Street Fighter X Tekken Preview
Who would win in a fight to the death, Ryu from Street Fighter or Kazuya from Tekken? What about Chun-Li versus Mega Man, or Pac-Man?
These crazy fights will be made into (virtual) reality later this spring with the help of Capcom's latest creation, Street Fighter X Tekken.
Set to release on multiple platforms, including the Playstation 3, Sony's new handheld system the Playstation Vita, Xbox 360, and Microsoft Windows, the game will pit characters from the Street Fighter, Tekken and Capcom universes against each other in a struggle for survival.
Tekken is a 3D game, with full 3D backgrounds and 3D character models, while Street Fighter is naturally a 2D game that has seen a few 3D versions. In order to mix the two games together, Capcom made the great decision to make this game strictly 2D, but use fleshed out character models as in their latest Street Fighter games.
Many gameplay elements are taken from Street Fighter rather than Tekken, such as the heavy focus on team matches and short combos, but there are also several things drawn from Capcom's other mixed-brand fighting games, including Capcom vs. SNK and Marvel vs. Capcom. There will be an emphasis on creating longer combos that start with one character and end with another team member, and there will be a few different ways to call your partner into the match as well as charge an EX meter that will enable you to launch special attacks on your foes.
If you have played the latest Capcom fighting mash-up Marvel vs. Capcom 3, you may have noticed how extremely frantic the fighting feels. There is little time to react, and the screen is constantly bombarded by flashing lights, special move animation sequences and characters flying all over the screen. With Street Fighter X Tekken there will be less frantic fighting and more calculated combat, as each player will move slower than the previously mentioned game. The more advanced combos have been simplified so that newcomers to either game will be able to construct impressive looking combos without having to study and memorize them for days.
Street Fighter X Tekken is a fighting game before anything else, and as such lacks a compelling, detailed story. The plot in the game is weak at best, and just serves to attempt to connect the two fighting games. Basically, a strange object drops from the sky onto Earth's surface, and no one knows what it is. Teams of scientists and researchers try to decipher where it came from and what it does, but to no avail. The only thing they discovered is that when two beings develop a conflict while near the object, a strange energy is released that makes the conflicted beings more powerful. They end up naming the object Pandora, and the game explains that each character from Street Fighter and Tekken are forced to fight each other due to this object.
Many favorite characters have been announce so far, some were expected, and others were not so expected.
- Street Fighter will include: Ryu, Ken, Guile, Abel, Chun-Li, Cammy, Sagat, Vega, Dhalsim, Ibuki, Zangief, Balrog, Juri, M. Bison and Akuma.
- Tekken will include: Kazuya, Jin, King, Nina, Marduk, Bob, Julia, Hwoarang, Steve, Yoshimitsu, Kuma, Heihachi, Asuka, Law, Paul, and Ogre.
- Other characters from neither of the above universes will include: Toro, Kuro, Mega Man, and Pac-Man.
Fans of either the Tekken series or the many Street Fighter games will surely enjoy the action provided by this game, and the fact that you will be able to have Jin, Kazuya, Ryu and Ken all on the same screen should be enough for many fighting game-lovers to purchase a copy of the game for themselves. Interestingly, Namco, who created the Tekken series, is also planning on releasing their own take on this fantastic cross between the two games, and their game is going to be called Tekken X Street Fighter.
No word on the details yet, and the game developers have stated that no work has been started yet, but the fact that two Tekken/Street Fighter games are in production is certainly exciting. For now, though, Street Fighter X Tekken will quench your thirst for virtual blood until the second game comes out, whenever that may be.
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