Fun, challenging and visually more impressive than any Street Fighter before it, the PSP version of Alpha 3 also boasts a slew of play modes and multi-player options exclusive to the hand-held, as well as a few new characters (albeit lifted from SNK).
Yes, the controls are iffy. When it comes to pulling off a fire-ball or dragon punch - or even just jumping backwards - the PSP's d-pad isn't perfect. Then again, neither was the Playstation's. When I first played the PSP version, I was expecting a couple of hours of frustration while I got to grips with the controls, but after pulling off a hurricane kick at the first time of asking, I realised it wasn't nearly as bad as previous reviewers have made out. If you're a veteran of the Playstation versions of the games, then it should take you little to no time to get the hang of it.
The only other real down side is the endings, but let's face it, they were always shoddy.
Most importantly, nothing beats Street Fighter for wiling away a long journey, or even just a few minutes at the bus stop.