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Street Fighter EX2 Plus
"Has some of the components that made the original a great game and also improved on a few things"
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Developer  Arika Game Type  Fighting
Distributor  Capcom Preview Date  Jul 00
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      Street Fighter EX2 Plus is the sequel to Capcom's EX game released a couple of years ago for the Playstation. Back then it was Capcom's first entry into the world of polygon fighting characters using the familiar faces from their 2D titles. While we thought that the move to a more 3D look while using the old Capcom favorites was a nice idea, the original game still lacked that all out assault on the senses that the original 2D fighters are so famous for. With the release of the follow-up in the Plus series we were hoping that some of the drawbacks of the first titles would be addressed while allowing for more 3D movement.alas, this was just not meant to be.

Fighting sequences use the standard low-medium-high punches and kicks. The movements are similar to previous special attacks as found in the 2D fighters. A cool feature in the game is the practice area, which let's you hone in on special attacks specifically for that character. The control and feel is tight, typical for Street Fighter games, but the characters seem to be a little sluggish except during the Excel phase which is the equivalent of the Turbo attacks on the older games. Even then though a more effective attack strategy would be to use the various combinations.

When I heard 3D characters I was expecting something similar to Soul Calibur, unfair but a comparison nonetheless. Even though the characters are polygon rendered the game itself isn't a true 3D game. You can't step side to side and attacks are always head on, no attacks from the side or side stepping a punch. The speed of the game is decent at first but as you get better you crave more speed. The Excel is decent but it is limited.

When you get tired of the versus mode (yeah right), you can participate in the expert mode and bonus stages. The expert mode allows you 16 different combos for every character. It starts out real simple but difficulty increases when you have to execute seven hit combos. The bonus stage includes a barrel stage where you destroy barrels as they roll at you from different entry points at fluctuating speeds. This was pretty interesting and fun.

The feel is similar to what we are used too. The characters are diverse with their own strengths and weaknesses. Each character is from a different part of the world as they incorporate native style and flare. Included with fighting techniques are incredible powers that compliment each character. As you become more advanced you will be able to do combination attacks the pile up damage points on your opponent. Combination attacks are either Super combos or the Meteo combinations. Also are the Guard Breaks and the Excel attacks. So basically what you have is another version of the in your face, spin, kick, punch, throw, projectile throwing, crack 'em up, beat 'em down mauler that we have all come to love.

So when it's all said and done actual game play is what elevated the Street Fighter series above the pack. In Street Fighter EX2 Plus though all the feel of the worldly characters is just not there. I remember the days of each character having a true sense of self. The players were fun and each player was fighting for a reason. It added depth to the game and upped the fun factor in finishing the game with each character. This game seems a little too gimmicky and appears to have placed characters in for the sake of just putting characters to fill the roster. Don't get me wrong I like the characters and some of their moves are cool but something just did not feel right

Similar stuff from before but I suppose the novelty still makes it fun.

Game Options:
• Number of Disks: 1
• Number of blocks used on Memory card per save: 1
• Maximum number of Players (without a multi-tap): 2
• Multi-tap compatible (max players): No
• Link-cable compatible (max players): No
• Split screen multi-player option (max players): No
• Other accessories: None
• Dual Shock Pad Digital Button compatible: Yes
• Dual Shock Pad Analog Stick compatible: No
• Dual Shock Pad Vibration compatible: No

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Staff Opinions
Rich   "Street Fighter EX2 Plus has some of the components that made the original a great game and also improved on a few things. But bottom line it doesn't do enough for me to have to unequivocally recommend the title . It's almost like buying a computer, it may be the best one out right now but you know an improved version is just around the corner."
Graphics  14/20
Playability  46/50
Sound  6/10
Lastability  17/20
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