DLC Rundown: Street Fighter X Tekken

Xbox 360 Fighting Capcom

Street Fighter X Tekken – Additional Characters Pack
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Platform: Xbox 360
Release Date: July 31, 2012
Price: 1600 Points ($20 USD) – BUY NOW

Not too long ago, Capcom released Street Fighter X Tekken into stores. Yes, the game was good and fighting fans jumped for joy at the chance to put these legends head to head, but a dark cloud has loomed over the title since arriving earlier this year. You see, these 12 new fighters were already on disc, and will be included for free whenever Capcom release the Vita version in a short time. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that this on disc DLC is one of the reasons that the game’s sales have not been too spectacular, but with the constant sales and price-drops on the game thus far, this DLC might just be worthy of a purchase as of now. Let’s take a look at what’s inside.

Now, these are not new characters by any means, but they are new to this particular game, and a good number of these returning faces are worthy additions to any player’s roster.

On the Street Fighter side, we have Blanka, Guy, Elena, Cody, Sakura, and Dudley. Tekken fans will also be elated as Lei Wulong, Alisa Bosconovitch, Bryan Fury, Christie Monteiro, Jack-X, and Lars Alexandersson have been added in to balance both sides. I know twelve characters may not seem like a lot, but when you consider that some titles put a price tag of 400 points for just one character, this is still a good value, “locked DLC” or not.

Of course the added variety is sure to bring back those who put down the game, as each of these combatants feel very different from the next and largely expand what a hardcore fan can sharpen up on. There are also a good number of differences between how certain characters controlled in Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition compared to SFxT due to the balancing in place, which does give another good reason to check out this expansion of sorts. For instance, Elena (who is making her long time return to the Street Fighter series) is strong in her aerial combat, and can quickly pummel a foe if you can learn those precious combos. Blanka, one of my own personal favorites has gotten some love as well, balancing out the once close combat only character into something much more formidable. Yes, nearly every member of this pack are new to Street Fighter X Tekken, but aside from some balancing, most will find that these familiar faces still retain their charms and for the most part…feel more of the same.

Even with the six Street Fighter participants involved, the true flavor of this package comes with the other half. Jack-X is of course an odd inclusion due to his sheer size alone, but Capcom have brought him in to this new engine with sheer finesse. Remember how Sentinel controlled? Well, Jack-X is more like that. Bryan Fury is also a top tier contender for the Tekken side with the ability to storm through opponents with powerful ranged techniques due to his long limbs. Lei, Lars, Christie, and Alisa are also quite complex, but even after quite a bit of time with each I feel I have yet to scratch the surface of their abilities.

As you can see, there really isn’t any watered down introductions within this pack, as each feel just as important as the original roster. Yes, the ethics of all of these characters being locked away on the disc can still be disputed, but the value and variety is here. Street Fighter X Tekken was hyped for a long time, and it’s sad to see that so many fighting fans have shelved the game this early on considering the quality behind it. With that said, I honestly think that this DLC offers plenty of reason to revisit the grand battle between brands yet again and is still worth that asking price – regardless of the controversy.

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