LGF 08: Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix Hands-On

We got some quality hadoken time with Capcom's nearly finished fighting game at the London Games Festival 08.

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We've lost track of the number of different Street Fighter II variations, but like other fans of the series, we're always keen for another take on this classic brawler. Announced late last year and now approaching the end of its development, Super Street Fighter II HD Remix was on show at the Eurogamer Expo this year. With the game supposedly in near-finished form at the show, we wasted no time sitting down at an Xbox 360 to play it in crispy high definition.

The first thing that grabs you about SSFIIHDR is, of course, the remixed graphics. Hitting you like a fireball to the face, Capcom have updated the detail, appearance, and animations of its classic characters while collaborating with anime artists at Udon to overhaul the levels and menus. It certainly isn't the complete graphical overhaul that Street Fighter IV offers, but it's a fresh take on a classic game's look. Some fans may baulk at the prospect, but the costumes, characters, and stages all remain faithful to the series, even if Ken's eyebrows look a little too overgrown.

If those eyebrows are to be believed, it appears that Ken isn't a natural blonde.

All of the characters and stages from Super Street Fighter II were playable at the show for the first time, and from what we could tell, the game seems to be finished. Of course, a playing session wouldn't be complete without trying Street Fighter's signature players Ryu and Ken. If you're familiar with their abilities, it's as easy as ever to pull off fireballs, dragon punches, and hurricane kicks, including the special SSFII varieties. Animations looked smooth and fluid, and the frame rate held up without problem. Although the menus have also been reworked, anyone familiar with the series will recognise the format.

Though we would have a hard time trying to find a less-responsive D pad than the Xbox 360 controller, it was still up to the task of handling the quarter-circle and back-forward combos we're used to performing. We look forward to getting our hands on an arcade stick to give the game a real workout, and maybe even the 16-direction green pad that was released for Pro Evolution Soccer 2009. However, fans should be assured that we had no problem pulling off special moves with Ryu, Ken, Vega, Guile, Honda, Bison, and Blanka using the standard game pad.

Super Street Fighter II has never looked better and should hold up well on large displays.

Street Fighter IV is only a few months away now, but Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix is still an enticing proposition. Capcom has yet to reveal an exact release date, but given the build we saw, it hopefully won't be too far away.

Discussion

44 comments
Denji
Denji

I hope a release date is coming. Sure it's an old game but you know what? It has ONLINE PLAY. Coming from a guy that has NOBODY AT ALL to play Street Fighter with, I'm getting this game. Also like the new art style. But I'm a Street Fighter fan anyways. Unlike a few posters here, I'm actually excited about this release. I want to get back into Street Fighter again. @goldeneyegod I'm very "pro Dpad" for fighting games. The analog stick is just wrong and very slippery imo. It could never mimic an arcade stick if it's life depended on it. I feel I have better control with a Dpad. I could never do 5 hadouken combinations per second on that stick.

nick_spot
nick_spot

yeah i'm over street fighter. to be honest, i'm over all other fighting games too. by the time you master a character you're either sick of the game or a sequel has been released.

omarg
omarg

street fighter in general sucks, every single street fighter game is exactly the same , instead of making a new fighting engine, they just give the old game a new coat of paint and resell it. because they know there are a bunch of nostalgic fools out there who would still buy the same game they already bought like 20 times before, only it had a different name.

goldeneyegod
goldeneyegod

Will someone please tell me why most fighting games insist on using the d-pad for controlling the fighters? Is there something wrong with using a thumb-stick?!? It's just a joystick, only smaller. Help me out here. Or am I just crazy?

cool_modine
cool_modine

lol... not buying this game for about the fifth time. Don't care if it's online, and the updated look is pretty irrelevant. Well... perhaps if it were like 5 bucks, but I don't see that happening.

navstar29
navstar29

I am so buying this. I remember playing some street fighter game back in the day and could never put it down. I love that its been remade into HD unlike some other game which maintained its 8-bit form for who knows what reason, when a graphics update would have been awesome. Hopefully it wont be too expensive, regardless i'm buying it. So Nostalgic!

84montecarlo
84montecarlo

me 2 shadowblade99 me 2, I want this game so bad i can taste it!

shadowblade99
shadowblade99

Me want! When released? Sorry animalistic qualities kick in when Street Fighter II is concerned.

Guljigit92
Guljigit92

Okay i'm buying it mostly because I want to.

angelGP32
angelGP32

i don't know, some of the screen shots look like garbage, too cartoony. What the hell is wrong with kens foot in that one picture? Why does some screens of Dhalsims stage have 2 elephants when others have 3? I just got SNK vs Capcom SVC Chaos for my MVS so I'm good for a while, I probably won't be getting another SFII any time soon.

mtofu
mtofu

ryu's eyebrows are crazier than ken's just because they go over his headband... intense. OT: the game looks good, but the characters seem a little bit on the big side. this will be purchased on the ps3 instead of the xb360 because of the controller.

TranRoxas
TranRoxas

does anyone know what kind of price we're looking at for this? I'd guess 15 bucks, but does any one know for certain?

neobita
neobita

one more rom down the recycle bin after I buy this one... lol

Alizerothree
Alizerothree

no release date yet? too late Capcom. pass.

frazzle00
frazzle00

Online play with the Beta test was dreadfully laggy :(.

elementrium
elementrium

I have the original for the mega drive i hope this is as good as that 1

deadstarr
deadstarr

TJSAGE: The "new" characters are from another edition of SF2.

Ahmid_milad
Ahmid_milad

the last time a played street fighter was in my PS1 so it it a long time but this look good i hope it is as cool as the old 16-bit virsion

razgriz_101
razgriz_101

cant wait since i love the original.PS3 for me anyways dont like 360's pad too much for fighting games especially after playin SCIV at a friends house.

jaynyc4life
jaynyc4life

damn they take longer to make this than a regular game aint this just a downloadible game they putting way to much on this we shouldnt pay no attention to this and just worry bout gears 2 and call of duty and mortal kombat dc which was announced after sf2 hd and its still coming out before

bradskynoon
bradskynoon

sunrie you gotta be kidding? i've played SF on every console and the 360 controller is the reason i only buy fighting games on the ps3. dont get me started on the 360's unresponsive d-pad when trying to unleash an round deciding dragon punch the amount of times ive had that fat russian flying through the air and me primed to burn his face off with kens knuckles only to have him just stand up and let the hairy sod flatten him mate the snes was far more responsive due to is being a digital controller, theres either on or off, not so with the 360

V-r0cK
V-r0cK

My most anticipated PSN game ever, please release this game ASAP!

Seezecks
Seezecks

long time not play street fighter...love this game

KyoValdez
KyoValdez

When I kick the monkey's ass, I will hope for Capcom to remake Street Fighter 3 Third Strike for PSN,XBLA.

78thefly
78thefly

brill game but i have to agree about the D-pad, find it real hard to do dragon punches etc etc as i mostly use ken

Daymos
Daymos

This game has taken too long.. ill wait for SF4

TJSAGE
TJSAGE

what street fighter 2 had these new guys? I hate them! I just knew of the original 12 or so?

Sunrie
Sunrie

I don't get why people complain about the controller on the 360 for fighting games. I've never had any kind of problem with it. People are just getting too spoiled, is all. More than likely, anyone who complains about the 360 controller would get their butt handed to them on an SNES version of Super SFII. As far as the game itself goes, this is looking extremely nice. I'm glad to see the character sprites are so detailed. Here's to hoping that they add extra game modes and options!

painpas
painpas

BS! The D-pad is rubbish for this type of game. PS3 version for me. I have both consoles and love both for different reasons but they cannot convince me that it will play great. I had to get a third party pad to SF2 turbo on live arcade and it was not bad. But the standard pad is not that good great feel in the hands though.

jadefury27
jadefury27

oddly enough this looks more like a sequel to sf 3 than part 4 does. and wasn't this game supposed to be out by now?

jshaas
jshaas

Looks awesome!! This will definitely hold me over until SF4.

psychomas
psychomas

As a Street Fighter Geek, I will definitely be getting this and SFIV!!!

EnigManic
EnigManic

It's amazing that a game like this finally gets the treatment it should have gotten ten years ago. How many other classics deserve this kind of overhaul, besides Chronotrigger?

ne0man
ne0man

I gotta sell soul calibur 4 and buy me this, I was already tired of so many sf2 ports with those old sprites. and good to know the gameplay is the same

kr0niXz
kr0niXz

I was hoping this game was coming out like a year ago, what a waste of waiting...

Hoodlym_UK
Hoodlym_UK

This game looks amazing. Kudos to Capcom for being able to res up the graphics yet still keep the feel and timing which is what SF2 does best.

Normaral85
Normaral85

I'll buy whatever system puts it out first, just let us know when that date is. I don't care if it's a week or a few days difference.

coolguy681
coolguy681

Love SF2. Lets hope my parents just give me my ps3 back for Christmas :(.

Raisuke
Raisuke

There really isn't any "getting this over SF4" cause SF4 won't be out for a while (months) whereas this should coming very very very soon. Like within the next 2 or 3 weeks. Anyways... Glad to see fighters making a huge come back lately. SC4, MKvsDC, and SSF2THD should hold over till SF4 and T6BR.

Media_Mind
Media_Mind

I never play SF2 before, maybe I'll start with this and SF4!

dragonps
dragonps

I really cant wait for this:) I'll be getting this over SF4