Review by mocchi

"Arcade perfect and with extra goodies!"

Finally Tekken 4 has come to the PS2!!! OK now on with the review. The review will be based on visuals, sound, control, gameplay, and characters.

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Introduction
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King of the Iron Fist Tournament 3....Jin Kazama defeated True Ogre. Heihachi outraged that Jin has killed True Ogre shoots and wounds Jin. As his life is coming to a end Jin transform into Devil Jin and strikes down at Heihachi with full of rage and takes off with his newly developed wings.

2 years later Heihachi and his Zaibatsu scientist conduct a research to make a new life form. In order to make the new project successful Heihachi need the Devil Gene, which only is within Kazuya and Jin. Later Heihachi finds out a scientific group known as G-Corporation trying to revive Kazuya. Heihachi sends his men to capture Kazuya. While the Mishima Zaibatsu attempts to raid in G-Corporation Heihachi notices a big tall figure later found out to be the revived Kazuya. Kazuya defeats all of Heihachi's men and gives a message to Heihachi....'' I...I will take everything back!'' Soon Heihachi announced The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 4. Heihachi's true intention is to lure out Kazuya and Jin so he can obtain the D-Gene from his son and grandson. So begins The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 4...

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Visual 9/10
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Namco did a fine job on making the visuals arcade perfect. From the remarkable life like water effects to the background of cities and people. Each fighter has it's own unique fighting stance that brings life to the game. Some people may have complained that some PS2 games have noticeable jaggies, but it's not noticeable in Tekken 4. Which means there are no jaggies (barely). The intro scene and ending sequence will blow your mind away as it's done with lots of detail. You can tell alot of effort was put in to make the graphics arcade perfect.

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Sound 8/10
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The sound effects are well done and the voice acting is well done to a certain degree. Instead of dubbing everyone’s voice into Japanese certain characters will speak in English, Japanese, and....broken English. You will notice that Jin speaks Japanese to Kazuya and Heihachi while he speaks in broken English to Hwoarang, which is more life like. The Japanese voice acting is superb as usual while some of the English voice acting is questionable. Music in Tekken 4 wont stick to your head but it does contain a certain jazz groove and mixed with rock.

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Controls 8/10
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Nothing new here. You get your standard LP, RP, LK, RK AKA 1,2,3,4. You do get to use the R and L button to cycle through random enemies in Force mode. Instead of pushing down to crouch you are now forced to push down/back to crouch and block. Pushing up or down once will make you sidestep. I find it a little hard to get back to the PS2 controller since I'm somewhat used to play Tekken 4 with the joystick in the arcades.

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Gameplay 10/10
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In Tekken 4 there is Story, Arcade, Time Attack, VS mode, Team Battle, Survival, Practice, Training, Force mode, Theater, and Options. In Story mode you take your fighter through the tournament and can view that characters ending. In Arcade mode you fight stage after stage until you finish the game but no ending sequence. VS mode you and your buddy can go one on one. Team Battle you choose from 1-8 characters and duke it out till last man standing. Survival mode lets you test your skills on seeing if you can survive round after round without giving you full HP during the next match. Practice lets you test out moves and combos. Training mode is kind of a time attack that times you how fast you can do a set of moves. Force mode plays like a beat em up game. You pick a character and take them through stages and stages. There can be up to 12 guys on screen at once taking you down and when near the end of a stage there will be a boss waiting for you. Theater mode lets you view the intro and ending for each character that you take through Story mode. You can also view the game intro and saved replays.

This isn't going to be your standard Tekken or Tekken Tag game. A new element is introduced to the Tekken gameplay. Walls. That's right ''walls.'' These are the somewhat the type of walls that you will find in such games as the DOA series and in Virtual Fighter 4. The wall adds some new variety to gameplay. Now you can trap your opponent to the walls and punish them with numerous moves. Hitting an opponent while he/she is on the wall will deplete more life away from them. Juggling has become a fine arts adaptation to Tekken 4. Each character will have their own unique kind of juggles. You can even come up with your own juggle. Each old characters keeps their old moves while others like Jin has totally new moves.

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Characters 9/10
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There are 21 characters in total (counting two hidden ones). You will first start off with Hwoarang, Yoshimitsu, Ling Xiao Yu, Craig Madurk, Kazuya, Paul, Steve Fox, Christie, King, and Marshall Law. By playing arcade or story mode you can unlock the following characters: Jin, Julia, Lei, Kuma, Nina, Bryan, Heihachi, Lee, and Combot. The two hidden characters are Miharu and Eddie. Actually they are just the counter part of Ling Xiao Yu and Christie. New characters are Steve Fox, Craig Madurk, Combot, and Christie while the rest are returning characters from previous Tekken games. Miharu and Eddie are PS2 Tekken 4 only.

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Overall 9/10
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I'm not the type of gamer that likes to compare games, so you won't see any Virtua Fighter vs DOA vs Soul Calibur vs Tekken from me. I find the home version of Tekken 4 very satisfying. Tekken Force mode adds some new gameplay as well as pure enjoyment of beating up tons of AI at once. The only thing that is missing from the PS2 version of Tekken 4 is after finishing Arcade mode you will not get to see each stages replay which the Arcade version had. Other than that Namco did an excellent job porting it over to the PS2. Buy or rent? Well I say buy but that's because I've been playing the Arcade version for a long time. So go out to your local arcade and try it out first. Overall an EXCELLENT game.


Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 03/29/02, Updated 03/29/02


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