Street Fighter Alpha

  • Developer: Capcom
  • Genre: Fighting
  • Originally on: Saturn (1996)
  • Also known as: Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors' Dreams
  • Runs on PC, Windows
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The world-renowned Street Fighter series is headed right for the Saturn in the guise of Street Fighter Alpha. In case you didn't already know, this game is set between the time of the original Street Fighter and its award-winning sequel. SFA gives new insights to the backgrounds and motives of some of the characters, and it provides intense fighting thrills.

The first thing you're bound to notice is the improved graphic quality. The fighters look similar to those of Capcom's earlier title, DarkStalkers. The animation is smoother, however the only sacrifice is slower gameplay. The music can be exactly the same as the arcade or a special remixed version.

Street Fighter Alpha is a bizarre melding of the two Street Fighter games. There are even two Final Fight characters added in for spice. Ryu, Ken, Sagat, Birdy and Adon return from the original with enhanced story lines. Chun-Li, M. Bison as well as Akuma, appear from SF2.

The two warriors Guy and Sodom take their battles from Final Fight to this competition. Two new fighters, Dan and Rose, round out the cast.

How's it play? Well, the basic Street Fighter controls are here, although it controls a bit slower. There are two Speed Options, but even the fastest setting seems to lag. As you play, you can charge up a meter that's displayed at the bottom of the screen. When it's filled to a certain degree, each character can pull off special shadow moves. Alpha also offers special counter moves that can reverse an attack on opponents. Street Fighter Alpha seems to have a few problems with collision because some moves go through opponents. This is particularly bad with Charlie's Backhand. The Al of the computer opponents depends upon who you are fighting. The average character on the default setting is easily dispatched with a few combos. However, Bison is a deadly fighter that uses every cheap trick to win.

Combos are fairly easy to do, but some players might get dismayed at the way combos are counted. For example, Sagat's Uppercut is a seven-hit combo, and you only hit one button.

Street Fighter Alpha will appeal to fighting fans. It is an excellent translation of the coin-op with attention to detail with its graphics and sound. The gameplay isn't too shabby either.

MANUFACTURER - Capcom

THEME - Fighting

NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1 or 2

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System Requirements

PC compatible, SystemP-200

Systems: Win9xWindows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

Game features:Street Fighter Alpha supports single modeSingle game mode Street Fighter Alpha supports multiplayer modeMultiplayer (Hotseat)

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