Review by THAguyINgta3

"One Of The Best Fighting Games Of All Time."

Tekken 4 is the sequel to Tekken 3 in the Tekken series. Tekken is arguably one of the best fighting series of all time. This is the second installment of the series on the PlayStation 2, Tekken Tag Tournament being the first on PlayStation 2. Although Tekken 4 is not as good as Tekken Tag Tournament in most people’s eyes, the game is still superb. With that being said, here is my review for Tekken 4.

The gameplay is true to the Tekken series. The control scheme is like in the other installments of Tekken. If you have never played a Tekken game before, the controls are still very easy to learn. Some new things to the gameplay is the ability to break things in the background like statues, telephone booths, and more. In one level, you can hit the people cheering in the backgrounds too, which is quite hilarious. The new levels are great and very well done. There is no more blocked off areas and now there is free roaming. There are lots of new characters and they all have interesting stories and great moves. Sidestepping is a lot easier now. Tekken 4 is a great fighting game and any fan of the genre should check it out.

In Story Mode, you pick a character and go through their story. Stories are a lot deeper now and you learn each character’s backgrounds and things like that. Through the story, you fight your way through the King Of Iron Fist Tournament 4 (that is what Tekken means when roughly translated from Japanese to English). The main story is based on Jin Kuzama, Kazuya, and Heihachi.

Audio And Graphics
The Graphics are very great. They are very realistic. Some cool things are how clothes move as you do things and they move in the wind. Water and fog in most levels look great. The audio is very well done. You can hear glass break, people cheering, and the moans of your opponent. The music is good. Like in most Tekken’s, each level has its own music.

The replayability is average. There are several modes to add replay. Survival Mode is where you pick a character and fight until you lose. Time Attack is a mode where you just do moves and see if you can do them in the quickest time. Tekken Force is a mode that was in Tekken 3. It lets you pick a character and fight guards through various levels until you get to the boss of that level. Arcade Mode is where you fight with no story. Story Mode is where you fight the character you picks story until you reach the final stage. Each character has a different ending. Story Mode is the mode you have to beat to unlock new characters. Another way to add replayability is to master every character and their moves, which is quite challenging considering the large amount of moves. The multiplayer is great. You can play 1 on 1 or you can do team battles where you have more than 1 on 1. Each team can have a total of 8 people fighting. The person to have everyone on his or her team die first loses. Team Battle can also be done against the computer.

To Buy Or To Rent
I would say this is a good rent for the average gamer. However, if you are a fan of the Tekken series, this is a must buy. It is a great game and you can use it for practice when you go up against real people in the arcade.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 10/27/02, Updated 10/27/02

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