The characters and soundtrack to be expected in Street Fighter X Tekken

Street Fighter X Tekken for many will be the fighting game of the year. It will combine two of the greatest arcade fighting games of all time with a wonderful blend of characters from current Street Fighter and Tekken games and past ones.  The line-up has been quite nostalgic and the excitement towards this game is astounding.

A few weeks ago, the random character additions of Pacman and Megaman was announced which seemed to make fans feel like two character spots were somewhat wasted. Despite that, it would be a great idea to outline every character (including the exclusive ones) so that not all hope in the character line-up is lost before the release in March. The list of Street Fighter characters is as followed:

  • Abel
  • Akuma
  • Balrog
  • Cammy
  • Chun-Li
  • Dhalsim
  • Guile
  • Hugo Andore
  • Ibuki
  • Juri
  • Ken Masters
  • M. Bison
  • Poison
  • Rolento
  • Rufus
  • Ryu
  • Sagat
  • Vega
  • Yang
  • Yun
  • Zangief

The Street Fighter characters look pretty good, but I can’t help but feel sad knowing my personal favourite character; El Fuerte, isn’t going to be a part of the game. Although there are still announcements to be made, I partially feel that the character line-up on the Street Fighter side could have been more exciting. I believe the problems lies with the fact that Capcom hardly ever sideline Street Fighter characters, so essentially most of this line-up is expected. However, players will have a little more hope with the Tekken character line-up below:

  • Alex The Dinosaur
  • Asuka Kazama
  • Bob
  • Craig Marduk
  • Heihachi Mishima
  • Hwoarang
  • Jin Kazama
  • Jinpachi Mishima
  • Julia Chang
  • Kazuya Mishima
  • King
  • Kuma
  • Lili Rochefort
  • Ling Xiaoyu
  • Marshall Law
  • Nina Williams
  • Ogre
  • Paul Phoenix
  • Raven
  • Steve Fox
  • Yoshimitsu

This is a similar type of line-up but I must say that; the fact a Tekken 2 character lives on is quite awesome and it’s also great to see Ogre from Tekken 3 and Tekken Tag Tournament included in this game. It’s been about eleven years since we last saw an in-game appearance from him. It’d be nice to see how they make classic characters appear on current generation platforms. A great thing to consider is the character balancing seems fine in terms of various fighting styles.

I think what intrigues people to Tekken more than the Street Fighter characters is the fact they’re 3D fighters on a 2D-esque fighting genre and the fact no one has seen what these characters look like with Street Fighter’s art style.

Cameo Characters (Exclusive)

If you’re like me and are looking to get your money’s worth, you’ll get the PlayStation versions of the game. The reason? Well; if you have a PlayStation Vita, you’re likely to get five exclusive characters which is great for me seeing as I’ve had the Vita for months. If you have a PlayStation 3, you’ll get three of the exclusive characters and if you have an Xbox 360, you’ll get nada, zilch, nothing – You get the idea. Microsoft has no exclusive content. Either way, The PlayStation exclusive character list is below:

  • Cole MacGrath (PlayStation exclusive character)
  • Kuro (PlayStation Exclusive character).
  • Mega Man (PlayStation Vita exclusive character)
  • Pac-Man (PlayStation Vita exclusive character)
  • Toro Inoue (PlayStation exclusive character).

In my opinion, four of these characters are a cheesy marketing attempt but it could still be fun playing as the exclusive characters listed. Cole MacGrath is the only character I’d consider using in actual competition and most likely the only connection to InFamous that we'll ever have on the PlayStation Vita, so on those conditions it could give the Vita the sales it needs which is probably why at this stage, I’m most-likely verging towards the Vita version of the game. It’s a bonus that Vita games happen to be a little easier on the old wallet than home console games too. Extra characters for less money, is pretty much a solid and well thought out move for Capcom releasing this on the Vita.

Now that we have the characters out of the way, I'll outline the music briefly. The music consists of six main tracks which albeit, doesn’t sound like a lot but they do have a great combination to appeal to Japanese and English audiences. According to Street Fighter X Tekken’s Wiki, the track list consists of the following tracks:

  • "Honest Eyes" by Black Tide
  • "Knock Me Out" by Street Drum Corps 
  • "My Town" by Hollywood Undead 
  • "In Love With You" by Jared Evan 
  • "The Destiny Fight" by Hideyuki Fukasawa
  • "From Heads Unworthy" by Rise Against 

The game is scheduled for release on the 6th of March in the US, 7th in Japan and 8th in Europe.

If Street Fighter X Tekken is your cup of tea, what platform will you buy the game for? Let us know your thoughts!

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