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Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike - Fight for the Future

Developer / Publisher: Capcom
12 May 1999
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one of the best soundtracks, art styles, and roster in any fighting game ever
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blue0x 2022-01-06T07:52:39Z
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The closest to perfection any fighting game has gotten
And I mean it too. Third Strike is probably the closest to perfect a fighting game will ever get, even as the genre moves forward. Packing one of the coolest aesthetics in fighting game history with a gritty urban art style and a heavily breakbeat influenced ost, along with gameplay that likely won't be beaten for another century.

I'm confident that it'll be a very long time until another game can come close to touching the gameplay quality of Third Strike. While there the issue of the top tier characters being a little too powerful (Chun, Yun, etc.), and the bottom tier characters being comically terrible (Remy, Twelve, Sean, Etc.), It's made up for in a game that has a skill ceiling so high that it's likely that it'll never be reached by humans. No fighting game is perfect, but this one is just that good.

The gameplay is also very freeform compared to other fighting games, so much so that just about anyone can find something to enjoy in the mechanics of Third Strike. Some will say that Third Strike is the only fighting game that a jump-in could be a 50/50 mixup, and they're right! The diverse set of options that every character gets can lead to just about any interaction possible. Not to mention, the classic parry system of the game is something that makes any fighting game developer wish they had done as well as they had. Not many things on Earth are as satisfying as parrying multi-hits, and getting a punish for it. Third Strike is the definitive fighting game, and it has deserved that title since the day it launched. While other fighting games, even ones released after Third Strike, and even ones made by Capcom themselves, will all come to be "optimized" in how they are played, Third Strike will always have something new to throw around the corner. Always.
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thpopy 2021-07-02T06:12:06Z
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this game is incredible. the only reason im a little reticent about considering it the best fighting game ever is because of how centralizing the chun/yun/ken meta is, even though thats to be expected of a 20year old game that has seen everything its ever going to see. the technicality behind this game is great, but the game itself is unforgiving and there is no point in playing it if you can only button mash. its a very defensive oriented game because of the parry mechanic, which is a crucial reason why characters with dominant offense like chun yun and ken were even more dominant. parrying is a divisive thing, something some people actually loathe with all their being, but I actually prefer it as a spectator sport for the reason it can contribute to some very major upsets.

you can enjoy the craftsmanship of this game even if you dont know how to play. the portrait and spritework is so good. the aesthetic is unmatched. the ost is probably the best sf ost to ever exist. this game is hot, its really the sexiest fighting game to exist in a lot of ways. despite its troubled history it represented a capcom at the top of its craft.
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hittinbills 2020-01-14T13:52:11Z
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Yeah, that makes sense!
It's friday night. Your buds are hyped up. Banter is going on. Bets are being made.

"Let's see if you can beat my Q."

3rd Strike is a treasure of fighting games. Aesthetically, it went against every norm. The proportions are different. The game is FAST. Late 90s Hip Hop and general japantronica jazzy goodness will stick to your brain and never let go. The cast is not that cool, at first sight. The yellow one-armed man, the Andre the Giant rip-off, the white blob dude, they are outcasts. But god damn if they don't ooze style. This is a cool game, for cool kids.

That was NOT the sentiment at the time, but nowadays everyone loves it. All this time that went by, people mastered the hell out of this game, and the unbalanced/unfinished nature of it started showing through the cracks. But it doesn't make this title any less of a fun, unique ride through 2D fighters. To play this game, you need a different mentality. Where as in other fighting games, you worry about spacing and advantage, here you can add "attacking" to your list of worries. This game will punish you if you are previsible, "parrying" being the main feature in this that everyone remembers both positively and negatively. In any regular fighting game, you can Block to stop incoming damage. It puts you in a defensive position, meaning you can't always attack back, in regular circumstances. But parrying is an "aggressive" kind of block. Your character stops any incoming damage, and is immediately able to bring hell to your opponent, before he can even react. The catch? To parry, you press Forward (as in, the opposite of what you press to Block). This means that, if you miss the chance to correctly Parry (it's a really small, fraction of a second window), you are totally defenseless. It's such a smart idea, which adds stakes to any fight, and makes sure everyone is always at their toes. It's JUST as dangerous to attack as it is to do nothing.

It's stressful, complex, and super fun. And the aforementioned characters all have their own style. Even though the game is generally at a fast pace, you have methodical brawlers, technically agile guys/girls, long range zoning dudes, and big strong behemoths. It makes sure you can find at least one to fit your style. When you figure out which one you want to play, get ready. You'll get your ass beat, boy. But don't give up.

"We await your return... warrior!"
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jhinlol 2017-09-10T22:07:34Z
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A pitch perfect port once your actually playing, but the menus just look awful and the extra features and artwork are effete. The simplistic arcade machine experience is better than all the extra stuff Iron Galaxy added.
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MoaM 2018-04-20T17:22:33Z
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FlashtZ Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike - Fight for the Future 2022-09-27T19:06:26Z
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DavidSS Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike - Fight for the Future 2022-09-26T02:17:05Z
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Zherexy_Cotten Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike - Fight for the Future 2022-09-25T08:20:34Z
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skullzxvx Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike - Fight for the Future 2022-09-24T17:42:39Z
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MajorCom Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike - Fight for the Future 2022-09-17T20:08:26Z
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  • EJ_082887 2021-08-26 22:24:54.573477+00
    Love this game…until I reach to Gill. I only beat him once. I hate that boss so much
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  • fartgang 2021-11-23 22:24:10.166839+00
    no one thats rated this has played it
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    • thpopy 2022-01-13 03:17:55.359393+00
      If everyone who rated this regularly played the game it would probably reach 1k players on fightcade consistently and it would be the best thing ever
    • thpopy 2022-01-13 03:20:59.915971+00
      I'm still mad about people choosing online edition over a 4th installment when the 4th installment was exactly what we needed
    • OGDreamcast 2022-02-21 22:37:55.457293+00
      I hate this sentiment that no one actually plays 3rd strike. Sure at the time 3rd strike was significantly less successful then its predecessors but that was over 20 years ago. A cult following grew, online edition dropped, fightcade has seen varying success. Not everyone plays a game constantly, I haven't touched 3rd strike in years but even casuals have something to love about it. Although thinking about 3rd strike now is really wanting to get me into it. I'm sure one day online edition will be ported to PC/current gen and we'll see a renaissance or hey maybe we'll even see a new iteration.
    • thpopy 2022-03-18 03:09:28.337558+00
      It's more of just how many people call it a top 3 fighting game of all time in the FGC. Everybody loves the game, and there's no doubt about it, but there's a only a small group that regularly play. The amount of people that talk about how great it is would make people think there's more regular players than there actually is, and I think that's where the sentiment comes from. I really would do anything for a 3rd strike renaissance though
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  • brasscontraption 2022-01-19 15:38:56.568267+00
    LETS FUCKING GO GREATEST FIGHTING GAME!!
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  • _jessieh_ 2022-02-04 00:41:38.533781+00
    Gawd damn this soundtrack fucks
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    • slib 2022-03-06 23:15:47.806602+00
      I am revoking your internet privileges
    • slib 2022-06-15 05:20:36.652575+00
      I misread that as “sucks,” I apologize for any inconvenience
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  • ... 2022-02-15 16:31:38.375309+00
    Only complaint I can lodge against this game is how its intermediate level of play is locked behind parrying; whereas with a game like Guilty Gear +R, which I claim has similar mechanical depth, you can probably do well in intermediate play without slashbacking every hit, or learning every FRC combo route (Not a universal truth, but stands for most of the roster). That said, this game has endless mindgames, and most likely will never get boring if you're a fan.

    That and Ken's Parry>2MK>623HP>236HK is SICK.
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  • TheGrindingWheel 2022-07-05 12:01:26.014292+00
    This game being at like number 55 has become a constant of the universe.
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  • Juanjaramillom 2022-07-17 02:51:27.543885+00
    I simp for Chun Li
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    • slib 2022-08-09 17:41:08.38027+00
      I want Makoto to command grab then Super Arts 1 me
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