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The Evolution Of Street Fighter | How The Characters Have Evolved Over The Decades
 
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Evolution Of Ryu
In the long and distinguished history of the video game, there are a handful of titles that shine out like beacons of pixellated perfection; whose existence influenced every release thereafter. Sure, there are your Marios, your Elites and your Dooms, but when it's a question of to sheer coin-guzzling arcade power, nothing comes close to Street Fighter II, the genre-defining sequel to 1987's middling Street Fighter that put fighting games on the map. It's also a hot contender for the game with the most convoluted list of variants ever, be it Champion Edition, Turbo, Super, Hyper Fighting, any one of the Alphas or the hybrid crossovers with either superheroes or characters from rival fighting games. Still, with the World Warriors making a return this month in the game franchise's fourth instalment and a new film, The Legend Of Chun-Li, on the horizon, we take a nostalgic look at the evolution of Ryu and co across the years in a special tribute to all things Street Fighter. Round One, Fight!
 
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1 Get your face in Street Fighter
Posted on Thursday February 19, 2009, 10:30 by stuartjames1
www.becomestreetfighter.com This is a wicked site! My face on Chun Li's body.... disturbing yet it feels so right. Read More

2
Posted on Thursday February 19, 2009, 02:36 by THEJOKER19
The street fighter film with Jean claude van damme was terrible!! Kylie Minogue sounded like she had a cold!!! she spoke with such a crap English accent!! Read More

3 Ahem
Posted on Wednesday February 18, 2009, 18:39 by mighty mick
One word: Tekken. 'Nuff said. Read More

4 RE: Great Article
Posted on Tuesday February 17, 2009, 13:54 by Ghost Mutt
Street Fighter over Mortal Kombat anyday.   Apart from in regards to the movies. I loved MK when I was a nipper. Read More

5 Great Article
Posted on Monday February 16, 2009, 16:18 by Samoa Joker
Ignore the whining crybabies, this was a GREAT article. Took me down memory lane, and served to greatly enhance my hype for Street Figher IV. I can't wait to return to my old favourite Sagat! Read More

6 Killjoys
Posted on Monday February 16, 2009, 12:20 by jedi_theforce
Empire, dont listen to the naysayers about this article, it was great, and took me back down memory lane enough to make me call an old friend from school to see if he caught it too! Guys, I am a fan of movies, dont get me wrong, i watch a film a day with lovefilm and others, and all my books on my bedside are film related autobiogs or books about genres and methods. I love film. But are you really telling me that when you have a massive website like this and there is a new game release that has lots of history and many good memories to many people they should just not write about it? I think you are just being grumpy, if you dont like it, dont read it, there's plenty of other stuff to keep you happy on here, and its not taking up valuable pages of next months mag. All this website stuff is free yes? gratis? so chill out man. Read More

7 RE: That Wackadoo Spaniard
Posted on Sunday February 15, 2009, 21:23 by y2cave
Exactly, HighwayJoe! I always thought it was the marginal characters that made the game. There always seemed to be a massive gulf between the Ryus and Kens, and the rest - like an average Ryu player would always beat a great Zangief player, for instance.   Me, I have to come out now as Guile, all the way. he had a great range of strikes, some simple but some really awkward with unusual contact points so you could really piss off opponents by switching attack heights in an instant.   Plus, I really think people missed a trick with his charging specials. Master a couple of his combos, and you learn to charge the specials while pulling off the combo! Nothing better than to round off a smooth strike flurry with an EX Super Flash Kick!   Oh, and he rocked in Marvel VSCapcom 2 ;) Read More

8 That Wackadoo Spaniard
Posted on Saturday February 14, 2009, 13:15 by HighwayJoe
"Yes, there are still people who claim Vega's a beast when you finally master him..." There are, as it happens. I'd know; I'm one of them. I played Vega till he crawled up that cage, spun, rolled, and diced-and-sliced with those claws like no tomorrow. I even got juice out of him after his claws were kicked off s great fun... if you were patient. The costume, though...? Well, he was supposed to have been a matador, and his pants and stockings and shoes are actually the lower half of a bullfighter's costume, which also explains the bright, BRIGHT colours. Still, it looked pretty silly when up next to, say, Ryu's basic white. Reading this took me right back to 1991-92, when controller mashing filled my living room till my eyes were blurry. I can't play any fighter game without wishing the SFII cast could magically appear on screen Read More

9 Street Fighter stole my teenage years!
Posted on Saturday February 14, 2009, 10:55 by gareth_082
Awesome article! I am now off 2 buy a snes and kick sum Zangief ass! Read More

10 RE: SF4
Posted on Friday February 13, 2009, 23:30 by the anomaly
L: y2cave L: the anomaly Agreed regarding the development of the characters in Street Fighter to an extent. Yet again you have to think that there are not really that many verions of the story as they kept remaking games. The story so far goes Street Fighter, Street Fighter Aplha series, Street Fighter 2 series, Street Fighter 3 series and now Street Fighter 4. So despite there being so many versions (Alpha 1-3, Turbo, Super. Hyper etc) the games have all been set in these 4 time periods well now 5 and to be honest there has not been that much of a time gap between them in the actual story. The characters have all changed though. During 3 they made a lot of big changes but they did not get a good reaction. So for the next few versions of SF3 they added a lot of the old cast back who were not present in the first SF3. It looks like with SF4 they are just giving the fans what they want. Though I was surprised with the roster as I can not see how this story follows onRead More

11
Posted on Friday February 13, 2009, 20:10 by Adrian
you missed T. Hawk. Just for those who figure Sagat ain't big enough. hits harder'n an iron horse too. him um heap big bloke yup. Deejay was okay i guess. in actuality always better than i expected him to be. rare case of he's better in player than computer hands. Read More

12 Awww...
Posted on Friday February 13, 2009, 19:51 by christofurr
I quite enjoyed this article actually, but i was disappointed that there was no mention of Street Fighter II: The Movie, which is still, after all these years, a fanTAStic film, and really DID manage to get across M.Bison's ruthlessness, despite his camp clobber. The Jean-Claude God-Damn piece of schmit i've quite happily relegated to the Room 101 of my mind with Highlander II, MiB 2 and Batman And Robin. Read More

13 What does the M. Stand for?
Posted on Friday February 13, 2009, 16:23 by leon_the_iguana
I know that in Japan M. Bison was Balrog, a p-take of Mike Tyson, but I think that's just to avoid copyright issues - clearly, The M. in M. Bison stands for Mario. Give the wee plumber a cape, and what you see is this red-suited menace!!! Read More

14 Oh my...
Posted on Friday February 13, 2009, 14:55 by untidydubs
Guys, please stick to writing about films, yeah? That was gloriously uninformed, and the majority of Empire's readers are unlikely to give a damn. Maybe if you did a feature on the evolution of cgi or something? Read More

15 RE: SF4
Posted on Friday February 13, 2009, 13:33 by LEEJGM
L: the anomaly Agreed regarding the development of the characters in Street Fighter to an extent. Yet again you have to think that there are not really that many verions of the story as they kept remaking games. The story so far goes Street Fighter, Street Fighter Aplha series, Street Fighter 2 series, Street Fighter 3 series and now Street Fighter 4. So despite there being so many versions (Alpha 1-3, Turbo, Super. Hyper etc) the games have all been set in these 4 time periods well now 5 and to be honest there has not been that much of a time gap between them in the actual story. The characters have all changed though. During 3 they made a lot of big changes but they did not get a good reaction. So for the next few versions of SF3 they added a lot of the old cast back who were not present in the first SF3. It looks like with SF4 they are just giving the fans what they want. I was surprised with the roster as I can not see how this story follows on from SF3.ote] Read More

16 Shocking
Posted on Friday February 13, 2009, 12:39 by clarencewurley
Lads (and ladies), such a poor way to sell out. I know there's a credit crunch and all that so you're desperate for money, but this is ridiculous. The stupidest and most pointless feature yet. This is a sad day in the history of Empire... Read More

17 RE: SF4
Posted on Friday February 13, 2009, 10:52 by y2cave
L: the anomaly Agreed regarding the development of the characters in Street Fighter to an extent. Yet again you have to think that there are not really that many verions of the story as they kept remaking games. The story so far goes Street Fighter, Street Fighter Aplha series, Street Fighter 2 series, Street Fighter 3 series and now Street Fighter 4. So despite there being so many versions (Alpha 1-3, Turbo, Super. Hyper etc) the games have all been set in these 4 time periods well now 5 and to be honest there has not been that much of a time gap between them in the actual story. The characters have all changed though. During 3 they made a lot of big changes but they did not get a good reaction. So for the next few versions of SF3 they added a lot of the old cast back who were not present in the first SF3. It looks like with SF4 they are just giving the fans what they want. Though I was surprised with the roster as I can not see how this story follows on from SF3. sp;Read More

18 "intimdating"
Posted on Friday February 13, 2009, 10:27 by Youshouldberunning
Jeez Empire - is your spell check fucked? Read More

19
Posted on Friday February 13, 2009, 10:17 by Youshouldberunning
"wining" the game? really? Read More

20 " Bison! You are off Air!"
Posted on Thursday February 12, 2009, 22:08 by dgribble
Fair enough the movie wasn't perfect, but it was fun and it wasn't even trying to be serious, so it gets away with its camp tone (plus it was Rual Julia's last movie). Anyway I don't care what people say, JCVD was a total legend in that movie. Long Live GUILE! Read More

21
Posted on Thursday February 12, 2009, 20:25 by arealmovielover
This was a great game... not so great movie? Read More

22 RE: Quick, change the channel!
Posted on Thursday February 12, 2009, 11:54 by Drone
L: Trevelyan006 Bison: For you, the day Bison graced your village was the most important day of your life. But for me... it was Tuesday. sp; Awesome quote.  I didn't realise there were so many daft but brilliant lines in the thing Read More

23 "Evil demon"? I don't think so
Posted on Thursday February 12, 2009, 11:09 by SpaceLion
Actually, the kanji on Akuma's back means "heaven". Sorry. Read More

24 Quick, change the channel!
Posted on Thursday February 12, 2009, 04:13 by Trevelyan006
Why is there no love for the Van Damme movie? It's one of the greatest comedies ever made featuring such zingers as: Bison: You have made me a very happy man. Colonel William F. Guile: And next, I'll make you a dead one. Chun Li: My father saved his village at the cost of his own life. You had him shot as you ran away. A hero at a thousand paces! Bison: I'm sorry... I don't remember any of it. Chun Li: You don't remember? Bison: For you, the day Bison graced your village was the most important day of your life. But for me... it was Tuesday. ief: Quick, change the channel! Colonel William F. Guile: It's the Collection Agency, Bison. Your ass is six months over due, and it's mine. Zangief: General Bison is a bad guy? If you know then why do you work for him? Dee Jay: Because he paid me a freakin fortune, Man! If you know what's good for you you'll save your own ass! Zangief: ...you got paid? Balrog: give me a hand. E. Honda: We've only been in prisonRead More

25 Gonna get SF4 even if I get 100 hand slapped for it
Posted on Wednesday February 11, 2009, 23:58 by Taz69
The film lets face will be dire, like Dead or Live a couple of years back, but at least Guile won't be played by The Muscles from Brussels.That's one thing it has in its favour. The game is a modern classic and it looks brilliant in HD. Who'd win in a fight between Ryu and Ken. There's only one way to find out, FIGHT!!! Read More

26 Akuma kicks serious *ss!
Posted on Wednesday February 11, 2009, 23:58 by onyx79
Love Street Fighter, favourite character is Akuma. He has a killer move that is real hard to pull off but oh so satisfying when successfully done! Looking forward to that new Street Fighter film, might turn out to be real bad but it is Street Fighter anyway. Count me in! Read More

27 SF4
Posted on Wednesday February 11, 2009, 23:31 by the anomaly
To be fair there is a Street Fighter movie comming out soon. Street Fighter Chun Li Chronicles or somthing like that starting that Kristina Kreuk...Lana from Smallville. L: y2cave 17years since SFII and still Ryu, Ken et al haven't aged a day? This is undoubtedly gonna be a landmark in beat-em-up gaming in terms of gameply, but jeez Capcom has zero imagination beyond its original character designs compared to the Mortal Kombat series by Midway and King of Fighters by SNK. Shouldn't Ryu be a legendary Hadou Master by now? Has handsome hothead Ken really stuck to training and avoided commercial fame and fortune? Is Blanka still a psychotic green beast even after being reunited with his mommy? It's gonna be a gem to play, but it could have been a creative as well as technical advance. Another missed opportunity by Capcom. At least until SFIV:EX Super Thunder Nitro Gamma Vengeance Edition. Agreed regarding the development of the characters in Street Fighter to an extent. YetRead More

28 Sweet Jebus
Posted on Wednesday February 11, 2009, 23:17 by supergrover
Easy known there's a new SF game out. Empire sells out again. I mean, is ANYBODY really duped by their regular "Biggest ever Christmas issue: Now with 62% adverts"?. I thought they may have taken something from the "Twilight" feedback but it seems no (I suppose they do not read the forums anyway). I mean, having an article on the next movie already?: "New Moon Cast On Twilight Sequel: Haven't seen a script yet" Come on!!! ( I read Empire from the very start, way back when they were serialising that Green room novel (was it?) along with Premiere. But I'm afraid that it is now time to leave. I don't think for one second that one single person canceling their order will affect their choice of direction but this is, for me, the final straw. Read More

29 So we've got another Street Fighter 3D then?
Posted on Wednesday February 11, 2009, 22:20 by y2cave
17years since SFII and still Ryu, Ken et al haven't aged a day? This is undoubtedly gonna be a landmark in beat-em-up gaming in terms of gameply, but jeez Capcom has zero imagination beyond its original character designs compared to the Mortal Kombat series by Midway and King of Fighters by SNK. Shouldn't Ryu be a legendary Hadou Master by now? Has handsome hothead Ken really stuck to training and avoided commercial fame and fortune? Is Blanka still a psychotic green beast even after being reunited with his mommy? It's gonna be a gem to play, but it could have been a creative as well as technical advance. Another missed opportunity by Capcom. At least until SFIV:EX Super Thunder Nitro Gamma Vengeance Edition. Read More

30 Memories relived
Posted on Wednesday February 11, 2009, 21:55 by Noelg25
Ah its nice to see the old pixels of yesteryear :) Thanks Empire. Cant wait to get this on PC and see what its like. And hope the film will do its part :) Read More


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