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Street Fighter X Tekken Review

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Graphics:

 

8.6

Gameplay:

 

8.3

Sound:

 

8.0

Control:

 

8.7

Replay Value:

 

8.5

Online Gameplay:

 

8.1

Overall Rating:       8.4

 

 

Publisher:

Capcom

Developer:

Capcom/Namco Bandai

Number Of Players:

1-4

Genre:

Fighting

Two iconic franchises should, almost by default, make sweet music when brought together. And for the most part, that sentiment is true for Capcom’s recent crossover effort, Street Fighter X Tekken. But after playing for a while, there was this nagging sensation that the game doesn’t capture the full singular beauty of either distinct style, and merely does a fair job of combining them. That being said, the super fast, super fluid, and highly rewarding combat experience supersedes that issue. It's just a flashy, absorbing game.

Stylistically speaking, this one stands out. There’s just so much color, so many beautiful effects that leap off the screen, and such a diverse and appealing array of backdrops. The speed almost never falters (and only very rarely when online), so that frame rate does the gorgeous visual presentation justice. Character design is superb and although some settings aren’t as impressive or inspired as others, there’s no doubt that the graphics are an eye-opening highlight.

The sound is good, too, although I’m not the biggest fan of the soundtrack or the voices. Objectively speaking, there isn’t anything qualitatively wrong with either, and there are certain music tracks that add some serious punch to the on-screen action. In truth, I’ve always thought the voices are too over-the-top cheesy in both franchises, but I know the fans really like that. It’s part of the identifying franchise flair, right? Besides, the fighting audio really is stellar; it combines with the intense, satisfying graphical effects to create a mesmerizing palette.

As I mentioned in the intro, this game basically combines the two franchises with an obvious emphasis on the Street Fighter mechanics. If you want more of a Tekken feel, I’d suggest waiting for the reverse offering, Tekken X Street Fighter, which is slated to drop later this year. As it stands, Street Fighter IV aficionados should really take to this one, because it’s awfully similar, although the developers do implement some elements of the Tekken series, such as the invigorating, strategic tag mechanic.

Regardless of which camp you prefer, you will likely find your favorite characters. All the recognizable and even iconic faces are here, ranging from Ryu, Guile and E. Honda to Kazuya, Heihachi, and Yoshimitsu. The best part is that the PlayStation 3 version also features other Capcom and Sony legends, including Mega Man, Pac-Man, and the bad-ass Cole (inFamous). This makes the potential match-ups all the more intriguing and I have to admit, I’ve always thought Cole would make a fine addition to a fighting game. Next up is Nathan Drake, I say…

From the minute you start, you’ll go— “Woah, shades of SFIV.” Well, exactly; that’s the point. Despite a few nods to Namco’s franchise, the action is very Street Fighter-like, featuring the Super Art moves and that trademark fluidity that allows for intuitive chaining of combos and flashy special skills that truly punish an opponent. Plus, strategy and planning is a big part of the experience; for instance, if one of your characters falls in a match, that’s it. It’s over. You don’t keep fighting until one side loses both combatants, so you have to pay close attention to that health bar…

The designers have added some interesting gameplay aspects that have been the subject of much discussion amongst fans. The first is the Pandora mode, which is all-out aggression that tosses all defensive strategies aside. Basically, you get 10 seconds to take down your opponent. You can’t tag in your partner but you do get an unlimited Cross Gauge, so if you’re getting the worst of a confrontation, you should consider throwing caution to the wind. The other new feature is the Gem system, which some will claim affects the balance of the game.

I’m not sure that’s true, though. Gems give your fighters some extra help: there are Boost and Assist Gems; the Boost Gems up your power, defense and speed, but only when certain conditions are met. Some of these conditions are relatively simple (execute a basic attack so many times, for instance) but others are more challenging. The Assist Gems give you passive abilities (RPG buffs know all about passive skills) like auto-blocking. You can trigger these whenever you want but they’ll eat up some of your Cross Gauge. You can equip your Gems before going into battle, and a few of the more querulous hardcore followers take issue with this.

According to the research I’ve done, they say these Gems give less skilled players an unfair advantage if the more seasoned player doesn’t have such effective Gems. They also claim it might make your battles with the CPU too easy. But although I’m no expert on the fighting genre, I’m not sure I see a whole lot of unbalancing due to this feature; the Gems are entirely optional in the first place and in the second place, you still have to fight well. These Gems may make things a touch easier but if you suck, you suck. No Gem combination is going to save you.

As for playing online, I had a few problems. It’s not so much on the technical side – most matches go off without a hitch, despite one freezing issue – but the servers don’t seem to be all that solid to me. I’m also not the biggest fan of the Fight Request option, where players can interrupt your single-player fun by asking to fight. I mean, it’s probably an illogical dislike; there’s nothing wrong with such a feature, but I just found it annoying after a while. At any rate, there are a fair amount of modes and options when online, so that’s a bonus.

Last but not least, and forgive me for this, but I just have to say that these two franchises are extremely different in terms of mechanics. I’m not even an avid fighting fan, and I’ve played them both plenty over the years. Who hasn’t? The point is that when you try to blend two very distinct styles, you’re bound to make some sacrifices and in truth, I think Street Fighter and Tekken stand just fine on their own. Mixing the rosters is cool for the fans and everything, but beyond that… I dunno, maybe mixing and matching isn’t always the best idea.

Nevertheless, Street Fighter X Tekken is a really solid fighter with all sorts of flash and fan appeal. Many might question the new Pandora and Gem features, and the final boss is a colossal pain in the ass, but there’s no denying the extreme responsiveness, fluidity, and depth of the gameplay. It’s satisfying to the nth degree (if you’re willing to invest the practice time), and playing with others is always a blast and a half. The production values are high and the entire presentation is borderline glorious. And please, bear in mind that some of the drawbacks listed here are very personal.

My subjectivity shouldn’t dictate your enjoyment. ;)

The Good: Beautiful, stylish visual presentation. Great audio effects. Top-notch control. Fluid, rewarding fighting mechanic. Big roster. Pandora mode adds intensity and urgency.

The Bad: Blending requires some sacrifice. Gems feature is questionable. Online isn’t quite stable enough.

The Ugly: “It’s only ugly when you’re on the receiving end of a world-ending combo.”

3/17/2012 Ben Dutka

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Comments (21 posts)

Reccaman18
Saturday, March 17, 2012 @ 9:31:14 PM
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I have enjoyed my time with this game so far. My only complaint is adjusting to watered down combos for the Tekken characters, and the difficulty sometimes, but other than that I have had no issues. I haven't gotten around to delving into the online portion, but I don't think I ever will. I prefer to play solo or just plain ol' 2 player with someone in the same room. Game play is very smooth and I like the visuals for the big time combos.
Now I can't wait for the Tekken x Street Fighter version!

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556pineapple
Saturday, March 17, 2012 @ 9:37:40 PM
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I'll have to try this if I get a chance, it looks like a lot of fun. I'll definitely want to compare it to Tekken X Street Fighter some day also. I tend to lean towards the Namco-Bandai fighting games these days.

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Nas Is Like
Saturday, March 17, 2012 @ 9:38:36 PM
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Those world ending combos are annoying as f---.

Great review, Ben. I may have to pick this up, I'm a huge Tekken fan.

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SmokeyPSD
Saturday, March 17, 2012 @ 9:47:13 PM
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Looking forward to this. I love the idea of the 2 crossover games.

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fatelementality
Saturday, March 17, 2012 @ 9:56:09 PM
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So is the story much Ben?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, March 17, 2012 @ 10:12:46 PM

Nah. But I have to let that slide, don't I? ;)

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fatelementality
Saturday, March 17, 2012 @ 11:39:27 PM

Sadly, the story is the only thing about a game that guarantees it will get my full 60 bucks upon release. Otherwise, I wait till they're dirt cheap. Didn't used to be this way. Is it just me or are more and more games feeling like re-hash the way that newer movies do, or does the fact that I've been playing videogames for 25 years make them not feel as fresh? Kind of reminds me how I'm already set on my generation of music. To hell with most of this new age pop and techno crap. I feel that I'm beginning to go down the same path with games. Oh God, I think I'm hyperventilating. Must not let the fear set in.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, March 18, 2012 @ 12:08:07 AM

I understand how you feel, but I rarely expect a good story from a fighting game. :)

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Oxvial
Sunday, March 18, 2012 @ 1:42:43 AM

For a Capcom fighting game is okay.Not Blazblue or MK9 storywise tier.

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Temjin001
Saturday, March 17, 2012 @ 10:57:44 PM
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I ended up liking this a ton more than I anticipated. I've been fighting the urge to impulse buy it as there's a whole lot about how it looks, feels and plays that I like. It isn't really a full fledged standalone fighter to me, like Tekken, or nothing, but I enjoyed playing it like a dessert for the genre. It's total fan service and I was just a little surprised to see how they implemented some Tekken'ish design elements embeded, albliet subtley, into the game play. Ground rolling covers more ground. OTG combos exist. Heihachi brings with him some pressuring tactices I could use from Tekken. It's great stuff. I liked the review. I will buy this when money permits... and possibly after the re-release with all of the added content unlocked.

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PharaohJR
Sunday, March 18, 2012 @ 1:24:05 AM
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good review but i want tekken x street fighter. i grew up on SF the characters & moves is what i like most but when tekken dropped things got real. like tekken for the action & environment.

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Kall555
Sunday, March 18, 2012 @ 1:59:35 AM
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Great review mate. I really enjoyed reading it.

This for me is my current GOTY. Street Fighter & Tekken fighters duking it out against others is like a dream come true & the match-up variety is off the charts.

I'm seriously loving it. The visuals, the character design, the never ending combos. It's brilliant.

The game also has a great future with what all the swap costumes & 12 other characters to come later on. Anyone who says the game isn't worth buying until this DLC is out is delusional when you already have 30+ characters to choose from the get go.

Anyone want a fight then by all means, do add me.

PSN: KevinTekken

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Laguna
Sunday, March 18, 2012 @ 2:56:36 AM
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I certainly don't think I am delusional.

there are 12 DLC characters locked on the disc besides the free ps3 ones.

We will have to shell out cash for that later.

Which is why I won't be buying it until that "later" version arrives.

You can even find them on youtube. The DLC fighters are fully playable. The joys of hacking.

Capcom is free to get my money, when the final version of the game is released.

There isn't anything shameful in waiting. Its saved me lots of money.

I can wait till maybe this fall or next spring for a Skyrim DLC complete package.

I have to save money cause gaming is expensive and games aren't worth the $60 price tag very often.

Same with Mass Effect 3. I will get it once all the DLC is out.

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Kall555
Sunday, March 18, 2012 @ 7:23:09 AM

What i am getting at is there are alot of fans out there saying this game isn't worth it because it's missing 12 DLC characters, when without those characters the roster is already extremely large & varied. I mean, if say those 12 characters never existed, would people still not buy this game because they feel it's lacking?

For the record, I'm not some "Capcop" worshipper working for "Crapcom" i just find it sort of adsurd that people feel they're not getting enough already. Regardless how walked over they feel about Capcom holding off on costumes & unfinished characters (that still need balancing & animation fixing) to begin with.

You're still getting great value for money buying the game now without characters, costumes & those gems imo.

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Jawknee
Sunday, March 18, 2012 @ 1:42:07 PM

"drrrrr...the fail"

If Crapcom already included those chatacters on the disc, people already paid for that content when they bought the game. Locking them and then asking for additional funds to unlock them is not a ethical business practice nor a legitimate means of providing downloadable content. It's a scam and Crapcom knows it and I don't doubt in your heart of hearts you know it too. Before Crapcom decided that it cared more about money than its fans and its integrity they would have allowed us to unlock those characters by playing the game. Not anymore. No wonder ex-Capcom executives have taken to twitter to announce their disgust with this kind of practice.

Crapcom doesn't provide Downloadable content. They scam people with Disc Locked Content.

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Oxvial
Sunday, March 18, 2012 @ 1:53:11 PM

I agree I have the game but If I was aware of the locked stuff I wouldn't buy it.That said I don't regret because the game has a BIG roster already and is actually fun.

But Capcom should of give us those characters for free.

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Kall555
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 1:35:12 AM

@Jawknee,

What i am trying to say is there is plenty this game provides the player without the additional DLC, costumes & gems. They're still getting good value for money regardless, noone HAS to buy these DLC characters. Is that part getting through yet?

I don't necessarily agree with Capcoms business practice, in fact i agree with you, i just find it difficult to understand people that don't feel they're getting enough in this title already.

You don't want the DLC, you don't buy it. How hard is that to grasp?

Oh "Crapcom" how cute! Not overused at all :)

@Oxvial,

"But Capcom should of give us those characters for free"

As gamers, we're not entitled to anything ;)


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Kall555
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 3:39:19 AM

Furthermore, gamers or "Ca$hcom lolz" haters need to take a breather & should realise that Capcom fighters are actually giving you more now than they were years & years ago on PS2 & SNES.

Before this, Street Fighter on PS2 & SNES gave you a mere arcade mode, versus, training & a handful of characters. If your memory can take you back that far you will recall Capcom making plenty of expansions for Street Fighter, not for $20, but for full price.

With these expansions you only got a few new characters with tweaks & balance to their fighting. You never got anything like costumes because Capcom only did colour swapping with their fighting games back then.

If you can remember Street Fighter on the SNES you will remember there being more than three upgrade expansion versions to the original game all at full price on release with nothing more other than faster gameplay, one or two extra bosses & a new character expanding over four versions of the game. You were paying four times the price for one game if you wanted it all when with SFxT here you're only paying $20 for not one or two, but 12 DLC characters.

I'm not trying to justify Capcoms decision of DLC, i'm just saying, it's much better now with Capcom fighters than it was before & i see alot of whingers complaining about them being overcharged today. If anything you were being nickel & dimed before & much worse than what you're now. Now, we're only paying for the characters instead of a whole new game at full price with those new characters.

You don't like the DLC, fair enough but don't act like you're been treated unfairly now because if anything, when it comes to Capcom fighters of this gen, we're actually paying less for the extras now then we did before.

Also, don't fool yourself in thinking these characters were complete, they weren't & a few clicks of Youtube hacked videos of the DLC characters will show you that alot of animation is missing in the characters. Christie especially.

I don't entirely approve of Capcoms DLC, but considering these characters are priced at $20 & are not due out for another six months. I am not entirely fussed spending $20 six months down the road for 12 complete characters to add to an already enticing roster.

Remember, video games are luxuries, you're not entitled to anything. So be safe in the knowledge of knowing you do not have to buy these characters if you don't want too. It really isn't hard.

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Gamer46
Sunday, March 18, 2012 @ 7:34:55 PM
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I'm enjoying SF X Tekken quite a bit, it's pretty much what I expected, SF IV with tag team play, the story mode isn't great but it's not bad either, I have a feeling it won't be too long before I'm back to MK 9 though, especially with the Vita version of that game set for May. MK just seems like a more complete and polished game.

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slugga_status
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 9:57:07 AM
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SF X Tekken is downright addicting. You really have to use strategy to get a win. I think it's clear that the cross over series between capcom and namco are for the fans. I'm still learning how to use some of the Tekken fighters though..But once you get them down, they deal big time damage. Fighter of the year so far...

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dork02840
Sunday, April 22, 2012 @ 11:31:33 AM
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i liked the game i just dont love it. i feel like many gamers do, that the Ultimate edition is inevitable. Not only that, but who is to say that Capcom/Namco do not release a double edition of both crossovers? i thought the arcade mode was kind of weak, and the story was awful. i can forgive that, what i cannot forgive and Ben I do not understand why more reviewers do not review it is the really off sounding audio mix. The in game announcer is annoying and often time his mix wavers depending upon background noise. so do the character voice overs, sometimes they get drowned out by victory scores when they are rambling un lip synced in japanese. KOF13>SF Tekken.

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