|System: Xbox 360, PS3|
|Release: August 23, 2011|
|Players: 1-2, Online Tournament|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Suggestive Themes, Violence|
The music has also been totally updated, with brand new themes for menus, character select, and stages. The game defaults to modern themes for the menus and classic themes for stages, and you have to spend vault points to unlock the rest. You should do this right away; the rap themes for the menus and character select are incredibly annoying. (They even rhyme the word "one" with itself. Several times.) Switching back to classic is the way to go. Meanwhile, the new remixes for the stage themes are an absolute treat to listen to. They put a new spin on themes we know and love, and they sound way better than the classic Third Strike music (even if they aren't as nostalgic.)
I don't honestly think that Third Strike Online Edition will grandly revive the Third Strike community. There are too many good fighting games out right now and too many great ones coming up to get people too hyped about Third Strike again. However, this is easily the best version of Third Strike to ever come out. It's great for nostalgia purposes, awesome for side tournaments, and a wonderful way to spend a night with some of your old fighting game buddies. It will make you better at the game than you ever were, and will allow you to test your skills against players on the Internet. It can even make you an Internet celebrity if you luck out and upload a popular replay.
The game doesn't do much for newbies and won't hold up very long for casual players, but there is one sort of person who should get Third Strike Online Edition: those who have played Third Strike in the past and want to play it again. Luckily, that's a pretty huge demographic.
Angelo M. D'Argenio
CCC Contributing Writer