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Review

Street Fighter X Tekken Review

  • First Released
  • Reviewed: March 5, 2012
  • X360

Street Fighter X Tekken is fun for a wide range of players while still offering the complexity serious fighting fans have come to expect.

Capcom loves crossovers. Its world warriors have faced down the X-Men, the Avengers, the King of Fighters, and many others. With Street Fighter X Tekken, the stylish cast of Tekken fighters is next in line to go blow for blow with Ryu and company. It's an interesting transition for the Tekken members, who are leaving their native 3D arena for a 2D battlefield. But their adaptation is just one of the many surprises waiting in this complex fighter. With a host of new mechanics and modes, Street Fighter X Tekken has a lot to offer fighting fans of all skill levels.

Street Fighter X Tekken is a 2D fighter with two-on-two combat. Each side is in control of two fighters and can swap between them on the fly. Players can even team up cooperatively and fight on the same team, just like in last year's Mortal Kombat. This means up to four players can take part in a fight. However, when one fighter on a team is knocked out, that team loses the round--regardless of how much health the remaining fighter has. Therefore, you must treat your two fighters as one unit. There are numerous ways to switch between your fighters, and mastering good synergy between them is the key to building devastating combos and winning matches.

The game includes many of the fighting mechanics seen in Super Street Fighter IV, with several new additions. It has a six-button layout, with three punches and three kicks, and a three-section energy meter with numerous functions. This meter is earned quickly and spent quickly on devastating super arts, EX special moves, and more. But one of its most important functions is cross-canceling. For one block of meter you can tag in your partner mid-combo to continue the assault. At first this "two-as-one" style can be difficult to put into practice. It's much easier to fight with one character until his or her health gets low, switch characters, and repeat. However, in doing so, you lose a lot of what makes this game unique, as well as sacrifice an edge in combat.

Early on you play the system, rather than the characters. This is because several types of moves are performed the same way no matter whom you're controlling. Every character can perform a simple combo of light-medium-heavy-heavy, and execute the two-in-one cross-arts attack the same way. This standardization across the cast lowers the initial barrier to entry by providing a simple, effective foundation, no matter which character you choose. There is still plenty of individual character complexity, but you don't need to know it all to feel competent. By leaning on the fundamentals, you are free to discover character-specific techniques at your own pace.

Additional design choices let you simplify the game and shrink the skill gap between more- and less-experienced players. Certain combos can be automatically executed by pressing two buttons. Attack inputs can be reduced from a 360-degree motion to a tap of the up button. But these shortcuts come at a cost. They may cost meter or lower your fighter's attack power. For those in the intermediate skill range, these options promote an even playing field by offering some extra assistance to those who need it.

All 10 backgrounds are packed with detail, and many include multiple stages.

One of the best ways to adjust your experience is with gems. Gems make your character stronger and can be tailored to suit any fighting style. If you're offense-oriented, then the attack-boosting Immense Power gems are for you. Conversely, if you plan on getting hit a lot, the Iron Wall gems, which grant damage reduction, would be best. Each character can hold three gems maximum, and while several gems offer the same benefits, what distinguishes them are their activation conditions. You do not acquire gem bonuses for free; they must be earned. But for all the good they do, gems cannot be solely relied upon. They are a subtle complement that can enhance an already lethal player, or shield someone less experienced from a beating.

In addition to its numerous combat mechanics, Street Fighter X Tekken has a robust game mode selection. Arcade mode is up first and opens with an introductory short for each official tag team. As matches are won, there is some post-bout banter that adds color to the adventure. A bout between each team and its rival team occurs near the end and includes its own introductory cinematic, followed by an ending cinematic showing what the winning team did with Pandora's Box. Together these story bits dress up arcade mode, and their funny, lighthearted delivery is fitting for an already outrageous game.

Next is challenge mode, which includes the tutorial, trial, and mission modes. Tutorial mode is where new players should start. Hosted by the jocular Dan Hibiki, this mode talks you through the game's numerous mechanics. It's a definite improvement over the complete lack of an introductory mode seen in most fighting games. Trial mode includes 20 character-specific trials for the entire roster. These trials range from performing basic special moves to pulling off advanced combos. Mission mode rounds out the set. In this mode you pick any character you like and battle against the AI with various battle conditions.

Two of the game's best teaching tools are not found in the challenge section. These are replays and practice mode. Replay mode lets you filter reaplys by character, player skill, and other factors. Studying the tactics of superior players is a great way to improve your own abilities. Training with a friend online also helps. With a partner in tow, you can hit up the briefing room and spar with, or against, him in practice mode.

Body double? Bob's already twice the size!

Unfortunately, online stability is inconsistent. Even against players in the same region, and with the maximum connection rating, it was still a toss-up whether we'd experience lag or not. Against players below those conditions the match would often slow to a heavy crawl. Hopefully this lag will be reduced over time, but for now it's an unfortunate blemish on an otherwise pristine game.

Street Fighter X Tekken provides complex combat in an inviting package. The fighting genre needs to become accessible to a wider range of players, and this game takes an important step in the right direction. Accessibility that doesn't come at the expense of variety is a smart move and sets this fun and flashy fighter apart from the pack.

The Good
Smooth and stylish visuals
Deep fighting system
Numerous optional combat assists
Replay support and online training mode
Well-designed introductory mode.
The Bad
Online connectivity is inconsistent.
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Hermoni4
Hermoni4

Hello everyone


I bought the game and I do not know, but open the locked players something to know???


I would love to help me ...

Warmuro
Warmuro

So people complain about DLC and say the game is bad i think. I tell you what, remember the ending of Mass Effect 3. It was really a disappointment but this doesn't make the whole awful, bad or whatever. I really liked Street Fighter X Tekken, more than Super Street Figher IV because combat mechanic is fluent compared to SSFIV and 2v2 at the same screen and at the same time is awesome fun. This game is one of the good rare PC fighting games which is actually fun. Wish there was no need for stupid DLC's it's a robery in fact. However, i don't pay for such a stupid thing, so yes i admit, i downloaded the game from Torrent sites, unlocked all characters and i'm happy with that. Game industry does not deserve earning money these days.

Conjuration
Conjuration

Just bought it for $20.  After the big "locked on disc DLC" fiasco, I decided to wait.  It's a great game but I still feel a little bit like a fool for buying it.  I'm just gonna enjoy.

BudgetMonkey82
BudgetMonkey82

I will probably pick this up once Lei Wu Long becomes a playable character. Until then I'll happily stick with Marvel.

undeadgamer183
undeadgamer183

The tekken characters are the best feature of the game.From 3D to 2D. A great idea a great accomplishment and I just cant get enough of cartoon kazuya mishima. I'm looking forward to 3D ryu.

Bearbie
Bearbie

Users got it right. This game is a 7.5 at BEST. Ignore the "Cult of Capcom" reviews you see giving this a higher score. Awful and forgettable single player, fun but annoyingly buggy (audio) multiplayer. If you have buddies who can play I see this as a "smash bros" type game over beers. Not worth 60$ though.

Steba93
Steba93

So, what's with the bullsh*t that those promised DLC characters are actually already on the disc but are locked? I mean, wtf? I buy a game, get the characters on disc, and can't use them before paying. Capcom, you're seriously becoming new EA with this bullsh*t. And I could just as easily hack my copy of Street Fighter, no law in Finland says that it's illegal to do what I want with a copy I bought as long as it's not copying it. I payed it, I own the game and the disc, that's it. I'm gonna support good games, but I'm not gonna support this sh*t when characters, quests or whatever are already in the disc but locked

madsnakehhh
madsnakehhh

"Online connectivity is inconsistent" Enough for me to not warrant a purchase...well, that and the Ultimate Super Definitive GOTY version that will be announced in 3 months.

accesdenied
accesdenied

@dvdragon Posted Mar 5, 2012 8:11 pm PT Good luck to all of you waiting for the Super/Ultimate release, even though Ono, Seth Killian, and Chistian Svenson have all said this will be the only disc release (they will update the game with DLC later). Also, this game is going to be bought by everyone in the FGC, even the 3rd strike vets like the game (that's quite a feat, getting them off their high horse). They can say what ever they want lol, and you can choose to believe in fairy tales still. even if its on one disc and add dlc later it is still a different version of the game! "they will add a character here and a character there maybe a new stage...and in months to comebundle all the content into one and call it the ultimate experience.

accesdenied
accesdenied

I will wait a full year before I even consider to buy this. By then all the "other" versions of this game will be out.

jazilla
jazilla

hmm. i may have to rent this. never was a huge tekken fan, but i love me some SF!

neotheinstein
neotheinstein

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trailblazer800
trailblazer800

As long as people pay for DLC chars (on disc or not), they will be there. Welcome to the nu world where spoiled kids rule the inner circle. And btw, this is another great franchise chapter. I want a Capcom tattoo now.

Alucard_Prime
Alucard_Prime

Excellent review, I like how the game mechanics are clearly explained. The game sounds even better than I thought. I'm not too worried about the online connectivity, because the way it's described in the review, is exactly how SSF4 behaves(slow games on full green bar connections, sometimes)....which is not optimal, but acceptable.

ALLoY1717
ALLoY1717

@RE4GreatesGame Ah. I was misinterpreting your use of hardcore as the presentation of the game not the gameplay.

alenth
alenth

Lol @ people buying the game when hackers found complete characters locked on the disc. haha

Runock
Runock

Meh. Will buy maybe after the 3rd remake. Soul Cal 5 is enough for me newyas.

Celus93
Celus93

Cant Wait to get this game!

edgewalker16
edgewalker16

Well...that's one way to cure the obesity epidemic.

dvdragon
dvdragon

Good luck to all of you waiting for the Super/Ultimate release, even though Ono, Seth Killian, and Chistian Svenson have all said this will be the only disc release (they will update the game with DLC later). Also, this game is going to be bought by everyone in the FGC, even the 3rd strike vets like the game (that's quite a feat, getting them off their high horse).

anticusho1984
anticusho1984

I'll get this on launch, any way mus of the dlc is not a MUST like costumes , I'm not gonna wait 8 months or a year to play it

Zacmaccraken
Zacmaccraken

And some guys STILL believe Capcom!!! LOL!!!! They in fact are convinced that there would not be a SUPER/ULTIMATE/FULL FLAVOUR SFxT, just because that prick Ono said so!!! ROFL!!!! Expect a complete edition anytime near November!

tataaaar
tataaaar

i will buy the super complete arcade edition !!!

lowkey254
lowkey254

I'll wait for the Ultimate edition... or for a dropped price from the used wall.

ShadowofSonic
ShadowofSonic

I'll wait for the $40 edition, with more features.

mickey_mickey48
mickey_mickey48

@blaze_adeel: This got really old and Capcom announced 1901 times that any new content will be DLC.

blaze_adeel
blaze_adeel

I'll wait for Super Ultimate SF X Tekken : Arcade Edition

PheneonS
PheneonS

Hey! Gamespot is one of the first to review this! They should do that more often.

Swavo69420
Swavo69420

I'm a Tekken fan... What can I say??? This is a Street Fighter game with Tekken characters... I'll wait for the Namco Bandai version though it probably won't come out for another 2 years...

Ninja_Kinshu
Ninja_Kinshu

I'll wait till next month when the super-mega edition comes out.

turok0
turok0

it's good to see a once forgotten genre to rise again

ALLoY1717
ALLoY1717

@RE4GreatesGame The only fighting game I would describe with the words gritty and hardcore could be MK and even the last installment of that wasn't really gritty or hardcore. It was camp and silly. What fighting games are you refering to?

chakkerz
chakkerz

Yeah i agree with @Alloy1717 there is gonna be DLC. Buying it now is just gonna mean i have to buy it again.

Jebril
Jebril

Games like this, SF4, MvC3, KoFXIV, and SCV are making the fighting scene huge again.

ALLoY1717
ALLoY1717

Brace yourself, the DLC is coming. Serisouly though, I really want to pick this up but am strapped for cash.

y3ivan
y3ivan

 @Steba93 Those DLC characters are not included in the disc at least for the PC. I guess it has to be downloaded from the server

Corrupted_Wolf
Corrupted_Wolf

 @Zacmaccraken You need to calm down son. You just compared a game director to a people murdering dictator. First, DLC and all that shitty things were authorized by CAPCOM not Ono. Second, sadly DLC is basically not used in Japan. They consider DLC to be ripoffs and Disc to be better deal (You can sort of see their side of the argument when you think about what DLC really are). So the locking the data on the game thing was... sort of a stupid way to meet the two countries half way.  

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    Fighting universes collide in this Street Fighter/Tekken crossover.
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