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Tekken 8 vs Street Fighter 6: Which Game Is Worth It?

Street Fighter 6 and Tekken 8 have come out swinging. But which one is worth it?

Street Fighter 6 and Tekken 8 have solidified themselves as the most prominent modern fighting games out right now, both garnering a large online player base. But with two behemoths vying for the top spot, it begs the question of which game is worth it. Thankfully, helping you find an answer is much more simple than it appears.

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Who is Better- Tekken 8 or Street Fighter 6

The Pros and Cons of Street Fighter 6

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Street Fighter 6 emerged from the ashes of its predecessor to deliver a game that promised the same and something completely new. Right off the bat, you are given a first-person World Tour mode that allows you to make your own fighter and travel the Street Fighter universe in a story tailored to you.

Creating your own fighter meant learning moves from the likes of Chun-Li and participating in battle. However, if you’re new to the game, you can also choose modern controls, which make complex quarter and half-circle moves obsolete, allowing anyone to become more accustomed to the game. For the first time, Street Fighter is more accessible than ever, and this means newcomers could measure up to seasoned players, offering a new layer to the franchise.

On the flip side, Street Fighter 6 also encountered some crashing issues for the PC crowd. However, these problems have since been addressed. Now, the main dilemma you may face is players that have mastered the more simplified modern controls, making online battles have a slight learning curve.

If you are a traditional player, you will have to compensate for the modern control’s faster input. There’s also the dilemma that you may face if you have never played a Street Fighter game, as combat is much stiffer than the average fighter and, while still a visual treat, is more methodic than it appears.

The Pros and Cons of Tekken 8

Jin and Kazuya back to back in Tekken 8
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Though Tekken 8 is much younger than Street Fighter 6, it’s already shown much promise as the premiere 3D fighting game. Not only has it enhanced base combat to nurture more aggressive playstyles, but it’s also introduced the Heat System, which rewards aggression with more powerful moves. It also has its own World Tour mode that nurtures community with other Tekken players so that friends can be made in between battles. All in all, this is Tekken at its best.

As of now, the main issues with Tekken 8 come in the form of balancing, which all fighting games deal with, as you may find certain characters are stronger than others. However, patches are consistent and designed to improve a title that is the first not to have an arcade release before its retail release. There’s also the more persistent issue of people quitting an online match before it ends, aka “plugging,” which causes players to lose their win streak. Though Bandai Namco has started to ban players who plug consistently, they’ve yet to implement a dedicated punishment system.

Why is Street Fighter 6 Worth it?

Chun-Li holding out her hand in Street Fighter 6
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Street Fighter 6 still has a long lifespan left and many issues to work out regarding its online capabilities. However, it’s maintained itself as a fighting game since its release, far better than Tekken 8. It offers a fun story, exciting visuals, and gameplay that’s both welcoming for newcomers and just as challenging as it always has been. Its fluid gameplay also cannot be scoffed at, and, like in its early years, it is still a great game for you to enter the fighting game universe with.

Compared to Tekken 8, Bandai Namco’s fighter is still in its infancy. From the issues with plugging to balance problems, there’s a lot to be worked out. If you’re looking for a more complete experience, it might be wise to wait for the first year to enjoy a more balanced game. That’s not to say Tekken 8 is bad of course, its training and replay capabilities alone are an impressive feat and, like Street Fighter 6, its use of a battle pass is accessible but not necessary. However, in a world where fighting games can change completely with an update, Street Fighter 6 is in a more stable place.

If you wish to read more about both of these games, head over to our Tekken 8 guide hub or Street Fighter guide hub and look for content that will improve your gameplay!


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