Day 12 – Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike

What’s good, everyone. Day 12.  Welcome to the world of Street Fighter III. Prepare to battle.

 

 

I’m not sure what else I can say other than that I love the holy hell out of this game. We’re a couple of generations away from this game in terms of fighters that have come over the years but 3rd Strike has SUCH an appeal to me even now and it’s not because of some bizarro characters or gimmicks. 3rd Strike is (to me) one of the most technical and skill dependent fighting games out there. High level 3rd Strike play really is something to behold and the becoming good at this game is not something that comes easy to newcomers. It hearkens back to the days when things like tutorials and comeback mechanics were nowhere in sight and the only way to get your stripes was to earn them from other players and to do that you spent countless hours pumping quarters and tokens into arcade machines in an attempt to power up and up. This process ultimately created a familiarity with the game’s solid mechanics and combat and made the whole thing not just feel like a mindless grind but a real challenge. I still play 3rd Strike pretty actively to this day and the fact that I’m not all that great at it aside, it’s still one of the most solid and engaging fighting games of the last several years. 

Also, it’s on PSN AND Xbox Live so the modern generation of fighting gamers have no excuse to check it out… unless they’re afraid of getting blown up. Awww, you scared? We await your return… warrior.

– Evo out.

 

OK, so I’m gonna go ahead and say that it’s no surprise that we are reviewing this. Street Fighter 3: Third Strike, is and will always be one of the most successful fighting games in existence. I remember many years ago, when I first played this masterpiece and enjoyed every second of it. It offered a new and improved feeling to the fighting game genre with it’s deep combat system and memorable characters. At first I was a little judgmental about the title, because I only recognized four of the characters (Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Akuma), whereas the entire roster was filled with a fresh set of new characters but after a lot of time with the new guys, they started to grow on me and I was able to accept each and everyone of them (except Gil, that cheating b@$t@rd). This game has been out for about thirteen years now and it’s still going strong. For awhile, it was the go to game for all fighting gamers back in the day, alongside MVC2, CvS2 and Tekken but with the release of Street Fighter 4 and many other hit titles, you would expect this game to finally retire but instead it sticks around and lives on to this day to show gamers an example of what it’s like to be a legend. It’s like it takes it’s own quote after the game is over and talks back to the player. “We await your return, warrior.”

“Hah return, what are you talking about? I never left.”

– James B. Boss

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