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This is big news to Street Fighter and 2D fighting game lovers, Street Fighter is now available for BlackBerry devices! As expected there have been some changes to make the game playable for the BlackBerry but none of these changes have diluted the core Street Fighter experience.
The game runs smoothly for the most part on the Bold 9700, only experiencing hiccups when your phone is trying to connect to a network. Using the BlackBerry keyboard as a controller for this type of game takes some getting used to. S,D and F keys act as back, down and forward which takes some getting used to initially but feels natural after about 5-10 mins with the game. The original version of the game has 6 buttons for attacks wheras the BlackBerry version has only 3. punch, kick and super serve as your attack keys and although this might seem like a dumbing down of the original game, it works extremely well. Combinations and special moves can be performed with ease after coming to grips with the new layout. Compared to the BlackBerry version of Super Street Fighter II, which uses a 6 button layout, this system feels intuitive and natural.
All of the characters from the original Street Fighter Alpha are represented in the mobile version of the game. Initially, you will start out with 10 characters but that number will increase to 13 as you plow through the game's arcade mode. If you're a first timer you can warm up with the games training mode, which includes a moves list in the options menu.
Load times between rounds are brief, lasting only a couple of seconds. The animations are fluid compared to other mobile games but there are a few missing frames compared to the original. The biggest weakpoint of the game is its lack of sound effects for attacks. With the sound turned on all you can hear is an 8-bit version of the original game's stage music. There is a bit of charm that goes along with the classic music but you'll more than likely want to play the game on mute(Who plays mobile games with the music blaring anyway??).
Overall this is a great port of Street Fighter Alpha that will provide hours genuine entertainment for $4.99.