Saturday, July 18, 2009

Games Played 06/30/2009

Demigod - PC
Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends - PC
Shadowgrounds Demo - PC
Trine Demo - PC


Street Fighter Zero (1996)
Developer: Capcom Co., Ltd.
Platform: SegaSaturn
Purchase Date: 01/27/2006

Who knew that a Final Fight boss can become a playable Street Fighter character?

This first entry into the Street Fighter Zero series (known as Street Fighter Alpha in North America) is definitely the weakest one of them all because of its lackluster cast of characters as well as its repetitive, lazy, and uninspired background graphics. The fighting is tight and responsive and the game's A.I. opponents are some of the smartest and most the cruel in the entire Street Fighter franchise. The new air blocking is of course both a blessing and a curse but if anything, this game brings with it a fresh, new level of energy and a hipper sense of identity to the Street Fighter universe. The game has a long loading time between the matches and this bothered me even back then. Though the game itself doesn't make any significant mark in the genre, at least its birth created the awesome, mystical character "Rose" and also the remarkable sequel soon after. Another noteworthy fact about the game: Do you know that at one point in his life, Ken was living as a drag queen? Just look at the cover art if you don't believe me.

LIBRARY STATUS: 3 out of 5

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