Street Fighter Ex2 Plus
The polygonal pugilists from the Street Fighter EX Plus universe return in Street Fighter EX 2--and this time they're ready for even faster fighting mayhem.
2D Looking 3D
Despite its 3D look, Street Fighter EX2's gameplay is still 2D linear fighting. The game's visuals are as flashy as those in the first EX game, but its characters are more detailed and its animation smoother. As for gameplay, EX2 has old-school Street Fighter rules where techniques like two-in-ones and cross-ups are king. However, EX2 is loaded with high-hitting combos galore, and the new Excel technique makes for some wicked multi-hitting attacks. With these new enhancements, the Street Fighter EX series looks ready for a second winning round this fall.
NEW IN EX2
What's new in Street Fighter EX2?The fighters and techniques, for starters. EX2 features 14 fighters, including some you've never seen before, some returning battlers (like Cracker Jack and Skullomania), and some older Street Fighter characters (Vega and Blanka) who are making their EX series debuts. And don't fret about characters from the first EX brawlfest that seem to be MIA--several hidden fighters are also in the game. EX2's most exciting new fighting techniques are Excel moves and Cancel Breaks. Excel moves, which are similar to custom combos from the Street Fighter Alpha series, make your character more powerful for a limited time. Cancel Breaks allow you to cancel a super move and break an opponent's defensive guard. EX2 also retains all of the first game's special techniques, including stun moves.
Download Street Fighter Ex2 Plus
When the first Street Fighter EX was released, everyone sighed a breath of relief that Capcom had finally taken the series out of the 2D realm. A couple years pass by and the inevitable sequel arrives. While the number of characters has increased to much greater proportions, the gameplay remains largely the same. Aside from the addition of the "excel" meter and a couple other minor alterations, this is the same Street Fighter you've come to know and love. Unfortunately, while the game plays much smoother than the slowdown-laden import-only SFEX3 for PS2, it's still sluggish, with flat, static backgrounds that make the characters look like they're fighting at the school play, and "features" some of the most horrendous loading times seen on the PlayStation. On the plus side, old-school characters like Blanka and Dhalsim make a 3D comeback, so fans of Street Fighter 2 and all of its spurious sequels will have a field day. Anyone else used to the joys of games like Tekken 3 or Rival Schools will find the slow 2D game-play of SFEX2 suffocating. Street Fighter EX 2 is certainly worth playing, but not necessarily worth buying. With more powerful hardware lurking, it'd be nice to see this series make some significant strides. This is just the same old same old. While hardcore Street Fighter fans may find this a worthy addition to their fighting library, the majority of gamers will simply find this more of the same.
I'm not really crazy about it, but besides the annoying load times there's not too much I can find fault with in EX2 Plus. Gameplay is a bit slower and more deliberate than the Alpha games, but that suits me fine since I always liked older fighting games over Marvel vs. Capcom style warp-speed titles. The graphics look pretty good--characters are a bit blocky but definitely look better than the last EX game and always animate smoothly. The expert mode is a nice way of introducing new players to the game while also giving experienced SF masters something to do when no one else's around for a versus battle. Solid but nothing too new.
It's Street Fighter...in 3D...again. Which could be considered a good thing (if you love Street Fighter and don't ever want to see it change) or a bad thing (if you like Street Fighter, but want a change), depending on your preferences. The sequel-requisite changes are here: improved graphics (the models are much-less blocky), a few new characters and new combo system. Here comes the three-fold recommendation: If you loved the first one, EX2 should be worth your time and money. If you merely liked EX, then it would be best to pass or wait for EX3 on PS2. If you didn't like the first EX at all, then the sequel isn't going to change your mind.