Super Street Fighter 2
Reviewed by Shinnokxz
Super Street Fighter 2 was released and published on the
Sega Genesis in 1995. It was a nice follow up from the
original Street Fighter 2, which debuted in 1994. It's
variety of game modes keeps this Two player game well alive
The Games Good points:
This game has a variety of options and game modes to please
anybody who loves Two player modes. This game shows off the
Sega Genesis great 16 bit graphics engine with one of the
mode realistic 2-D fighter I have ever seen on a 16-bit
platform. The backgrounds look very nice, and the characters
have a variety of moves and animations. The opening cinema
with Ryu looks just beautiful. The variety of characters
also keeps the game replayibility high. You have your
returning Favorites, Ryu and Ken and Chun-li. While you have
an assortment of new characters to find out about. The
challenge in this game is also very high, plus is doesn't
have any of those cheap fighting systems to rip you off. The
between round mini-games are also fun at times also, you are
given a huge object to shatter to pieces. By doing this you
can do a mixture of combo's and other sort of moves. All and
all this game has a lot of good points to show off.
The Games Bad Points:
This game suffers with sluggish gameplay and bad controls.
Very rarely you will find yourself being a little bit
frushtrated at the games sluggish pace. The controls are
also not up to whip. It is somewhat hard to pull off combos
using the Sega Genesis' game controler. The games
replayibility is good, but only when you have friends over
to battle with. One of the other weak points is that this
game focus's around Two Player battling. Most of the game
modes are pretty much for only Two players. The only two
that are for a single player game is "Arcade Battle," And
"Challenge Mode". These, the only two game modes that only
need One Player, are sort of challenging but can be pretty
boring and over-used at times. While all of your friends are
gone, you are pretty bored with the One Player battles.
Arcade mode it filled with all 16 charcters and battle
grounds. Whice all these characters and battlegorunds are
pretty much really cool to fight with/in, it still gets
boring after the 9 matches or so...Once you get to the end,
and fight M. Bison, it is pretty cool though. But this mode
could have had more.
This mode is packed with replayibility. You and your friends
will have a blast of fun using this normal "Versus Mode".
You can just grab a Cheat book, learn a BUNCH of moves and
combos, and you can take turns trying out moves and combos
and kicking the crap out of each other. This mode will keep
you pretty interested for a long while. But this isn't the
only great mode in this game....
In this mode, you can choose up to 9 characters for both you
and you friend, and just beat each other senseless with
round after round of non-stop gameplay. Although this mode
isn't as good as and of the other Two Player games, it still
is pretty fun and can keep the action up pretty good.
This mode is like any other tournament mode. Again, you have
to use Two players, and you have a choice of either four to
eight characters for your friends and you. Everytime you
play a match, you eliminate someone, and go to the a higher
bracket. Easy to get used to, and pretty fun to do.
This is an all around fun game mode. This time you can do
only one player with it. When you select this mode at the
mode select screen...you will be given another decision, If
you would like to challenge yourself using time, or points.
Time, is where you try to beat the opponent as fast as you
can, and try to get on the high scores list. Points, is
pretty much how much consecutive battles you can win. And
you gather 37 points for each opponent you defeat. Pretty
cool. But this mode can get boring after you master it.
These graphics are unbelievably incredible. I was surprised
the Sega Genesis can handle so many animations and so much
colors at the same time. When you first start out and the
opening cinema with Ryu comes on you will be surprised this
isn't a Early 2-D Saturn game. Then, when you get to the
character select screen, you will see an assortment of
colors and maps on your selected character. Each character
looks very impressive and also have an ammount of combos and
moves to them. The backgrounds are beautiful also. The
characters bright colors mix very well with the backgrounds,
giving it a look of an Early Saturn 2-D fighter. There are a
mixture of animations in the background also. There can be
Village Folk, or just plan Civilians wacthing you fight. And
also there are things in the background that inter-act with
your fighting, like Barrels, Golden statues, and big brown
crates. The character sketches an end prologues are also
very nice looking. Both there "Healthy" and "Beat'en'Up"
Pictures look cool.
The sound effects in this game are pretty much bad, the
announcer especialy. You can barely understand his muffled
speech, and his low-tones Dialogue. The character voices are
also not that good. You can barely understand Ryu's
"AWWWHOGIK!"... Or thats just what it sounds like. The
other jabs, kicks, and grunts are also very muffled, and
sort of help the games sluggish gameplay.
The music, thankfully, is a lot better then the sound
effects. Every individual fighting ground has there own
little Tune. That means there are 16 MIDI's. Which isn't to
shabby for the old Sega Genesis...Each song fits in with the
current surrounding, like you will hear gongs in Japan, and
Faded Music in the U.S. When your also ready to beat your
opponent, the music goes up in pace to make the suspence
better, and it slows down when you beat your opponent at the
slow-motion fatal punch.
The controls are pretty much dull. They play a good part in
the sluggish gameplay and the game speed. Why? Well it
happens when you do a huge combo (if you can) and the game
has some slowdown, after that, the controls go out and you
just get plain frushtrated. The button layouts are pretty
easy though. You start out with the punch buttons/moves, A,
B, and C. Then when you hit start, it'll go to the kick
buttons/moves. Pretty simple, but a pain when you are trying
to do heavy combos, that's I would reccomed using a 6-Button
game page for this game. But the slowdown and frushtration
of the controls play a pretty good role in the bad points of
M. Bison and his fiends are going to take over the streets
and the world. And it's up to you and your good guys, Ryu,
Ken, Guile, Chun-Li, and various other fighters to stop him.
Well that was the story in the original Street Fighter 2.
This one has the same story and game, except for more
backgrounds, characters, and modes. Like I said before this
game is not One Player friendly, there are only 2 modes out
of the 6 that revolve around the One Player game. Those
modes get boring after a while too. But I just love Street
Fighter for it's To Player Game modes and Options. This game
especialy. Lets say you start out with the Arcade mode
(which is one of the One Player modes). You pick your
character, and then you fly to a continent/country to battle
your first opponent. The controls are easy to understand at
first, but the moves and combos are just plain hard to find
out with only yourself. So you learn the simple combos Like
"Punch, Kick, Throw" And after that you start to gather
your bearings and start discovering moves. When I got this
game I knew a whole lot of moves, but now, I can barely beat
my friends, because I forgot all of them. Then, you finaly
get to the ending boss... M. Bison. This isn't an easy
battle, you'll have to know hard hitting combos for this,
and fast-gathering moves (like Ryu's Fireball) once you beat
him, an ending will happen (sort of like the end one in
Mortal Kombat 2, you know, with Shoa Khan blowing up into
smither-eens) And you get to view your characters ending,
and why they even bothered entering the tournament. Well you
have 1 chacacter down... 15 more to go.
This is just a normal Street Fighter game. Fun, and made
mostly for the Two Player modes. I saw this at Funcoland for
Five dollars. If you love the Street Fighter Series, plus
love Capcom, get this game.
Overall: 8 / 10