More than a Game intends to be a definitive guide to everything Street Fighter and tries to convey what makes EVO such an important competition and for the most part, it succeeds.
Over the years, there have been several documentaries that explored fighting games and the community surrounding them. At first sight, More than a Game might look like another one of these, but there’s a couple of aspects that stand out about this one. More than a Game intends to be a definitive guide to everything Street Fighter and tries to convey what makes EVO such an important competition and for the most part, it succeeds.
Right from the get go, we see footage from the legendary Daigo Umehara vs Justin Wong EVO #37 moment and from then we go backwards. Capcom’s Seth Killian gives a glimpse of Street Fighter history and what made each entry in the series so special. The rest of the documentary deals with the competitive aspect of Street Fighter IV, the different scenes where the game’s played professionally and of course, the people who play it. There are several interviews with tournament organizers, commentators, professional players, developers and the list goes on and on.As its name suggests, the intention of this documentary is explaining what makes Street Fighter so special and unique. Finally, the latter half of this documentary deals with the Evolution Tournament Series (EVO for short) which is the biggest fighting game competition in the world and takes place once a year in Las Vegas, Nevada.
One of the triumphs of this documentary is that it explains the EVO moment #37 in terms that most people who have never played Street Fighter at a competitive level can understand. This video is shown over and over in documentaries, but it’s seldom explained which is baffling because once you understand what Daigo did in that tournament, you can certainly appreciate those sort of games more. That’s not the case here, since Seth Killian does a terrific job of explaining all the techniques and mechanics that come into play in the video in terms that anyone who ever played a fighting game before can understand.
More than a Game is probably one of the best fighting game documentaries ever released because it features pretty much everything you need to know about Street Fighter IV, including a brief story of the game, the competitive scene, the professional players, the commentators and of course, EVO. Not every one of those parts is as detailed as newcomers would hope for, but still, More than a Game conveys what makes Street Fighter IV and all its incarnations more than a game and that makes it worth watching.