December 4, 2011, 12:00

2012 Most Anticipated – #22 Street Fighter X Tekken

By Igor Kharin,

Editor’s Note: Next up, part 4 of our twenty-five most anticipated games of 2012. After culminating a comprehensive list of the confirmed games for next year, the MediaKick team voted on the games they are most looking forward to for next year, and after processing the results through a methodical algorithm we’re here to bring you the results. Taking a closer look at both what we know so far and why the team are excited for each game, we’ll have an article at midday everyday until Christmas – when we’ll reveal our most anticipated game of 2012. Be sure to check out the previous games so far if you haven’t already - #25#24, #23.

I didn’t think it was possible for any gamer not to be excited upon hearing the news that Street Fighter and Tekken were coming together to bring a collaborated effort for the gaming world. Once again I was very fortunate to give Street Fighter X Tekken a go at the MCM Expo in London and boy did it ignite my desire for this game!

2012 Most Anticipated – #22 Street Fighter X Tekken

Let’s set things straight first, I’m a huge Street Fighter fan but Street Fighter IV and all subsequent reiterations of the game were not for me. When I first heard that Street Fighter X Tekken was going to resemble Street Fighter IV, I was a little disappointed. Alas being the devoted video gamer that I am, I stepped into the ring (literally) at MCM and picked up a pad to give Street Fighter X Tekken a whirl at Capcom’s fighting booth.

“Wow,” was the first words uttered under my breath while vibrant colour scheme dazzled the screen as I began choosing my two characters from very different universes. I can’t lie, seeing Ryu and then Hwoarang on the same character select menu was a pretty surreal experience, but I stuck with what I knew and dived straight into versus mode. The Street Fighter IV formula has certainly been expanded with tag-team mechanics, faster paced combat, and a character-switch launch buttons that can set up lethal and deadly finishers. Traditional Street Fighter elements intertwine with Tekken style combo moves that fit seamlessly together and really show off the potential Street Fighter X Tekken has at being an influential modern fighting game in 2012.

2012 Most Anticipated – #22 Street Fighter X Tekken

For a gamer that had no interest whatsoever in Street Fighter IV, I was pleasantly surprised at how I took to Street Fighter X Tekken. Charming is the first word I use when someone asks me to describe my experience, but it was the tag team elements that really caught my attention. I felt that not only did it offer an extra level of gameplay, but also made it that much more flashy and larger-than-life. You will also see that Street Fighter X Tekken is going to introduce a ‘Gem’ system, which really reminds me of Power Stone. There are a variety of different gems that will increase various stats so long as different conditions are met mid-fight – another fascinating addition to what’s shaping up to be an already engaging fighter. Another mechanic I’m looking forward to is Pandora, resembling Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3’s X-Factor – although a lot of gamers complained about the over powered nature of this ability, Street Fighter X Tekken’s Pandora will allow players unlimited power for a very limited amount of time to try and turn the fight around, bringing many battles down to the wire. Are you as pumped as me for all these cool mechanics?

It’s obvious that loyalty to each specific brand is also a key issue for fans of both Street Fighter and Tekken. Fellow MediaKick writer Phil acknowledged the notion of the two biggest fighting game franchises collaborating as a “seriously exciting one.” Speaking about Street Fighter X Tekken, Phillip believes “it will be very interesting to see how the Tekken characters perform in a 2D environment,” well from what I saw, they are blending in nicely!

2012 Most Anticipated – #22 Street Fighter X Tekken

With a PlayStation Vita version also on the way and a quite stunning visual style as well, Capcom are certainly onto a winner here. So get ready for March 2012 fellow gamers as this highly anticipated two-on-two tag-team-based fighter will be pulling all the punches right as the number one modern fighting game. Street Fighter X Tekken has me itching for a new challenge and I’m eagerly awaiting the full experience!