Summary: Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection is the best PSN title available so far.
Pros: Classic Tekken gameplay with tons of stages and characters impress., Built originally on enhanced PS2 hardware, now running at 1080p, it is the best-looking PS3 downloadable title to date., Nothing spectacular, but does a decent job with solid music and voiceovers.
Conclusion: Tekken 5 should be a staple in anyones collection, even if they dislike fighting games. The balanced roster, controls, graphics and additional content are worth owning, not to mention the replay value and added humor. For the price, Tekken 5 is a bargain compared to other games. Namco have made a solid contender for to the fighting game market with a polished and professional title, and anyone can look forward to future Tekken games that can hopefully build on this...
Excerpt: Let me be honest: When I reviewed Tekken 4 , I thought that it was the end of the line for a series that I had known and loved. It was dark, claustrophobic, and everything about it rubbed me the wrong way. I found myself unable to get into the game or even enjoy it very much. I was sad to see the franchise sink so low, and I wondered how it could feel so lacking in every respect.
Excerpt: Tekken 5 is graphically the most advanced Tekken title yet. As if to help drive the point home, they have taken the liberty of including nearly straight arcade ports of Tekkens 1-3 on the disc with Tekken 5 . This, by the way, means that if you scoop up Tekken 5 and a copy of Tekken 4 , you’ll pretty much have the collection. The sounds effects are well done, and the environment has a nice interactive feel to it.
Excerpt: Jinpachi burns the life from me for the twentieth time in a row, and my crumpled body writhes in agony once again. Continue? The game asks as if mocking my lame efforts. My eyes start to twitch, and I see a vision of that damnable flame emerging from the gaping, fanged mouth that smiles broader than a Cheshire cat on the slobbering oaf's stomach. I cannot side step, I cannot jump, and I cannot duck. The thing will hit me. It will take a third of my life away.
Conclusion: Definitely a purebred. Anyone objecting to Tekken 5 will have to resort to shamanistic gameplay lingo to give their argument authority.
Pros: The sense of humor, which is much better executed and also more prevalent than in any other fighting-game series. The action itself only has the slightest comedic bent–even when you're playing as a kangaroo, your moveset acts as the straight man. But between fights and in the storyline itself,
Cons: Trying to get an unfamiliar character through Story Mode can be brutal, even on the easy setting. "Easy" in this case should have the caveat "to a point."
Excerpt: Developing a video game series is tricky business. You’ve already established a cast of likeable characters, a solid gameplay formula, and a certain standard by which to judge your next great creation. You’ve obviously gotten enough positive feedback and revenue from the fans, so you might as well cash in on the series’ popularity while it’s still fresh.
Summary: Namco's latest superb fighting game, Tekken
5 once again raises the bar for arcade-to-home translations on the PS2. The
tight-as-nails fighting system represents a return to the series' roots, with a
simplified, yet tightened approach that offers the technical precision with
fewer gimmicks than the last game. The gameplay is classic Tekken, has plenty of
depth to go along with the game's traditional flashy moves.