Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
Buy On
  1. 100
    Thankfully, Capcom included a near-perfect arcade port of "Street Fighter III", a fighting game as unsung as it is flawless. [Oct 2004, p.82]
  2. Play Magazine
    The presentation and bonus features are top notch - Capcom even included the entire SFII anime movie. [Aug 2004, p.57]
  3. Whether you know everything there is to know about Street Fighter or you’re new to the series, Street Fighter Anniversary Collection is an incredible package.
  4. It would have been nice to make the collection more complete by adding the first two versions of "Street Fighter III."
  5. Visually, the game is a stunner.
  6. 85
    The only real quandary is for multi-system owners who have both a PlayStation 2 and an Xbox. As the Xbox version of the game includes online play (while the PS2 doesn't), which really diminishes the value of picking up Sony's version when gamers know they can go head-to-head with one another cross-country in just a few months.
  7. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    No other 2D fighter offers the same weirdly perfect blend of tight controls, intuitive moves, and lovable characters. [Sept 2004, p.105]
  8. If you don't mind waiting, the Xbox version of Street Fighter Anniversary Collection will arrive in early 2005 and will feature online play. That alone makes the Xbox version seem far superior but for those of you that just can't wait, this game is easily worth the money.
  9. The gameplay is dead on in "Third Impact." It’s one of the most well handling fighting games produced, with every move coming across to the screen at the same split second rate as player input it into the control.
  10. These fighting games--true to their classic roots--have aged gracefully. In particular, Street Fighter III: Third Strike stands out as one of the best 2D fighting games available on the PlayStation 2.
  11. While not fully comprising the complete scope of this ground breaking series, the Anniversary Collection does a great service to fans by providing six solid recreations of Street Fighter games.
  12. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    It's really fun to have one version of a character go up against another version of the same character to see who's better. [Sept 2004, p.92]
  13. Conspicuously absent is anything pertaining to "Street Fighter Alpha", as well as new bonus features or incentives to keep you playing. [Sept 2004, p.110]
  14. The gameplay remains top notch, and the graphics and sound are vintage Street Fighter. Dig in and get your Shoryuken on.
  15. The visuals are a little dated but everything else about this package screams ‘class act.’
  16. "Third Strike" is, arguably, the definitive 2D fighting game on the PS2.
  17. 80
    Even with the disappointing lack of online play and the utterly unsurprising graphics issues, Street Fighter Anniversary Collection's two superb fighters offer enough outstanding gameplay to keep you cracking skulls and throwing fireballs for a long time to come.
  18. PSM Magazine
    It may not be the ultimate Street Fighter compilation, but in the end, Street Fighter Anniversary Collection offers great 2D fighting at an excellent price. [Sept 2004, p.20]
  19. GMR Magazine
    To be perfectly clear: This is the best 2D fighting game ever made...a 2D fighter fan's dream come true. [Sept 2004, p.95]
  20. While you can expect that an Street Fighter Anniversary Collection would have only remakes of original titles, you would hope there would be some history included – something this game is sorely missing.
  21. 75
    While every part of this package is well made and fun, there's not much new -- no online to spice things up, no new graphical upgrades, and a movie that's many years old. But we suppose that's the point -- this is a way to celebrate the series being around for 15 years, and at that, Anniversary Collection does a good job.
  22. There's not much here to fuel the kind of nostalgia the promise of reliving the days of yore, huddled around an arcade cabinet, fighting over what quarter resting on the glass was yours, and generally just reminiscing about a simpler time can provide.
  23. 70
    This edition costs only $30, but you essentially get one game, with a lot of variants, for the money. If you want to go retro, you should pick up "Midway Arcade Treasures" for more 2-D bang for less buck.
  24. Cheat Code Central
    With the release of Street Fighter Anniversary Collection, Capcom has basically thrown us the keys to their studio to do to this game whatever the hell we want.
  25. This homage to the old series includes Street Fighter III, which is more than enough to win over 2D fighting game fans. The rest of the collection, however, pales in comparison.
  26. Great value and a slice of gaming history, but it's still a shame they couldn't have put some more stuff together. [GamesMaster]
  27. For the casual player, this is archaic stuff that’ll provide about an hour of nostalgic fun.
  28. 60
    Though it’s not the dream collection fans hoped for, it’s still nice to be re-acquainted with these venerable fighters.
  29. netjak
    It reeks of desperation and greed, as if Capcom just threw this together to make as much money as possible. They include the most obscenely difficult and unworkable version of Street Fighter 2 for one part of the package, throw in the forgotten spawn of the series for another, and top it off by including a lousy licensed anime movie instead of any other Street Fighter game.
  30. It’s probably Capcom’s most disappointing offering to the fighting game genre since 1997’s dismal "Street Fighter Collection."

Awards & Rankings

#96 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. OzH.
    Aug 19, 2007
    The best part about this game is the fact that you can beat it on the easiest level and still get the character's ending. Nothing much The best part about this game is the fact that you can beat it on the easiest level and still get the character's ending. Nothing much has actually been done to improve the game. Didn't love 'Third Strike' as much the classic is still the best. Full Review »
  2. TishaC.
    Sep 23, 2006
    This game is wonderful! It is like getting at least 3 games in one and well worth it for anyone who grew up playing these games when they This game is wonderful! It is like getting at least 3 games in one and well worth it for anyone who grew up playing these games when they were new and for anyone who is simply playing for the first time! Full Review »
  3. TioC.
    Jul 5, 2005
    It rocks man i played and it was cool but to bad they dont have street fighters ex3.