Street Fighter Collection 2
This is the collection fans have been waiting for. Street Fighter Collection 2 is certain to evoke many memories of intense arcade excitement that defined the Street Fighter II craze. Follow that wave of anticipation as you progress to Champion Edition and then on to the big daddy, Street Fighter II Turbo. Each game is pretty much arcade-perfect and you'll notice detail you never knew was there. Of course the biggest gripe I have is that most people will have to play with the standard Sony pad which is not the best controller for six-button fighting games (although it's not nearly as bad as the N64 one). Break down and get a joystick like you did for the SNES versions and you'll be a much happier camper. Capcom went and added a nice amount of extras like art and misc. information that can be accessed right away along with a few more that can only be unlocked by beating each title in the collection. This is a great incentive to play through each game repeatedly and get back in touch with your old-school roots. It's funny but this second collection which features much older games than the first SF collection stands the test of time better. I can't recommend this collection enough although most people who didn't live through this era may not enjoy it as much. Grab a friend and hit familiar turf.
I've stated before that I think the two Street Fighter collections could've been arranged a little better. Regardless, this is one excellent compilation. Hyper Fighting is one of the best SFs ever (if not, THE best), and the original, which is stilt fantastic in its own right, is included. These are games that everyone should have in their software libraries. They are as much a piece of video game history as PAC-Man or Pong.
There are lots of other must-buy games out now, but you'd be making a mistake if you ignored this compilation. After all, the original SFII is such a legendary game--both for its gameplay and its place in history--that it almost seems a crime not to own it. Just hearing the old tunes and rediscovering the Boss-beating patterns makes the experience worthwhile. Plus, Hyper Fighting is the most solid installment in the series.
Street Fighter Collection 2 is definitely worth your while if you're a fan of the series. The three games aren't different enough to make the collection stand out (why play SFII or SFII: CE when you can play SFII Turbo?), but then again, we are talking about the most popular, respected fighting series of all-time. The little extras (art, fighting tips, character bios, etc.) are all pretty cool, adding to an already historic package.