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XBLA Review: Street Fighter III:Third Strike Online Edition

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If you have been following Capcom and how they have been naming Street Fighter, then the name of this title shouldn’t surprise you. The latest edition of the franchise brings back Street Fighter III. However, it is not like the Street Fighter III from the Dreamcast nor the PlayStation 2. This edition is called Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition and has been released on the Xbox Live Arcade and the Playstation Network.

Don’t let the name surprise you, even though it is named online edition it is not an online only game. There is a full-fledged fighting game under the hood. As in all fighting games, there is the standard ladder event, where the opponents become tougher as the player wins each match. The game also features several different challenge modes that are set to teach newcomers to the game. On the multiplayer side there is the ability to play both online and offline matches with friends and through matchmaking. Players can look forward to tournament ladders and head-to-head fighting through the online component. Capcom has included the ability to record and watch different matches online to learn or just to see different match ups.

The gameplay elements of Street Fighter III are very different than those of the more recent Street Fighter IV. This is just a straight 2D fighting gaming. Matches can be both fast-paced and slow-paced depending on the players’ levels.  Those who know the game they will feel right at home. However, for those who are new to the game, please know that this is not a game that players can mash buttons or just mess around.

Historically, characters have been a very important issue when it comes to Street Fighter. Not only because of balancing but because of players’ favorite characters. There are a total of 20 characters that players will be able to choose from here. They included all the characters from Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact (with the exception of Shin Akuma) and the addition of Chun-Li, Makoto, Q, Remy, and Twelve. The only problem that I saw controlling each of the characters is that Yang’s double jump is still too high and he is invisible for about a half second. Each of the 20 characters have a story mode were players can get a better understanding as for reasons each of them fight.

Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition is a great game and a wonderful addition to the Street Fighter III family. Lovers of any Street Fighter might want to check it out due to its depth.

Street Fighter III:Third Strike Online Edition is rated T (Teen) by the ESRB for Suggestive Themes, Violence. This game can also be found on: PSN.

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