Summary: The Street Fighter III series ( New Generation , 2nd Impact , and 3rd Strike ) had a lot going against it when the games were first released in arcades. They had to compete with the increasingly popular cartel of 3D fighters on the market (Tekken , Virtua Fighter ), and not one but two other Capcom fighting franchises that had already captured the hearts of Capcom fighting loyalists ( Street Fighter Alpha and the Marvel vs .
Conclusion: To the game's credit, Third Strike Online features a decent number of offline training options to get new players up to speed on its intricacies. Apart from the stock-standard free sparring mode where you can set your AI opponent's basic moves, there's a specific mode just for parry. In this extremely helpful mode, you can "record" the moves of an AI character, before switching back to your own fighter to see if you can parry the attacks.
Pros: Tight, exciting gameplay, Diverse range of fighters, Good training options.
Cons: Difficult mechanics to master, No new character balancing, No way to choose region in online play.
Summary: Street Fighter III has long been a favorite of the hardcore crowd, but it's a game that never managed to match the wild mainstream popularity of its predecessor. Deeply technical and complex, SFIII was, for the most part, underappreciated when it was first released in the late '90s, but it nonetheless found a place as a favorite amongst tournament-level players.
Pros: Tight, exciting gameplay, Diverse range of fighters, Good training options
Cons: Difficult mechanics to master, No new character balancing, No way to choose region in online play
Conclusion: To top it all off, 3rd Strike Online Edition provides a lick of paint that improve the dated visuals considerably. Not quite as beautiful or as vibrant as SFII Turbo HD Remix, the graphical adjustments do their job without taking the starring role. Capcom really have fine-tuned their beat 'em up to ensure there's something for everyone.
Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike – Online Edition Review
30 August 2011
Excerpt: Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike is known by some as the best Street Fighter game ever. It traded off the majority of the classic characters, brought in a new cast, and ushered in a more technical fighting system. This game is 12 years old and people are still playing it, so it makes complete sense that Capcom would re-release it with online multiplayer support (using famed GGPO netcode).
Pros: Great fighting returns in perfect form, Interesting visual options including arcade cabinet, Impressive online gameplay, Fun training and trials, Great experience/currency system
Cons: Online matchmaking can test a player's patience, Lackluster unlockables
Excerpt: Before Street Fighter IV hit the scene packing a megadose of nostalgia along with deep, fundamentally enjoyable gameplay and a stylish presentation, players who had been out of the game for years found themselves getting back into Street Fighter... and fighting games in general. Could this rekindled interest allow the overlooked and underappreciated Street Fighter III: Third Strike to stage an online comeback?
Street Fighter 3: Third Strike Online Edition Review
23 August 2011
Summary: Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike is considered by many in the competitive scene to be the best Street Fighter game to date. Now, Capcom is resurrecting the title with what they are calling an "arcade perfect port" with some additional trimmings around the edges.
Pros: Perfect Port, Great Use of GGPO Netcode, Tons of Challenges, Ability to Save and Upload Videos
Cons: AI Is Still Pretty Bad, Lag (When It Happens) is Odd, Character Trials Can Feel Half-Hearted
Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition review
15 November 2011
Excerpt: It's been 12 years since the original 3rd Strike was released to an eager arcade audience. This remake for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 attempts to recapture arguably some of the best fighting mechanics ever.
Pros: Fluid, deep, fast, balanced combat augmented by a great parry system and sweet combos. As precise and demanding as fighting games get. A plethora of off- and online options. Large fighter roster.
Cons: Steep learning curve, tough to master, dated graphics despite HD retooling.