Street Fighter X Tekken for the Vita: A Worthy Mashup?

I recently picked up Street Fighter X Tekken for my Playstation Vita, and I have to say, I’m really impressed with this game. As a fan of both the Street Fighter and Tekken franchises, I was excited to see how they would be combined in this crossover game.

The game features a roster of characters from both franchises, including Ryu, Chun-Li, Kazuya, and Jin, as well as a few surprise guest characters. I was pleased to see that each character felt unique and true to their respective series, with their own special moves, combos, and playstyles.

One of the strengths of this game is the diverse and well-rounded roster of characters from both the Street Fighter and Tekken franchises. The game features 38 playable characters, including 19 from Street Fighter and 19 from Tekken, as well as additional guest characters like Cole MacGrath from Infamous and Toro and Kuro from the Playstation universe.

Each character has their own unique moves, combos, and playstyles that are faithful to their respective series. For example, Ryu and Ken from Street Fighter are known for their Hadoken and Shoryuken moves, while Tekken‘s Kazuya and Jin have their signature Mishima-style karate and Devil Gene abilities.

The game also features tag-team battles, where you can switch between characters on the fly and perform team-based combos and supers. This is a bit like other crossover titles, such as Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom. This adds another layer of strategy to the gameplay, as you can create custom teams with different strengths and weaknesses, and experiment with different character combinations to find the ones that work best for your playstyle.

The roster in Street Fighter X Tekken is one of its strongest features. With a diverse and well-balanced cast of characters, there’s something for every type of fighting game fan, whether you prefer rushdown characters, zoners, or grapplers. The variety of moves and playstyles also adds to the game’s replayability, as you can keep coming back to try out different characters and teams and find new ways to approach each fight.

From the moment I picked up the Vita, I could tell that the gameplay in Street Fighter X Tekken was going to be fast-paced and intense. The controls felt tight and responsive, and I had no trouble executing special moves, combos, and supers. The D-Pad on my OLED Vita is amazing for this.

The game features a unique tag-team system that allows you to switch between characters on the fly. This added a layer of strategy to the gameplay, as I had to choose the right moments to tag in my partner and perform team-based combos and supers. I also had to manage my characters’ health and super meters, and make sure that I wasn’t leaving one character too vulnerable while the other was recovering.

One of the things I really appreciated about the gameplay was the gem system. Each character can equip up to three gems, which provide different stat boosts and abilities. For example, there are gems that increase your defense, speed up your super meter, or give you extra damage for certain types of attacks. This allowed me to customize my characters to my playstyle and experiment with different gem combinations to find the ones that worked best for me.

The graphics in Street Fighter X Tekken for the Playstation Vita are impressive and vibrant. The game features detailed character models and backgrounds that are faithful to both the Street Fighter and Tekken franchises.

Each character is rendered with care and attention to detail, and their moves and animations look smooth and polished. The game also features a variety of costumes and color schemes for each character, allowing you to customize your favorite fighters to your liking.

The backgrounds in the game are also well-designed, with dynamic elements like moving cars, bustling crowds, and interactive objects that can be used in battle. The stages themselves are inspired by iconic locations from both franchises, such as the Mishima Dojo from Tekken and the S.I.N. Laboratory from Street Fighter.

As you can see from Digital Foundry’s comparison, this version is so good. Barely any framedrops, cool art, the works.

Overall, I really enjoyed my time with Street Fighter X Tekken on the Playstation Vita. It’s a great crossover game that does justice to both franchises and provides plenty of fun and challenging gameplay. If you’re a fan of either series, or just enjoy a good fighting game, I highly recommend giving this one a try.

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