When the 15th anniversary of the Street Fighter series rolled around in Japan last year, Capcom went all out for the celebrations, with art exhibitions, public appearances by several of the principal creators and merchandise galore. Since a similar showing isn't going to happen in the West anytime soon, Hyper Street Fighter 2: The Anniversary Collection is about as good as we can hope for. And with the game coming in at a budget price, there's no reason why everyone with even a peripheral interest in the series can't see what all the fuss is about for themselves.GraphicsSoundGameplayDepthPresentationOVERALL7.06.07.07.08.07.0THE VERDICT: Street Fighter II has seen a lot of action over the past decade or so, and for good reason: the game is the archetypal 2-D fighter. Without it, it's fair to say that the videogame industry would be very different today. Hyper Street Fighter 2: The Anniversary Collection is a good collection that'll draw back the cobwebs and let you take the classic for another spin. While the controls are a little mushy, the experience is still as engrossing as ever. The budget price and extra tchotchkes seal the deal. Go get this now.
Not quite a new edition or sequel, as this release was more of a compendium and celebration of all things Street Fighter II. Launching on PlayStation 2 first back in 2003, Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition essentially fused all prior versions of the game into one mega crossover. Fans had access to all character versions here as they could, for example, pit the Champion Edition version of Ryu against the Super Turbo version. This was an anniversary celebration with no attention paid to balancing for competitive play. Surprisingly, older versions of a character were significantly stronger than their more revised counterparts. In other words, you didn't want to mess with World Warrior versions of Sagat and Barlog. 59ce067264