Metascore
78

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. 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.
  2. 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.
  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. 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]
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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]
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Play Magazine
    91
    The presentation and bonus features are top notch - Capcom even included the entire SFII anime movie. [Aug 2004, p.57]
  11. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    85
    No other 2D fighter offers the same weirdly perfect blend of tight controls, intuitive moves, and lovable characters. [Sept 2004, p.105]
  12. It would have been nice to make the collection more complete by adding the first two versions of "Street Fighter III."
  13. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    80
    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]
  14. PSM Magazine
    80
    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]
  15. Visually, the game is a stunner.
  16. "Third Strike" is, arguably, the definitive 2D fighting game on the PS2.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. The visuals are a little dated but everything else about this package screams ‘class act.’
  20. The gameplay remains top notch, and the graphics and sound are vintage Street Fighter. Dig in and get your Shoryuken on.
  21. GMR Magazine
    80
    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]
  22. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#95 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
#78 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004
User Score
8.7

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
    7
    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
    10
    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
    10
    It rocks man i played and it was cool but to bad they dont have street fighters ex3.