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Friday, November 6, 2009

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Having been a huge Tekken fan since the game first appeared in the arcade, it would be reasonable to say that I have been anticipating Tekken 6 since it was first announced forever and a day ago. So when I finally got my hands on it, I can now say Fuck you Namco Bandai. What the hell did you do to my beloved fighting game series?

When I put the game in my PS3 I was greeted with a mandatory system update which thankfully was included on the disk itself. Ok, I'm kind of used to system updates having had my Playstation shortly after launch. Once the game loaded, I was greeted with one of the many "Now Loading" screens that Tekken 6 has to offer. I figured that installing the game (which is optional) would cut down on the amount of loading screens. Boy, was I ever wrong.

Tekken 6 is one of the most load happy games I can recall in recent memory. For fighting game enthusiasts, this is ridiculously unacceptable. There are loading screens between picking your character, the vs. screen, and actually loading the fight and level itself. And these aren't very short loading times either. You easily wait about 30 seconds from picking your character to the point where you are actually fighting.

Ok Amebix, we get it. Tekken 6 has loading problems. But how does the game play you ask? Well I will tell you faithful reader. Don't get your panties in a bunch. Old characters such as Heihachi and Law have a portion of their move sets changed significantly. At least to me. Heihachi no longer has his down left punch -> right punch move. It's a small difference that makes it almost unbearable for me to use, as I relied on this move in clutch situations to get counter damage from my opponents. Now, I am no tournament caliber player by any means, so I can't really vie for just how much this difference makes in high level play. For me, it's hard as I have been maining Heihachi since Tekken 1. Law now seems a bit slower and his down+right punch -> left kick combo is now gone and replaced with a low punch -> kick move that isn't anywhere near as effective for juggles.

There are a myriad of new characters as the home version also includes the Dark Revolution update which was released into arcades last year. By the way, if you get a chance to play Tekken 6 Bloodline Rebellion in the arcades, I highly recommend it. The units they have are all import Japanese cabinets that have HD monitors, Sanwa joysticks, and buttons. This means that they are really precise and very pretty to look at for the uninformed. Anyways, back to the new characters, Lars, Miguel, Zafina, Bob, Leo, and the almighty Alisa Boskonovitch. Alisa is my favorite of the new characters and she has the chops to hang with the older, mightier additions from previous entries in the series.

Tekken 6 also comes with a Tekken force type side scrolling beat-em up. If it weren't for the rewards you can get from playing this mode, I would tell you not to even bother. The story, if you can call it that, is ridiculous and tediously repetitive. It is also filled with a plethora of "now loading" screens between cut scenes and levels. There are also your standard Ghost Battle, Training, on and offline vs. modes to keep you "happy". Don't even get me started in the online vs. modes. You will experience more "now loading" screens and wait times than it takes to actually play a match. Namco Bandai had better get off their asses and make a patch to correct this. Soon.

Now Tekken 6 is damn pretty to look at. It runs in 720p with the motion blur turned off and a whopping last-gen 480p with it turned on. The characters are more detailed than ever before and the CG cut scenes are pretty to look at.

As a whole, you really need to be a bit of a masochist to enjoy Tekken 6. Now, I'm not saying don't buy it. If you're a fan of the series, you probably already have. It's just hard for me to give up my cash to a company who basically butt raped a favorite series of mine. This one goes back to Gamefly.


  1. And this was one of the games that was making me consider buying a PS3. My brother and I played Tekken 3 into the ground, but we haven't really found the other releases as good as that one. I was hoping Tekken 6 was going to do it.

  2. It's really tough to call for you. I have played every iteration of the series. It's not that it's horrible per se, it's just that it's not the best game in the series. I'd give that one to the Tekken 5 Dark Revolution for the PS3. It runs full 1080p visuals at 60 fps and it's a good mix of old and new. The backgrounds and character models aren't as pretty as Tekken 6 but that shouldn't matter if you like fighting games.