Metascore
87

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Unlike so many remakes of classic fighters, Turbo HD has soul...It’s definitely a must-have title for any self-respecting fighting fan. Period.
  2. HD Remix makes most of those older releases look like cheap cash-ins. It may cost more than most arcade updates available for consoles today, but with the number of important changes being made and its extreme attention to detail, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix sets a new standard for downloadable arcade games... even though I still think Blanka's face doesn't look quite right.
  3. 100
    I can answer the more immediate question -- whether HD Remix holds up in online play -- with a resounding "Hell, yes." Backbone wisely co-opted fan-favorite peer-to-peer platform GGPO.net, which you can essentially think of as the netcode equivalent of the Google algorithm. This crazy Internet voodoo works well, and it makes for the most lag-free versus play this side of a brick-and-mortar arcade.
  4. What once was old is now new again and it still maintains that same classic gameplay that helped it to achieve its legendary status.
  5. With HD graphics, a finely remixed soundtrack, and good online gameplay, your $15 is already netting you more fun than most full priced fighting games do.
  6. The quality is further reflected in the silky-smooth online play and detailed options that let you choose how much updating you want.
  7. Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix is an absolutely excellent game, download or otherwise.
  8. Downloadable games have long ago proven to be a worthwhile feature for both the PS3 and Xbox 360, and Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD does nothing but help solidify the fact.
  9. All of the changes, all of the tweaks, all of the graphical upgrades, remixed music and refinements to the online experience make SSF2THDR one of the best remakes of a classic game in recent memory.
  10. While it lacks large amount of modes and options, the ones provided will keep you punching for hours. In addition, online play is excellent, with very little lag.
  11. The brilliant core gameplay remains deep like the Mariana Trench. Go get. [Jan 2009, p.90]
  12. A fantastic fighting title that will ensure your thumbs are well ready for SFIV. [Mar 2009, p.85]
  13. Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix is good, very good. It’s homage and a service that Capcom pays to itself and its classic as well as to all the fans that love it and will never forget. The boiling of all the memories to the old fans gets mixed up with the curiosity of the newbies without problems, Here they find a great way to get in the world of Street Fighter until Street Fighter IV comes out.
  14. If you spent any time at all on SF2 as a kid, on your SNES or Genesis or down at your arcade, this is a must-have nostalgia bomb.
  15. Solid arcade play, great one-on-one local matches, and a multiplayer mode that is almost lag free - this adds up to one of the best gaming values fighting fans could ask for.
  16. 90
    HD Remix is a superb edition of a timeless game complete with nearly flawless online gameplay.
  17. 90
    I can't think of a better way to spend your online dollars -- Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix is the best version of SFII yet, if not the best Street Fighter game in 15 years.
  18. Everything that's brilliant about 2D fighters. [Jan 2009, p.69]
  19. This is absolutely the best Street Fighter seen in years, but just be ready for a beatdown and you'll be fine.
  20. 87
    So HD Remix isn't for everyone, but the gameplay represented in this download is extraordinarily balanced and deep.
  21. Superb graphics, a musical score in tone with the atmosphere, balanced characters and great gameplay. What more can we ask for only 15 dollars?
  22. Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix is a game long in name, short on modes, but overwhelmingly high on quality and replay value. It comes up a bit short on some counts, but fans will definitely not be disappointed with the end result. If you're looking for a well-balanced online fighter with plenty of competitors, this is your best bet.
  23. Overhauled visuals and overloaded features makes this redux a top-tier Street Fighter game.
  24. Glory era SF that'll delight nostalgists, but near-vital for all. [Issue#174, p.74]
  25. Even though we have had our share of Street Fighter remakes over the past 15 years, this revamped version remains the most interesting of all. If you haven’t bought a downloadable fighting game yet, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix might be the one to get but don’t expect a whole lot of changes besides improved visuals and a few balanced gameplay elements.
  26. These minor faults—jerky background characters and a lack of add-on extras for the sake of variety—may seem silly when we're talking about a gorgeous remake of one of the arcade's few luminaries. Still, the lack of renovation below the surface might make the celebration short-lived.
  27. 72
    The PSN title will remain the preserve of retro fans, and those who prefer either a simpler or more affordable game than Street Fighter II's bigger and better sequel. [Issue#176, p.95]
  28. Fortunately for everyone, Street Fighter’s core gameplay still prevails and that is really all fighting games are about.
  29. SSFIITHDR is by no means a bad game, but to release this in Europe just hours before the Street Fighter IV launch is just inconsiderate, and Capcom have managed to outmaneuver themselves. However, there's lots of exciting fighting to be had in this game, and the graphics look just like we imagined that they did back in the days.
  30. That doesn't mean the online play is perfect. In fact, many people have reported matchmaking issues and assorted glitches. Matchmaking shouldn't be a problem when playing with friends via invites (on either PSN or XBL), but when playing random players it's a mixed bag.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Mar 28, 2014
    10
    Best Street Fighter 2 Game i have ever played. And yes, i've been playing since Street Fighter 1 !! This version is amazing!! Very well balanced fighters (some top experts helped to balance it), beatiful graphic, great multiplayer and still they kept the option to play in the old style. Street Fighter fans can't miss this game. Full Review »
  2. Sep 12, 2012
    4
    It may have been good in its day but I'm really not seeing the "HD" part of it. Stages are acceptable but some characters are almost unrecognisable compared to Street Fighter IV, which obviously looks better. In terms of balancing, throws do too much damage and you generally get very little health so rounds finish fast. However, it's not fast paced or fluent since controls and movement feel clunky and blocky rather than smooth. It doesn't seem to run at 60 FPS even though it probably does. Strategy and skill are short-lived and this apparent classic becomes more of an arcade mess-about rather than something more serious. Combos don't really seem to exist either. If you've played Street Fighter Iv avoid this if not it may be a simple way to get started since it's so difficult to take seriously. Full Review »
  3. Aug 22, 2012
    10
    Amazing!!! First off, I will tell you my background on the series. I probably wasted hundreds of dollars in quarters on the arcade games, and my first true street fighter game was Super Street Fighter II Turbo on the Super Nintendo. I must have poured a thousand hours into that game and didn't realize I loved it so much until I played it recently. I couldn't believe how many moves I remembered, and how nostalgic the game made me feel. So, I figured I should buy SSF4 for my PS3 and give in to my urge to kick some butt again. After some research and trying SSF4 for a few free 15 minute game sessions on my Onlive Game console, I decided I would rather spend the money on a game i didn't even get to try (SSF2 HD Remix). As soon as I tried it, the game brought me back. I guess they rebalanced the game, but I didn't notice. It's pretty much the exact same game as before. The animations and timing for the moves are perfect! The graphics though, get a major overhaul. Capcom had Udon comic book company in Japan completely redraw all of the characters and levels of the game and they animated it all in HD to make it looks as if you're watching an Anime film. I also love the music. It is essentially the same soundtrack that is updated with a more heavy metal, Dragon Ball Z type of sound. ( By the way, you can go back to classic music if you choose). Also, we have a multiplayer online mode with no lag, and there is a character move list for all the fighters, so you won't have to worry about that either. Without a doubt, this is an amazing effort and I will go right back to playing the game as soon as I finish posting this review, with hopes that I can convince others to buy this game instead of the more expensive SSF4, like I originally was going to buy. Full Review »