Review by M. Fletcher

"Tekken returns but is it just more of the same?"

Tekken 4. The 5th edition of the Tekken series (Tekken Tag included). Although Tekken is considered a great series, is this game just more of the same? If you are an avid martial arts fan, buy this game. If you're not, keep your money until you've read the next 500 words before deciding.

Gameplay: 8/10
Its not bad. It can become a bit repetitive as you get into a routine of using 3 moves on your opponent. There are various modes to keep you occupised however and the Theatre is pretty good as you get to watch your ending videos you've unlocked.

Graphics: 10/10
Picture Perfect. The graphics are smooth, and the game runs unfaltered at 50-60 frames per second. The characters look amazing, the backgrounds look pretty decent and the water effects are overwhelming.

Story: 7/10
Each character has his/her own story. Playing through Story Mode with each character will unlock his/her own story ending movie which you can see later in the 'Theatre'. The general story is that ''It's been two years since the King of Iron Fist Tournament 3. The King of Iron Fist Tournament 4 has been announced and the winner will inherit the entire of Heihachi Mishima's empire. But Heihachi will fight to the death...'' Seems a pretty good idea for a story allowing the gamer to come up with his or her own conclusions as to why Heihachi would offer this prize. You find the answer out later in the game.

Control: 7/10
At first, the controls will seem intimidating. Lengthy button combinations pull off mediocre moves and bizzare button combinations don't seem to do what you've just told it to do. Room for improvement, but this is characteristic of Tekken, so I wouldn't hold your breath.

Sound: 6/10
The voice-acting is pretty good and the sounds of when contact is made is excellent. The background music is disgraceful and the music in the replays is awful. The volume control on TV's is much welcomed here.

Single Player: 8/10
Unlocking all the end movies and trying to beat your own Time Attack scores on varying difficults will keep many gamers busy for a while. A highly enjoyable solo game.

Multiplayer: 10/10
A great game for a get-together with mates or family. A household of competitive gamers will find that this game is ideal for them and anyone with mates on hand will find this an ideal purchase for whiling away days afterschool trying to avoid homework.

Replay: 6/10
There is only so much you can do. The gameplay can become repetitive too quickly but the various modes keep your interest in the game up alongside the Theatre as you'll enjoy loading the game up to view your favourite movie ending.

Overall: 9/10
Pretty solid. I got this without high expectations so thats probably why I think it is great game. The lack of replay value will put some people off but, in theory, you shouldn't get bored until well over a month after you have had it. By this time, it should have established itself as a firm favourite in your collection.

Buy/Rent: Buy
I wouldn't really hesitate to buy it. Rent it if you think the controls might not be to your liking, but this shouldn't pose a problem with a bit of practice.

Is it more of the same? No
The varying modes and new moves make it different from the other Tekkens allowing veterans to pick it up as well. Hand on heart, I was more impressed with this than I was with the highly rated Tekken 3.


Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 10/27/02, Updated 10/27/02


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