While I wasn’t sure of the original cross over game, Street Fighter X Tekken game was a largely enjoyable experience. However, it shouldn’t be surprising with all of the crossover games Capcom has done. When I heard that there would be a Vita version that would enable a large set of features that would integrate with the PS3, I thought it would be a great way to see how well the two could work together.
First of all, the Vita version of SFxT comes with 12 new DLC characters and 38 alternate costumes. That increases the roster on both sides of the two franchises by six. The alternate costumes are nice to have, but they aren’t anything that enhances the experience significantly. If you have the PS3 version of SFxT, then the code will also add those characters on your PS3 as well.
It is a bit strange switching between the characters of the two series. The Street Fighter characters are full of quarter- and half-circle movements, as well as the Z move. The Tekken characters use each face button as a different limb. Special moves seem to be more about successful attack button presses. However, it does make it easier for Tekken fans to play the game with their favorite characters.
The graphic quality of the Vita version is very similar to the PS3 version. The only difference I noticed between the PS3 and Vita version are the flames that shoot out from the top health bar display and some of the lighting and particle effects during attacks. While I don’t understand why the Vita wouldn’t be able to handle this, it really doesn’t take away from the experience that much.
My feelings about Street Fighter X Tekken have remained largely the same. You can read my PS3 review to get an idea for the general basics. The Cross Gauge, Gem System, and juggling are still there, and they add an extra layer of depth to the game. I do feel that a few characters have been balanced a bit better, but it might be that I just have more experience with the game now.
Another new mode is the AR mode where you point the Vita camera to a background. Then you can add any unlocked character to the screen where they can perform moves you choose. If you like what you see, you can even take a picture of it. It isn’t something that will be used often, but it’s kind of funny to see Ryu performing kicks on your desk.
The fighting community has practically disowned Street Fighter X Tekken, something not seen in a Capcom game before. If you are looking for something to have some fun with some friends instead of worry about hit boxes, then you are probably in for a good time. The integration with the PS3 version is a nice feature to utilize, but you won’t notice many differences while playing on the small screen. I would recommend getting it if you need one for your Vita collection and have some familiarity with both franchises, or if you want to get the extra DLC characters for both Vita and PS3 versions.