Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Xbox Live Arcade Wednesday, 29-08-07


Today, we finally get the chance to play Capcom's BRILLIANT puzzler, Super Puzzle Fighter 2, in glorious high definition. They've cleverly named it Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo HD and it's lovely.

I've been a fan of Super Puzzle Fighter for years now. It's fast-paced and unforgiving and it's got a wonderful art style. Seriously, it's worth playing to see some of backgrounds to the stages. A Street Fighter beach scene with Deejay buried in the sand while Guile watches from a lifeguards tower, anyone? YES.

If you don't know, and you're stupid, Super Puzzle Fighter is a PUZZLE game, similar to Columns or Puyo Pop, that stars characters from Capcom's various famous 2D beat-em-ups. It's not just Street Fighter either! Felicia from Dark Stalkers pops up, as do various other familiar faces. And they're all in lovable super-deformed style meaning cuteness galore. As you score points, you're chosen character 'attacks' your opponent, meaning bombs fall on their screen, making it harder for them to clear blocks. As I say, it's tough but it's super fun.

The HD graphics look brilliant, on the whole. Almost everything looks sharp and crisp, with the exception being the characters in the centre of the screen. They're OBVIOUSLY enlarger sprites, and they're a bit blurry and splodgy. This clearly doesn't detract from the game, it's just a bit of a shame, really. When Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix is finally released, I'll be the happiest man alive, I reckon.

The other (surprise) appearance today, was Sega's classic, Streets of Rage 2. There's not a heap to say about SOR2, to be fair. It's a scrolling beat-em-up and it's pretty good, but not as good as Final Fight. The 'blurry' special graphics thing that looked great on Sonic predictably looks shit on this. Oh well. Where's Sensible World of Soccer, eh? :-(