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Street Fighter x Tekken Live Video Footage and First Impressions

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Posted July 31, 2011 by Taylor Stein in News
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Capcom has successfully combined two of the greatest fighting classics of our time. They’ve broken the boundaries that define each individual series and have created an entirely unique gaming experience that will stand up on its own. On the second day of Evo 2011, I was able to get my hands Street Fighter x Tekken.

First let me say that Street Fighter x Tekken is truly impressive. It harmoniously blends elements which are traditionally present in the Street Fighter series with those typically found in Tekken titles. The juggling mechanics for example impart a new feel to the Street Fighter universe. Paired with a control scheme reminiscent of most Street Fighter games, Street Fighter x Tekken is genuinely shaping into a complex fighting system.

The cross-over combos add an even more intricate level to combat. Similar to Marvel Vs. Capcom’s famous character swapping, Street Fighter x Tekken will now feature the ability to switch between characters and the ability to perform special dual techniques.

Super Street Fighter 4 (SSF4) seems to be one of the biggest influences upon Street Fighter x Tekken. While playing at Evo, I noticed the ability to use guard-breaking moves similar to the ones present in SSF4. In fact, my opponent managed to somehow combine juggling mastery with perfect cross-over combos AND flawless guard breaks from the moment he picked up the fight stick. Even though I got my ass kicked from start to finish, it was worth the twenty minute wait in line.

Graphically Street Fighter x Tekken closely resembles SSF4 but with more intensity. The colors are vibrant and the textures greatly enhance the overall look and feel of the game. The Tekken characters in particular look right at home among the Street Fighter heavy hitters. Kazuya is a beast among men. His battered body and enormously muscular frame suit the new art form well.

The roster at boasts over 18 playable characters bringing back favorites and newbies alike. Cole MacGrath, the electric man from the Infamous series, will be an exclusive character for the PS3/Playstation Vita.

Overall I am very impressed with what I have seen of Street Fighter x Tekken. Many essentials are improved, and the facets that are new in this edition seem to be relatively balanced. Street Fighter x Tekken has the potential to appeal to both fan bases. Street Fighter fans will be familiar with the aesthetics and pleased with the functionality. Tekken fans won’t be left behind. The new juggling aspects of the battle system will prove to ease the learning curve for Tekken fans unfamiliar with Street Fighter gameplay.

Take a look at some gameplay captured at Evo 2011:

 

 


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Taylor Stein

As an avid gamer and passionate writer, Taylor created Gaming Precision to share her infatuation with others while providing video game insight from a female perspective.

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