(Hi, and welcome to a feature i hope to start writing weekly or bi-monthly. It's called, Best game ever, as the title clearly states. Basically i State my favorite game at the moment, tell you about it, and you can rip my post to shreds and disagree with me in the comment section)
That's right, i said best game ever. Not best Fighting game ever, but best game ever. Period. what makes this game so great among the millions of fighters released before it? I'm glad you asked. The first thing you'll notice if you play for the first time, are all the classic characters missing from the lineup.(with the exception of Ryu, Ken, and Chun li) and while this may put you off at first, you'll eventually realize that many of the new characters are very reminiscent of classic charachters.(ie. Necro=Dhalsim, Remy=Guile) I won't lie, the first time i saw this i was shocked, and quite frankly, a little pissed. WHERE THE HELL IS GUILE!? Eventually, i realized that the new characters will all great in there own right. Now it feels weird going back to alpha and not being able to pick Urien or Mokoto. This game also has some of the most balanced fighting i've ever seen. Capcom really did a fantastic job on making sure that if you have the skill and know what to do, the fights can be quick, painful, and all flow together. From tactical recovery, to parries, to counters, lead-ins, combos, and kara throws, and hard to find something in the game Capcom truly didn't deliver and put alot of effort into.(No air blocking!?)
Although not quite as popular when first released, Third Strike has gained in popularity over the years, eventually spawning many of the best players to hold tournaments and meet for competitive on a fairly regular basis. Most players who play in the competitive side are fairly nice and easy to approach.(although this isn't always true of course) Ive haven't had to many problems, however. It's actually something ive enjoyed alot. I usually enter my local competition, get my ass beat in the first or second round, and then just kinda hang around and talk with people still in the tournament about strategy. Not to mention the Shoryuken forums are a great place to meet people to play on xbox live, discuss strategy with, and find local and distant tournaments.
Although the games not perfect by any means, the near flawless fighting, along with a great community and support thats still going strong, i'm pleased to have third strike as my first greatest games of all time article.
Think theres a better fighter out there? please, feel free to disagree with me, not to mention im always looking for good fighters to play. read