Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers Review
Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers Cover Art
System: Switch
Dev: Capcom
Pub: Capcom
Release: May 26, 2017
Players: 1-2 Player
Screen Resolution: 720p-1080p Mild Blood, Suggestive Themes, Violence

I do appreciate the ability to adjust the graphics style of Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers. You are able to choose between the nostalgic design of the original Street Fighter II and the brightly colored and smoothly animated style reminiscent of the visuals used in Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. I found myself swapping between the two often, enjoying the variations of each, both in visuals and sound. The only snag is that you have to go back to the Options in the Main Menu to switch between them. I would have liked a more accessible option, either in the pause menu while in a match or assigned to controller button, to quickly switch between styles. Like the illustrations in the Gallery, the backdrops in the menu screen don’t yield to one particular artist and mixing up the artwork showcases many different creative strokes.

Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers Screenshot

Outside of combat, there’s little praise that can be given to the sound department. The subdued and redundant elevator music on the menu screens doesn’t instill much hype, though it does harken back to the original score. The voice acting also lacks vigor and the brawny tone you would expect for a fighting game. During a match, though, everything is pitch perfect, from Ryu’s shrieking calls to the round winning groans as a defeated character is thrust to the ground.

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Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers is getting a lot of attention as a release for the Nintendo Switch and for good reason. It adds a solid fighting game to the system’s slowly growing roster and highlights the partnership of two gaming giants, Capcom and Nintendo, which will hopefully flourish as the console continues its strong launch. The game does carry a few glaring omissions, however, and the highly-touted Way of the Hado mode feels thrown together and out of place. The price is also a sticking point for what is essentially a glorified port of a decades old game. It has its appeal, but I’m sure many will skip this match and wait for the next round.

By
Sean Engemann
Senior Contributing Writer
Date: 05/25/2017

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.2
Graphics
Everything looks clean and classic, and the varied artwork in the Gallery is a delight to peruse through. The Way of the Hado style, though, looks like a cheap VR design.
4.2
Control
Fast and tight, just what you would expect from a Street Fighter game. Again, Way of the Hado brings down the score with clunky motion controls.
3.7
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Stay in combat, where everything packs the perfect audio punch. Manu music and voice acting is nostalgic, but weak.
3.6
Play Value
There are a lot of modes to sink your teeth into, however some are more exciting than others, and despite the breadth of content, it’s a little too high priced at $40.
3.9
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Features a stellar line-up of characters, including all of the original fighters and bosses, the characters added in Super Street Fighter II, plus the first new roster additions in nearly 20 years: Evil Ryu and Violent Ken!
  • Choose between classic pixel-art graphics for a retro nostalgia trip, or enjoy a refined new modern look.
  • Utilize the motion controls of the Joy-Con in "Way of the Hado" mode, a new first-person single player experience where players attempt to defeat the Shadaloo army using signature Hadoken and Shoryuken special moves.
  • Team-up with a friend to take on the CPU opponent in a new co-op mode. Create new two-character combos and attack the CPU on both sides!
  • Battle it out with a friend in local multiplayer or take the fight online in Ranked and Casual matches.

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