Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix Hands-On

We take Capcom's HD makeover of its classic fighter for a spin.

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Ever since Capcom first announced its upcoming HD makeover of Street Fighter, we've been curious to see just how the anticipated game was going to look and play. While a full graphical makeover of one of the installments in the classic series sounded awesome in theory, we wondered how that would work out in practice. We finally got to find out at Capcom's recent London press event, where a limited demo of the game was on display.

Same characters, same moves, new looks.

The playable demo was from a work-in-progress version of the Xbox 360 game and featured only two stages and two fighters for attendees to brawl with in local versus matches. Ken and Ryu were the only selectable fighters, while Ken's dock stage and Balrog's Vegas street stage were the two stages. The striking demo popped off the screen thanks to its stunningly crisp graphics that were so very clear. The redone sprites for Ken and Ryu came very close to the concept art shown for the game back when it was first announced. The pair moved smoothly and had what appeared to be the right amount of animation, which was very cool, though frankly it was a little jarring to the eye after decades of being accustomed to the original visuals. At first blush the game has the hyperclean look of a flash game, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The revamped visuals stay true to the look of the original game and offer a bit more personality in the faces of the crowd members. If you're familiar with Udon's work in the Street Fighter comics, you know what to expect.

Aside from the visuals, our other concern was how the game would control. We're pleased to say that so far, things seem to being going well. The game's control was pretty much spot-on from what we could tell, provided you're playing with an arcade stick. Of the handful of kiosks with the game on display, the lone station with the arcade stick wound up getting the most foot traffic from those in attendance, so we're pretty sure it wasn't just us being finicky. For all of the Xbox 360 controller's positive aspects, its D pad and analog stick still don't do it for us when we play 2D fighters. Thankfully all seems right with the world when you're using an arcade stick. The game handles well and is benefiting from Capcom and developer Backbone's deliberate tweaking to ensure the game is faithful to the original.

The locations will have a familiar feel too.

Based on what we played, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD is headed in a positive direction and is worthy of some healthy anticipation. Although the game's release has been moved back from late this year to early 2008, we'd rather wait and let Capcom get it right than deal with a rush job. The upgraded visuals, refined gameplay, and extra content being prepped for the game all seem well worth the wait if they maintain the level of quality we saw. Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD is slated to ship early next year for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. Look for more on the game in the coming months.

Discussion

68 comments
Ragin_Asian
Ragin_Asian

So is this an Xbox live arcade game?

maggotgwar
maggotgwar

it is about time a new Street Fighter comes out i have played all the others to death i can't wait for this to come out

xxZiggyxx
xxZiggyxx

After a longtime Street Fighter is back! a remake of the classic version...looks cool also seen some images of the Street Fighter IV which is a 3D game I'm a bit dissapointed on that one. They ruined Ryu's face... I was also expecting it to look sharp as Virtua Fighter 5 but appearantly it still looks cartoony...but the gameplay still looks cool... gonna have to try it out

Lane_McNair
Lane_McNair

the game looks cool and everything, but the characters just don't look right to me... they must have had a new artist do the characters, because they look nothing like the originals

deshazerg
deshazerg

Judging from the screen shots, this is the look I was hoping for with Street Fighter IV. They should have stuck with better looking 2D sprites for the next installment of the series. This looks like the **** though. I'm excited.

faToe
faToe

rip off! the franchise is dead! who would pay for that...next gen more like copy pasted and photoshop! only a dumb ass would pay 50 o more for this another revival game.

Ba0ng89
Ba0ng89

Please Saturn fit it best

oscaromarjp
oscaromarjp

Can't wait to have it, but like they say it is preferable to wait, and better yet if they come out with a new controller for this and other 2d fight games, the multiplayer is something they have to work on too, the last one was **** up...

pinksandcocaine
pinksandcocaine

I really just think the PSX pad is not that hot either. The d-pad is segmented, which I think just makes it feel off. I have problems with it... maybe different problems than I do with the 360's, but they're still problems. I just can't stand how it feels and I don't think it's as precise as it should be either. Not to mention that most fighters use 6 button arrangements. In my opinion, if two of those buttons aren't on the face, there's a problem. Saturn's was the best for this stuff.

vincent7th
vincent7th

xxSupermanSGSxx: Playstation controllers have given the most control for a fighting game out of all the controllers ever made for a system. Only thing that comes close is the SNES controller. You obviously never played a fighting game with a Saturn controller.

DastardlyD
DastardlyD

Hmm... Street Fighter II. Makes me feel old just thinking about how much I abused that game when I was an early teen. Now, we're dragging it back out again and giving it a facelift. The thing is, the Street Fighter II "series" has had multiple facelifts, and it should have ended with Super Street Fighter II Turbo Extended Ultra Maximum Special Millenium Quantum Force Plus... Hyper. But, no, we now have a HD Remix. Street Fighter II will never go into the glory days of gaming because, like most of Capcom's franchises, it will never be allowed to die.

Wicket316
Wicket316

"piinshot" said "i would prefer an inferior product then having to wait for months longer for tiny improvements...maybe thats why i prefer my 360 to my ps3???" Thats pretty sad. The life story of the 360.

NND1
NND1

Now this is AwEsOme!!

crystos
crystos

so where are the gameplay pics??

xxSupermanSGSxx
xxSupermanSGSxx

plinshot you're an idiot. Considering how much 360 fans like to complain about price, the fact that the only way to ever play the game with great control is to purchase an arcade stick. Thats extra cash when it can be purchased on the PS3 and although arcade sticks are always better, Playstation controllers have given the most control for a fighting game out of all the controllers ever made for a system. Only thing that comes close is the SNES controller. Looks cool but I wonder how the original moves will work with the new art.

piinshot
piinshot

i would prefer an inferior product then having to wait for months longer for tiny improvements...maybe thats why i prefer my 360 to my ps3???

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

the 360 d-pad with the d-pad mod is good but not good enough for street fighter. The ps3 d-pad better but barely. If you are a casual goer you won't mind using the the d-pad but if you are going for an arcade stick i suggest you buy a custom xbox arcade stick online and a converter. The converter isn't out for ps3 yet so ps3 users might have to buy the hori one.

fleshsniper1
fleshsniper1

i like the first SF art, and alpha art. 3rd strike was ugly like marshmillow silk everyone looks fat. i hope they use better artist

daveg1
daveg1

should be good with htis being 2d i dont think sf4 will be 2d now which im happy about..

linkyshinks
linkyshinks

kazya_mishima, I could not agree with you more, it's ridiclous but probably down to a NDA non disclosure thing. I am sure pics will filter through soon enough though.

kazya_mishima
kazya_mishima

GAMESPOT!!!! Why didnt you take any pictures of the game in action?!?!?!?

GodLovesDead
GodLovesDead

CiscoRey, that's what it's supposed to be. If you know anything about 2D fighters, you can't really change the animation without changing the entire game.

guile_charlie
guile_charlie

Yes! By the time street fighter 4 comes out, the playstation 3 will probably be shipped with the Dualshock 3, and by that time, I'll get one, and by that time, I'll get this too! And, other game that kick ass! Possibly a price drop in ps3? hmmm.

Luce_the_humon
Luce_the_humon

Same as the previous version, but for this one, it has a HD makeover.

CiscoRey
CiscoRey

I've seen a vid (low-res) of this gaming running at GameTrailers. It doesn't look like they've done anything dramatic to the animation. It seems a lot like the same game with new sprites and sharp backgrounds. Oh, and the character select menu is arranged slightly different than before. That's about it. I'll purchase it anyway. This will compliment my new Hori fighting sticks nicely. =]

anyjabroni
anyjabroni

I hope the animation is as good or better than the guilty gear games. I hope the music is arranged too. But I bet Bison is still going to be a cheap bast_ _d. I thought this was going to be download on live, oh well I'll get it anyway.

Simsyas
Simsyas

Haha 12 year old bikini girl @ GameSpot.

monicavieira
monicavieira

Upgraded visuals? I wonder how it will look like...

jamesmonkey4u
jamesmonkey4u

About time this game got a lick of paint was great in its day, but The street fighter series really lacks behind the Other new 3d series available nowadays.

i_got_you60
i_got_you60

sf2 why didnt they remake the alpha series as well ive played the sf2 series to death

Sam-os_IMP
Sam-os_IMP

Why didn't they show the game in the video..I didn't wanna see that guys stupid face!

SMGrawks
SMGrawks

I'm not sure how I feel about the darker, cell-shady look that seems to have krept in there. Are Cammy and Chun Li's assets going to be in HD, or are they just going to look like Saturday morning cartoons?

Severe_Gamer
Severe_Gamer

The second to last sentence is an error, while it might be as much as 14.99 download on PSN and XBLA, it is most definately planned as a download only game, not retail.

-expletive-
-expletive-

"The striking demo popped off the screen thanks to its stunningly crisp graphics that were so very clear" the gamespot editor's on vacation, I take it? lol

alimilad
alimilad

aww man y cant they make it for ps2:(

WestCoastRida
WestCoastRida

wait, this is an actual DISC game? i thought it was gonna be an XBL Arcade game.... awww... There goes me paying only 10 bucks for it.

Sam_Lowery
Sam_Lowery

Hope they get the timing spot on. I can't wait to see some actual footage / screenshots and not just concept art.

printice21
printice21

SO THIS IS A FULL GAME HMM I was hoping for an arcade game!

N15PCA
N15PCA

Can't wait for this game and Street Fighter IV.

Zacek
Zacek

I want to see it now!

doctorteeth
doctorteeth

If they can perfectly preserve the gameplay and add such high quality illustration and character design (which is my department), then I cannot wait to play and see it in action.