The mish-mash of two popular franchises has finally come to pass in the incarnation of Street Fighter x Tekken- and there is now some luxurious gameplay available to salivate and whine about.
SF x T is one of two games that will feature characters from one fighting game franchise transplanted into an entirely different fighting engine, the other being Tekken x Street Fighter.
Street Fighter x Tekken will be using the Street Fighter IV engine. A slightly easier translation for the Tekken characters, who do not possess elements seen in Street Fighter, namely things like fireballs or other projectile based special moves.
Street Fighter remains a highly popular, if not the most popular, fighting game franchise the world has ever known. Any fighting game fan would be shamed if they didn’t know of Ryu or Ken. On the flip side, Tekken, while a great franchise, isn’t a title that probably jumps immediately to gamers’ minds.
The thing to note immediately about the gameplay footage is the inclusion of a tag-out system. Both opponents have control over two characters (similar to Tekken Tag Tournament) that can be switched in at any time. Like TTT, well timed tag-outs can result in two character combos (or juggles) that can unleash massive damage. Take a look at the gameplay for yourself.
Street Fighter IV abilities are still applicable – like focus attacks and canceling, which will add some interesting abilities to the Tekken characters. Stages have also gotten an overhaul, with new environments for characters to duke it out in possessing both Capcom and Namco-Bandai flavors.
The Ultra combo system looks a little different and is reminiscent of the Street Fighter Alpha 3 days with a 3 level super that can be unleashed at level 1, 2, or 3. Interestingly enough, tagging out does eat up some of the super bar, making tag outs limited in use. Matches end as soon as one character is knocked out, and not both, creating a much faster paced game.
Street Fighter x Tekken looks like it will be able to please both fans of Capcom and Namco-Bandai fighting games respectively. No doubt gamers of either franchise have always been wondering how respective characters would match up against one another and now they will be able to find out for sure. Obviously, the idea of character balance will still be an issue, and while a few Tekken characters were shown on display, some other popular characters like Jin Kazama or Forrest (or Marshal) Law were not played.
Character cuts would not be unusual in the final product to avoid duplicating certain fighting styles. For example, how would Forrest (Marshall) Law differ from Fei Long?
Street Fighter x Tekken will be releasing in 2012 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
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