In the furore surrounding Mass Effect 3, I had almost forgotten about this little guy, sat in the corner, still in his wrapper, whimpering. Maybe we should all make some time for Street Fighter X Tekken.
From my brief dalliances with Street Fighter X Tekken, I enjoyed it. The game doesn't really have much 'Tekken' in it, to be perfectly honest. Sure, it has Tekken characters in it, and the pace of the game has been slowed down, but this game is pure Street Fighter, which suits me fine, as it's definitely my favourite of the two games.
It's a 2D fighting game in the vein of Street Fighter IV which, in my mind, is probably the greatest fighting game of this generation. That's all well and good, but you wonder how long Capcom can get away with shoehorning new characters into what is essentially a very similar game. Street Fighter X Tekken takes very few risks.
And the few risks it does take, have had dubious results.The addition of 'Gems' — game modifiers that allow players to focus on different types of strengths in game — have come under criticism from some areas of the fighting game community. I for one think it's quite clever, and I'm looking forward to investing more time into finding solid combinations.
It's really hard to go wrong with Street Fighter X Tekken. It takes the foundation of a solid fighter and adds new components that differentiate it just enough so that it feels like a fresh experience.
That's my quickly written two cents — what do you guys think so far?