Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix Review (XBLA)
One of the all time arcade classics without a doubt is Street Fighter II. It has undergone many transitions over the years. With the most recent one of course being the Street Fighter X Tekken game. Many gamers though still regard the Street Fighter II series the best out of the entire Street Fighter franchise. Most specifically Super Street Fighter II Turbo. Well the people at Capcom listened and gave us a nice HD remix one one of the greatest arcade games of all time. While in the last couple of years Capcom seem like they just want to annoy their fans. Their decision to release Super Street Fighter Turbo II HD Remix on the Xbox Live arcade was one of the better ones.
If you have played any of the games in the Street Fighter II series then you certainly know what to expect right of the bat here. The graphics of the game look amazing. The Street Fighter series even on the 16-bit video game consoles had very well designed characters, but they really spring to life here.
All 16 of the characters well 17 if you include Akuma have been hand drawn and the end result is a wonderful cel shaded style of graphics that make this Street Fighter really stand out against all its other incarnations. It was not just Ryu, Ken, Blanka and all your other favourites who had been given a lick of HD paint. The stages also had been redrawn and while for the most part they kept that classic style of the original. There were a few little changes here and there which for the most part worked out really well.
Despite Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix offering these wonderfully hand drawn HD graphics. It also catered for us old school fans by offering the option to play the game using the old sprite style of graphics. It can be pretty cool to switch between the two to see just how great a job the artists did on this game.
As well as the graphics getting a overhaul the sound also had some serious work done on it also. All of the music in the game was now remixed. And while I will be honest and say that I love the original Super Street Fighter II music. There is no denying that the remixes of the songs here still sound great, but while I am more than happy with the graphical changes a little part of me just wishes that they had kept the same music.
The game play is largely unchanged from the original game, but that really not a bad thing at all. As for many gamers my self included the core game play of Super Street Fighter II Turbo was pretty much perfect. No one in my opinion knows 2D fighters like the boys at Capcom so its a good thing that they know enough to leave a good thing alone.
This is classic 2D Street Fighter II at its very best. You of course have your standard 1 player arcade mode that can be played through in a variety of difficulties. As well as this there is a training mode that helps you learn some combos or maybe even learn how to use a new character. A training move may not sound like a big deal, but I actually used it a great deal.
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix is one of the very best if not the best 2D fighter on the Xbox Live arcade. It really is hard to think of a better 2D fighter than this bad boy.