Review by Def Freak7

"The King of Iron Fist Tournament 5: A step up?"

Almost out of nowhere, Namco has released the 5th (0_o) game in the Tekken series. For Tekken 4, they tried a whole new gameplay mechanic and it's gotten mixed results. Now they've tweaked this mechanic to fit the mixed results. This proves to be a pretty fun time, but that doesn't mean it's perfect.

GRAPHICS: 9/10
For the fifth edition, the graphics have been totally rehauled and look fan-FREAKING-tastic. The characters look the best they've ever been in the series. The environments also look very good and are all destructible. Even though when you make a crack in the ground of one part of the arena, when you make another one, the first goes away. That's kinda freaky, as the rest of the game looks incredibly realistic. Kind of a shame they'd let something like that slip.

SOUND: 7/10
The fighters' voice-overs always have been annoying, and this year doesn't change anything.The music, however, is the best part of the sound category. It's got a nice blend of orchestra, synth music, hard rock, and light pop. Still, it's tough to hear the good music through the entire annoying voice-overs.

STORY: 0/10
Yeah, the story is incredibly confusing. I just never pay attention to it, even though you have to go through the mode to unlock most of the characters. I just nod my head and go along with it. This story is like most stories in fighting games; a good attempt, but not much sense is made out of it.

GAMEPLAY: 9/10
The old gameplay mechanic was firstly, destructible environments, then, position changes. They scrapped the position changes, which was getting all those mixed results I mentioned earlier, and pretty much made it like all the other Tekken games on basis of control. This was how the series shined and it really plays well in this version. They also added a "Arcade History" mode to show the progress of the series and be able to play the arcade versions of Tekken 1,2, and 3. They should really give this idea to Capcom for their next SF Anniversary, because this is how it's done. And while it's nice to play all the old games, you can't really unlock any of the modes from any of them or play any extra characters. Still pretty nice. The other mode they have is Devil Within. You basically play as Jin in a 3-D style beat-'em-up. This ties into the stupid story, and it's really kind of boring after the first 10 minutes. If that mode would have gotten a lot more polish, this game would have gotten a 10/10 in gameplay.

MULTIPLAYER/REPLAYABILITY: 7/10
This is a basic multiplayer fighting game. It's got survival, time attack, arcade, versus, and team battle mode, which with all these modes puts a lot of time into it. There are a ton of characters to unlock that are unlocked by beating arcade mode and story mode. That's not really a big task and after you unlock them all, you're not gonna have much replayability after that.

OVERALL:
While they did add more modes and changed most of the aspects for the best, some things still are lacking and the series is still missing it's mark with fighting greatness since Tekken 4 kind of bombed.

FINAL SCORE: 7/10


Reviewer's Score: 7/10 | Originally Posted: 03/28/05


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