(http://tekken.namco.com/)  For Mature Audience 17 and over.  Tekken is one of the earliest 3D fighting games with its first title released back in 1994. For consoles, it had been exclusive to PlayStation until this installment. As a fighting game, Tekken series plays tactically with its long list of useful moves for each of its unique characters. The game plays with 4 buttons with a button designated to each limb, from that, each character moves according to the martial arts style they are modeled after. Although the fighting styles found in Tekken resemble some of the real life martial arts disciplines, they are by no mean an accurate reflection of them. With the inclusion of its Scenario Campaign mode, Tekken 6 offers plenty of basic contents to draw in beginners, and plenty more for those who want to improve and compete.

(http://tekken.namco.com/)  For Mature Audience 17 and over.  Tekken is one of the earliest 3D fighting games with its first title released back in 1994. For consoles, it had been exclusive to PlayStation until this installment. As a fighting game, Tekken series plays tactically with its long list of useful moves for each of its unique characters. The game plays with 4 buttons with a button designated to each limb, from that, each character moves according to the martial arts style they are modeled after. Although the fighting styles found in Tekken resemble some of the real life martial arts disciplines, they are by no mean an accurate reflection of them. With the inclusion of its Scenario Campaign mode, Tekken 6 offers plenty of basic contents to draw in beginners, and plenty more for those who want to improve and compete.

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Presentation:

Tekken 6 continues the central plotline around the Mishima family as the Jin-controlled Mishima Zaibatsu declares war against the entire world. The King of Iron Fist Tournament is once again announced; the largest roster of characters yet featured once again have a reason to fight. Though the pieces of information of the characters from their prologue as well as ending add a nice personal touch to them, this time the main protagonists featured in the Scenario Campaign are a lot more in-depth. Alisa’s journals throughout the campaign especially add another level of connection to the character, which is an ironically human-like android with sentiments and wishes.

 

Gameplay:

The core selling point of the Tekken series, Tekken 6 is no exception to this statement. In fact, the continuous improvements the series implements make Tekken 6 the best Tekken yet. Tekken 6 features 3 highly entertaining modes suited to players of different interests: Scenario Campaign, online matches, and offline matches.

 

The Scenario Campaign follows the involvement of new characters Lars and Alisa through their events during The King of Iron Fist Tournament, which they do not participate in. Gameplay wise, Scenario Campaign has some similarity to “Tekken Force” and “Devil Within” of past titles. During each 2D side-scroller like stage, the player and the AI partner defeat many thugs to get to a boss character. With a cast of 40+ characters and therefore similar amount of stages, this mode takes about 6-7 hours to finish on the default difficulty. But unfortunately in contradiction to Namco’s website, this mode cannot be played co-operatively online or otherwise as of now.

 

The offline mode includes several different modes. Team Battles allow the player to pick a team of up to 8 fighters to play against the computer’s team in an elimination match. Ghost Battle utilizes intelligently-selected downloaded data of other players for the player to fight against in an endless stream of battles, therefore giving the best 2-player experience even in the absence of a nearby friend. Besides those, there’s the classic Arcade mode, local 2-player Versus, Time Attack, Survival, and then there is the thorough yet intuitive Practice mode for those are want to learn a few tricks or to become a Tekken master.

 

Online contents include ranked matches, unranked matches, and the option to upload and download ghost data as well as recorded replays of friends and strangers alike. The online experience is tolerable for casual players even with some obvious lag and long sync time. But for the hardcore competitors, those are only minor nuisances considering the popularity of the leaderboards.

        

 

Graphics:

The graphics of Tekken 6 isn’t perfect, but it is aesthetically pleasing and more than sufficient for a fighting game. The characters are highly detailed and fitting to their personality and style, and the customization options are simply extraordinary and creative. The characters accessories are so detailed that the occasional noticeable aliasing on a few living and inanimate models is trivial, since no one would be really looking at them. The battle stages are also highly detailed as well, almost so much that it could be distracting for the player to concentrate on the fighting characters. The camera automatically adjusts itself whichever game mode the player is playing. In single battles, it assumes the sideway view standard for fighting games with dynamic angles during some special combos; in the Scenario Campaign where there are multiple enemies very often, it does a great job of following whichever target the player locked onto. There are essentially no frustrating moment of “hidden enemy” found in some beat ‘em up and action games, however, it still take a few moments of adjustment before the combos that use directional buttons become natural like in single battles.

 

Sounds:

There are a fair amount of dialogues besides the obvious grunts, yells, and battle cries, and most of them can be found in cutscenes. The game makers had gone the length to match language of voice acting appropriate to each character’s nationality. One of the oddities here is that both Lars and Alisa speak Japanese despite supposedly being Swede and Russian, respectively. Although the dialogues are fitting and satisfactory, they are not emotionally charged in a way that would show off the expertise of the voice actors. Like the grunts, screams, and yells, the sound effects are in-sync with the action which is fairly standard for a fighting game but nothing extraordinary to note here. The music is far more unique than the sound effects with its huge variety of tracks. Each stage has a fittingly high-energy or otherwise intense track, ranging from techno, to rock, to J-pop, and to Baroque-like chorus of the final battle stage.

        

 

Innovation:

New to the series are 4 playable characters besides Lars and Alisa, plus 2 bosses. Besides new characters, stages, and extra moves, there are also several new gameplay mechanics. A fighter with critical health will activate “Rage” and deal extra damage, in hope of reversing the match. “Bound” system allows a fighter to do extra bit of damage by using a move that slams an airborne opponent into the floor. In relation to the bound system, some stages feature breakable floor that will drop the characters down a level if someone was bounded. Besides breakable floors, most stages now have a boundary, or wall, which makes for a fairly unpleasant experience for someone who is pushed up against one.

 

Longevity:

In comparison to the arcade version of Tekken 6, the console versions have a lot more contents to play with. First of all, there is fight money to be earned no matter what the player does, which can be used for purchasing character customizing accessories. The character customization itself is also entertaining because each character has over 10 interchangeable items, and they usually carry multiple alternatives that come in different colors. Scenario Campaign provides a second mean to obtain these accessories simply by playing, beating up mobs and breaking crates. It is fortunate that an accessory picked up during a Scenario Campaign stage always matches the fighter who picks it up considering the huge amount of total accessories there is. But looks is not the only thing loot hunting is about, for the accessories have stats that can enhance a fighter’s abilities when used in Scenario Campaign. Given these 2 huge reasons, the Scenario Campaign is worth the additional replays using other characters unlocked during the initial playthrough.

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