So, it’s finally happened. The two most dominating fighting games have crossed over in this magnificent feat of fighting, and who will triumph? Street Fighter X Tekken doesn’t run along them theme’s of both worlds colliding and fighting it out in a tournament. There is the ancient box called ‘Pandora’ and all fighters have some tie with it, so you know how ‘hmm’ & ‘predictable’ it will be.
Street Fighter isn’t known for the story, it’s the fighting which makes Street Fighter the king (in my opinion) of fighting games. I do like Tekken and when I saw that reveal trailer of this game, I was absolutely jumping up & down. Both games have two distinctively different styles, and seeing Tekken fighters going back to 2D fighting, it was a dream come true. I like Street Fighter more, simply because of the characters that I can relate too, and the accessibility of those characters are easier to pick up. I don’t have the time to invest into all characters and learn their moves like the back of my hand. I usually pick 4 to 5 characters that I will master, well try to master, but I still get my arse handed to me on a silver platter via online, but its the taking part that counts right?
Street Fighter X Tekken of course has the training mode for you to obliterate the dummy fighters to tone your skills and get use to the game. Marvel Vs Capcom mechanic of tag team battle is heavy in the game, and the cross over fighting to build insane combo’s. It isn’t as fast and chaotic like Marvel Vs Capcom 3, so you don’t worry about the integrity of the game being ruined, as it isn’t.
A new feature is the Gems. Gems alter speed, damage such as; making moves powerful, more faster and even Gems making it easier to perform moves. You can also get Gems that will auto block grabs, giving the more less skilled player a chance against someone who is a god at this game, though I doubt it will still do much if against someone like Justin Wong or Diago.
Street Fighter X Tekken supports a strong roster of characters, many fan favourites from both franchises. The online has never been perfect, but no sound? How on earth did that go through testing? The netcode is terrible. No sound being one major problem on the online part, as you can only hear the arena’s theme music, none of the kick, punches and etc doesn’t make any sound. Finding games is easy and the game has the same features which were in Super Street Fighter IV. Endless battle, and downloading/uploading replay videos to the replay channel is great. Watching these replays may even give you some tips for yourself, so its worth going into that feature and exploring it to see what you can find.
Capcom have outdone themselves again when it comes to Street Fighter. Yoshinori Ono is a legend, and no. I am not a fanboy of Street Fighter, I like the game for what it is. Street Fighter X Tekken is brilliant for all fans, newcomers to these games and newcomers to the fighting genre overall. It’s easy to pick up and play, and the MadCatz FightPad completely rocks!
The only issue I have with Street Fighter X Tekken is the 12 character DLC. Knowing that Blanka and co is on the disc and will cost me 1600MSP, which they will get off me anyway – plus horrendous price for 12 characters. I feel as if Capcom have slipped on a massive turd regarding the whole scenario of this DLC.
Xbox 360 MadCatz FightPad version tested for this review.