Recently I’ve been spending a heck lot of time playing 3S on my PS2, brings back so many memories and I didn’t appreciate how amazing the graphics are, even by today’s standards until Capcom starved me of new sprites (Bastard bitches!!! :pleased: ).
Now comes the topic at hand. A lot of people expected SF3 before its release to be something OTHER than what was given to us, even today with the possibility of an SF4, people all have their expectations on something, certain characters, hopes, graphics, gameplay etc.
Keeping our expectations aside, was SF3 everything a sequel should’ve been?
Gameplay-wise, SF3 took a winning formula and made it SO MUCH BETTER. Ex moves, parrying etc. it’s fucking amazing what you could do in this game - I love it. Graphically, I don’t think there will ever EVER be a 2D game that is as stunningly beautiful as SF3, it’s gorgeous to look at and to play. Even though I am still somewhat angry that Capcom ditched many favorites (Biiiiiiisaaaaaaaaaahnnnn! :sad: ) and took the SF story to God knows where, overtime I will admit the characters of SF3 grew on me, I actually kinda like them.
When compared to the SF2 cast, the SF3 cast isn’t that bad? Although at the time, the SF2 cast seemed original, in reality were they really? Many of the SF2 characters actually seem better than their initial designs because of history, anime, other games, movies, toys etc. The SF3 cast didn’t have that, they still don’t and I feel sorry for them.
I actually REFUSED to play SF3 when it first came out, I took comfort in the Alpha series because it had many of things SF3 was lacking, especially Alpha 3 which can be regarded as one of the best fighting games ever (IMO). Many years after it was released I finally brought myself to play SF3 and I haven’t stopped since. That tells you something about SF3, it really is an excellent (flawed but still) sequel to SF2. It could’ve been A LOOOOOOOOOOOT better if 3S had more oldies though.
The saddest thing would be is if Capcom makes an SF4 and completely ignores the cast of SF3 (and SF2 naturally).