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Let battle commence; GAME OF THE WEEK STREET FIGHTER X TEKKEN (XBOX 360/PS3).

Grivalries: Call of Duty vs Battlefield, Pro Evolution Soccer vs FIFA, and for pugilists, the threeway bout between Street Fighter, Tekken and Mortal Kombat.

Mortal Kombat was probably the niche, darker cousin of both games with a concentration on fast and furious face-pounding with lashings of gore and spectacular deaths.

Street Fighter and Tekken had a deep rivalry which has split beat 'em up fans right down the middle.

The slick and frenetic skills of Street Fighter are in sharp contrast to the less pacy, but equally sublime, craftsmanship associated with the Tekken gameplay.

For a long time they have dominated gaming and now the two beat 'em up giants are on a collision course in the same game.

The biggest obstacle to the union was the different game engines. Street Fighter of that, with Street Fighter characters placed into the Tekken world.

It's what gamers have always wanted and it's fair to say it's something that nobody could have predicted would happen.

How can this possibly go wrong? Well, if this game is anything to go by, the answer is that it can't.

The game makes a play for both franchises and incorporates Tekken nicely into the Street Fighter control system.

It is perhaps slightly watered down compared to previous Street Fighter titles but there's a lot of innovation in terms of game modes that make up for it.

The real buzz of the game is seeing the two opposing factions come together in style, the huge roster of characters fi-nally able to trade blows.

Great characters, strong gameplay and a very satisfying feeling that you're playing a part of history.

SW is a traditional 2D scrolling fighter whereas Tekken was a 3D game.

So Namco Bandai and Capcom have come up with the idea of two games in a new franchise. This is the first in a planned series and sees the Tekken characters squished into 2D and transplanted into the Street Fighter world.

The next game will be a mirror image
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Mar 18, 2012
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