Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Aug 22, 2011
    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. Sep 16, 2011
    The character roster might put some off, but this is a truly excellent fighting game that every fan of the genre should own. [Issue#209, p.98]
  3. The only flaw? It's occasionally too brilliant for its own good. [Nov 2011, p.113]
  4. 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]
  5. Oct 2, 2011
    A must-have for any fighting fanatic, Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition is a mandatory purchase for anyone who loves the art of one-on-one hand-to-hand combat. Absolutely recommended.
  6. Aug 30, 2011
    A great adaptation of one of the best fighting games of its time, with the phenomenal addition of an online mode.
  7. Aug 29, 2011
    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.
  8. Aug 25, 2011
    3rd Strike Online Edition provides a lick of paint that improve the dated visuals considerably.
  9. Aug 23, 2011
    The best Street Fighter game to be released on the downloadable market yet. It's the same game many of you have been playing for the last 12 years, only improved in every area.
  10. Aug 23, 2011
    As a whole, SFIII: 3rdS – OE is a celebration of a threequel that wasn't content to merely stand on the shoulders of the giant that preceded it and that in doing so delivered a fighting game that to this day feels incredibly vital.
  11. Aug 22, 2011
    The perfect example of a game that has actually aged better over time. There's something for everyone even if you never got into it twelve years ago. While the high level of execution may take some time to get adjusted to, it's ultimately worth it. The online multiplayer not only provides a near lagless experience, it moves the genre forward in terms of features and technology.
  12. Aug 22, 2011
    If I weren't such a 2D sprite-based graphics whore, I might give my experience with the game a 10/10, but that pixel distortion hurt me bad, so I have to go with a 9.
  13. Aug 24, 2011
    A careful, confident treatment of a classic game that's had more influence than it's had time in the spotlight. If you're interested in the history or practice of fighting games, this is a great chance to pick up a fighter that's paid its dues and proved its worth.
  14. Oct 13, 2011
    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.
  15. Sep 26, 2011
    Despite the problems of the online component, Street Fighter 3rd Strike: Online Edition remains one of the best, much appreciated fighting game ever in a great new HD version.
  16. Aug 23, 2011
    If you are interested in casual play, you're much more likely to enjoy Super Street Fighter 4 or Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix, both of which are already available on PS3 and 360. If you didn't find joy in the fireball hurling antics of other SF titles, this one won't sway you either. You should probably hold off for Soul Calibur V. If you are a fighting enthusiast with an Arcade Stick, a lot of patience and a vast hunger for competitiveness, you'd be hard pressed to find a better experience than Third Strike.
  17. Sep 9, 2011
    Successfully revives a great game that twelve years after its initial release has a lot to offer to the fans of the genre.
  18. Aug 29, 2011
    In spite of its faults, SF III :3rd Strike Online is still a must-play for those who missed it before or for long-time fans just to experience the best-looking version of the game yet. Even though it is presently hampered by online lag and matchmaking problems, it's still worth its $15 asking price. Multi-platform owners are probably better off with the 360 version, since the stock controller is better for the game, and at least some of its online issues should be remedied soon.
  19. Aug 25, 2011
    An acceptable port, which simply adds online features (no duh) and some extra unlockable artwork. However, its strength is mainly carried by the smooth, solid gameplay already inherent in Third Strike and not by its newfangled embellishments.
  20. Aug 23, 2011
    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.
  21. Sep 15, 2011
    As stated before, Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition is the definitive version of the classic arcade game.
  22. 80
    After more than 10 years, Street Fighter III: Third Strike is still one of the best fighting games.
  23. Sep 2, 2011
    This faithful port of Third Strike comes with all of the pluses and minuses of the arcade version, including tight, fun gameplay coupled with a steep learning curve.
  24. 80
    The game is easily one of the best downloadable fighting games off of the store, so pick it up if you have never gotten the chance to try it out.
  25. Aug 29, 2011
    Capcom has done more than just slap an online multiplayer mode on its classic game, and the work has paid off! The few shortcomings are easily overlooked if you're a fan and most should have a great time playing it.
  26. Oct 23, 2011
    Seems a tad pricey. [Dec 2011, p.89]
  27. Aug 31, 2011
    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.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 70 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 4 out of 23
  1. Aug 23, 2011
    People need to get over themselves. How is realeasing a game that fans ASKED FOR, TEN YEARS AFTER THE ORIGINAL RELEASE milking it? Also,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 26, 2011
    I bought Third Stirke in first place for playing it obviously online.
    The Matchmaking is HORRIBLE. Its takes ages to find an opponent at
    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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  3. Aug 23, 2011
    Wow, people rating games 0 that they most likely haven't even played. Not only do people care about this game, it was released just one timeWow, people rating games 0 that they most likely haven't even played. Not only do people care about this game, it was released just one time almost a decade ago on previous consoles. If you wanted to play street fighter III online before this release, you were out of luck. Some people need to learn what milking actually is before they make a silly comment online. Also, there are about 3 times as many Mega Man games out there as there are Street Fighters, and less people cared about the Mega Man Legend series than any Street Fighter by far. Full Review »