Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers Review

Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers is an updated version of the 1991 fighting game Street Fighter II: The World Warrior.  Gameplay is based on the Super Street Fighter II Turbo iteration of Street Fighter II, however Ultra Street Fighter II introduces new mechanics like grapple breaks and re-tunes some aspects of the game’s balance. Combo timing has also been adjusted from the original games.

The game is playable in two graphical styles: the “Classic” mode featuring pixel art graphics of the original game, and the “New Generation” mode featuring the updated high definition graphics of 2008’s Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix  In the classic art style, the game is played in a 4:3 aspect ratio and uses the original arcade soundtrack and voice-acting, while in the updated graphics the game is played in 16:9 widescreen and includes newly-remixed music and the characters’ Japanese voices from the Street Fighter IV series. The game supports all control options on the Nintendo Switch console, including play with a single Joy-Con controller.

Ultra Street Fighter II has a roster of nineteen characters. In addition to all seventeen fighters from Super Turbo (including Akuma, who is no longer a hidden character), two characters–Evil Ryu and Violent Ken–have been added to the game’s roster. Evil Ryu first appeared in the series in 1996’s Street Fighter Alpha 2.  He is a version of Street Fighter protagonist Ryu that has succumbed to the evil power Satsui no Hado.  Violent Ken makes his official debut in a Street Fighter game, having previously only appeared in the crossover fighting game SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos.He is a version of Ken Masters that has been brainwashed . M. Bison and makes use of Bison’s Psycho Powers.

The game features local and online multiplayer.[7][6] Online multiplayer includes a point-based ranking system based on a player’s wins and losses.[8] A “standby” feature has been added to the game’s arcade mode, which allows other online players to challenge and take the place of the CPU opponent that the player typically battles in arcade.[8] A local cooperative game mode, known in the Alpha games as “Dramatic Battle”, has been added in Ultra Street Fighter II now known as “Buddy Battle”.[2][3][9] It allows players to team up in a two versus one fight against a CPU player.[2][3][9] Additionally the game includes a simplified one-hit knockout mode.[9]

In addition to the standard 2D gameplay, there is also an exclusive new Street Fighter V/Street Fighter IV-styled first-person battle mode known as “Way Of the Hado”.[10] In this mode, the player controls Ryu in a first-person perspective to defeat as many Shadaloo Soldiers as possible (Sometimes, M. Bison will also appear as a boss). For this mode, the player must hold the Joy-Con controller in both hands to perform attacks such as Hadouken, Shoryuken and Tatsumaki Senpukyaku in order to defeat enemies. As the player progresses throughout the game, the player can earn growth points to power up Ryu. Stage Mode has three difficulties: Beginner, Standard and Extra. There will also be a practice mode for practicing attacks as well as an Endless mode, that lets the player fight until Ryu’s health bar is empty.

A gallery mode will appear in USFII, containing over 1400 illustrations from the art book SF20: The Art of Street Fighter. The player can also listen to each fighter’s modern or classic-styled stage music while in gallery mode.

In the Color Edit mode, the player can make their own alternate palettes for each of the 19 fighters, then use them in Arcade Mode, VS Mode and Online Battles, allowing for the storage of up to 10 custom palettes for each character.

Fan Review : 50% Good
Excellent: 20% | Average: 23% | Poor: 7%

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