My XBL/PSN game of the year may be the best version of SF2 yet. [Plus something that you will love, I guarantee]
I understand about mixed reactions about the art, but this is really a matter of opinion. At first, I didn't like the art of 3rd Strike either, but I got used to it. The thing that bugs me the most is Ken, he fights with a smile or a smirk, it looks weird, really weird.
I also don't like the fact that they didn't add 8-button functions, only 6, so that we could have specific keys for PPP and KKK.
The best thing in the game is the fact that all the characters are fun and useful, because their moves have been so carefully altered in a way that doesn't feel cheap. Yesterday, I was having so much fun with Zangief and Dhalsim--which IMO, where the hardest to master in SF2. I was really good with Dhalsim in SF@3 and SF EX+@1&3. And now I can use him again and have fun.
The alternative inputs don't hurt either.
I bought the game on XBL, and I am in love with the soundtrack. (Street Fighter games with the best soundtracks, IMO: SF 3rd Strike (the whole package), SF@3 (almost all of them), and that track from SF@2 grass field level where Sagat and Ryu duel)
It is fabulous, yesterday, after I was done paying I fell asleep listening to Vega's track, it's the best in the game, with Deejay's as the runner-up.
(You can download the soundtrack here:
A game that has been played for that long, and there's so end in sight, deserves a ten in my book.
[Obs: 10/10 doesn't mean perfect IMO, it's just my degree of satisfaction, and my own personal indulgence. It has to do with the quality of the product, the points that the product excels, the depth, the overall value, and the guilty pleasure (most importantly)]
Thank you, Capcom