Street Fighter X Tekken is a 2D fighting game that is published by Capcom (released in 2012). This time around, Capcom's Street Fighter series and Namco's Tekken series have been teamed up to mash up two of the world's greatest fighting games of all time. As you may have noticed, the actual game play closely resembles more of Super Street Fighter IV than Tekken 6. As a result, Street Fighter X Tekken is one of the best fighting games around, but it also has it's own set of drawbacks that prevent this game from scoring a perfect, solid 10.
Presentation - When you start up the main menu, you have a fair share of modes to play though. There is an arcade mode (fighting against a CPU with a friend (1-2 players) to progress through a story). Versus mode has you fighting against three other friends or CPU players. You can also choose to have a friend or a CPU player on your team (1-4 players). Network is a mode that let's you and your friends challenge against other human players online. Training mode is where you can practice using your favorite character's standard and special moves. Challenge mode let's you take on challenging battles. The customize mode let's you customize battle settings. Player data let's you view offline and online game play records and statistics. The options mode has you adjust game settings. Finally, the store has you purchasing DLC (downloadable content).
There are 43 playable characters (about half of them are Street Fighter characters and Tekken characters) , and five characters are exclusive to the PlayStation 3 console). Some of the PS3 exclusive (DLC) characters are Cole from Infamous, and Turo (white) and Kuro (brown) (two Japanese cats). Unfortunately, you have to pay some extra money to access some characters.
The two special guests (free DLC) that join the fray are the one and only Pac-Man and Mega-Man. I'm actually not very fond of the character designs because Pac-Man has a new modern look where his eyes are blue (I'm used to the old Pac-Man design from Pac-Man World 2 where he looks more cute and friendly). Unfortunately, Mega-Man in this game is not the same skinny, blue bomber Mega Man we all remember (that appears in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS). Instead, this new Mega-Man (based on the original Mega-Man design for the NES) is obese (fat) and too muscular. Even his face isn't very pretty looking either.
Die-hard Mega-Man fans are going to be very disappointed with the real Mega Man not appearing in Street Fighter X Tekken, This is the area where I will take some points off from my GameSpot score as well.
Graphics - The visuals resemble the same dark, thick outlined and arcade art style of Super Street Fighter IV.
Sound - Again the music is a re-mix from Super Street Fighter IV which actually sounds catchy.
Game play - The game play revolves around a mix between Super Street Fighter IV and Tekken Tag Tournament 2. The fighting mechanics are from Super Street Fighter IV and the ability to tag team a friend/CPU was from Tekken Tag Tournament 2. For example, if your friend loses all of his/her health, you would take over and fight against your opponents. As long as both players are alive, you can switch between players any time. You can also use gems to improve the game play, but I'm still not sure how it works yet. You can even remove the time limit, or set how long the time limit is, and set how many rounds you want to play.
Lasting appeal - The ability to have a mash up between Street Fighter and Tekken characters online with friends lengthens the lasting appeal. The controls are solid, responsive, and the modes can have you playing for a good while. However, the disappointing appearances of Pac-Man and fat Mega-Man are not very favorable among players and critics alike. Despite minor shortcomings, Street Fighter X Tekken is still worth a purchase for Street Fighter and Tekken fans.
The Good - the first fighting game to combine Street Fighter and Tekken characters into one game, online mode is mostly lag free, ability to tag team a friend/CPU is a great idea to help beginner players out, tight, responsive controls
The Bad - Pac-Man doesn't look quite right, and Mega-Man isn't even the real Mega-Man at all, have to pay DLC to access some characters
Presentation - 8
Sound - 10
Game play - 10
Lasting appeal - 9
Overall 9.4 out of 10 GameSpot score 9 out of 10 (any score that has a 0.1 to a 0.4 will be rounded down and from 0.5 to a 0.9 will be rounded up)