A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know Street Fighter X Tekken is a fighting game. There is plenty of violence as pairs of fighters take on one another, and use many violent moves to win matches with "knock outs." There is no blood, but players will kick, punch, throw, and use some weapon and magic attacks. Parents should also be aware that the game's female characters are highly sexualized. Plus, some characters use profanity and allude to alcohol use. Players can also play online, which means they may encounter additional profanity, share private information, and become part of inappropriate discussions.
What's it about?
If you can't decide what fighting game to play when friends are over next, Capcom is making it easier by delivering two popular franchises on one disc. As the name suggests, STREET FIGHTER X TEKKEN is a match-up between Capcom's Street Fighter roster of fighters (including Ryu, Abel, Ken and Chun-Li) and Namco's Tekken line-up (such as Heihachi, Raven, Lili, and King). This new game is a 2D fighter with two-on-two tag-team combat. At the start of the match, players choose two characters to control, each with his or her own fighting style, special moves, and combo attacks. While fighting, you can press a button to tap in your teammate to continue the battle. Two friends or siblings can play cooperatively on one team by each controlling a character. When a fighter's energy meter drains down to zero, your opponents have won the match.
Is it any good?
This game is wonderfully complex, so it's best to play through the comprehensive tutorial mode. You must master a six-button layout -- three punches and three kicks -- unless you opt for the 4-button layout from the Tekken franchise. Buttons are used in conjunction with the multidirectional analog sticks and chained attacks to create even more moves. In other words, don't expect to randomly "button mash" and succeed in this game. It's also critical to know when to block, throw, and switch characters. The game employs a "gem" system, which lets you customize characters with nearly 60 different jewels (up to three per fighter) to increase performance.
Street Fighter X Tekken offers multiple game modes: Arcade (single-player, with eight levels of play), Versus (multiplayer on the same television), Network (online battles), Briefing Room (train with others online), and the aforementioned tutorial options, including Training (hone your fighting skills) and Challenge (20 varied lessons). Unfortunately, many gamers are experiencing lag while playing online. This isn't good for a fighting game that demands quick reflexes, so hopefully Capcom will iron out this problem sooner than later. Another issue relates to optional downloadable content (DLC) that's already on the disc; if the dozen bonus characters are ready to ship with the game, why are users asked to pay for them later on. Shortcomings notwithstanding, Street Fighter X Tekken is a very fun and challenging fighting game, especially for fans of the franchises.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why Capcom likes to fuse two video game franchises together. Do you enjoy seeing hybrids that combine games or characters together or provide character cameos?
Families can also discuss the depiction of female characters in fighting games. What do you think of their sexualized appearance? How do you feel when you see men striking women and taunting them?
- Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
- Price: $59.99
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Capcom
- Release date: March 6, 2012
- Genre: Fighting
- Topics: Dinosaurs, Magic and Fantasy, Sports and Martial Arts, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: T for Alcohol Reference, Crude Humor, Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence
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