Release Date: March 8th, 2012
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3,
Rating: T for Teen
(Victor Valley)–The fighting game genre continues its string of new releases with one of the most anticipated releases from Capcom, Street Fighter X Tekken. Combining two storied fighting game franchises into one game is no easy feat, which is why this titanic crossover will be two separate games. Capcom, making the game more accustom to the style seen in Street Fighter games, produces this release. Tekken X Street Fighter is scheduled for release at the end of the year and will focus more on the Tekken fighting style. So how does this milestone game measure up?
Story: So how do you get two casts of characters from two very different games together? The story goes that something fell from space, a box codenamed Pandora. The box is said to contain untold power, which has got the attention of powerful factions from both universes. In teams of two, you go against fighters all trying to reach the box for one reason or another. By picking preset character teams, you will get an intro on why the team is looking for Pandora, as well as an animated ending on what they find inside the mysterious box.
Now, yes, fighting games traditionally don’t have a massive story mode, but this title at least kept the hallmarks in what makes a great fighting game. As evident with the recently released SoulCalibur 5, many newer titles are doing away with character specific endings, which makes beating story mode a moot point. Thankfully, Street Fighter X Tekken doesn’t go that route; yes, the endings are shared between teams and not based on individuals, but having that end reward for beating the game is vital and welcomed.
Design/Art: The design work harkens back to the latest game in the Street Fighter series, Street Fighter IV. A cel shaded, comic book look to the characters and backgrounds is present, which works really well for this crossover. The ending animations are extremely well done, looking like something you would see in a full length animated film.
Gameplay: The gameplay mechanics for this fighter adopt the controls of Street Fighter IV. Fans of the Tekken series will be at a loss, as the game plays like the great Capcom fighters of years past. Tekken fans will get a game that plays using their style later this year. Gems are a new aspect added to the mix, as they add power ups that compliments various offensive and defensive strengths. Fights are between teams of two, and partners can be switched on the fly as you see fit. The controls are tight and responsive, making for a great fighting experience.
Sound: The voiceover work for this eclectic group is nothing short of outstanding. Voices can be toggled back and forth as English and Japanese, and even split between the Street Fighter and Tekken fighters. The background music is the regular outstanding music Capcom has been known for. Whenever the sound quality is concerned, Capcom usually excels with no problem, as they do with this title.
Overall: Street Fighter X Tekken marks a huge accomplishment in the video game world. The Tekken and Street Fighter series are vastly different, and Capcom did an excellent in combining the two storied histories and making an enjoyable game at the same time. This is now the measuring stick for fighting games for 2012, it will be interesting to see how the forthcoming Tekken X Street Fighter comes together. If it is anything like this title, then we are in for a great year for video games. An awesome game, I give Street Fighter X Tekken a 9 out of 10.