Sf Ex Plus
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|Editor Rating:||8/10, based on 1 review|
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What should've been called Street Fighter III, this 3-D (or rather, polygonal) update to the world's most popular series of fighting games is excellent. I have more fun playing EX than any other 3-D fighter, including Tekken 2 and Tobal 2. A lot of folks think EX duplicates the SF 2-D engine in 3-D perfectly, but I disagree. If you have played enough Street Fighter, you can pick out a few differences, like floatier jumps, which can slightly throw off the timing of hardened SF veterans. Some of the manual and Super combos also behave differently between the past Street Fighters and EX (for example, Ken's Shoryureppa hits jumping opponents differently than it did in Alpha 2). But this is OK since it lets us learn a few new tricks in an old series. The addition of several new characters is also welcome, especially my personal favorite, Garuda. The downside to all these new fighters is that they all have traditional SF joypad motions (i.e., fireball, Dragon Punches, etc.). Come on! At least rip off a few MK moves (tap, tap) or something. I also don't understand the omission of certain SF features like air blocking or parrying. It's almost as though Capcom went back to SF basics...but in three dimensions. But if you're the eternal Street Fighter fan like me, you can't help but have fun with this title. It's a , solid and very fun fighting game.
This a great arcade port and a great overall fighter! I'm usually not a fan of 3-D fighters in the SF style, but they sure did this right. From two-in-ones to cross-ups, the gameplay is definitely SF. Although the jumping is a bit sluggish, this has the attraction of 3-D looks, 2-D playability and great options! My only complaint is that the combos, moves and collision are a bit too forgiving and allow for too much damage. SFIll should've gone this way.
SF EX Plus a turned out to be quite a surprise for me. I didn't expect it to play so well with the 3-D graphics (the gameplay is still basic 2-0, thank God), but the transition is made almost perfectly. There's a lot of new technique to the gameplay, and the new characters are all well-balanced and have a ton of cool moves. The floaty jumping can get annoying sometimes, but otherwise this is easily my favorite polygonal fighter thus far.
I still think Street Fighter III should have gone this route, but with better polygonal counts, shading and texture mapping. For a new SF game, SF EX Plus does more for 3-D fighting games than any other title. For one thing, it retains nearly all the combos you're used to in the 2-D series. The game plays very solidly, and I feel right at home. Everything runs at a very high frame rate, just like the arcade. Overall, it's a great translation.