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Poll results: Alex Valle believes that Street Fighter Alpha 2 is the most balanced Street Fighter but what do our readers think?

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • January 30, 2021 at 7:53 p.m. PST • Comments: 103

Update: The results are in. Hit the jump to see which Street Fighter entry our readers believe to be the most balanced of all.

Earlier: LU|Alex Valle recently made an interesting comment on Twitter where he declared Street Fighter Alpha 2 as the most balanced Street Fighter game in the series.

Now I'm not one to argue with Mr. Street Fighter himself, but it got me wondering what others believe. Is Street Fighter Alpha 2 recognized as the most balanced entry within our own community?

Of course, there are many players that don't particularly care for Street Fighter Alpha 3 because V-ISMs are perceived to really disrupt the game's balance. Even Alex Valle echoed a similar thought about Alpha 3.

It's often said that Ultra Street Fighter 4 was fairly well-balanced towards the end of its lifespan. Then again, the mere mention of one of Elena's lines often serves as an effective counterargument. "Healing!"

To determine which Street Fighter is the most balanced in the series, we've created a poll in which each user is allotted three votes. Notably, we feel like there's no reason to list out every iteration of Street Fighter 2, but each iteration of Street Fighter Alpha feels different enough to warrant its own separate choice.

Some eagle-eyed readers will probably notice that the first Street Fighter is absent from this poll. By default, the original Street Fighter is objectively the most balanced in the series simply due to the fact that there's essentially only one playable character — there are no differences between Ryu and Ken in Street Fighter.

Of course, Street Fighter 1 never had a real competitive scene and is generally considered to be bad in comparison to later entries in the series. The game has its legacy as it was the first of its kind, but there's generally no reason to go back to it these days.

Poll: Which Street Fighter title has had the best overall balance?

1. Ultra Street Fighter 4: 115 votes / 26.3%
2. Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition (Season 5.5): 93 votes / 21.3%
3. Street Fighter Alpha 2: 88 votes / 20.1%
4. Street Fighter 3: Third Strike: 38 votes / 8.7%
5. Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo: 36 votes / 8.2%
6. Street Fighter Alpha 3: 28 votes / 6.4%
7. Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix: 22 votes / 5.0%
8. Ultra Street Fighter 2: 10 votes / 2.3%
9. Street Fighter Alpha: 7 votes / 1.6%

Total votes: 437

Voting has closed

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