• Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Apr 30, 1999

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 93
    I played this so much about a month ago I got blisters. This game is blissful in every way... A quintessential, must-have fighting game.
  2. The game's graphical prowess and arcade-perfect gameplay combined with its cache of bonus modes makes Street Fighter Alpha 3 the latest standard for 2D excellence on the PlayStation.
  3. 100
    Alpha 3 truly excels with its plethora of extra play-modes.
  4. Fighting games don't come much more accomplished than this though, and Street Fighter Alpha 3 is one of the most addictive and playable we've ever come across.
  5. One of the best 2D fighters ever made. [Nov 2001, p.52]
  6. Arguably the best version of Street Fighter to grace the system. [Feb 2003, p.97]
  7. A wonderful piece of fighting goodness that may very well be the best 2D fighting game created to date. The sheer amount of depth found within is staggering.
  8. 100
    While it is sometimes glaringly obvious that this is scaled down, Alpha's famous speed and depth comes across perfectly. All the combos, special moves and ISM's are in place, as are the characters.
  9. With plenty of extra modes, flashy graphics, and excellent voiceovers, this could be the next step towards perfecting the 2D side of the Playstation fighters.
  10. Street Fighter Alpha 3 won't steal the profile from the more flashy entries in the fighting genre, but those who know, will find the best fighting experience next to a "Virtua Fighter 3" arcade machine.
  11. The wonderful hand-drawn graphics move and animate the best that I have ever seen in a 2D fighter and the action is non-stop.
  12. Fans will appreciate that Capcom loaded this game with bonuses for the most diligent players. You'll find more modes to play and more characters to choose from such as Evil Ryu, Guile and more, so how's that for replay value? Not only did Capcom go overboard on extras but just wait until you see the art that appears before each fight in this game. It's classic.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Oct 14, 2013
    Street FIghter Alpha 3 was the best in the Alpha trilogy! I love the fact that they added characters and additional modes in the console versions. I love this game for introducing Karin and Cody, two of my favorite characters. Full Review »
  2. Feb 4, 2013
    Street Fighter Alpha 3 is a flawless entry into the franchise. It's well balanced and refined to perfection. There are 30 characters to play as, which gives you more fighting variety than you can shake a controller at. The graphics are exquisite, featuring bright 2D art and animation that is both impressive and nostalgic. Basically speaking, Street Fighter Alpha 3 is my favorite 2D fighter of all time... Hadouken!! Full Review »
  3. May 28, 2012
    This was the one of the PS games that I had left and used to play it occasionally on my PS2 right up to my PS3 and I was always amazed at how good it was, I would be sitting there playing it on an adrenaline rush and realising that it was a ten year old game .Also seeing that it had a good meta rating kinda cheered me up as it was a bit mysterious to me as I never known anyone who played it, and I thought it was my little gem. Sorry that the review didn't really involve gameplay but it was more of a personal review. Full Review »