Tekken 6 Review
- Posted November 3rd, 2009 at 08:36 EDT by Mike Harradence
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While offering only incremental upgrades to the formula, Tekken 6 is a worthy successor to Dark Resurrection and ultimately one of the best entries in this venerable franchise to date.
- The superb fighting mechanics
- The heaps of game modes unlockable goodies on offer
- The sprawling and diverse character line-up
- The dodgy Scenario Campaign
- The lag during online matches
- The load times
(continued from previous page) ...a bout of amnesia while embarking on a quest to overthrow the Mishima Zaibatsu. Bizarrely, the co-op experience is limited to online play only, forcing you to tackle the game on your lonesome with the AI standing in for Alisa’s character during offline play. Scenario Campaign essentially pits you against waves of generic goons ranging from robotic monstrosities to secret service sorts – all of who are just pallet swaps of existing fighters - while plodding through heaps of aesthetically bland locales such as docks, warehouses, back streets and corporate skyscrapers. There's also the chance to wield weapons for the first time in a Tekken game, such as mini-guns, golf clubs and flamethrowers. Sadly the quest is plagued by various quibbles, notably the fact the games controls don't translate that well to the shift in perspective, with battles becoming an exercise in sheer frustration when you’re faced with over half a dozen opponents proceeding to batter you simultaneously.
The lock-on system does alleviate this somewhat, though things are generally so hectic it can be difficult to formulate an efficient strategy. It’s not all bad news, though. Throughout the game you’ll acquire heaps of fight money and items in which to customize your fighters with for both the regular battles and Scenario Campaign itself, the latter of which allows you to commit sartorial suicide by kitting out both Lars and Alisa in ridiculous getups that endow them with various power ups, such as the ability to freeze enemies or increase their overall health, taking the sting out of an otherwise fairly brutal 3D Streets of Rage romp. Don't get us wrong, Scenario Campaign isn't unplayable, it's just heavily flawed and not as engaging as it could have been, especially given the fact the narrative strangely compelling for a beat 'em up. Elsewhere, the campaign world map also accommodates an abbreviated Arcade experience in the guise of Arena mode, which offers character storyboards and ending FMVs to unlock upon completion, an aspect that has always remained one of Tekken’s highlights and fortunately doesn’t disappoint here.
Tekken 6 pulls some fairly heavy weight punches in the visual department, though remains a decidedly inconsistent brawler throughout. Fighters are meticulously realized, sporting rippling muscles, animations, while environments – many of which support fully destructible walls and floors – are diverse in appearance and packed full of detail. Scenario Campaign is the worst offender, though, ranging from bland, uninspired copy-and-paste job locales to badly animated characters. At times we found ourselves cringing and wincing our way through the proceedings, as at times the action became virtually indiscernible from that of some dodgy, five year-old PS2 affair. Not pretty. Aurally things are mighty impressive, with bone-crunching sound effects and a thumping soundtrack accompanying each bout, the latter in particular offering a more melodic experience than Tekken 5’s onslaught of heavy rock/metal. Fortunately a select portion of the cast speak in Japanese, though we’re still subjected to the usual array of gormless English voiceovers uttering all manner of cheesy dialogue – and we bloody love it. One glaring technicality is the load times, which, even after installing the game on our hard drives are conspicuous in their inability to start up a match or load a character portrait within a half decent time frame. It’s a minor gripe, though one we feel shouldn’t necessarily be quite as pronounced as it is.
At the end of the day, while offering only incremental upgrades to the formula, Tekken 6 is a worthy successor to Dark Resurrection and ultimately one of the best entries in this venerable franchise to date. Still, the online experience could have been better, the Scenario Campaign feels decidedly lacking and the load times leave a lot to be desired. When all’s said and done, though, so long as you aren’t expecting any radical changes, this bout of Tekken is just as brutally compelling as it's always been.
- 3:37am EST - November 3rd, 2009
might pick this up and first!
- 3:37am EST - November 3rd, 2009
I thought this game would never come out. Im not a big fighting game fan I will pick it up when it goes down in price though!
Edit: Im not first! I was beat by the post above which was initially YES and then was edited to something worth while. -.-
- 3:37am EST - November 3rd, 2009
I don't know if it's worth it anymore... :(
- 3:55am EST - November 3rd, 2009
@1 and 2 yeh had to fit a first in there?
and I never feined an interest in this game although previous tekkens were pretty fun but only with friends so It would be a good party game I reckon
- 3:56am EST - November 3rd, 2009
Not going to bother anymore...will grab it second hand or when it is disgustingly cheap.
- 4:45am EST - November 3rd, 2009
dont think i will be getting this as theres a few other games out soon that i want :P
- 5:00am EST - November 3rd, 2009
Why do dev's always not bother about making fighting games not laggy as crap. The only thing that gives these games replay is beating the crap out of everyone online.
- 6:19am EST - November 3rd, 2009
@2 - What does that big bucket of fail taste like?
I wasn't interested in this game anyway but reading online has lag means i'll avoid altogether.
- 6:32am EST - November 3rd, 2009
What is with such low user rating?
- 6:34am EST - November 3rd, 2009
meh, if it had tekken bowling id get it lol
- 6:55am EST - November 3rd, 2009
i got this game as a gift, im after playing it for about an hour im ready to toss it in a trash can. i LOVE soul calibur, but i just cant get into this game at all. the gameplay itself is pretty aweful in my opinion, but the complete nonesense of a story mode just made it completely worthless to me. i guess ill just trade it in at gamestop for $20 and be done with it.
- 7:24am EST - November 3rd, 2009
After all this time waiting for this game, I was expecting radical changes.
Some of the moves have been redefined - Law's are particularly more interesting, but the graphics haven't improved that much. There's also a lot of jagged edges. It would have been nice if they had anti-aliased the characters.
- 8:19am EST - November 3rd, 2009
The game is not perfect, it must be remembered that it is primarily a port from Arcade. And Namko done a tremendous job, especially if you compare what was done in Suolcalibur 4. At the moment better 3D fighting game does not exist in principle. I think that lag will be fix soon. I'm playing it already 3 day and get real pleasure.
Believe me no one will do nothing better for a long time, if you're a fan of Tekken, you simply must buy it, my score 8.5.Why is 8.5, well, because the graphics could be better, but remembering that this is the port with the Arcade and if they started to alter engine, the game we were in the best case in late 2010.
Good job Namko.
- 8:29am EST - November 3rd, 2009
i have always loved tekkon,but i'm not sure if i will buy this i think i probaly rent it 1st.
- 9:55am EST - November 3rd, 2009
Fighting games are so last gen, they should just release them as PSN titles.
- 11:14am EST - November 3rd, 2009
yeah I REALLY hate the games loading time right now...
it's too slow for PS3 game and I even installed the game on my HDD
I really don't get that much lag since mine is right next to my router
- 11:32am EST - November 3rd, 2009
I expected the game to look better than this. What makes this Tekken better than the old ones?
- 12:09pm EST - November 3rd, 2009
bleh, just download Tekken: DR off of PSN, practically the same damn thing. out of all the videos I have seen for this game, I see no difference besides the graphics. I think these developers need to really get their heads out of their butts and do some "true improvements" on these fighting games. We should be so far suprassed this same crap they dish out over and over again, it's really pathetic to say the least.
- 12:24pm EST - November 3rd, 2009
@3 I'm feeling the same
- 12:41pm EST - November 3rd, 2009
I've been kind and given it a massive score of 1.0. What the H! happened? I think I'll stick with Tekken 5 DR Online.
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