This week, Capcom released Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike for XBLA and PSN. Originally released in 1999, 3rd Strike, and for that matter the entire Street Fighter III line, was met by fans with a very tepid reaction, as it introduced a slew of new characters and gameplay mechanics, including the parry. As someone who has never played a Street Fighter III game, I’ve always been intrigued by the beautiful 2D visuals and underlying complexity. When you add in the very affordable $15 price tag on XBLA and PSN, this game looks like quite the pickup.
To this day, I still cannot watch this video without getting goosebumps. Even without knowing the difficulty of what’s happening on screen, I find myself completely enraptured by the emotion of the crowd.
I’ve always found the idea of “competitive gaming” or “e-gaming” incredibly appealing, but not since Super Smash Bros. Melee have I found a game I wanted to sink hours into just to gain a competitive edge. Will this be the one to finally hook me or will I need to wait until CS:GO for that sweet combination of competitive gameplay and tight game mechanics?