Published by: Capcom
Release Date: March 6, 2012
Rating: T for Teen
Available On: PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Xbox 360, PC
Capcom, by many measurements, is the king of all fighters. Their insanely popular Street Fighter games and Marvel crossovers have brought in millions of dedicated fans, and millions of delicious dollars. So when the company announced a new fighting crossover with Namco, another giant in the fighting niche, fans were rightly excited. Street Fighter X Tekken may not please all of those fans, but there’s a lot to love in this creative mash-up.
Fans of the two franchises will note immediately that there is a huge difference between the surface simplicity of Street Fighter and the deep complexities of Tekken. Capcom has managed to balance to two relatively well, creating an experience that is one-part Marvel vs. Capcom, one-part Tekken, and two-parts Street Fighter.
Street Fighter X Tekken leans heavily on Street Fighter IV’s mechanics, with just a touch of Marvel vs. Capcom thrown in for good measure. Fights occur in a two vs. two format, similar to the three-on-three bloodbaths of MvC. Essentially, the game feels like an enhanced and re-mastered version of Street Fighter IV, with tag-team mechanics and blazing fast juggles.
Victory in Street Fighter X Tekken doesn’t depend so much on complex special moves or split-second responses as it does on the way in which you build combos with your two tag team characters. Juggling an opponent is your primary method of ensuring victory, and Tekken elements like ground bounce only add to the chaos. Much like Capcom’s other fighters, solid performance helps your character build his or her Super meter, which can then be used to unleash powerful special moves or Cross Art combos.
Elite fighting game players will find the complexity they seek in Street Fighter X Tekken—the ability to tag out during attacks or fight with two characters simultaneously ensure there is plenty to master. Every match in Street Fighter X Tekken plays out differently from the last. The basics are there: simple combos, big launchers and super-fast tag outs, but it’s up to you how you choose to utilize them.
Street Fighter X Tekken is not for the faint of heart. While the game should be easy enough to learn for fighting aficionados, the game has been built for two groups of passionate fighting fans. Street Fighter X Tekken is complex, difficult and punishing—expect to spend a lot of time knocked out if this is your first fighting game.
That being said, if you’re a fan of Marvel vs. Capcom, Tekken or Street Fighter, Street Fighter X Tekken is sure to keep you playing long into the night.