Street Fighter X Tekken Review
Xbox 360 | PS3
Street Fighter X Tekken Box Art
System: PS3*, Xbox 360
Dev: Capcom
Pub: Capcom
Release: March 6, 2012
Players: 1 (2+ Online)
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Alcohol Reference, Crude Humor, Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence

The trials get you used to your character's move-set and basic combos very quickly, but there is an uneven increase in difficulty at the end. Some trials even have moves and movements missing. You'll be asked to perform a certain combo, but to make the combo connect you'll have to insert dashes or other moves that you'll just have to figure out for yourself. This is incredibly frustrating for someone who isn't experienced in the game's combo system

Mission mode is actually closer to Super Smash Bros. than anything else. It has you fulfilling special tasks such as winning a match with only special moves. It's a nice diversion, but it won't help you learn the game.

Versus mode is great, but it doesn't let you quickly equip or remove gems on the character select screen. This makes it nearly impossible to play in a group of friends without going in and out of the menu over and over again.

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None of this is to say that the game isn't fun. To the contrary, it's actually quite enjoyable. It plays out like a much more aggressive version of Street Fighter IV. The game is extremely combo-centric. Two or three good combos will kill a character, and constant pressure will make it hard for an opponent to tag out. A couple wrong guesses will spell your death, so you always have to be on point. The only real downside to the gameplay system is the heavy reliance on link combos with very strict timing. The timing isn't anywhere near as strict as it was in Street Fighter IV, but it's strict enough to create a huge learning gap between newbies and veterans.

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What Street Fighter X Tekken really offers is variety. It has modes no other game has included before. It allows you to play cooperatively on a team or competitively. It gives you a staggering roster of 38 characters, 43 with PlayStation exclusives, and 55 when all the (unfortunately on-disc) DLC comes out. It has everything fighting game players have been asking for shy of built-in frame data. It's a game with lots of great ideas, so it's understandable that they aren't totally fleshed out yet.

Overall, Street Fighter X Tekken is a decent value. Its roster is huge, its mechanics are interesting, and it will certainly keep you playing for quite a while. Will it dethrone Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition Version 2012 as the king of fighting games? I'm not entirely sure about that. There will probably be more than enough people put off by the more aggressive gameplay to split the fighting game fan base. Outside of these factors, Street Fighter X Tekken is well worth its price tag. It's a great game that could have been done better, but wasn't.

By
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Contributing Writer
Date: March 6, 2012

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.3
Graphics
The graphics are smooth and crisp. The Tekken characters look great in Street Fighter art style, and the game never slows down, even for a second.
3.8
Control
The game handles well enough, but the arbitrary combo system will frustrate newbies.
2.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Street Fighter IV's awesome remixes are gone. Instead, generic repetitive techno plays over any stage. At least they gave you a choice between Japanese and English voice actors.
4.0
Play Value
A fun game? Sure. Worth 60 dollars? Definitely. The next evolution in Street Fighter? Maybe not.
3.9
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Dream Match Up - Dozens of playable characters including Ryu, Ken, Guile, Able, and Chun-Li from Street Fighter, as well as Kazuya, Nina, King, Marduk, and Bob from Tekken.
  • Real-time Tag Battle - Fight as a team of two and switch between characters strategically.
  • Familiar Controls - In SFxT, controls will feel familiar for fans of both series.
  • Robust Online Modes - In addition to the online features from SSFIV, SFxT features totally upgraded online functionality and some new surprises.

  • Videos / Game Trailers
    Street Fighter X Tekken - EVO Teaser 1 - click to enlarge
    EVO Teaser 1
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    EVO Teaser 2
    Street Fighter X Tekken - SDCC 2011 - Cinematic Trailer - click to enlarge
    SDCC 2011 - Cinematic Trailer
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    SDCC 10: Debut Trailer

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