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  • Summary: Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition brings the classic fighting title to PS3 and Xbox 360.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Aug 22, 2011
    100
    I'm confident even the most critical 3rd Strike aficionados will be hard pressed to put down the arcade stick once they hop online and start putting the hurt on all the day-one Chun-Li and Kens out there.
  2. Aug 29, 2011
    90
    Still, $15 is a small price for a remake of a game that I always considered to be better than Street Fighter IV. Many 2D fighting games have outright borrowed or stolen wholesale from the Street Fighter III series' formula, and for good reason -- there simply hasn't been a been a better 2D fighting game since. If you want to see how good at Street Fighter you really are, step up.
  3. Veterans will be pleased to know that Online is indeed an arcade-perfect port of the original Third Stike[itself the third iteration of SFIII], backed up by all new netcode that virtually eliminates lag. [Nov 2011, p.85]
  4. Oct 13, 2011
    88
    If you are a fan of the old Street Fighter games which wrote history, you will love Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike Online. It's a solid remake with renewed HD character graphics, but stayed true to it's roots. The level of difficulty is as tough as ever, so if you have a bad timing, you're simply going down. The one bad thing is a stupid Hip-Hop Soundtrack in the menu, though the in-game sounds are great. All in all, the game sends you back into a typical amusement hall of the 90s.
  5. Sep 9, 2011
    85
    Successfully revives a great game that twelve years after its initial release has a lot to offer to the fans of the genre.
  6. Aug 23, 2011
    82
    The game doesn't do much for newbies and won't hold up very long for casual players, but there is one sort of person who should get Third Strike Online Edition: those who have played Third Strike in the past and want to play it again. Luckily, that's a pretty huge demographic.
  7. Aug 31, 2011
    70
    Its nowhere near perfect online play continues the classic case of being bummed from losses or wins thanks to lag and being S.O.L. if players have no fellow Street Fighters to game with locally.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 4 out of 23
  1. Aug 23, 2011
    10
    People need to get over themselves. How is realeasing a game that fans ASKED FOR, TEN YEARS AFTER THE ORIGINAL RELEASE milking it? Also, they're just going to release another version of 3rd strike 6 months down the line? Proof you have no idea what you're talking about.

    Also, your **** megaman game was never getting made anyway. Deal with it.

    Oh yeah, fun game. Love 3rd Strike.
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  2. Aug 24, 2011
    10
    The ability to finally play SFIII:3rd Strike online with other plays is amazing. Even if you're not a full on SFIII fan, this game is worth experiencing. Expand
  3. Aug 31, 2011
    10
    This is basically a final re-release of the one of the best fighting games of all time. The core game play is completely unchanged from the arcade version, but the major addition of online matchmaking gives new life to this amazing game. If you liked the third strike released on PS2/Dreamcast/Arcades, you will love this game. Even if you have never played third strike but are looking for a fighting game with deep mechanics, rather than mindless button mashing, give this game a try. All in all, for $15 this game is an amazing value for any fighting game fan. Expand
  4. Aug 23, 2011
    10
    This is the only way to play Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike online. Capcom brought back a classic, allowing it to reach a new generation of gamers. This is a good thing. The fighting game community that already loves this game will embrace it, as will a lot of new fans, due to all of the enhancements. If you don't like it, go yell into a void. Expand
  5. Aug 25, 2011
    9
    I got to say, the sentiments of the user reviews for this ahs been astounding, in that most of them have a bone to pick with capcom, and don't really care about the quality of the game itself. in any case, i found 3rd strike to be everything i had expected. the new look and artwork along with the new menu music did a good job to remind me that this is a bit more special than the old ports of the dreamcast, ps2 and xbox era. the additional content in the form of the trial and modes as well as the vault unlockables are enough to make it feel that the game is offering a little something for old and new players alike. but that is where 3rd strike has its one and possibly only stumbling block from a non-technical side. the game originally had a steep learning curve and did a brutal job of seperating even novices from intermediate players, not to talk of the advanced level players. while the trials do a good job of letting you get a grasp of just how steep that learning curve is outside of a match, there really isn't anything in their that helps make it easier to grasp. newbies will mostly be getting ripped to pieces on this. with preserverance they will overcome, and it will pay off big time. but possibly something could have been done to make it easier to ease them in, though its high entry point skill wise is one of the fond memories old school players of the game remember somewhat fondly.
    apart from the gripe, the rest of the package is pretty awesome. the only other things that i would say the game has some issues with would have to be the fact that ranked mode online does not find or connect matches as easily as advertised, and the youtube video uploads have some poor video quality, though they run smoothly enough. while gripes, they are minor when considered against the overall background of what the game brings to the table. the implementation of ggpo seems to work exceptionally well, and so long as your connection is good, then i think you will be fortunate to experience online fighting play like never before.
    3rd strike doesn't really do anything new or different from what the game did originally 10 years ago, but what it does is bring to fans the true perfect port that has always been wanted and needed, while maintaining and expanding the community of fans by allowing players to keep challenging each other online, thus allowing old arcade vets to still play against friends and rivals from back in their heyday. it also allows them to challenge and to some extent help out the newbies. and that is part of the strength of the game that made capcom put money down in seeing it was made. 3rd strike and street fighter in general has a strong and large community of players and fans, and they will do all that they can, from youtube vids to faqs to probably sending messages, to make sure that those who really want to learn the game have the chance to better themselves with advice, tips and information. and that really sums up the best of what third strike has to offer. its an awesome game with an even more awesome community.
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  6. Aug 26, 2011
    8
    This is definitely my least favourite SF. Its obviously an extremely technical and balanced fighter, but it doesn't have the accessibility to go a long with that to make it fun for someone who is anything other than the most hardcore of fighting game enthusiasts. The trials are extremely frustrating, it took me 20 minutes just to parry Ken's shoryuken. Graphically the animation in this game is without doubt the best I've ever seen in a 2D fighter (with the possible exception of Red Earth). For some reason I don't think this port actually does the sprites justice. Surprisingly, the music soundtrack is arguably the worst I've ever heard in a fighting, but that's a moot point considering Xbox allows for custom soundtracks. I haven't tried this online, but my general experience with fighting games is they are best played locally anyway. Expand
  7. Aug 26, 2011
    2
    I bought Third Stirke in first place for playing it obviously online.
    The Matchmaking is HORRIBLE. Its takes ages to find an opponent at
    least with a yellow connection.
    Playing Online works like this: -> 5 min search -< opponent with red connection -> repeat -> repeat -> finally someone with at least a yellow connection (if ur lucky).
    You just don't see the who ur connecting to so you cant choose people with good connections for Matches. There is no 2 Player Lobby, you have to open an 8 Player Lobby with 6 Slots locked, guess what u cant tell without joining how big the Lobby is.

    Youtube upload quality is 240p, a bit disappointing but thats ok i guess.

    There is no point buying it if u already got the PS2 Version.
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