spudbug's Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (Xbox 360 Games Store) review

You're the best around!

Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix (hereafter referred to as HDR) is Capcom's revisiting of one of the most balanced, most played, and most long lasting fighting games ever created. Fourteen years of tournament play and 4 previous arcade iterations have lead up to this latest version of the original SF2. That's a lot of testing, balancing, and fireballs.

Capcom has succeeded in their goal to make every match up in the game more fair, more interesting, and more likely to be won or lost on the skill of the player, not the quality of the character. Additions like E. Honda's Jab Headbutt make his previously frustrating matches against fireball characters more fun, while the degrading of his ochio throw makes players less reliant on setting up a certain trap for a guaranteed win. Every character has been scrutinized to reduce match ups that favor one side.

The HD Remix part of the game involves the character art, which has all been redrawn in crisp HD quality. HDR preserves the original animations for gameplay's sake, but makes the characters and backgrounds more detailed than ever before. An extra soundtrack of fan made remixes is included as well - ranging from the bizarre (Balrog) to the more traditional (Guile). Purists can use the original sound, aspect ratio, and character sprites; new backgrounds are mandatory.

The biggest selling point of HDR though, beyond the balance tweaks, beyond the new art, is the unbelievably good online play. HDR's balance and depth make it the perfect game for online play. It's easy to hop on and play a few matches, or get lost in the melee for hours. HDR uses a system of online play that smooths the experience by predicting user input and rolling back events if needed to compensate for lag. The experience is almost perfect on a decent broadband connection. In my 300 or so matches put in so far, I'd say less than 10 had any incidences of slowdown or rollback occurring.

There is one problem with the game's typically excellent online play, though. When you're able to get into a match and play, the game is nearly perfect. The problem lies in connecting with other players. Xbox 360 users get a slightly better experience, but both it and the PSN version are known to drop players, fail connecting to matches, and have difficulty starting a game. There are also some glitches that blank out graphics for the lifebars for both players, silence the music, or throw you into an online match facing an empty black screen. These happen infrequently but seem to get worse the longer the game is played at once.

HD Remix is closer to a perfect fighting game experience than any other game before it. The new graphics make the game look fresh, the re-balancing makes the game feel fresh, and the online play assures that this is a game you will be enjoying years down the road. No fighting game fan should be without this game.

0 Comments

Other reviews for Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (Xbox 360 Games Store)

    Can you play Super Turbo? SHORYUKEN! 0

    "Easiest with Dee Jay: crossup j.MK, c.LP, c.LP, Machine Gun Upper (charge d, u + mash punches)"That's what someone told me when I asked how to perform a 7-hit combo on a forum. I guess I should have known better? If that makes as much sense to you as it did to me back then, which is to say none at all, then read on, because this review is for you!Before playing SSF2THDR (its full name is far too long to spell out, so I'll just call it HD Remix from now on), pretty much all I could do was throw ...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

    The definitive fighter by the fans, for the fans... 0

    Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix has been through a lot since its announcement in the beginning of last year. You can tell that it is Capcom's biggest and most ambitious downloadable game to date considering how popular the original Super Turbo is for fourteen years. From the new art courtesy of Udon Comics, the folks that also do the art for the Street Fighter comic books, and the new rebalanced gameplay that was consulted by professional players, this ain't your ordinary downloadable gam...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This edit will also create new pages on Giant Bomb for:

Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

Comment and Save

Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Giant Bomb users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.