Excerpt: Street Fighter is known as one of the best, if not THE best, fight game series ever. This 2D fighter made its debut about twenty two years ago but it was its successor Street Fighter II: The World Warrior that went running with all the prizes. Millions of gamers played this top title in the arcade halls and some even made it to professional “virtual” fighters.
Excerpt: Although fun, sequels that were released for Street Fighter II generation after generation swayed away from the basic gameplay that made us all fall hard for it in the first place. The simple controls and key strategy techniques that could make a battle go any way at any time were what made it so addictive and fun. Isn’t that why so many of us have Street Fighter II in our XBLA or PSN libraries?
Excerpt: It's been just under 12 years since the last proper Street Fighter sequel. That game was 1997's Street Fighter III: New Generation. Now, that long wait is over. Now, Street Fighter IV is upon us. To look back at Street Fighter III and ask what's new seems pointless, not only because it came out so long ago, but because there have been so many iterations of the series since: 2nd Impact: Giant Attack, 3rd Strike: Fight for the Future, Marvel vs. Capcom, Marvel vs.
Conclusion: The environments are very pretty at times and some of the areas will definitely pique your interest. My favorite moment in the game was when I was in the woods chasing down Little Red. The area in which this takes place felt both charming and unique, its ambiance amplified by a menacing looking moonlight that gave the leaves on trees a creepy look. The dialog the developers chose is clever, yet evil and the voice actors give it all their evil might to help set the mood.
Conclusion: To call this game a Diablo clone would be an understatement. Torchlight takes place in a solitary town with an ever expanding, randomly generated dungeon. It features magic potions, town portals, randomly generated loot drops, and tons of enemies that require an excessive amount of mouse clicking. The game is not original in any way but it is a ton of fun.
Excerpt: Every genre of video game has a recognizable character or series that one would instantly think of when it comes to the specific genre. For RPGs (Role Playing Games) it has to be “Final Fantasy.” For sports it’s “Madden.” However, when it comes to fighting games, none and I mean no other series is more recognizable than “Street Fighter.
Conclusion: If that hasn’t convinced you to pick up a copy of SFIV, maybe this will: the graphics are outstanding! Sure, the character models are hulking monsters compared to their original opposites, but they have now gone 3D and look beautiful in motion. While the game is still fought on a 2D plane, SFIV is one of the best looking fighting games you’ll be able to experience on any system to date.
Conclusion: The animated intros and endings are stiff, but it's hard to bemoan something so supplemental. I like the silly little stories. It's not why I play the game, but I don't mind that they exist. And of course, there are a large number of extra characters to unlock, including a personal favorite: Rose. My disappointment with the game is extremely limited.