"Finally! The two top franchises in the fighting game genre will be together for the first time."
Release Date: Mar 6, 2012
Platform(s): PS3, 360, PC, Vita
Finally! The two top franchises in the fighting game genre will be together for the first time. Street Fighter X Tekken is the long awaited crossover of the popular fighting games Street Fighter and Tekken. The game will feature both characters from Street Fighter as well as characters from Tekken. However, Tekken fans may be disappointed as Street Fighter X Tekken's gameplay will follow the 2D version of Street Fighter using projectile moves like the world famous Hadouken. The core aspects of gameplay are very similar to the Street Fighter series as the game uses the Street Fighter IV Engine.
Street Fighter X Tekken uses principle Street Fighter moves like Super Combos and EX attacks. The fighters who players pick can be controlled by the usual 6-button system found in most Street Fighter games; three for punches and three for kicks. Having said that, Capcom did reveal that Tekken characters can be controlled with the Tekken 4-button system. Much like Tekken Tag Tournament, the KO system will end the fight when one member of the tag team’s health has been reduced to zero.
Each player will pick two fighters at the beginning of the game. Players can use many tag techniques to switch out their characters. There are new and fun ways to switch characters; Cross Art which is a special technique where a player’s current character performs a quick attack combo to set up their additional character for a “super art”. The other new tag technique is the Cross Assault. This technique pulls in both characters, averaging their life spans and allowing players to switch controls for two on one encounters.
The basis behind the story of Street Fighter X Tekken is a special move known as Pandora. The game begins with a meteor that crashes in the Antarctic, There is a bizarre box-shaped object named Pandora. Humans don’t understand it and it cannot be opened. The box does respond to violence however. During a fight, players can “activate” Pandora when their vitality gauge is less then 25 percent. When activated, Pandora allows player’s second fighter’s strength to increase dramatically.
A case for controversy among this new crossover is the newly announced Gem System. This system will allow players to equip “special gems” to increase characters abilities and statistics. Players will be able to equip up to five gems at a time. There are a few different kinds of gems. Gems effects are distinguished by color so even in a battle, players can see what gems their opponent has set, Red gems increase attack power, yellow gems increase defense and green gems provide speed boosts. Some gems activate as a player attacks while some activate while players are being attacked. The system is said to address issues such as mirror matches and throw escapes. They are being used as a pre-order temptation as different retailers will offer users unique gems. Hardcore fans of the fighting genre need not worry because there will be a feature that allows players to filter out gem users in online matchmaking.
There are several character appearances that have been announced from both the Street Fighter and Tekken series. They include classics like Ryu and Ken, Kazuya and King and many others. There are multiple unconfirmed characters from both series which include Juni, Zafina, Ling Xiayou and many more. Special guest characters include Cole MacGrath from the Infamous series and Sony mascot Toro and his rival Kuro, who will appear in both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions of the game.
DLC has already been announced for Street Fighter X Tekken that will feature a chance for players to switch costumes between Tekken and Street Fighter characters. Theses costumes are said to be “inspirations” and not complete replicas. Color Edit has also returned which will allow players to change the colors of their fighter’s skin, hair and clothes.
Be sure to check back for further details closer to release.