Street Fighter 2 is an extremely popular competitive online fighting game developed and released by CAPcom in 1990 for various home computer operating systems and later ported to several different gaming platforms throughout the years. It was one of the first games to adopt a "light engine", which allowed the player to use special techniques and special attacks by pressing a button on the keyboard rather than relying on a joystick or other continuous motion control. The popularity of Street Fighter 2 is attributed to its unique ability to be able to utilise special attacks not seen on any previous versions of the game, as well as its exciting, fast pace and colourful, eye-popping artwork. The story told in Street Fighter 2 is based on the fact that a young man from the streets of New York (SF2) has been transformed into a powerful, almost invincible force by his master, whom he has to defeat again. The player must assist him in mastering new moves, mastering special attacks, learning how to perform special moves and mastering various strategies in order to complete the game and win. The entire game is quite challenging, but is also beautifully drawn with excellent artwork.
Street Fighter 2 makes use of many different types of control, including the classic joysticks and movement wheels used in earlier arcade and PC fighting games. However, in Street Fighter 2, the player is instead required to use more sophisticated controls which help to create a more lifelike experience (especially useful if the player is not familiar with many of the movements required during fights). Each character in Street Fighter 2 can be controlled with a variety of four different buttons, which can be changeable according to the player's preference. The two remaining buttons are used to activate special attacks, execute quick attacks and perform special attacks. There are many extra buttons which, when combined with the ones used to activate special attacks, can create a very complex and realistic control scheme.
Street Fighter II also features many popular traditional elements found in many modern fighting games. All the classic aspects of Street Fighter II are present, such as the SF2 special moves, special attacks, block button, etc. The music is also top notch, with excellent sound effects and a great beat.