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All Articles: Street Fighter III: Third Strike
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Street Fighter series and Capcom plans to celebrate in style. And if you’ve got $149.99 lying around, you can celebrate too, because that’s the cost of entry to obtain the Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Set. Naturally, you have your choice of platform: PS3 or Xbox 360.
Set for release on September 18, the Anniversary Set will be packed in a stylish box which includes all four Street Fighter games released this generation: Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Street Fighter X Tekken, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, and Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition.
Whichever format you choose, the box will also include a massive collection of bonus materials:
- Exclusive Video – The two-disc Blu-Ray set includes a documentary that highlights the profound influence the franchise has had on fans – and vice versa – throughout the years. The collection of videos also includes Street Fighter IV and Super Street Fighter IV anime movies as well as all episodes of the “Street Fighter” animated series and Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie.
- Light-up Ryu Statue – A specially commissioned and highly-detailed collectable Ryu statue stands prominently at 8” tall and features the iconic character in mid-Shoryuken, with flames lit from below.
- 11-Disc Soundtrack – Street Fighter game music spanning the past 25 years, in addition to remixes and fan-created music inspired by past Street Fighter games.
- 64-page Hardcover Art Book – A tribute to Street Fighter game fans from all over the world, the art book includes fan pieces submitted by professional and aspiring artists alike.
- Ryu’s Belt – Created to regulation specs, the full-size martial arts black belt is a replica of the one Ryu wears and even includes his classic “Fūrinkazan” in kanji!
- Certificate of Authenticity – Each Collector’s Set comes individually numbered complete with a certificate of authenticity.
The votes are in and Sony has announced the winners of the 2012 PSN Gamers’ Choice Awards. Unlike all those hoity-toity award shows with their red carpets and fancy clothes, the PSN Gamers’ Choice Awards has something even better. All of the winners are 30% off on the PlayStation Store this week (and PlayStation Plus subscribers get 50% off the original price).
So, with our introductions completed, on to the winners…
Best PSN Exclusive
InFamous: Festival of Blood
Best PSN Game
Resident Evil 4
Best PSN Game Playable Online
Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition
Best PS3 Full Game
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Best PlayStation Move Game
Dungeon Hunter: Alliance
Best 3D Game
God of War: Origins Collection
Best PlayStation Classic
Best Mini Game
Best PSP Game
Dissidia 012: Final Fantasy
PlayStation Community Award (Best Indie)
If you are a casual fan of fighting games, it would be understandable if you saw the jump from Street Fighter II to Street Fighter IV as a little confusing. After all, while Street Fighter II is considered one of gaming’s most important jewels, Street Fighter III seemed to be something of a ghost. Releasing after the peak of fighting game mania, SFIII only saw a console release on Sega’s ill-fated Dreamcast, severely limiting the audience compared to, say, the PlayStation or the PlayStation 2. However, thanks to Xbox Live Arcade, Street Fighter III is getting a chance to appeal to a brand new audience. Dubbed Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition, this release is designed to finally bridge the SFII and SFIV gap for the people who barely knew the third game existed. (more…)
The Summer of Arcade may be over, but Microsoft still has plenty of games in the cooler to make the Xbox Live Arcade the place to be in the last few weeks of August.
Capcom’s Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition leads this week’s trio of new games. Including online play (of course), leaderboards and high definition graphics, the third Street Fighter game is ready for its XBLA debut. Fight!
Also available this week is Hole in the Wall, a Kinect-ified rendition of the physical game show and Crazy Machines Elements, an HD-entry in the popular puzzle series.
Street Fighter III has been priced at 1200 Microsoft Points ($15) while Hole in the Wall and Crazy Machines can be both be had for 800 Microsoft Points ($10).
More information on all three games can be found at Major Nelson’s blog.
With Microsoft’s Summer of Arcade coming to a close, Sony has picked up the slack with an absolutely stellar slate of offerings in the first week of their PSN Play promotion.
Long overshadowed by its younger brother, Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition ($14.99, $11.99 for PSN Plus users) comes to the PlayStation Store as the PSN Play pick. It’ll be joined by Hamilton’s Great Adventure ($9.99), an adventure game, and Comix Zone ($4.99), a PSN port of the popular Genesis-era beat ’em up. Also available this week is the PSone Classic Parasite Eve II ($5.99).
Finally this week, Sony offers up the Resistance 3 multiplayer beta for all PSN Plus subscribers. The full game will be released on September 6, but beta players will be able to get their hands on two of the game’s maps: the Seaside of Glamorgan, Wales, and the Trainyard in Bogota, Colombia.
More information on all of this week’s new games and game add-ons can be found at the PlayStation.Blog.
Although BloodRayne: Betrayal was supposed to come out in August simultaneously on the PSN and XBLA, it looks like PSN Play has thrown a wrench in the plans. Instead of coming out at the same time, it will be released on September 6 on the PSN, and not until October 5 on XBLA. Seeing as Microsoft has long had timed exclusivities in all manner of digital releases, it’s no surprise that Sony is starting to do the same.
Two other releases in the PSN Play, Street Fighter III Third Strike Online Edition and Renegade Ops, will still be released at the same time on both download services.
The Summer of Arcade has been a great way for Microsoft to launch new games on the Xbox Live Arcade over the last three years. So Sony has decided to hold a Summer promotion of their with the similarly themed PlayStation Network Play.
The promotion will begin on August 23 with the release of Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition. But PS3 owners will actually be able to “pre-order” any PSN Play pick five days before each game is released (and they’ll receive a free theme as a bonus). Hothead’s DeathSpank sequel The Baconing; Majesco’s BloodRayne: Betrayal sidescroller; and Sega’s top-down vehicle combat game Renegade Ops round out the PSN Play lineup.
Like the Summer of Arcade, gamers who purchase every PSN Play offering will receive a free game. In this case, it’s Sony’s Payday: The Heist (which is scheduled for a Fall release). And that’s not all! Each game will also include exclusive DLC and PlayStation Plus subscribers will receive 20% off any of their Play purchases.
Sony has promised that the PSN Play promotion will be a yearly event, so start counting down to PSN Play 2012 now! Or get your fill of information for the 2011 lineup after the break. (more…)