Thirty years! Quite a few of the earlier games in the Street Fighter franchise won’t be remembered by some of you. Not because these games weren’t any good, of course, but simply because you either weren’t alive yet or weren’t old enough to be holding a pad when they came out. As someone who does remember every game on the list, including Street Fighter (yes there was a game before someone stuck a 2 on the end of it and birthed a monster) I thought I’d bring you a bit of news about the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection.
So as I’ve just mentioned, this franchise is coming into its 30th year and Capcom want us to help them celebrate this milestone. As of next May, PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC gamers will be able to get their mits on the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection. This compendium of games is comprised of no less than 12 iconic titles from the series’ past. These include Street Fighter, Street Fighter II, Street Fighter Alpha and Street Fighter III to name but a few.
To add a bit of arcade flavour you’ll be able to take the fight online in four of the twelve titles. If you happen to be playing Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter II: Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 3 or Street Fighter III: Third Strike you will be able to queue into a lobby of up to four other gamers and test your mettle in arcade-style ranked matches. You will be able to go toe to toe against the computer just like we did back in the day while waiting for our next real-life opponent to join us. Can’t beat a bit of nostalgia right?
On top of all the brilliant brawling action, fans will be able to take a walk down memory lane with the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection museum mode. This will allow you to view stunning pieces of concept art, scroll through character bios and uncover little known facts behind each game release with an interactive timeline. Music fans amongst you will also be able to enjoy some of the most iconic themes from the series in the music player.
If you happen to be a huge fan of the Street Fighter series but were never able to play all the games this is a brilliant way to fill in the gaps. For slightly older gamers like myself this collection is going to bring back a hell of a lot of memories. Granted, the majority of these will be of me getting my behind handed to me by computer and friend alike, but I still had a massive amount of fun. If you’re craving this little walk down memory lane you don’t actually have that long to wait. Get all of your Christmas gaming out of the way and it’ll be May 2018 in no time.