Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection is a bundle of twelve classic Street Fighter games, dating back to the original 1987 release.
Pro Online and local versus modes are available
There are a handful of games in the collection that allow you to play against others both online and locally. You can join a friend for a match through a local connection or online, or you can go online for matchmaking against someone else. This is a really neat feature that's a lot like playing against someone else in an actual coin arcade.
Pro Options to change the display mode in a few cool ways
There are a couple of display options that you can play around with. One lets you view the game as if you're playing on an old CRT television from the 1980s, and another has a certain frame around the perimeter of your screen to make it look like you're playing on an arcade machine. These are both nice options that aim right at nostalgia, especially for veteran players of the series.
Pro Great collection of twelve classic titles in one package
You get a lot for your money with the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection. The bundle includes twelve ports of the arcade games, dating back to the original Street Fighter from 1987. For the Street Fighter II titles, you get The World Warrior, Champion Edition, Turbo: Hyper Fighting, Super, and Super Turbo. There are also the Street Fighter Alpha games, including Alpha, Alpha 2, and Alpha 3. And finally, there are the Street Fighter III games: New Generation, 2nd Impact, and 3rd Strike. If you love the arcade games in the series, you're sure to find your favorites.
Pro Old school 2D arcade fighting gameplay
The gameplay here is perfect for fans of the old school arcade Street Fighter games, or for new players who missed their chance to try them out before. You play in a 2D view, focused on getting in as many quick combos as you can, leading to cool-looking finishers that do tons of damage. While you can memorize combos and finishers by getting the muscle memory down, learning blocks and jumps is a matter of having great reflexes and predicting when your opponent's about to start landing combos on you. While the fighting looks simplistic because of the older graphics, there's a lot of nuance for you to master.
Con Some online connection issues
There are a few issues when playing matches online. Depending on how poor your opponent's connection is, you may have to deal with lag. If their connection is decent, then you won't have to worry about it. It's pretty much hit-or-miss on whether your matches will be stable or not, since it's completely out of your control.
Con Boring UI
The game's UI is not the most creative or pleasing to look at. It's just a standard dark background with the occasional character art, along with each game with its specific logo font on the selection screen. Even though the background art is a nice touch, there could have been some details or additions here and there to make things more unique.
Con Phoned-in remasters of the soundtracks
A number of the songs here are pretty uninspired. They're supposedly updated versions of the original arcade soundtracks, but they honestly could have been left alone. They sound generic and dull, and not at all like the iconic tracks from the original games that would get players pumped up as they played. The overall package of the 30th Anniversary Collection would have been better served if they had kept the soundtrack as they were.