Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors' Dreams
The Street Fighter fanbase is a divided one to say the least. In addition to the fans of the core series, there are also many fans of the EX and Alpha spin-off series. Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors’ Dreams is the title that spawned the Alpha games, and ushered the series into a new era. This came with a distinctive new art style, and some cool new characters.
New faces, young old faces
Warriors’ Dreams features a lot of fan favorite characters, but not as you know them. Characters have been de-aged a fair bit. You’ll play as Young Ken, Young Ryu and more. It also introduces new characters like Charlie (who has Guile’s move set) and Rose. The game also features Dan, a parody character that acts as a blend of a couple of SNK rivals. It’s a good thing Charlie is in the game, as Guile is nowhere to be seen here.
In addition to the roster overhaul, Warriors’ Dreams features a reworked combo system. This time around, supers are split into levels one through three, each level bringing more power to the table. Level one and two supers are great for re-gaining momentum, or breaking your foes combos, but level threes are best reserved for bringing devastation down on your opposer. The reinvention of this super meter would lay the groundwork for one of Capcom’s most successful fighting franchises – Marvel vs Capcom. The meter would be implemented into the three-a-side series, and this is where it would really come into its own, allowing each level to account for another character's super move. Marvel vs Capcom 2 is still a mainstay when I have multiplayer nights at a friend's house, and with good reason – without Warriors’ Dreams, that would never have happened.
Capcom have a lot of fighting IP’s under their belts, which unfortunately they are doing very little with in 2020. One of these properties, Darkstalkers, features a very distinctive anime-esque art style, that blends beautifully with the series horror aesthetics. Warriors’ Dreams lacks the horror theme, but runs with the anime style that Darkstalkers is known for. Seeing characters like M Bison and Final Fight’s Sodom kitted out in this new style is really awesome to see.
Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors’ Dreams was a solid follow-up to Street Fighter II. It’s a real shame that it doesn’t come up in conversation as much as the mainline entries to Capcoms series, as it deserves to be mentioned pretty high up in the list. It did a lot of cool new things, from the Darkstalkers art style to the Super Combo Meter, this in many ways laid the groundwork for Street Fighter vs Marvel Super-Heroes, and Marvel vs Capcom a little later.
- Darkstalkers art style
- Fast-paced skill-based combat
- Lay the groundwork for Marvel vs Capcom
- Where is Guile?