$20 GOTW: Street Fighter EX 3 (PS2)

November 2, 2006 at 12:35 pm ($20 GOTW, capcom, Video Games)

This week’s $20 GOTY and lost classics are gonna take you waaaaaay back.  First, lets take a trip back to the PS2 launch.  Although there weren’t many titles worth grabbing at the time, (except Timesplitters and Tekken Tag Tournament) Capcom gave us fighting game fans something to tide us over. You either love the EX series or you hate it.  Those who like it, (me for instance) like the cool music, intresting new characters (although some are somewhat dull), and the fact that our favorite 2-d series translated so well to 3-d.  Those who hate it harp on it’s static backgrounds, dull characters, and consider it blasphemy to take a 2-d stalwart and take it into 3-d.  Capcom’s 3-d fighters have been more of a test run than anything, and the fact that they still continue to produce 2-d games speaks volumes of thier apprehension to make the jump to 3-d.  Be that as it may, beside Rival Schools and Tech Romancer, this is probably thier best 3-d effort.

Although the only new character introduced here is Ace (a robot who you can set special attacks for in an all new mission mode), many of your favorites from the EX series have arrived.  A new Tag Team mode, similar to the Marvel vs Capcom games is also included.  You can’t change in and out as rapidly here as you did in MVC though, so it adds a layer of strategy and timing.  A new single player mode tries to do things differently by having you fight more than one opponent at once, and giving you the option to recruit defeated opponents to your team.  Finally, beating the aforementioned single player mode treats you to the wildest credit sequence ever; a free-for all brawl where the goal is to take out as many enemies as you can.

As I mentioned before, not everyone will like SFEX3, particularly series purists.  I kinda miss the remixed barrel breaking game from the original EX.  For those who don’t mind a little change now and then however, you can’t go wrong with this PS2 blast from the past.

By the way, sorry about last week’s $20 GOTW.  I was busy with training and forgot to post it here.  You can still read it over at Powet though.


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