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The Naked View 33 1/3: Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix

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Join PS3 Attitude’s most colorful (albeit white-skinned) character as he delves so deep into all things Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix from his twisted unique point of view, that he begins to contemplate seeking and defeating Sheng Long to really stand a chance.

Part 33 1/3: The Final Insult.  Now with mostly new jokes!

December 25th 2008.

11:40 PM.

Closer to the present but not quite there yet.

A close friend of mine suggests that I buy Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix.

I take  it into consideration.

I had previously dismissed the release for lacking Trophies.

They are going to be patched in anyway.

I am at a crossroads.

Welcome to The Naked View.

Part 33 1/3.

Episode V.

Chapter 10.

Volume Two.

If you are new to The Naked View into Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, you may want to read part 1 and part 2.  Don’t forget that Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix will be referenced as “the game” from now on.  I’m done typing that title for a while.  In related news, the copy and paste buttons in my PC are still out of order.

Most of us at PS3 Attitude have been eagerly waiting for this game since it was announced back in 2007.  Some of us have been waiting for this game far longer than that.  I can’t really pinpoint the exact date or time, but it must have been when the artwork for the game evolved into a more anime look while the in-game character models did not.  Certainly after watching the superb Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie, the question triggered in my head: “Why don’t they look like this in the game?  That would be awesome”.

Sadly it would be many, many years until I got my wish.  Did Capcom take too long to finally do a significant version of Street Fighter II?  I think so.  The little nuances between most versions are only noticeable among the hardcore Street Fighter enthusiasts, not you and me.  Different speeds, different colors, rebalanced characters are all nice; buying the same game again just for a speed increase and new colors?  Sounds ridiculous today, but it was the cold hard truth back then.  Maybe you may want to reconsider whining and complaining about that mandatory patch or update next time you play your favorite next generation game.

Out of all six versions of Street Fighter II I can only recommend three:

1st version – Street fighter II’ – Champion Edition – for making the final four bosses playable.
4th version – Super Street Fighter II Turbo – for adding five new playable characters and introducing combos and super combos.  Most significant version at the time.
6th version – Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix – for being Super Street Fighter II Turbo in HD with remixed music and online multiplayer.  Duh.

hyper_sfiiYou may notice that the 5th version Hyper Street Fighter II did not make my list.  Although being able to mix and match characters from the original and first four versions of Street Fighter II is neat, I can only vouch for it as a collector’s item or a very awesome gem for die hard Street Fighter II fanatics.  But wait, I just recommended the game to my public.  Could that mean…

I looked out my window and I saw no black cabs, no double-decker red buses, cops with guns and generally good dental hygiene; I realized I was not in the UK.  A closer look through the same window revealed an obese population, adults not that much smarter than a fifth grader, baseball, apple pies and a black president.  It could only mean one thing; I could purchase the game if I wanted to.  I am in the United States of America!

But would I dare to buy a non-Trophy game and risk losing even a miniscule amount of lead on the war?  Ladies and gentlemen of the court, I did it.  I was the second gunman in the grassy knoll. I added funds into my PS Store wallet.  Said funds came from my credit card.  Furthermore, the funds are now property of Sony for I spent them on the PSN game known in these articles as the game.  And it was not a bad investment.  But I would have to agree with IGN about the lack of game modes; especially since it is being billed as the sixth and definitive Street Fighter II version.  So all we get is pretty graphics, pretty music, and online multiplayer?  After all the hype and the waiting I was expecting a little more.

sf2_jpn_flyerBut I must remember what I just bought, a remake of a 17 year old game.  And a very good one at that, Capcom succeeded on that front.  If there would be only one version of Street Fighter II to survive, my vote would be on the game.  This is what Street Fighter II was destined to look like.  Forget about Alpha, EX, III and even IV; this is how I wanted Street Fighter to look for a very long time. The look of ‘Alpha’ and the ‘Street Fighter vs’ series came close, but this is just right on the money.  I was always put off at how skinny and wimpy looking Sagat looked in the original Street Fighter II versus how awesomely menacing he was portrayed in Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie.  Now I got the cool looking Sagat I am proud to kick ass with.

I am happy to announce that the game has not taken over my Tekken 5 gaming rituals; the game has enjoyed limited success in small bursts in the Danny_D asylum.  King is taking a short break, but Law is back with a vengeance.  You will not see me playing online too much for I am still perfecting my technique, but I will accept any challenges.

Well folks, it has been a nice ride but it must come to an end.  Although the timing of the release will still bug me until I forget all about it while playing Street Fighter IV, I have to say that Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix is a success.  I also have to say that that was the last time you will ever see me type that title.  Ever.