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Final Fight and Street Fighter 2 iOS Reviews

/ Nov 29th, 2011 No Comments

In this review, Gaming Illustrated takes a look at two new titles offered up by Capcom for the iOS platform and tested on the iPhone 4. The first game is Final Fight and the second is Street Fighter 2. How did the titles measure up? Let’s find out!

Final Fight

Final Fight - iPhone Edition

Final Fight - iPhone Edition

For fans of this popular 2D masher of years past, Final Fight gives veterans their chance to throw down in their favorite Capcom titles for the iPhone via the App Store. If you want to relive those glory days of the 90’s heres your chance. Final Fight includes all of playable characters and levels and is a perfect port from the arcade game. Controls are a little tough to get a feel for as the layout is just like an arcade game joystick but you can find yourself covering up your guy as you go through the endless mobs. That makes seeing yourself difficult at times when playing in some of these heavily populated zones. Special moves and combos are also tough to pull off, but if your familiar with the game it shouldn’t take long to adjust. The graphics look great along with the sound it feels like your back at 7-11 back in the day sippin’ on a slurpee and playing through this.

If your not familiar with the plot you get to play as Haggar, Guy and Cody in the wasted Metro City which is ruled by gang activity with Mayor Haggar taking a stand on the situation. Haggar, whose daughter is kidnapped, must rush to save her.The game offers the same mash-em-up gameplay we’ve all grown to love with punch, kick and special attacks along with various combos. Executing them takes some practice but your presented with a special attack button but it can add a bit of a cheese factor to the game as newbies to the game will just mash it to death without taking advantage of the various combos at your disposal along with the fact you can also use knives, swords, pipes and more to dispose of foes.

Even though the game is still many years old the graphics hold their own and present themselves rather well. New age gamers would like to venture in the past will enjoy this title where androids and Iphone are apart of the mainstream, and despite a couple of flaws theres still a worthy title for your phone. Would I like to see multiplayer in this game? It would be hard to pull off but it would have been a welcomed feature, all the repetitive kicking and punching gets redundant quick but you still enjoy yourself with this title.

Graphics : 8/10
Controls : 7.5/10
Gameplay : 7/10
Overall : 7.7/10

Street Fighter 2 Collection

Street Fighter 2 Collection for iOS

Street Fighter 2 Collection for iOS

Street Fighter has established itself as one the top names in gaming and will probably remain there as it ventures to new gaming consoles and devices for years to come. The new iPhone game allows you get a 3 for 1 special here where you get the original SF2, along with the Hyper and Championship editions. The original allows you to play all your favorite characters except the 4 end game bosses, Championship includes all the characters as playable including all four grandmasters, and finally in the Hyper Edition you get everything in Championship including faster game play and new special moves just like the console counterparts.

Everything you could expect from the arcade games you get with this package. The fighting itself is different story, like with Final Fight your screen is your arcade joystick, so sometimes your fingers can get in the way of your character which gets annoying. If you are not familiar with some of the special moves, Capcom implimented an all special special moves button to help you on your way. My only concern though was your screen is already busy enough with two punch and two kick buttons and adding additional ones would make for a less enjoyable experience. But you get past that and surprisingly you end up with a rather enjoyable experience.

I had alot more fun with this title then I had expected, the controls were one of my many major concerns that could have ruined the experience. Executing special moves could be a nightmare, but there is a learning curve and some characters though like Dhalsim and Blanka’s specials suffer with the iPhone version because their moves require more work on your end, so you have to take with the good with the bad. The Multiplayer aspect does add a lot of replay value to this title.

Why SF2 was added to this package is beyond me, it’s a slower game with less characters – maybe some of us might enjoy earning our way the hard way. But with the additions of Championship and Hyper editions it would render having SF2 obsolete. Overall its great title to own on your phone and for the price its well worth it, owning some classic games to help kill time especially game like SF2 just goes to show you how classic games are everlasting and its no different owning this for the iphone.

Graphics: 7/10
Controls: 7.5/10
Gameplay: 8/10
Multiplayer: 7/10
Overall: 7.2/10

Carl Armstrong

Carl Armstrong

Associate Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Carl Armstrong has been with GI for over four years, serving as a review writer, on-site reporter and Associate Editor. He's worked as an award winning radio show producer for The Mighty 1090 sports station, Xtrasports 1360 and was the executive technical director for the San Diego Chargers radio network from 2008-2012.

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