The Root of All Fighting Games: Hit the Arcade with Street Fighter II
Any gamer worth their salt would know who Ryu, Guile, and Chun Li are. These three and a whole parade of iconic gaming characters from the Street Fighter franchise. The first game in the series that truly made a mark among gamers was SFII. It featured a one on one combat mechanic; deplete-the-enemy life bar to win, best of three rounds. It was an instant classic, with many of the moveset in Street Fighter becoming the cornerstone for the rest of the arcade fighting community.
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Know Your QCFs
While anyone can play Street Fighter II, there are those who take fighting games plenty seriously. And with that, we highly suggest getting used to the lingo used by the community of gamers who play the game. With the full range of a joystick's range of motion and directions, as well as 6 buttons (for punches and kicks, of low-medium-hard variations), getting to know a single character's full moveset takes a bit of effort. Of course, memorization is just one thing, knowing when to time these moves in a match can only be learned through experience.
A Gaming Legend
There is plenty to be said about Street Fighter 2's History, but the important part is this: in over the many years that it has been in the gaming industry, it is still the go-to game for many players. Many in-jokes and memes are also based from this amazing game franchise (our personal favorite is the joke that Guile's background music theme goes with any video). Despite its significance to the industry however, the game itself is no longer a common sight in actual arcades. While one could opt to purchase it as a digital download for modern day consoles or the desktop, there is a playable browser version of Street Fighter II CE.
In Case You Didn't Know
If you are new to the gaming industry, here's the lowdown on Street Fighter II: there is a worldwide street fighting tournament and various fighters from across the globe are competing in it. The fights are all one-on-one, and it is a straight forward elimination match. The game is made deeper by the intricately unique gameplay balance despite having a wide range of characters to choose from, each with their own unique set of moves.
Japanese fighter Ryu is the iconic lead character, though early iterations of the game in the western releases of the game often focused the boxart on the American contender, Guile. In both versions, the main baddie is M. Bison (originally Vega in Japan, but after a multi-name swap between Bison, Balrog, and Vega because, reasons).
Wreck that Car
Since this is the original Street Fighter II we are talking about, here are a few things players should know.
This game features minigames where the player must accomplish a specific feat within a certain amount of time. This includes wrecking a car, which is bashing the car as fast as one can. Smashing rolling barrels, to do this successfully, the player must stay in the center of the screen and accurately attack the barrels rolling in from the left and right sides of the screen (not whether to use standing or crouching attacks).
The four boss characters are not selectable (Vega, Balrog, Sagat, M. Bison), but they are available in later iterations of the game. Each of these four characters are designed to be a whole lot tougher than the AI of the stages that precede them.
Lastly, and most important of all: if you get a chance to play this game, do so. Any person who wants to be a gamer should try this game out even just once to experience one of the most influential titles ever made.