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Review

Street Fighter X Tekken Review

  • Game release: March 6, 2012
  • Reviewed: May 11, 2012
  • PC

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

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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. However, there are a few issues unique to the PC version that detract from the standard set by its console counterparts.

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. 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. Gems are a subtle complement that can enhance an already lethal player, or shield someone less experienced from a beating. Unfortunately, while the console versions have received dozens of new gems (and other content), none of that content is available at launch for the PC version.

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. Unfortunately, online stability remains inconsistent. Similar to the release of the console version, it's a toss-up whether you will experience lag or not--even against opponents with the maximum connection rating. Audio drops and slide-show matches are all too common.

You can unlock this special stage by tweaking your graphical settings.

Another annoyance with the PC version are the graphical hiccups. By default, v-sync is not enabled which leads to extensive screen tearing across multiple machines. Enabling v-sync is simple enough; however, doing so can cause sluggish performance on certain stages. Your first thought may be to set the "Stage Quality" option from high to low, but doing so causes the backgrounds to vanish entirely, leaving only a black void. Compared to the pristine performance of Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition on PC, Street Fighter X Tekken falls short.

Even so, 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
Some graphical issues
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26 comments
HKILLER88888
HKILLER88888

the game is good everything if fine about it it even have the combo system that SF4 should have had but there is only one thing that really bothers and that's the characters DLC!.the characters DLC is inside the game DVD but it's locked but if you want em you gotta pay Capcom a second time so they unlock the character DLC...that's totally BS cuz they are selling the thing that they have already sold to you...some thing is really really wrong in CAPCOM....

sleipnir796
sleipnir796

I bought the game and instantly uninstalled. Silly me was hoping for a tekken experience. When i noticed it was 2d combat i almos barf... And the characters are completly horrible!! 

We need a Mortal Kombar for pc ... don't waste your money on this title. 8? sure not.

taifhamid1
taifhamid1

i heard there will be Tekken X Street fighter which is More of a 3D and not some stupid 2D looking graphics with cheese gameplay, it might be fun for SF fans but for me it's the stupidest game ever

PC-lovers95
PC-lovers95

can i have a nice play with keyboard and mouse ?

s4dn3s5
s4dn3s5

Another good game infected with cancerous GFWL.

Glad to see  the PC community boycott this garbage, poor sales are the only thing that Capcom understand.

widrijulin
widrijulin

pantes lh Gi mna Nich Download Na

wilhelmut
wilhelmut

I might get one of these Tekkens someday, but not more than one for another 15 years!

 

I wish there was a new Mortal Kombat for PC, too.

saykojiro49
saykojiro49

Nice CAPCOOOOM!! i love it, thanks you for this game come in to PC version, i would enjoy this, 9.0 score for this, can you give more feature like creating characters? or some DLC

Zenstrive
Zenstrive

this game is surprisingly alot easier than SF IV. 

You can rely on charged moves and cross arts.

I even have one bout where I exchange simple attacks with the enemies :D

dr_daki
dr_daki

When the DLC for PC is coming with new players ! I can`t wait !!!

afraz-z-jin
afraz-z-jin

This release is the proof of total cool and stylish art of 2d fighting with massive quantity of moves GREAT CAPCOM ..AND THANKS FOR RELEASE IT ON PC

 

ChaosUndivided
ChaosUndivided

This was average. Had potential. Once you played the Arcade a few times there was not much else to keep you playing. Wanna pull off any move in the game with any character then just button bash.

ulgk
ulgk

I do not consider these true Street Fighter games, I have played way better ones. Street Fighter Alpha 3 was damned good, Capcom vs SNK 2 was better, and Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike was epic!!!

 

At the time, Street Fighter III:3rd Strike was beloved by all. I love the fighting mechanics, groovy combat, great soundtrack, and the serious tone Capcom put in that game.

majere613
majere613

It's borderline scandalous that Capcom still haven't found a PC programmer who can code a Vsync routine! If it's anything like SFIVAE, it can be fixed with a third-party tweaker like D3DOverrider, but that really shouldn't be necessary in this day and age.

halo2_4_pc
halo2_4_pc

I'm going to end up buying this just to support Capcom bringing their games to the PC with decent (although some not so great) ports. I'm really hoping they will eventually bring UMvC3 to PC.

Locke_FF6
Locke_FF6

Excellent having this game on PC =D really capcom is someting in PC

aam77t
aam77t

if it had seth and c.viper(in one group) , more arenas and better technical (not artistic) graphic(i hate law face) it would be be better 

Aderdunn_3
Aderdunn_3

 Do you feel good when a company wants to you to pay 100 dollars for the full game content that is already on the disc?! Too bad that there some people like the two below me (not Gelugon_baat) who gonna answer yes,buy every dlc & encourage Capcom's uber greedy activities!

Iridescent406
Iridescent406

It's a shame that people look down on this game due to Capcom's asinine business shenanigans. It really is a fun game, and I'm actually kind of happy PC gamers are able to play it now too.

ziproy
ziproy

Too bad this game is universally hated by the gaming community...oh well

hahamanin
hahamanin

 @ulgk seriously though SF4 is still awesome....and actually revived the genre again

Iridescent406
Iridescent406

 @Gelugon_baat But I don't think it's wrong to just enjoy the product though. I rented this game on my 360, without even caring about the other characters being locked on the disc, and just loved playing it. I think if anything, we should base our spending on the quality of the product, and not what was cut from it.

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    Fighting universes collide in this Street Fighter/Tekken crossover.
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