Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991)

Video Game  -  Action | Fantasy  -  6 February 1991 (Japan)
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The second Street Fighter tournament is here with General M.Bison. Ryu and Ken are no strangers to the tournament. Ryu enters for a true fight, while Ken enters for competition and are some... See full summary »

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The second Street Fighter tournament is here with General M.Bison. Ryu and Ken are no strangers to the tournament. Ryu enters for a true fight, while Ken enters for competition and are some new faces. Edmond Honda (E.Honda) is fighting because he heard that sumo is nothing and now he's out to prove a point. Blanka's in the tournament for to find out about his past. Guile is out for M.Bison's blood for killing Guile's best friend Charlie and will stop at nothing to get revenge. Chun-Li is a woman with fire in her eyes and with educated feet to avenge her father's death by defeating Bison and winning the tournament. Zangief is out to prove that Mother Russia is the most powerful country in the world. Dhalsim is a Yoga master who is on a quest to defeat Bison for peace in Dhalsim's homeland. Balrog the first boss is a Mike Tyson gone extremely wrong. He was barred from the boxing ring for his violent temper. Vega is a metal claw wearing "Spanish ninja" who loves to wear a mask to protect... Written by Mike <>

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The boss names were changed around for the English Language version. The boxer M. Bison became Balrog, Balrog the pretty-boy Spaniard became Vega, and Vega, the Shadaloo leader, became M. Bison. See more »


On the character select screen in the arcade version, Chun-Li is shown in a pink outfit, despite the fact that she fights in a blue outfit (corrected in Super Nintendo version.) See more »


Chun Li: I'm the strongest woman in the world!
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Street Fighter: Part one of five
25 November 2006 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Once upon a time, Street Fighter II had only a subtitle with no modifiers. Both a blessing and a curse, the game would go on to gain four additional releases with their own new names -- Champion Edition, Turbo, Super, and Super Turbo. This review focuses on the original arcade release of SF2 (you know, the one that showed Chun-Li in orange on the select screen?) Two men, backdropped by a skyscraper, face off against each other in the game's attract mode. One throws a punch, knocking his opponent out with that single strike. The defeated fighter falls out of frame as the screen scales up the building where finally the game's title awaits. Street Fighter II: The World Warriors. Curiously, neither character in the opening appear as a playable character in the game, itself. But never mind.

A couple of quarters and a press of the start button brings the gamer to the character select screen where eight warriors (from different parts of the globe as the title suggests) await to wreck havoc on the rest of the cast. Each character offers a distinct visual flavor to their design that differs greatly from the other combatants (Ryu and Ken, notwithstanding). E. Honda, the large sumo wrestler with quick hands and the frightening ability to send his entire mass flying at his opponent. The green monstrosity, Blanka, able to channel electricity through his skin and turn himself into a human (monstrous?) cannonball. Guile, the overpowered glitch-master who interestingly never gained much more than his flash kick and sonic boom through the later games. The sole female in the game, Chun-Li, known for her speed, her knack for jump attacks, and of course the lightning kicks. Every fighting game requires the big dumb wrestler character, and Street Fighter 2 delivers with Zangief whose dreaded SPD made any player reluctant to come close. Dhalsim, the slow poke who could breath fire, move incredibly slow, and whose limbs stretched to impossible lengths assuming he ever lands after he jumps (did I mention he was slow?). Lastly, the two carry-overs from the original Street Fighter, Ryu and Ken, who share not only the same moves, but the same sprites as well.

For the most part, all of the characters' attacks possessed unique properties that set their fighting style apart -- small details such as speed, priorities, jump heights, and animation. All these minor tweaks add up to make the characters control very differently from each other, even when characters share special moves with identical execution and similar properties. Blanka and E. Honda, for example, both have a move that launches them across the screen in a straight line; with both characters, rapidly pressing the punch button will yield another special attack (hundred-hand-slap or electricity). However, these two have very different jumping roundhouses, crouching roundhouses, crouching fierces, standing fierces (etc), which demands that the player use them differently.

While not the first fighting game, Street Fighter II made the biggest splash in arcades by introducing responsive controls that made the game feel like player skill actually mattered instead of the crap-shoot of previous fighting games (like, say, the original Street Fighter.) And in the end, the game designers wound up with more than they bargained for -- not only could players have the satisfaction of winning on account of properly inputted commands, consistently yielding the desired move. But SFII also paved the way for entire chains of special moves via buffering which lead to wicked combos capable of draining an entire life-bar (Ryu & Ken's jumping fierce, standing fierce, fierce dragon-punch instant dizzy combo.) Unfortunately, the damage in Street Fighter 2 feels terribly subjective when facing off against the computer controlled opponents higher up on the ladder (as if, in addition to fighting more intelligently, the CPU also gives the player a handicap to make things more difficult.) When I played Street Fighter 2, it always seemed as though the machine can deal out more damage in fewer (weaker) moves than the player can. Needless to say, this makes life very frustrating when CPU Ryu's weakest fireball does more damage than a jump-in roundhouse, sweep combination. That and the CPU could spontaneously unleash any move it wanted, even moves that required a two-second charge. (Guile's Sonic Boom, Flash Kick.) As the game progressed, the player would battle in each of his opponent's unique stages including a street in China, a dock in the US, an American Air Force base, a construction site in the USSR, and a small village in Brazil (to name a few.) During SF2's reign in arcades, these backgrounds proved unmatched by any game that preceded and most of the games that followed. All of them visually interesting in their basic design (I love the F-16 in Guile's stage), their music, and also in their limited animations that manage to breath life into the environments without distracting from the battles at hand.

At key points, the game would break from the fighting to offer up a few mini-games that involved raining destruction down upon a car and flaming barrels. These rampages served no purpose other than increasing the player's score (people still pay attention to those?) and giving the player a chance to do something slightly different than beating the tar out of another character.

After defeating the other seven combatants (in the original SF2, players could not fight themselves) the game introduces its four boss characters -- Balrog, Vega, Sagat (the boss of the original Street Fighter), and Bison -- each of which fight on their own turf, so four new stages in the USA, Spain, with the final two bouts taking place in Thailand. Defeating Bison (aka Vega in Japan) allows the player to glimpse his chosen character's unique ending … and I think that's an appropriate place to end this review.

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