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

Developer / Publisher: Capcom
12 May 1999
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#52 All-time
#4 for 1999
Released in May 1999, the third and final installment of Street Fighter III brought back the classic Street Fighter II character Chun-Li, along with four new characters (Makoto, Remy, Q, and Twelve), extending the selectable roster to 19 characters, with Akuma now being a regular character.
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one of the best soundtracks, art styles, and roster in any fighting game ever
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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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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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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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  • KingGhidorah 2023-12-15 16:24:18.993692+00
    Makoto is like the sickest character I've ever played in a fighting game. Just makes so much sense. You can touch the buttons and feel out her moveset and you can understand the utility of each attack after using them once or twice
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  • ranzac 2023-12-22 20:09:07.964346+00
    absolutely the coolest fighting game roster ever
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  • LuraEternal 2024-01-13 14:27:00.175391+00
    As somebody who's not big on fighting games I adore this.
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  • grass25 2024-02-24 05:47:10.096988+00
    I've been in the FGC for like what? My entire life. And in all my years of playing fighting games, nothing has EVER come close to this masterpiece. It has the most satisfying fighting game engine ever, the greatest defensive mechanic ever implemented, so much depth and layers to every single interaction it's unreal. Also has one of the best soundtracks and visuals to any fighting game. This is literally a once in a lifetime game right here. 10 out of a damn 10, Greatest fighting game of all time.
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  • WinterMirage 2024-02-24 19:43:41.882065+00
    Kinda says something about this site that you have to get all the way to the rear end of the top 50 to see a multiplayer game on the chart.
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  • sathington_willoughby 2024-03-29 22:53:52.070492+00
    idgaf akuma will forever be the most badass character in a video game solely for the shun goku satsu
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  • LuraEternal 2024-03-30 12:58:55.96975+00
    If this isn't a 10/10 fighting game I really don't know what is
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  • Stabbed 2024-04-13 01:53:04.200881+00
    your favorite fighting game's favorite fighting game
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