Street Fighter X Tekken

PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows, PlayStation Vita

March 6, 2012

Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3

PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

November 15, 2011

Playstation Vita

February 22, 2012

While nothing new was introduced for this arguably overdue Street Fighter Vs. Tekken matchup, far be it for us to refuse additional hands-on time with this game. It features a lot of the technology and gameplay from the critically acclaimed Street Fighter IV including EX Attacks and Super Combos but it also has fighting mechanics that’ll be familiar to Tekken fans such as the 4-button combo system.

Visually, this spin-off has a slightly grittier look than Street Fighter IV, which at least complements the intensity of these matches, not to mention Kazuya’s perpetually angry visage. This has also been an opportunity for Capcom to bring back characters who weren’t playable in Street Fighter IV, namely Hugo and Poison.

In regards to Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, clearly I have narrow conceived notions about Japanese game character aesthetics, because I thought that Rocket Raccoon was actually a character from some obscure Capcom game. Nope, he's actually a Marvel Comics character from the 1970’s.

He knows his way around a Gatling Gun, but he also has more animalistic skills like burrowing underground and keeping himself float by spinning his tail. Helping Arthur represent the Ghosts ‘N Goblins series is Firebrand goblin.

His agility and claw attacks could potentially make him a mini Wolverine, a Wolverine that also spits fireballs out of his mouth. Riding the wave of his return to Dead Rising in Off The Record, Frank West is one of the most unsurprising additions to the roster. He certainly has had a ton of experience fighting and he certainly comes equipped with everything from a camera flash to a shopping cart special attack.

Then there’s Ghost Rider, who is one of the new characters I’m looking forward to play more of, especially after being on the receiving end of his chain attack multiply times (not a combo, but an actualm metal chain).