Its odd to say that this is a new entry in the world of street fighter. Because its not really new. Its more like a collectors edition of a classic crammed onto a small UMD. However, this game runs and plays marvelously. Heres why;
This game has not been upascaled, nor has it been tweaked for the PSP. but, its been coompletely reworked, and it shows. The graphics may not be 3D, but the art design and animations hold up well today, just as they did when it was first released on the Original Playstation.
Gameplay is also very intuitive. However, those who are useto using the d-pad, or even the large analogue nub of the Dual shock, may find these controls a little tricky at first. It is also rather easy to get the hang of, and once you do, its a very blissful experience.
The sound is by far the games greatest achievement. Its phenominal. The music, menu sounds and sound fx are truly amazing. Stick some quality earphones on, and play this game the way its meant to be!
My own issue is the initial loading times. It does take rather long to get to the games main manu. This on the other hand is a rather minor setback, and does not deter the game from its finest moments.
All in all, a solid fighting game for the PSP and the definitive version of alpha 3. A HD version would be great for the Next gen systems, but I dont see that happening any time soon. Well we can hope lol.