Excerpt: Ever since PS2 backwards compatibility was removed from the PS3, Sony and its partners have sought to ensure that new gamers can still enjoy the classics from generations past, either via PSN or through HD remasteries/collections. Most of these have been welcome additions to my gaming shelf, but one has to draw the line somewhere.
Conclusion: Those who absolutely must have a slice of Tekken action this year will no doubt find something to enjoy in Tekken Hybrid. The game is a rather thin package that won’t appeal to anyone unaccustomed to the series, and indeed, this would be a terrible place for them to start. What we have is fan service at a knockdown price, thus making for a solid distraction before the real title hits store shelves.
Excerpt: Tekken Hybrid is a unique PS3-exclusive bundle selling for a budget price. For a little over R300 you get Tekken Tag Tournament HD, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue and the CG movie Tekken: Blood Vengeance. All of this comes on a single Blu-ray disc, with the two playable titles only occupying about 2.5 GB.
Summary: Tekken Hybrid looks impressive at first blush. This three-part collection includes Tekken Tag Tournament HD, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue, and the movie Tekken: Blood Vengeance . But spend a little time with it and you find a disappointing trio of products that make this frail collection fall flat. The first, and most substantial, inclusion is Tekken Tag Tournament HD.
Pros: Tekken Tag Tournament is a fun game.
Cons: Lacks online support, Unimpressive visual overhaul, Tag HD lacks any original content, The demo and movie add little value to the package.
Conclusion: Tekken Hybrid may be aimed squarely at fans of the series, but it still feels like one of those retailer bundle packages that makes you buy a whole bunch of extra stuff for the one thing you actually wanted. Playing a slice of Tekken Tournament Tag 2 early and marveling at the sheer lunacy of Blood Vengeance aren't adequate appetizers for Tekken Tag Tournament HD, and it's a bummer than $40 is required to feast on the main course.
Excerpt: Tekken Hybrid is a bit of an oddity, being not only a High Definition (HD) update of the original Tekken Tag Tournament (TTT) but also including a demo of the upcoming Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (TTT2) and the movie Tekken: Blood Vengeance . So two-and-a-half for one at a reasonable price seems fair, doesn’t it? There is going to be a point where a HD update of an older game will be the step too far.
Excerpt: I remember the first time I played a Tekken game. It was in an arcade during my teens and I remember thinking how good it looked. Yet it was a little bit different compared to some other fighting games in that time. As the years passed and I grew older, I played several more games from the Tekken series on different platforms including the PlayStation, PS2 and the PS3.
Excerpt: Everything started off suitably Japanese. We were in control of a giant demon man preparing to fight the fearsome school girl in front of us. The fact that we had horns, an exoskeleton and could shoot lasers made us very optimistic. Unfortunately our dominating looks only made us appear big and scary, as our opponent removed her head and proceeded to beat us to death with it.