Street Fighter 2

Arcade classic with hand-to-hand combat and sweet moves

7.1

1062 Votes

  • Category Combat
  • License Free
  • Size 15.53 MB
  • Works under Windows Vista / Windows 2003 / Windows XP / Windows NT / Windows 2000 / Windows ME / Windows 98 SE / Windows 98 / Windows 95
  • Language English
  • Program by Capcom

Street Fighter II is the ancestor of modern fighting games. Although it wasn't the first fighting game, its huge popularity when it was released in 1991 spawned a worldwide trend that saw kids and adults alike practicing their dragon punches and fireballs in convenience stores, pizza parlors and arcades. This PC version brings the original arcade experience to the desktop.

In Street Fighter II, players take control of one of the original eight World Warriors. Ryu, the game's hero, is a wandering martial artist who seeks strong foes to test himself against. His pal Ken shares Ryu's special moves, including the shoryuken uppercut, hadouken fireball and the devastating tatsumaki senpukyaku or hurricane kick. Their rivals include sumo wrestler E. Honda, tough Hong Kong policewoman Chun Li, yoga expert Dhalsim, Russian wrestler Zangief, American airman Guile and jungle beast Blanka. Each character has a unique set of attacks and special moves -- learning how to combine these into high-damage combos is part of the fun of the game.

The single-player story mode is light on the story and heavy on the fighting; you'll battle your way through a series of computer-controlled opponents until you get to the real bad guys: evil dictator M. Bison and his minions Vega, Sagat and Balrog. Fun fact: in the Japanese release, African-American boxer Balrog was called "M. Bison," a play on the name of boxing champ Mike Tyson, whom he resembles. Fearing a lawsuit, the American producers switched the characters' names around, turning Vega into M. Bison, Balrog into Vega and Bison into Balrog.

The real heart of the game is in the two-player mode, though; for the real arcade experience, you need to be playing against an opponent who will taunt you mercilessly if you lose. At least you won't have to pay a quarter.

You won't find playable versions of the boss characters here; they were added in later additions, along with four new characters -- Native American wrestler T. Hawk, British commando Cammy, Chinese kung-fu movie star Fei Long and Jamaican kickboxer Dee Jay. If you played either Street Fighter II Hyper Fighting or Street Fighter II Super Turbo in the arcades, you may find that the pace of the game is slower as well; in its original incarnation, Street Fighter II was a relatively slow-paced, cerebral game.

Pros

  • Classic fighting gameplay
  • Eight playable characters with unique fighting styles
  • The ultimate 90s nostalgia trip

Cons

  • No playable boss characters
  • Relatively slow speed
  • Outdated graphics
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