What the HELL!!!!!! Are you kidding me?!
Is this episode an April Fool joke? I too must call shenanigans on Jason for saying that EX was slightly less crappy. You sir... Die in a fire.
Okay, I talked before about how there's this new Super Mario 2 hatred that suddenly exists on the internet that never existed 20 years ago when the game came out. The same applies to the Street Fighter Alpha series. You people who say you dislike this series are suddenly abundant and loud, but back in the mid-90s, I never met anyone who disliked this game. I'd like to know where you people came from, because as far as I could see, you didn't exist back then.
I'm with Dodd on this one. Alpha took what was great about the increasingly stale Street Fighter II series and made it better. You know what I don't like? Matches that only last ten seconds. That's what it's like to play Street Fighter II. <sarcasm>Boy it sure is fun to die after only getting hit by four fireballs!</sarcasm> Alpha gave you a life bar that lasted a while, and the showdowns you had were epic!
Tom doesn't like it, because he doesn't know how to play as Sodom and Birdie. Dude, then don't play as them. You had Guy, Sagat, Rose, Adon, Chung-Lee, and Charlie. That's a pretty solid roster, even with a couple slow Zangief-types like Sodom and Birdie. You have got to be kidding me, Tom! Rose is AWESOME. She deflects fireballs for crissake! You just don't know how to play. Also, Adon friggin' ruled. His Jaguar kicks in Alpha 2 were my favorites for screwing up other players.
Alpha was a completely different approach to Street Fighter. Yes, you had air-blocking, Alpha counters, and shit like that. Hell, those aren't even as important to me as the fact that they loosened up the controls a bit. The Alpha was so much smoother. I think Street Fighter II feels a little too stiff.
My favorite stand-alone entry in the series has to be Alpha 2 Gold. You had a pretty big roster that was also very balanced. 2 Gold is my bread and butter. It had a few tweaks to it from the original version of Alpha 2. Plus it has Cammy.
Alpha 3 is pretty good, too. Honestly, I think Tom just needs to stock up on some tampons, because the ism system in Alpha 3, as deep as it was, was not as inhibiting as Tom is making it sound. All of the characters are very approachable in each version. If you know how to play as a character, then it's just a matter of understanding how the isms work before you pick one. The only one that threw a curve at you was the V-ism, and that was actually based on something from Alpha 2. The other two isms were based on play styles that you should already be well familiar with. Too much variety, Tom? Really?
That World Tour mode was AWESOME. The only thing that actually sucks about it is that once you go through it, there's no reason to do it again. If they had multiple tours, that would have been great. And it really sucks that they left it out of the Anthology.
Worst thing about Alpha 3: Undoubtedly, it's the announcer. And they didn't let you turn him off in the home edition. That was kinda bullshit.
I'll give you this much; Alpha 3 had the most ridiculous roster, full of characters that you mostly don't care about, and Tom used that as a reason to rag on the game. But the funny thing is that I know that Tom actually likes Marvel Vs. Capcom 2, so that reason for disliking Alpha 3 can be immediately discarded, because Tom isn't even being consistent with his own standards. Talk about a roster with mostly filler. Pot, meet kettle.
Also, you can't use the terrible Super Nintendo port of Alpha 2 as a reason to hate on the series. Of course it was slow, because it actually had load times due to the ridiculous compression. It's an achievement that they even got it to run on that thing. The Sega Saturn ports were awesome, as was the Dreamcast version of Alpha 3, but the best version, as Tom said, was the PS2 collection. ...even without the World Tour. ...and with the fact that they didn't give us Yun, Maki, Eagle, and Ingrid with it.
My favorite part of that was the Hyper Street Fighter Alpha mode, where you could play as any version of any character from any game. There's even a code that you enter when you start the game which gives you random character selection, so you never know who your fighter is going to be. My friends and I used to have all-nighters where we would play that mode for hours.
You guys have got to be kidding me. Total shenanigans. Alpha rocks. My favorite Street Fighter series. Tom's wrong.
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