans, especially seeing as how it has never had a home release before.  While I'm sure there are some people who would prefer to have seen a port of the console versions of some of these games (SFA3 especially), I know that if I was a massive SF nut (which I'm not, though I do enjoy the games casually), I'd be ecstatic about them using the arcade versions of everything - many of them having never have had true arcade perfect home releases until this collection (and certainly not on the go!).  It's only now that we can say that every single SF game's original arcade version is now available on a home console (and handheld!) and that's something that SF fans should be going nuts for!

 

Seems like a pretty great package all in all! :D The only thing missing from it is the CPS2 version of Hyper Street Fighter II!  

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Debating what format to buy this on at the moment. I've got fight sticks for both the PS4 and PC so it'll be one of those.

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5 hours ago, Happenstance said:

Debating what format to buy this on at the moment. I've got fight sticks for both the PS4 and PC so it'll be one of those.

There is an adapter that lets you use PS4/PC arcade sticks on Switch...

Mayflash Magic-NS Wireless Controller Adaptor (Nintendo Switch/PC)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mayflash-Magic-NS-Wireless-Controller-Nintendo/dp/B079B5KHWQ

 

Might be worth a look if you fancy getting the Switch version and don't want to buy a new arcade stick!

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Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection

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Review written by @Hero-of-Time

Thank you on behalf of N-Europe.

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Is anyone playing this still?

I'm looking for sparring partners?

I used to be alright on the many SF2 variants, but looking to get into Alpha or SF3.

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