Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike
Street Fighter III 3rd Strike: Fight for the Future is a 2D competitive fighting game produced by Capcom originally released for the arcade in 1999. It is the second follow-up to Street Fighter III, following Street Fighter III 2nd Impact. Like its predecessors, it runs on the CP System III hardware. 3rd Strike increased the character roster by adding five new characters, including Chun-Li. It also added further refinements to the previous game's play mechanics and rules. It was ported to the Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, and Xbox. A downloadable online version titled Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition was released on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade in August 2011.
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There's something about Third Strike that no other fighting game has come close to replicating since. The game is much simpler compared to most other fighters (especially anime fighters), but it has an unmatched level of depth that feels so pure and earned. There are definitely more balanced fighting games, or other games with more complexity to its mechanics -- but Third Strike is just so water tight in its design and is so classic that its hard not to have fun with it as a fighting game fan.