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Street Fighter Alpha 3
[Ed: ha-do-ken! Just luv sayin' that!]
a fan of the original Street Fighter [the version with the pressure pads]
since I played it all those years ago, I have followed the series ever
Fighter Alpha 3 [SFA3] is the third update in the Alpha series. The alpha
series was originally thought to take place before SF2, but the endings in
alpha 3 make no sense if this is to be believed. Also the creator of the
alpha series also supports this by explaining that the alpha series were
the realisation of all the features that they could not implement in SF2.
In short the alpha series is a 'what if' scenario, but I digress.
unfamiliar with Street Fighter should be slapped silly. Seriously Street
Fighter is the longest running fighting game series ever. It is a 2D
fighting game which features the best fighting mechanics of any fighting
game. Without Street Fighter the current fighting games may not even be
character roster includes all the cast from Super Street Fighter 2, the
Alpha series, and the return of Cody from Final Fight. Also up are the
brand new characters like; Karin; R.Mika; Juni and Juli.
the 32 characters have 3 different fighting styles, they are:
is based on Super Street Fighter 2 X. Your character is stronger in this
mode and only has one super bar.
is based on Alpha 2. Your character has more super moves and your super
metre is split into 3 stocks.
is the variable combo or custom combo from Alpha 2. Your character is
weakest in this mode, but when V-ism is charged each hit becomes a combo!
though the game has 8 cute girly characters there is no J-ism mode. The
game features all the animation found in the arcade version, also
returning is the dramatic battle. So now you and a friend can team up
against M.Bison and others and re-inact the final scene of the anime
sound in SFA3 is not up to the previous additions, the bassy tunes have
been replaced with the awful American rock. Fortunately there are some
good atmospheric music for the more mystical locations. The sound effects
are fairly clear as are the character voices. However the latter does not
really matter as only the English speaking characters are the only ones we
are likely to understand. The characters are much more talkative in SFA3,
the only really obvious problem is when two people pick the same
character. Each character says the same line at the same time, so it is
twice as loud. It sounds strange but you'll get over it.
All fighting games have many different play styles, and SFA3 is no
different. Sit back, relax, lets review.
- Battle through to the end with story revelations.
Fight a friend.
'winner stays on' style with 1 to 3 characters.
Battle the final Boss.
- 2 human fighters against the Dreamcast.
Mode - 3
human player battle in a 2 on 1 fashion.
- Practice you fools.
Mode - How
long can you survive. Variable options such as Boss/arcade survival
tour mode is amazing. Imagine the Soul Calibur mission mode but a hundreds
times more involved. Each battle requires you to select what ism you want
to battle in, this is important as certain ism's work better in different
battles. After each fight your character is given points which are
distributed between; Attack; Defence; Guard etc, so how you play affects
your character. All this would be pointless if you couldn't use your super
powered characters in the main game, well lucky you, because you can.
SFA3 is one of those games that you will love or hate, there is no in between. The fighting is more tight than the loose Soul Calibur, what do I mean? Well mistakes get punished in SFA3 you can not just press buttons and expect to win, you have to develop skills and learn tactics, and the game is better for it. The 2D visuals may put some off, but if you look deeper then you will find a game that you will be playing for a long while to come.
Oh look it's a ha-do-ken!]
[Ed: Oh look it's a ha-do-ken!]
who were brought up on SF2 or are enjoying SF3 should be aware that SFA3
has a slightly more relaxed Street Fighter game style which is more
reliant on super moves than the cross up re-dizzies that we used to enjoy.
But if you have ever played a Street Fighter game you will have no problem
adjusting to the new system.
you are after an excellent fighting game with heaps of character and
gameplay then look no further than Street Fighter Alpha 3. However if you
desire your Z-axis then look elsewhere.
"Street Fighter Alpha 3 is one of the best 2D fighting games available on the Dreamcast"
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