Excerpt: The Tekken series is now 15 years old and in that timeframe the character roster has become near bloated and new modes have been introduced. Tekken 4, however, is the only instance where there has really been any changes that have had a great bearing on the core fighting mechanics. Fans didn’t take too well to it though, so as a result Tekken 5 played it safely and returned to the series’ roots.
Excerpt: It seems difficult to criticise Tekken 6 for feeling like an uninspired effort from Namco Bandai in the same year we heap praise upon Street Fighter 4 - a fighting game Capcom is delighted to hear described as Street Fighter 2.5. But it lacks the freshness, sparkle and zing SF4 has in abundance. It lacks excitement, pizazz and spunk. It feels tired and devoid of new ideas. And yet, it's Tekken.
Summary: If you love fighting and classic arcade style beat 'em up action games, Tekken 6 very well might be the game for you. The style and bells and whistles have not changed greatly from the past games, but the addition of a 3D story/adventure mode is great. Plus the element of the Bound and Rage systems to the fighting itself is super wiggity whack. Boosh.
Excerpt: It's that time again; time for the King of Iron Fist tournament, as Namco/Bandai's Tekken 6 hits the ground rolling. The graphics have been tweaked from Tekken 5 , making this the most beautiful installment in the series yet, with dynamic lighting features such as sun-shaft, glare and flare, along with depth of field effects and new shading systems that heighten the sense of realism. Afraid you'll be lost?
Excerpt: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 6 is just ahead. It\'s only been a couple of months since the last tournament, and the world\'s problems have only escalated since then. As a proving ground for the greatest fighters in the world, the tournament is seen by its entrants as a way to settle old rivalries, draw hated enemies out of hiding, and prove supremacy in martial prowess. Or it\'s just an excuse to pit 40 fighters against each other in hand-to-hand combat.
Pros: Diverse character roster; deep and rewarding move lists; great campaign mode for a fighting game; some very pretty cutscenes
Cons: Voice acting is simply average; experienced players will devastate newcomers due to combo system difficulty; campaign story isn\'t exactly great thanks to trying to utilize every character in the story
Excerpt: After a long break since Tekken 5, the King of Iron Fist Tournament is back, this time in high definition. The question is whether it has anything to offer for the fighting game fan over its predecessor – and my answer is yes, but not a huge amount. There’s online play, of course, and there’s a more extensive single player adventure (which is still a poor man’s brawler – any of the recent super-hero games are better than this), more characters and more polygons and shiny...
Excerpt: Tekken 6 on the PSP may not have all the bells and whistles of its console counterparts, but it still packs a hefty punch. This portable brawler offers the most comprehensive roster in the history of the series, introduces new mechanics for veterans to master while retaining its button-mashing accessibility to newcomers, and is simply a visual treat.
Pros: Fighting is fun, fast, and tight, Plenty of characters, Solid training options, Looks great
Cons: Not a great variety of modes, No game-sharing or online support
Conclusion: Tekken has never been a series for everyone. But for those with a penchant for challenging fighters, as well as a decent TV and online setup, Tekken 6 has the potential to become your ideal multiplayer game.