When I first heard that Street Fighter and Tekken would be crossing paths, I was ecstatic. Here were two of my favorite franchises of all time, coming together to form a fighter years in the making. While I went to NYCC to focus on Marvel, I figured I should probably give Street Fighter X Tekken a whirl too, since ya know, IT LOOKS INCREDIBLE.
The fighting system oozes Street Fighter IV, but the tag format is straight out of Tekken. There are a ton of mechanics to learn in this new system, and to new fighting fans it may seem a bit overwhelming, but I had it down pretty good in my match. Well, I guess I should say that the learning curve won’t be as crazy as you may expect. Of course, I wasn’t playing with the new Gem system either, so we’ll see how that affects things.
Because of the CRUSH OF CROWDS around Capcom’s booth (that’s what I get for waiting until 2:30, I suppose), I only got to play one match. It was a successful one though, as my Rolento and Zangief defeated my opponent’s Hwoarang and Chun-Li. Well, I should say his Hwoarang, because he never got to change characters…
Rolento was one of my favorite characters back in the Alpha 3 days. I liked his baton moves, and his reach on some of his jumping normals was absurd. I can proudly report that readjusting to Rolento took all of a second. It was like I’d never stopped playing as him. He retains all of the moves he had back in Alpha (save for his tripwire super for obvious reasons), and his speed and reach are all intact. However, with all of this praise, I should also say that I didn’t finish either round of the match with Rolento. No no, that was Zangief territory.
The Red Cyclone comes straight out of Street Fighter IV, which means I’ve been prepared for this match for longer than I thought. His Spinning Piledriver is DEVASTATING, as it defeated Hwoarang in both rounds with more than a quarter of his life left. I couldn’t believe it, neither could the guy playing next to me. Zangief will be one to watch for when SFxT hits.
I was intrigued by Street Fighter X Tekken. I knew I’d play it, but I wanted to reserve my feelings until I at least played a more recent build than the E3 demo in June. Now that I’ve seen it at NYCC, it’s official: this game will kick ass. With a collector’s edition and release date of March 6th just announced (creating YET ANOTHER wallet buster with this and Mass Effect 3), the light can be seen at the end of the tunnel. Let’s hope the wait is worth it.