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I am without doubt still, and unashamedly, a Street Fighter 2 fan, fifteen years after I discovered it. I remember walking towards the arcades, with the three pounds I'd saved from my school lunch money, by starving myself all week, because I was so unbelievably adamant that I was going to learn the dragon punch...at twenty pence a go, it gave me a fair few stabs at it. Ok, I was a geek!
Since the release of the original Street Fighter 2 game, there has been a wide variety of variations on the same theme, such as: Street Fighter 2 The World Warriors; Street Fighter 2 Championship Edition; Street Fighter 2 Turbo; Street Fighter 2 The new Challenges and the list goes on...that's before we've even approached the subject of Street Fighter 3, 4 and Marvel vs Capcom.
The anniversary Edition collaborates versions: World Warrior, Championship Edition, Turbo Hyper Fighting, Super and Super Turbo. You can pick from all sixteen characters, although its strength lies in its ability to link editions together. For instance, you can have Cammy from Super against the World Warrior version of Ryu, this is something that hasn't been approached before. Playing against the computer can sometimes prove itself to be a little tough, even for the hardened Street Fighter gamer and alterations in the game level don't seem to make any difference what so ever. Its saving grace is within versus mode as it's great fun mixing opponents from different versions. You do have the option of changing the game speed (not quite as fast as black belt edition) and its slick, near arcade perfect graphics leaves its predecessors far behind. I feel that although Capcom have obviously spent time linking editions together in versus mode, you are left restricted to Super Turbo Mode against the computer, this can prove a little frustrating.
Even with some obvious flaws, this particular version of Street Fighter 2 remains my favorite. I feel that this is the nearest you will get, on the Playstation 2, to the arcade version. As Fighting games go, Street Fighter will always stand head and shoulders above the competition.
On the twenty ninth of August, 94', from the depths of the Manchester Music scene, Oasis' debut album, 'Definitely Maybe' arrogantly swaggers forward. At a time of political and musical change, Oasis dictates the future, within their bold new shining light and genre...Brit pop. With the Brother's two-fingered approach to life, it's unsurprising that critics have chartered the Shark filled waters of Noel and Liam Gallagher's relationship to be turbulent. This takes nothing from the importance of the Musicology and enticing lyrical complexity, embedded deeply within Definitely Maybe's Wall of sound.
First out on center stage, with its arms folded behind it's back and chin jutting to the sky, is 'Rock and Roll star'. Powerful and uncompromising in its approach, this energetic and confident start to the album sets the scene for others to follow. 'Supersonic', 'Columbia' and 'Bring it On Down' show a similar trend, beautiful distorted guitars and upbeat drums that make you feel like you're part of a scene. The anthem 'live forever', ironic with hindsight, is the most memorable track of the album, and some would say their careers. Noel Gallagher is famously quoted as saying that it only took him four minutes to complete the track. 'Cigarette's and Alcohol', with it's crunching opening guitar riff, brings an honest viewpoint of 90's Britain. The album then concludes with 'Married With Children', simplistic within its compositional attributes although poignant to everyone.
The album is a reflection on Working Class life within the early 1990's. I can still remember seeing them live in Bournemouth, a cigarette hanging out of my mouth, and a beer in hand...it was incredible. But part of what pulled so many people towards Oasis, would eventually be their down fall. Definitely Maybe is not just an important album because of its music, but it also signified a change in political power and public thinking...not unlike that of the Beatles in the 60's