Street Fighter II is a seminal fighting game – a game that resurrected the arcade gaming industry and paved the way for complex 2D fighting games. It’s also a game that at last count, had roughly seventeen billion different versions. Street Fighter II has had more superfluous suffixes and prefixes than any game should – but it’s getting more.
Ultra Street Fighter II – The Final Challengers is the latest (and presumably last) version of Street Fighter II. Essentially a rejiggered version of Super Street Fighter II: HD Remix released on the Xbox 360 and PS3, this new version adds in a few more characters, and some new modes.
It seems though, that the new characters are really just older ones. You’ve got the evil Version of Ryu (who’s been fighting against succumbing to the dark Satusui no Hado for ages) and a “violent” version of Ken (Last seen in SNK vs Capcom: SVC Chaos, who’s had his mind warped by M. Bison, and given a sprinkling of psycho power.
For the first time in nearly 20 years, since Super Street Fighter II, two new characters join the fight; Evil Ryu and Violent Ken. This version of Ryu has succumbed to the Satsui no Hado and is now obsessed with fighting in order to prove he is the strongest. His former honorable self has been purged, allowing him to enjoy absolute power and embrace an unquenchable bloodthirst for battle.
Violent Ken is the result of M. Bison kidnapping and brainwashing Ken, enhancing his abilities with Psycho Power and twisting his brotherly rivalry with Ryu into hatred. Violent Ken is more ruthless, aggressive, and fearless with moves that feature purple flames instead of his signature fire.
In this new version, you’ll be able to switch (ha!) between the remastered, UDON visuals from HD Remix, or the classic sprites. You’ll also be able to play it co-operatively (Dramatic Battle!), with two players teaming up against the CPU – something that worked quite nicely in the Alpha series of games.