Street Fighter: The Complete History Paperback – 1 May 2010
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Chris Carle is an editor at IGN.com. He lives in Los Angeles.
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The book is beautifully illustrated with several new pieces of Street Fighter art as well as an emphasis on the works of major illustrators/designers such as Ikeno and Bengus along with Udon's more recent work. The book also features some great humour including a guide on how to replicate Guile's Hairdo (possibly worth the purchase on its own)!
One thing the book does do, is remind people after over 20 years of gaming, how innovative and inspirational Street Fighter was, how it broke traditional gaming rules - whether by having multiple character choices, creating strong female lead characters like Chun-Li or even in the depth of back story and unique endings that the game offered. All of this seems so common place now but was revolutionary at the time and was instrumental in shaping games such as Mortal Kombat, Tekken, Soul Calibur etc.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has grown up with Street Fighter and wants to know more about the history of the game, though equally it is worth buying for the art work alone.Read more ›
great little book!
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The bulk of the book is pretty shallow. It feels like Chris Carle is writing a high school essay about his favorite hobby. Most of the history is glanced over and generalized. The side stories in the book are equally uninformative.
Most of the main characters are give a few pages of artwork, but MANY characters are omitted and the book leaves a lot to be desired.
The design in the book is ok, with some interesting spreads and full page images of classic Street Fighter imagery. The covers crease VERY easily though. You will likely leave creases in the cover just from reading the book.
This book is hardly a complete history. It is more of a general overview. This would be a great book for someone who knows nothing about Street Fighter, but why would someone who knows nothing about Street Fighter want a book of its history?
1.official game art (all of which, and much much more, can be found in UDON's oversized art book SF20: The Art of Street Fighter)
SF20: The Art of Street Fighter
2.artwork knicked from UDON's Street Fighter Tribute oversized artbook.
Street Fighter Tribute
Both of these books feature much larger pages, and TONS more content. So if you are interested in this book for the art, don't bother.
Took me a an hour to read through the whole thing, nothing particularly interesting or that i was not aware of before. I did enjoy the artwork in this book, although they just reprints from other sources.
The section on street fighter III was like less than 2 pages of text.
I would say the best part about this book are the quotes from the people who worked in developing the games.
Check out NostalgicGamer's "Street Fighter Retrospective" ([...]) for a much better and thorough look at the history of street fighter.