Review: Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection (PS4)

Review: Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection (PS4)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • Nintendo Switch
  • PC

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
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Title: Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection
Format: Blu-ray Disc / PSN (5.35 GB)
Release Date: May 29, 2018
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Backbone Entertainment
Original MSRP: $39.99 (US), £34.99 (UK)
ESRB Rating: T
PEGI: 12
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Gameplay:
Thirty years have come and gone and one constant during that time has been Street Fighter. One of the longest running franchises is celebrating its 30th birthday with a compilation that brings twelve classics to modern consoles.

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection features:

  • Street Fighter
  • Street Fighter II
  • Street Fighter II: Champion Edition
  • Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Street Fighter II
  • Super Street Fighter II: Turbo
  • Street Fighter Alpha
  • Street Fighter Alpha 2
  • Street Fighter Alpha 3
  • Street Fighter III
  • Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact
  • Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike

That’s a hell of a lot of Street Fighter. Sure, there are five versions of Street Fighter II, but each one shows the evolution of the series with new characters and balances.

Each game is the arcade version and they’re emulated well, as each plays and feels as they should. We’re talking almost arcade perfect versions of these classic fighters. It’s a nostalgic trip down memory lane with a ton of extras to boot.

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Almost every game holds up and is still fun to play. I think the first Street Fighter doesn’t hold up that well, but as a piece of history it’s at least worth playing. The rest are still fun and whether you prefer Street Fighter II or the Alpha series, they’re all here.

The extras include original documents of arcade cabinet designs, music, character bios, and animation breakdowns. It’s all fascinating stuff that diehards will eat up. I only wish that they would have dug a little deeper into the history of the franchise. Some short documentary videos would have really made the Museum section even better.

Visuals:
This isn’t a full remaster, so each game looks as it should and they were just cleaned up and made to run at a higher resolution at a consistent framerate. You can add scanlines and adjust the screen size from original, full and widescreen. My personal preference was full screen with that sweet, sweet cabinet art adorning the sides of the screen.

Overall, the Museum is a great visual tour through the history of Street Fighter and something I wish there was more of. It has great concept art from a few of the games and I absolutely love the animation breakdowns of the characters. I spent way too much time looking at each individual character and their frames. I found it endlessly fascinating and a much appreciated feature.

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Audio:
All the classic music is here and it sounds as good, or in some cases as bad, as it did back in the day. Arcade games weren’t known for their sound systems and the audio tech back then wasn’t great either which is part of the charm here. The developers didn’t re-record the tracks or mess around with them with remakes. We have the pure experience here and history is being preserved in this collection.

Online/Multiplayer:
There are only four games with online connectivity: Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter II: Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 3, and Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike. Four out of twelve games having online is a little on the disappointing side, but that move makes sense. Honestly some games are similar enough to each other that online would seem redundant and no one really wants to spend too much time with the first Street Fighter.

Online matches in ranked and casual allow players to choose which game they want to compete in and the lobby system has a nice mechanic that has opponents choose a game and then a random one is selected from those picks.

The online experience has been near flawless in the several matches I’ve played across the different modes. There are Ranked, Casual, and Lobbies and I rarely had issues connecting to others and the gameplay in-match rarely had any hiccups.

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Conclusion:
Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection is a fantastic set that preserves one of the most important franchises in gaming history.

The whole package as a piece of history is worth checking out whether you’re a veteran of the series or a newcomer. There are twelve games with each iteration and entry showing how far Street Fighter has evolved while maintaining its position as the top fighting game throughout its history.

The arcade ports are true to the source and run fantastic both online and off. The online in my experience has been consistently solid. I would have preferred if all the games were online, but the four games chosen were the right picks.

The combination of the twelve games and the Museum content make this a respectable tribute and a worthwhile addition to any fighting fan’s library.

Score:
8.5

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

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Written by Michael Cwick

Michael Cwick

Just a nerd from the Windy City. I’m actually really bad at describing myself because I get all self-critical and self-conscious. Follow me on Twitter, @The1stMJC, to see my borderline insane rants on tv shows and other non important subjects. If I’m not tweeting I’m probably just watching Buffy or Firefly for the millionth time.

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