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If you ever get tired of playing online (is that even possible?), Capcom has put a lot of effort into creating unlockable titles, icons, and colors that pop up for playing thought the game’s arcade and trial modes. For replayability, trial mode takes the cake. If I’ve stepped away from the game for a couple weeks because of work, Chun-Li, or moving, the first thing I do is launch up those Ken trials and get my dragon punch back in working order. Outside of that, the training mode’s replay and record functions always make dealing with difficult match-ups a lot more fun. I know a lot of people hate playing through the game’s Arcade mode, but I’ve gotten a little addicted to unlocking all of the movies, rival battles, and colors, so it’s been giving me something to do.
(This doesn't happen without community)
Even with all of this, the strongest part of the game is probably the most unintentional: the community. Whether it is stopping by Shoryuken.com to talk about the games, fightsticks, watching Evolution as it’s streamed online, or just beating my co-workers during office parties, the fun people can have picking up the game, mashing out fireballs, and talking about the game makes it a winner. It’s always great to watch someone who hadn’t played since 10 years ago pick Hakan and get frustrated. Moments like those bring me back to the days when I played Champion Edition in a local 7-11 and repeatedly lost to friends, older kids, and my allowance, while having the best time of my life.
Until Capcom finishes Marvel vs Capcom 3, I just don’t see any game topping this one.