Best Street Fighter Games: Games from best to worst

STREET Fighter is one of the most popular fighting series out there and is often considered the grandfather of the genre.

Known for its difficulty in getting the right combination of blocks, combos and counters, there is an art to learning a Street Fighter game.

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Street Fighter 6 is just around the corner, so we’ve taken a look back at the series to bring you some of the best.

Here are all Street Fighter games from best to worst.

Street Fighter 3: Third Strike

When Street Fighter 3 came out, fans were just disappointed, but then Third Strike came out and people’s opinion of this entry started to change.

It was punishing in a way the previous games weren’t, and it took the best players to show us what it’s capable of.

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After fans saw what combos were possible, everyone was dying to try it themselves.

It was so popular, in fact, that if you have a PS3 and a copy and get both working, you’ll find a passionate community still willing to fight.

Ultra Street Fighter 4

Street Fighter 4 brought 2D fighting games back into the mainstream long after arcade closures declared them dead.

The Ultra version is the best way to play it, with a huge roster of 44 fighters.

Focus Attacks put SF4 in the spotlight, but it was the sharp gameplay that made an impression on fans.

Although it was incredibly difficult to pull off, the damage that could be delivered from long combos was incredibly satisfying.

Super Street Fighter 2: The New Challengers

Turbo may have put Street Fighter 2 on the map, but we like The New Challengers for its updated roster.

This is the game to play if you want to capture that arcade or early SNES era of fighting games.

It has the sharpness of SF2 Turbo, but with the additional characters there are even more combos to learn.

This is another entry that still maintains its devoted following to this day.

Street Fighter Alpha 3

Before the Street Fighter characters learned to sprint, the gameplay was quite different and if you want to try it, Street Fighter Alpha 3 is the way to go.

The Alpha Series updates and improves the gameplay built into SF2, making it one of the best ways to enjoy classic fighting games.

This spin-off series had a major impact on future mainline series games.

Not only because of the characters featured, but also because of one of the most charming art styles in the entire franchise.

Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition

While not the most successful of launches, SF5’s Champion Edition is among the best works of the series.

As of the latest patch, the game has a huge roster of fighters, great mechanics, and a great single-player campaign.

Although it has a 3D art style, it’s still a 2D game that takes the series to the next generation.

It’s the latest in the series and a good start too.

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars

Tatsunoko is the company responsible for some of the world’s most popular manga and anime characters.

This crossover game takes these beloved characters and pits them against the might of Street Fighter.

Outside of Japan, it’s a Wii-only game, and despite that, it’s still been incredibly popular.

While it’s one of the niche entries of the series, it’s also one of the funniest.

X-Men vs Street Fighter

As the name suggests, this game is a crossover involving the X-Men mutants and the Street Fighter champions.

This kick-started the long-running Capcom vs. spin-off games, which pits these fighters against characters from other series.

It had the fast-paced combat of Street Fighter and characters that are now staples of the fighting game.

It was also the first game to introduce Cyber ​​Akuma as a boss fight.

Capcom vs SNK 2

This one looks a bit out of place as the SNK characters use sprites made for other games.

The 2D sprites on 3D backgrounds don’t really go together well, but it’s one to try.

It’s still a great fighting game though, and the EO version adds easier controls and four additional characters.

This one still manages to feel like the golden days of fighting game crossovers.

Marvel Super Heroes vs Street Fighter

Released shortly after the X-Men crossover, this game introduces more Marvel characters to the roster.

This has grown into its own series, now known more succinctly as Marvel vs. Capcom.

However, not much is added by X-Men vs. and it felt more like a stopgap than a standalone game.

Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers

Released exclusively for Nintendo Switch, it changes a lot of things that people love about SF2.

Combo timing has changed, grapple breaks are present, and it’s all playing widescreen.

It also has the option to play with Turbo HD graphics, which you shouldn’t.

Street Fighter EX3

Not developed by Capcom, the EX series is a very bizarre entry into the franchise.

This is a 3D entry in the series that introduced tag mechanics similar to Tekken Tag Tournament.

Street Fighter X Tekken

Seeing Street Fighter characters take on Tekken fighters is an interesting concept with some long-awaited match-ups.

However, the Gems system has changed the game, making it very confusing for new players to adapt.

This made things more customizable for experienced players but was ruined by the fact that you could buy them online.

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Street Fighter was the series’ humble beginning, and as with most series, the first game isn’t the best.

While SF is known for having three buttons each for punches and kicks, the original only had one.

The pressure you apply to each button determines the strength of the attack, leaving many destroyed cabinets in its wake.

Street Fighter: The Movie

In an attempt to monopolize Mortal Kombat’s popularity, Street Fighter: The Movie (the game) used the cast and costumes from the now infamous film.

Despite stars like Jean-Claude Van Damme and Kylie Minogue, the arcade game just wasn’t very good.

It won’t be appearing on gaming compilations any time soon.

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