Classic Gaming- Street Fighter Alpha 2: (1996)


Street Fighter Alpha 2 is another gaming classic that was very popular in various arcades nationwide during the mid-90s.  When Capcom had released Street Fighter Alpha 2 in 1996 many people were very happy with some of the improvements that was made in this game following its 1995 prequel. Alpha 2 had not only featured enhanced gameplay but it also brings back a few older characters from the Street Fighter series while introducing new characters such as: Dan Hibiki , Gen, and Sakura Kasugano from Rival Schools.  When the game was first released many people were excited to have both Akuma and Dan as free playable characters without any type of cheat code to unlock them.  The introduction of Sakura had many people thrilled because some gamers were huge fans of the Rival Schools series while others referred to her as a female version of Ryu.  Another character that was added to the game included one of the boss characters from Final Fight Rolento.


This game was cool because the developers added special features to the gameplay that made each battle more exciting.  An example would be the “custom combo” sequence which allows players convert regular moves into chain combos depending on how full their super gauge is.  Also, Street Fighter Alpha 2 gives each character their own respective stage unlike Alpha 1 where certain venues were shared.  This game had also included a larger roster than many of the previous games.  Similar to its prequel Street Fighter Alpha 2 had included hidden characters but only this time they were alternate versions of Akuma and Ryu.  Both hidden characters can be selected if players know about the cheat code to do so.


Street Fighter Alpha 2 had received positive reviews from various gaming publications since its release along with earning the title of being one of the best arcade titles in 1996.   After its arcade release Street Fighter Alpha 2 was ported to numerous game consoles including PlayStation, Sega Saturn, and even the Super Nintendo which was probably the least superior version in comparison to the original.  Overall, Street Fighter Alpha 2 is a very fun game and many people who are fans of the series would probably argue that it was one of the best that Capcom has ever created.



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