X-Men vs. Street Fighter EX
At last, it all becomes clear. It has been puzzling us for ages why the PlayStation version of X-Men Vs Street Fighter has ‘Ex’ stamped on the end of its title, and now we know. You see, the arcade and Saturn version of this game are famed for the new ‘tag-team’mode, where you choose two fighters at the start and can toggle between them during the bouts. However, without the memory expansion cartridge of the Saturn version, something had to give, and so we kiss goodbye to this tag-team element on PlayStation, hence ‘Ex Edition’.
However, the ‘Ex’ addition also means that players can string together a series of super moves (as seen in Street Fighter Ex Plus) to create massive and original super combos to finish off their opponents. Seeing as this is unique to PlayStation, it isn’t all bad.
There are 17 playable characters in X-Men Vs SF, bringing together the best of the Marvel comics with the cream of Capcom’s Street Fighter back catalogue. Graphically, this game is very tidy, not to mention colourful. The whole look is a bright, vibrant plethora of colours that really stand out, and each fighter has a wide range of moves to set the screen alight.
Although we mentioned that the tag-team bit has gone, players can still benefit from choosing a secondary character by pulling off the ‘Ex’ combos. This not only chucks a barrage of Technicolor power at your opponent from you main combatant, but it also invites your buddy to briefly join in and kick the almighty crap out of them as well.
Another area where the PlayStation stands out as being an unsuitable platform for this coin-op monster is in the tediously long loading times that crop-up at every conceivable opportunity – making even a quick two player match a groan-inducing chore. As a fighting game, this is still better than the Street Fighter Alphas, but maybe it just arrived at the wrong time because Tekken 3 urinates over it from a great height, and makes it look quite dated in comparison. But still, if you’re serious about Street Fighter then this is a worthwhile additional to the set, albeit toned down from its origins.