Excerpt: Back in the early 90’s, Capcom was riding on the still extremely high success of its line of Street Fighter II games. They decided to try a new type of fighting game, one with a more anime look and faster, more varied gameplay. This game would eventually become Street Fighter Alpha and its two sequels. The entire Alpha line has been put together in one package with Street Fighter Alpha Anthology .
Conclusion: The games in the Street Fighter Alpha Anthology represent the golden age of arcade fighting games. These token gulping games were fast, fun, and remarkabley well designed. From insane chains of combos, killer moves, and balanced gameplay that bordered on the sublime, Street Fighter Alpha (Zero) was a beautiful series of arcade games. While the games are great, the anthology itself is weak. No flashy menu, no behind the scenes photos or videos, just games.
Pros: These are direct ports (save one) of the arcade Street Fighter Alpha games, Super Gem Fighter MiniMix (aka Pocket Fighter) is a real treat, There are tons of arcade specific modes and options to tweak, These are some of the best Street Fighter games in the series, These are direct ports (save one) of the arcade Street Fighter Alpha games, Super Gem Fighter MiniMix (aka Pocket Fighter) is a real treat, There are tons of arcade specific modes and options to tweak, These...
Cons: The anthology's interface is dull, There are practically no extras or bonuses, Great games, but a bare bones collection, The anthology's interface is dull, There are practically no extras or bonuses, Great games, but a bare bones collection
Excerpt: Capcom's Street Fighter is coming once again to the PlayStation 2, but this time in a package containing five classic Street Fighter titles. Street Fighter Alpha Anthology is an all-in-one 2D fighting history lesson. If you're XBL-deprived, or just way into your classic fighters, you might want to check this out. Get the full review from Laurie.
Pros: ups: classic fighting, great port, retro street fighter action, great price
Cons: downs: Old games without massive changes (this is also a plus)
Summary: Ultimately, Street Fighter Alpha Anthology is a solid package that can be enjoyed by both SF fanatics and SF virgins alike, granted you have the means in which to really enjoy it (read: other people). The many home extras would have been nice, adding a lot to the single player experience, but as it stands, you won't find more polished gameplay in any other 2D fighters, as the SF formula has always provided timeless fun throughout its lifetime.