Street Fighter 2

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

7.1

1074 Votes

  • Category Combat
  • Program license Free
  • Size 15.53 MB
  • Works under: Windows 98 SE
  • Program available in English
  • Program by Capcom

Street Fighter 2 is a PC adaptation from the 1991 classic from Capcom. Any fighting game fans will love the nostalgic world of Street Fighter. A successful series that started in the arcades of the 1980s, it is still popular on some of the different platforms. The second installment has a lot of the fun on the PC. Nevertheless, when you compare it to the old arcade games, it still leaves a lot to be desired. The next biggest problem is how you will not have a group of dudes cheering behind you while you play.

The graphics of Street Fighter 2 look okay, but both the sound and background have not been brought up to quality with the PC version. In addition, the speed of Street Fighter 2 happens much slower than in the arcades, even if you have a faster computer. The good thing is that Street Fighter 2 does include the eight characters that you could find in the first game. You can customize the commands, and you can choose to either challenge a friend in one-on-one combat or play in arcade mode.

As an old-school arcade fighting game, it still has a lot of good things to offer. For example, it brings back all the nostalgia of mashing buttons in the arcades. In addition, Street Fighter 2 does have some pretty decent graphics. The one downside is that, as stated before, there are only eight characters, and the overall gaming experience feels slow and basic. There are fancier versions of Street Fighter 2 out there that play better, like the turbo version of Street Fighter 2 which features more characters. When you compare it to some of the other fighting games on the market, the character selection is quite poor. For example, in Mortal Kombat, you can have up to 28 different characters to choose from. In Tekken Tag Tournament 2, you have over 60 characters. Eight seems like a small amount in comparison. Nevertheless, this game first came out when fighting games were just picking up steam.

Where Street Fighter 2 shined was in the arcade battles with friends. Online multiplayer fails to match that same level of camaraderie and connection that you had in the arcades where you were in a heated tournament battle against your buddies. Even 30 years later, Street Fighter 2 has remained a serious brand, and it has been one of the most popular fighting games ever made. Doubtlessly Street Fighter 2 was where the series hit its peak with mainstream popularity. The game was intended for competitions with friends, and it has a lot of excellent one-on-one fighting.

Pros

  • All eight of the original characters
  • Stunning graphics
  • A nice dose of nostalgia

Cons

  • The set up can be difficult
  • The sound for the PC version is not great
  • Slow performance that could be improved
  • There are faster versions with more characters to choose from
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