Last week we took a look at the five worst Street Fighter games, but this time around we’re going the more positive route and covering the cream of the crop.
We’re narrowing the scope of our potential selection to main franchise entries (otherwise Street Fighter: The Movie: The Game would obviously take up all five spots) but are discerning between versions within each entry. Continue on for more.
The games that could pop up on our list here include Street Fighter 1, 2, Alpha, 3, 4, and 5, but as stated, we’re going a bit deeper and selecting the particular versions that stood out over the rest.
Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition, for example, is an extremely different experience than Street Fighter 5 at launch (which the community very often refers to as the “vanilla” version of any given title.
We should also take a bit to help define what we mean by “best.” It isn’t overall sales nor just our personal favorites (entries that both Catalyst and I strongly dislike wind up in the video). This also very much is not driven by gameplay balance since standards and expectations have evolved heavily over time.
What we’re looking for here are entries that impacted the franchise and its community in notably positive ways. Maybe a particular title set important trends that would be continued long after, or led some major change that bettered the franchise in some significant manner.
A particularly potent factor is overall fun. While this is an admittedly very broad and subjective term, a more honed in and helpful way of thinking about it might be “how much a game lured people in and encouraged them to continue playing… despite any and all blemishes.”
If a Street Fighter’s technicality served as a real barrier of entry for newcomers who couldn’t get their character to throw a fireball, let alone win a round, you can bet some points are going to be docked.
On the other hand, if a game was so easy that skill never felt like much of a factor, people aren’t likely to stick around for too long and thus it ends up in the ditch on the other side of the proverbial road.
There’s more to it and we get into details in the full video, so go ahead and check it out via the embed below and then chime into the comments (preferably on YouTube with a like and subscribe) to let us know whether or not you agree.
00:00 – Intro
01:15 – Number 5
03:20 – Number 4
05:50 – Number 3
07:55 – Number 2
10:31 – Number 1
Source: Event Hubs