MitchyD (Level 1)

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I did the GameSpot.com review for Street Fighter HD this week, and it’s safe to say that I freakin’ love this game. It’s gorgeous, sounds great and, well, it’s hella Street Fighter. The refinements are impressive, the slick online multiplayer still has me hooked (intruding on time I should be spending with other games), and the fights feel so, so, good.

People have been complaining about the $15 price tag, which I deliberately avoided mentioning in the review. The deluge of “expensive” games on Arcade and PSN have been getting a lot of unecessary flack lately, but I think that Braid, Castle Crashers, Penny Arcade and Street Fighter are all totally worth your money. Fifteen bones seems like a lot to ask, but I think that console gamers aren’t accustomed to spending that much on something that isn’t off of a retail shelf. Steam offers similarly priced games of comparable quality and I’m suckered in to them every time. And I love it.

It’s only $15. I make more than that in an hour at work, and if I can get a great game like Street Fighter or Castle Crashers for an hour of work, and then suck HOURS of fun out of it with my friends, that’s a steal. Even Braid, which was short and single-player-only, was worth the cash. In fact, I played it twice. I played it for review at Nukoda, and then again because I enjoyed the puzzles and art so much. I’ll never play Braid again, ever, but I absolutely got my money’s worth from Jon Blow’s mini-masterpiece, and I’d happily pay 20 or 30 for whatever he makes next, regardless of length. If your getting a game with lots of fun, a great look, or just general high quality, isn’t that enough to warrant a purchase? You could be playing and having a ball instead of moaning and complaining on forums and blogs about how you’re going to “vote with your dollars” and refuse to support such an outrageous release.

But the rest of us will be happily punching jaws and cutting cutesty knights with a little hole in our wallets, and a big batch of awesome on our hard drive.

Please play Street Fighter. I’ll play with you, if you want, but this is such an excellent remake that I am CRAVING more from Capcom. Bionic Commando is probably my favorite arcade game of the year that doesn’t have “HD Remix” in the title. Even 1942, as hand-hurting as it was, still entertained and impressed me. Capcom is on the right track and I’m dying for more. Vote with your dollars and donate cash in exchange for excellence.

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