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First rate fighter
If you've never been introduced to the joys of one-on-one beat 'em ups, then this could be the place to start as they don't get much better than this. There is a seemingly endless amount of Street Fighter games on the market, and it is often tricky to know what exactly the differences between them are. However, all you really need to know about this one is that it is superb and dates from perhaps the series' heyday. The game really shouldn't need any introduction, but if you've been living under a rock for the last twenty years, then here goes. Players choose from a roster of sixteen fighters, each with their own unique fighting moves and special abilities and then simply enter in a series of one-on-one bouts against their opponents, with the simple goal of knocking merry hell out of them. There's no needless storyline to get in the way and the game simply concentrates on doing what it does best: providing heaps of deep, combo-heavy fighting that remains amongst the best in the genre. Changes to this version over its predecessor, Super Street Fighter 2: Hyper Fighting, include the addition of four new characters, Cammy, Fei Long, T. Hawk and Dee Jay, plus balancing to the existing characters, updated graphics, a few new moves and a handful of other bits and bobs. It's questionable whether this is a vital experience for those who have played earlier versions, or even the next instalment, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, but this is a good place to start for newcomers, although to be honest, most of the SF games are first rate. The action might not be quite as fluid as Street Fighter IV or Street Fighter Zero but for purists, this is the one to go for.