|Street Fighter EX2|
Flier for the arcade version.
|Release date|| Arcade|
JP December 9, 1999
NA June 1, 2000
|Genre(s)||Fighting / Action|
|Rating(s)|| ESRB: Teen|
Street Fighter EX2 is 3D fighting game co-produced by Capcom and Arika originally released in 1998 as an arcade game for the Sony ZN-2 hardware. It is a sequel to Street Fighter EX. A updated version of the game titled Street Fighter EX2 Plus was released in 1999 for the arcades as well and subsequently ported to the PlayStation. It was followed by Street Fighter EX3.
The original version of Street Fighter EX2 retains all the features from the previous game, Street Fighter EX Plus, including original features such as "Guard Breaks" (unique moves which cannot be blocked by an opponent) and "Super Canceling" (the ability to cancel a Super Combo into another Super Combo).
The primary new feature in the game are "Excel Combos", ("excel" being abbreviation for "extra cancel"). Much like the "Custom Combos" featured in the Street Fighter Alpha, Excel Combos allows player to connect a series of basic and special moves for a limited time. During an Excel Combo, the player begins with a basic move and can follow up with a different basic move or follow-up a basic move with a special move, which can be followed by a different special move. However, the player cannot connect any move with the same move, nor can they cancel special moves into basic moves during an Excel Combo.
Recurring Street Fighter characters Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Zangief and Guile, who were all in the original Street Fighter EX, return for EX2, along with original characters Hokuto, Skullomania, Doctrine Dark, and Cracker Jack. Dhalsim, who was in the PlayStation version of Street Fighter EX Plus Alpha, also returns along four additional characters new to EX series: Blanka and Vega from previous Street Fighter games, along with new characters Sharon (a gun-wielding hitwoman) and Hayate (a Japanese swordsman).
The game also features four hidden characters: Kairi from the original EX returns as a hidden challenger, along with new characters Shadowgeist (a costumed vigilante similar to Skullomania) and Nanase (a young girl who wields a staff). Garuda, also from the original EX, returns as a boss character. All four characters can be selected by the player after meeting certain requirements