One of the most interesting aspect of the upcoming “versus” game Street Fighter x Tekken is no doubt the extremely controversial Gem system. Players will be able to equip a number of gems prior to a match that will benefit them in various ways and until now we haven’t had a whole lot to go on.
The core game will ship with 57 gems (5 assist, 52 boost). Assist gems are basically constant effects, and boost gems only activate when certain conditions are met within a match (block x string attacks, etc). There’s a risk vs reward payoff for choosing boost over assist, as your opponent isn’t told what conditions must be met for your powerup to activate.
There’s been a lot of talk about what this will do to the tournament scene, but without getting our hands on the game nobody knows what to think of the system for sure. For more information check out the latest episode of Capcom’s “X the Line”, available after the break.