STREET FIGHTER X TEKKEN
PS3 (also on Xbox 360)
upon a time there was a little purple man named Prince, and he was
Why are we typing about a diminutive muso under the spell of all
things mauve? Well, despite knowingly selling his soul to The Man,
aka Warner Bros, he was pouty at expectations to do stuff. So, he
scrawled ‘slave’ on his face and sulked to anybody too ennui-struck
to do anything other than listen.
Why are we still typing about this worshipper of lilaciness? Well,
the way Capcom are whoring out their Street Fighter roster,
we’re surprised that the likes of Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li and pals aren’t
getting the Sharpies out. We’ll bet money* that Street Fighter vs
Jersey Shore is next on the agenda.
Still, if you’re into arcade-calibre fighters then this bill of
SF versus Tekken is the thing of
smack-smack-smack-oh-yeah geekular squishy dreams. Yep, it’s two of
the greatest ever fighting franchises – also two fairly different
ones - on the one card.
Mercifully, such a meeting of fists and feets is good, boasting all
the expected options like local and online, solo, co-op and versus
play, plus challenges and thorough tutorials.
SFxT looks like any other 2.5D SF incarnation.
However, it plays a bit differently. The notable thing – and some
might claim the most fuck-argghhhingly annoying - is that despite
doing battle as a tag team of two, it’s one down, all down. You know
how you can play swapsies when one fighter’s broken? Master it.
Another Big New Thang is gems. These allow equipping up to three
assists that suit your play style – unless you’re shit, as none help
that much. Then there’s ‘Pandora’, where you go all dark as fuck
killtational, the price being death or glory.
SFxT is a love letter to fighting fanatics. Casual
acquaintances might be better taking their smashes from Prince’s
The Hits 1.
* But not much...