Graphics in 2nd Impact
In New Generation, many characters had stages that took part at three different time periods, although many characters shared stages.
In 2nd Impact, Ibuki no longer has the ninjas in her background and Elena’s stage no longer had the Africans nor the fighters. At the same time, Ken, Alex, Sean and Gill all received new stages.
2nd Impact was the only game in the Street Fighter 3 series where EVERY character including Akuma had their own unique stage. While 3rd Strike had more characters, the stages were again restricted to character sharing such as Ken and Alex, Twelve and Necro, Yun and Yang and Sean and Oro.
Was 2nd Impact graphically high in that it couldn’t handle the different time periods as well as the extra background interactions since everyone had their own stage?
Comparison to Alpha series
People say that a roster is not the most important part of a game. Yet, I found it odd that the Alpha series was well received and that Alpha 3 in particular was well liked and at the same time, every character that you grew up playing was present in the game.
What I thought strange was that if Capcom said they weren’t bringing back anyone from the SF series in Street Fighter 3, why is it that only Ken and Ryu were brought back as opposed to others such as Cammy, Guile, Sagat and at the time, Chun Li? Was it Chun Li’s return in 3rd Strike that made people aware of the SF3 series?
Or rather, was it because so many characters were missing that Street Fighter 3 was not well received?