Review by Ninja99

"Perfect. Namco has done it again."

Tekken is considered by many to be the best fighting game series on any platform. It's unique control scheme, distinctive characters, and unparalleled graphics took fighting games to the next level and set new standards in the video game industry. The big question is, does the latest installment live up to it's name? Let's find out.

Learning Curve

It takes about fifteen minutes to learn the basic mechanics of this game, but can take considerably longer to master a character. Do not let this deter you.

Graphics 10/10

Beautiful. These are among the best graphics I've ever seen. The characters are rendered extremely well, none of them at all blocky, unlike in Tekken 3. And little details like the moon casting reflections on the floorboards or the people in the background cheering the fighters on add a whole new level of realism. The only flaw I could find was the slightly unrealistic way the background moves during 3D movement.

Sound 9/10

Excellent soundtrack as always. More than 20 selections. Lots of robotic voices and techno. The only reason it got a 9 is because it can get a little repetitive.

Controls 10/10

Perfect! This control scheme was very well thought out, with one button for each limb. It's reasonably (but not overly) complex. And the best part is that it's full customizable to suit your personal preference. Great response, too.

Character Count

34 Yes, you heard right. All of the characters from the previous Tekken's are playable in this game (excluding Dr. Bosconovitch and Gon, the two Playstation exclusive characters from Tekken 3) For reference, Dead or Alive 2: Hardcore has 12 playable characters. I should also note here that the uniqueness of each and every character is astounding. And this doesn't just apply to looks; every character in Tekken Tag Tournament has at least forty unique moves and four throws each.

Extra Features

No Tekken game would be complete without it's signature special features and TTT doesn't disappoint. In all there are 3 extra modes (one of them a super addictive mini game), 38 character endings, and 14 characters to unlock.

Replay Value 10/10

Insanely high. Be prepared to blow more than a few weekends on this one. And it's multitap compatible.

Overall 10/10

Unbelievable. Blows the socks off DOA2. This game even gives it's arcade version a run for it's money. Highly recommended to all PS2 owners. Buy it, you'll be glad you did.


Reviewer's Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Originally Posted: 06/11/01, Updated 06/11/01

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