Metascore
86

Generally favorable reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  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. 95
    Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition is a very well put together package that not only manages to pay homage to the original games that had such a cult following in the past, but also in adding a whole bunch of well thought out features that really bring the game up to speed and sometimes even surpassing other games that are available from retail.
  3. Aug 22, 2011
    95
    With the challenges in place, a guaranteed large player base, tons of fan service, online play, and the customization of the entire game, the price tag for Online Edition makes it a steal. If you enjoy Street Fighter or enjoy fighting games, you owe it to yourself to pick this game up.
  4. Aug 24, 2011
    91
    The parry system, once you start to wrap your head around the timing, can be both satisfying and impressive as hell to pull off.
  5. Nov 14, 2011
    90
    If you love fighting games, you must get it. [Issue#77, p.100]
  6. Sep 23, 2011
    90
    Street Fighter IV was a slower, more deliberate project with a silly streak in its art and design, and I wonder whether we will ever see something closer to SFIII's style come in a future game - but this time rendered in 3D, of course. I hope so, because while I wasn't really looking forwards to a new port of a decade-plus-old game, even just a couple of hours with Online Edition has reminded me just how polished and brilliant Capcom's final 2D opus really was.
  7. Sep 12, 2011
    90
    Playing Street Fighter III : Third Strike from the comfort of your couch is now possible. And in very nice conditions, both in terms of visuals, playability, or netcode efficiency. Capcom even enriched the experience, offering numerous challenges to complete in various ways. So if you want to have a taste of the best fighting game ever made by this developer, it's now or never.
  8. Sep 12, 2011
    90
    Since its arcade version dropped, Street Fighter: 3rd Strike has been released in various forms on the Playstation 2, Dreamcast and original Xbox over the years. However, this version is the definitive one, and is nicely priced at 20 bucks too.
  9. Sep 6, 2011
    90
    A fantastic downloadable title. Online play makes an already great game even better. Updated visuals, an in-depth training mode, and plenty of challenges to complete give Third Strike Online Edition plenty of replay value.
  10. Aug 30, 2011
    90
    A great adaptation of one of the best fighting games of its time, with the phenomenal addition of an online mode.
  11. Aug 26, 2011
    90
    SF III: Third Strike Online Edition manages to offer the same awesome feelings of the original game, together with a rich set of extras and solid online gameplay.
  12. 90
    Street Fighter nuts will already have bought this without a second thought; if you remember the good old days of 2D fighters, this is the pinnacle.
  13. Aug 25, 2011
    90
    3rd Strike Online Edition provides a lick of paint that improve the dated visuals considerably.
  14. Aug 25, 2011
    90
    A great version of one of the best fighting games, and therefore one of the best multiplayer games, of all time - assuming you have the dedication for it.
  15. Aug 25, 2011
    90
    While a few missing extras and features might keep Third Strike: Online Edition from being the ultimate edition of Street Fighter III, the amount of care put into the core game as well as its online multiplayer easily elevates this release as the definitive version. The
  16. 90
    A series of very difficult parry and combo trials are what you're given to learn the game. Completing them is a slow process, but it's a fantastic and compelling way to figure out this notoriously complex sequel.
  17. Aug 24, 2011
    90
    If you are a fan of technical fighting games THIS pearl is for you. The awesome gameplay created more than 10 years ago by Capcom is still one of the most addictive examples of how a game like this should work. With Online Edition Capcom offers an arcade perfect port of the glorious Street Fighter III: Third Strike, with a big number of interesting addictions. Buy it, and you'll be amazed.
  18. Aug 23, 2011
    90
    The truth is that Third Strike is an elitist's game in the truest sense of the phrase. History has shown that, through its demands on player execution, this is a game that shrunk the audience of active Street Fighter players. But few would argue that it's anything but the pinnacle of 2D competitive Street Fighter design.
  19. Aug 23, 2011
    90
    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.
  20. Aug 23, 2011
    90
    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.
  21. Aug 22, 2011
    90
    It's because Capcom had the good sense to leave well enough alone, however, that Online Edition is the best Third Strike there's ever been. And, as we all know, the third strike is what counts.
  22. Sep 13, 2011
    89
    While Street Fighter 3: Online Edition is the least beginner-friendly of the series, that's precisely why it's favoured among the series' biggest fans. The parrying, super moves and timing make this a challenging and surprisingly addictive game.
  23. Aug 23, 2011
    87
    This is the way to make a comeback for a series.
  24. Sep 29, 2011
    85
    A real treasure that requires constant focus and more tactical approach to fighting – button mashing will get you nowhere. Offers fantastic retro visuals and online mode that works great. Third Strike gave me as much fun as Mortal Kombat or Super Street Fighter IV – not bad for a 1200 MSP remake of a 12 years old title. [October, p.76]
  25. 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.
  26. Aug 29, 2011
    85
    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.
  27. Aug 26, 2011
    84
    Street Fighter III Third Strike Online Edition is the best of the recently released Street Fighter games for PSN and Xbox Live. It maintains everything that made the original great, plus it adds solid online play and great depth with trials and challenges. It's definitely worth any hardcore Street Fighter fan's time and money.
  28. Aug 25, 2011
    83
    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.
  29. Aug 25, 2011
    83
    Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition is an opportunity to discover one of the best 2D fighting arcade games. The title retains the same gameplay and original charm.
  30. 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.
  31. Still good, still unbalanced like a fat bloke on a see-saw, and Remy is still a crap Guile replacement. [Dec 2011, p.111]
  32. 80
    If you're not familiar with the series, it might seem odd that Capcom hasn't spent more time updating the graphics or the 4:3 display format, but those in the know will be pleased to see that playability has been the main focus of this update. Anyone who's already dedicated large amounts of time to Street Fighter III can dig out their arcade stick and venture online without worry.
  33. Sep 8, 2011
    80
    Has everything that made the original such a great game, and so much more. It's a proper visual update of one of the most important fighting games ever made, with plenty of new modes, features and a well functioning online mode.
  34. Sep 8, 2011
    80
    With arcade-perfect gameplay, solid online match-ups and plenty of unlockable extras, it's finally time to retire your old Dreamcast copy of the game.
  35. Sep 2, 2011
    80
    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.
  36. Aug 29, 2011
    80
    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.
  37. Aug 24, 2011
    80
    It's unfortunate that it isn't easier to get into online matches, but overall, if you're looking for some more characters to beat around, play Third Strike. It's a good game.
  38. Aug 24, 2011
    80
    Quotation forthcoming.
  39. Aug 23, 2011
    80
    An incredibly rewarding game to play, and you can easily spend hours in training mode trying to master the tricky links and parries you'll need to win. It's been a long time coming, but 3rd Strike has finally gotten a console port worthy of its legacy.
  40. Sep 15, 2011
    67
    Street Fighter III Third Strike: Online Edition is probably exactly what a fan of the franchise would look for in a remake of a PS2 era arcade fighter, and as such, should be a thrill for old school Street Fighter fans. Unfortunately for the rest of us, n00bs need not apply.
  41. Sep 19, 2011
    60
    Street Fighter III: Third Strike - Online Edition is not a game for everyone. This is for the die-hard Street Fighter gamers that are looking to relive their childhood and to improve their skills by fighting real opponents and move up in the online leaderboards.
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Aug 24, 2011
    9
    Arguably the best Street fighter ever made. Wonderfully varied characters with equally varied, yet viable, play styles. Great depth due to excellent mechanics and, of course, the possibility to raise your game even further by virtue of the double edged sword that is the parry system. An all time classic lovingly brought back with cool added extras such as Youtube uploading, challenges and a comprehensive training mode. Full Review »
  2. Aug 31, 2011
    9
    Ridiculous that this game is getting scored low here, what so the SF4 generation have never seen a 2d fighter before or something? oh dear......
    fact is this is the most technical SF ever produced and doesn't rely on the simple button mashing that 4 does - this IS street fighter in its prime.
    The game takes skill to get something out of it, but the amazing detail, animation and added XBL content really helps you get stuck in. The port is very good overall and has replaced my DC version now, online is a bit hit or miss (when has it never been?) but GGPO does a reasonable job at keeping up but does have issues.
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  3. Sep 1, 2011
    2
    Very disappointing port: no matchmaking filters online, terrible matchmaking system overall (ranked is completely broke; player match lists are very slow to load and don't give an accurate picture of connection quality or of which characters are banned, etc), no dummy recording in training mode, no input display in training mode, you can't turn the crappy "VP" sidebars off, you can't switch back to the classic 3rd Strike menus, and the Youtube upload feature is a joke (240p, can't upload to individual accounts).

    And on top of that the game is absolutely FULL of bugs. I've encountered at least half a dozen significant bugs in the space of one week.
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