E3 2011: Street Fighter X Tekken Hands-On: Hwoarang and Cammy

Scantily clad secret agent and tae kwon do master join Street Fighter X Tekken's burgeoning roster.

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Mash-up fighting game Street Fighter X Tekken is making a big showing at this year’s E3, and Capcom is using the opportunity to unveil two new characters to the world--Cammy from the Street Fighter series and Hwoarang from the Tekken side of the merger. We managed to get some hands-on time with both new sluggers today, as well as take the game through its paces yet again to see how it's progressing.

First up is former amnesiac and British secret agent Cammy, who is sporting a similar look to her recent outings in the Street Fighter IV titles. Her moveset, too, will be pretty familiar. She still features her cannon spike, spiral arrow, spin knuckle, and hooligan combo (along with its various end hit incarnations), with the input commands also being the same as in Street Fighter IV. Cammy vets should have no hassle picking her up, although from our brief playthrough, timing and her general pace seemed a little different.

Hwoarang is also instantly recognizable, sporting a similar look to the getup he sported in Tekken 6. The tae kwon do expert's Capcom-ised move list (that is, special moves transformed into circular motions a la Capcom's stable of fighters) includes the attack-dodging special step (dragon punch joystick movement with punch); the sky rocket antiair kick (dragon punch + kick); the hurricane kick like hunting hawk (backward quarter circle + kick); and the tricky air raid (half circle towards + kick). Of the two new inclusions, Hwoarang felt the most distinct from his Tekken days, no doubt due to some of the changes made to fit the character into a Capcom mould. It's still far too early to tell, however, just how "different" the character will feel, as it's still early days for Street Fighter x Tekken development.

What already feels solid even at this early stage is the fighting. We had a few extra rounds with the other playable characters in this E3 build--Ryu, Ken, Guile, Sagat, Abel, Chun Li, Kazuya, Nina, Julia, Bob, and Marduk--and found the brawling very engaging. As we covered in our earlier previews, while you're able to tag in a second character, you won't have a shared health bar. That means if one of your players gets knocked out before you can swap him out, it's round over, no matter how much health your other character may have. You'll need to swap intelligently, though: to swap, you'll need to hit both middle attack buttons at once, and both your outgoing and incoming character will be open for attacks for a little while during the animation. We also found that we could swap only if our character was standing (not crouching or moving backward or forward), although this may change in the final version of the game.

The safest way we found to swap was to perform a swap combo--a move available to every character by simply landing a light, medium, and heavy attack (kick or punch). The last hit will launch your opponent, and you'll automatically swap out to your next pugilist to continue the combo. You're able to chain two of these light-medium-heavy combos together.

We're feeling pretty comfortable with how the Street Fighter characters have made the transition to this franchise mash-up, but we'll still need more time with the game to see just how familiar this title will be for Tekken fans who may have never played previous Street Fighter games. One thing's for sure: we want to get more play time with Street Fighter X Tekken, so stay tuned to GameSpot for more information.

Discussion

26 comments
Wensea10
Wensea10

hwoarang is a very interesting tekken character

Crawler3333
Crawler3333

Asuka,Paul and Law just HAVE to be in this game.For the time being, the Tekken roster features some of the worst/minor characters in the whole franchise (Bob and Marduk ? Come on, Namco...:( )

madinime
madinime

will be one of the best fighting game,ever

StJerK
StJerK

Dam you e3...so many games...by 2012 ill be broke, living at my parents and $2000 dollars in debt.

CryoSkorne
CryoSkorne

It is a very good idea. 2 best fighting games out there (IMO) in a mash-up. Im really excited to see what its gonna be like. I just hope I will see chars like Akuma, Eddy or Lars.

reyace
reyace

You guys!!!!. This is not the final roster...think people think! there just showing us what capcom has for this game so most people wont forget that they are still making this game. Its not until next year this game will officially come out.

RambutanHead
RambutanHead

Woohoo! Hwoarang! My favorite Tekken character :D

GameWaiter
GameWaiter

i hope for more characters to show up

umar_shehzad
umar_shehzad

have they included akuma??? otherwise m not buying it

ahpuck
ahpuck

Eddie Gordo/Paul Phoenix vs Dee Jay/Ken, lets fight! gonna be fun.

majere613
majere613

Really excited about this now! I'm especially pleased to see how much space is left for new characters, especially since most of my favourites are already in so the rest is gravy. Though come to think of it, needs more Heihachi!

RabidBurp
RabidBurp

Glad to see Cammy back in action.

X-RS
X-RS

Hwoarang looking fun ^_^

Jayut
Jayut

I think ability not balance between street fighter guys and taken guys.

chyng85
chyng85

I love Chun-Li and Cammy~!

BLuFAlc0n
BLuFAlc0n

...YES!!! My 2nd Tekken main and 1st Street Fighter main has made it!! ...all we need is Asuka (1st main), and this game will be complete!!

KaiserKasey
KaiserKasey

I hate how quickly the characters fall...seems choppy.

tom_cat_01
tom_cat_01

That's a small character list considering it consists of 2 games. I hope it's not the full list..