The Score: "Street Fighter x Tekken Is One Of The Best Fighting Games On Home Consoles"

Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 1:46PM

Written by J. Bachelor

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  • Street Fighter x Tekken
  • Playstation 3, X-Box 360
  • March 6, 2012
IGN 4.5/5
Game Spot 8.5/10
Metacritic 8.7/10
Manifesto 8.5/10

The holy grail of fighting games is back for another round of melee as Street Fighter x Tekken offers gamers a chance to have legendary fighters Ken and Ryu clash with the now-classic 3D brawler clan.

Street Fighter x Tekken is light on story and heavy on action: Just the way fans of the genre like it.

Worlds collide, battles erupt, and pink-haired transgendered beauties fight tooth-and-nail with freaking bears; Street Fighter X Tekken has arrived, pitting two of the fighting game scene's favorite franchises into one sexy, riding-crop wielding package.(

The usual suspects pop up in this highly-anticipated game. Characters that have been around for over 20 years are once again ready to put it all on the line in the name of brutal combat.

As you'd expect, mainstays like Street Fighter's Ryu, Ken and Chun-Li and Tekken's Kazuya, Nina and King are here, but there are plenty of eclectic characters from both camps. They all retain their personality in its SFIV-based engine with its familiar six-button attack system, special attacks and three-bar Super meter that supports the EX attacks and Ultras, here called Super Arts. Despite tweaks, like a faster pace, SFIV players will slip right in, and Capcom has successfully translated many of the Tekken characters' familiar combos and command throws into the SF framework.(Now Gamer)

Double the damage with tag team, which features a health bar that regains energy for players stuck on the sideline.

Tag team combat is key to Street Fighter vs. Tekken as the use of two characters lengthens the fights but also allows us to combine both in various ways. We can simply tag out at random or through techniques such as Cross Assault attack with both fighters at the same time, or even switch mid combo if we wish. It is also worth noting that when tagged out of the game a characters health will increase a little. Choosing characters for the tag battles also has an impact on the game play style as we can combine (juggle) their abilities to create new and unique attacks specific to that combination of fighters.(Hardware Heaven)

There are many game modes within this title although the timeless arcade mode is given a new spin that includes humorous cut scenes and unique storyline.

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.(Gamespot)

Critics agree that while Street Fighter x Tekken breaks no knew ground, the ability to have these two highly respected franchise games square off against one another is sure to be enough to keep fans of fighting games entertained with hours of bare-knuckle brawling.

It's undeniably a more fussy game than Street Fighter 4, and at times you may hunger for a return to the relative simplicity of the elder Street Fighters. But this is a game built around options - how you want to deploy your meter, who you want to partner with, the colors and gems that you want to dress them in. We already have Third Strike and Street Fighter 4. We don't need another one. This ripped, boisterous crossover game arrives in a blaze of creativity, one of an intensity rarely seen in Japanese game output of late. A fierce, passionate marriage then - but one that just might last. (Eurogamer)
Street Fighter X Tekken is one of the best fighting games on home consoles. The combo system is deep and rewarding, the character animations are flawless, and the roster of familiar characters should make fighting game fans giddy with anticipation.(Lexington Herald)

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