Why is Third Strike so often regarded as the best fighting game ever? Maximilian has some interesting thoughts on the matter

'When you're playing it at a mid level... it is art... it's the best fighting game of all time in my opinion'

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • May 22, 2019 at 11:06 a.m. PDT

Now with more than 30 years of Street Fighter and countless other fighting games to choose from, the FGC has a very rich selection of titles under its belt. Of the countless games out there, one seems to often stand above the others in the domain of public opinion: 1999's Street Fighter 3: Third Strike.

Why this game? What is it that makes this third iteration of the third Street Fighter that causes so many to hold it in such high regard? Maximilian recently weighed into the discussion with his two cents.

An easy place to start is the fact that the most famous moment in all of fighting games, EVO Moment 37, came straight out of a Third Strike bout at the biggest dance of them all: EVO.

Old school Street Fighter players will likely note the level of honesty the game's footsie-based play and universal parry mechanic encourage. I once heard it said by a Street Fighter elder in my scene that "In Third Strike, the better player (almost) always wins." They didn't actually say "almost," but I'm going to slip that in there because only a Sith believes in absolutes.

We can go elsewhere for examples, too, as Game Informer came out with their top 30 list just last month. You won't be surprised to hear at this point that it was Third Strike that wound up taking the number one spot.

Give Max's talk a listen for yet another point of view on what makes 3S so widely revered, and then feel free to share your experiences and fondest memories of the game in the comments after. Disagree? We'd love to hear which fighter is your personal favorite and why.

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