Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors’ Dreams is a 1995 fighting game that is also known as Street Fighter Zero in Japan, Asia, South America and Spain, and was originally released for the arcade for the CPS II hardware. Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors’ Dreams was produced after the release of Street Fighter II in 1991 with the introduction of several new features which expand on the Super Combo system previously featured in Super Street Fighter II Turbo as well as graphics drawn in the same animated style Capcom employed in Darkstalkers and X-Men: Children of the Atom. The game is developed and published by Capcom for the PlayStation 3 platform under the genre of fighting games. It was designed by Noritaka Funamizu, Haruo Murata and Hideaki Itsuno, and composed by Isao Abe, Shun Nishigaki, Setsuo Yamamoto, Yuko Takehara and Naoshi Mizuta.
Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors’ Dreams is set in a timeframe between the original Street Fighter and its sequel, Street Fighter II, and thus features the younger versions of established characters as well as characters from the original Street Fighter and Final Fight. Its character roster includes Ryu, Chun-Li, Charlie (Nash in Japan), Ken, Guy, Birdie, Sodom, Adon, Rose and Sagat. Besides that, there are also three boss characters in the game, of which appear as the final opponent in the single-player mode, including M. Bison, Akuma and a secret character called Dan. However, players have the option of selecting all three characters by inputting a specific code for each. Some critics have the opinion that Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors’ Dreams is one of the most popular game series in the history of video games as it has superb timing, control and character design as well as unbelievable special moves. Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors’ Dreams is said to be very similar to the II series although it does sport a significantly different animation style that makes it look more like Darkstalkers. Besides that, Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors’ Dreams also inctroduces some new characters and new special moves called Super moves which are powered up by repeatedly landing blows on your opponent. Not only that, Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors’ Dreams also features an Alpha Counter which allows characters to reverse an attack with a quick counter strike after a block. In terms of gameplay, Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors’ Dreams incorporates an arcade mode that is essentially your standard tournament mode that pits you against CPU opponents around the world as you make your way to the final confrontation with perennial end-boss M. Bison. In addition to that, there is also a versus mode in which your standard one-on-one competitions take place, as well as a training mode that allows you to practice your special moves and combos against a customizable artificial intelligence opponent.
“Street Fighter Alpha looks like a solid, albeit bare bones, compilation that will be worth picking up when it hits. The Alpha series has come a long way, and the compilation is looking like a fine chronicle of that evolution. Plus it’s got Gem Fighter, so what’s not to love? Alpha fans or fighting aficionados who may not have followed the series as closely as they should have will definitely want to keep an eye out for the game when it ships later this year.” (GameSpot, 2009)