Review by ChronoCactaur

"A shell of what Tekken really is, but the online play saves it from mediocrity"

Tekken is Namco's Street Fighter, more or less. While not nearly as old, Tekken has managed to make a name for itself on the original Playstation console, though until Tekken 3, the series more or less paled in comparison to every other fighting game series. Tekken 3 was not only the best game in the series(Still is, actually), but was the best fighting game on the Playstation console, undisputed. Since 1998, there have been numerous sequels and one very notable spin-off in Tekken Tag Tournament, but none of them have been able to put up a fight against the legacy of Tekken 3. Tekken 5 came very close, with its robust yet still lacking roster, an actual story mode, and inclusion of all the PS1 Tekkens, including the arcade version of Tekken 3(The inferior version).

Unfortunately, Tekken 6 does nothing in the way of innovation for the series, and if anything serves as a sign that the franchise may never return to its former glory. What Tekken 6 does excel in is the introduction of online play, something that was desperately needed without a doubt, and when it comes to online Tekken 6 doesn't fail; It's everything else where Tekken 6 is lacking. For one, the addition of a campaign mode. Tekken 5 featured a very minimlistic campaign where Jin was the main character, and was enjoyable and a fresh addition for the series at the time, but other than fancy cutscenes, the campaign of Tekken 6 isn't very impressive, and in fact could have been better if it was in the style of Tekken 5; Given the fact that an arcade mode still exists, it makes the campaign mode even more redundant.

In terms of fighting mechanics, again, nothing new and groundbreaking if you're a series veteran. Tekken is still a juggling-based fighter, though you can definitely put up a fight without the use of juggles. Joke characters like Kuma and Roger Jr. are still good for variety, and you have series mainstays such as Heihachi, Kazuya, Jin, Nina, Paul, and Yoshimitsu. The newcomers don't impress however, and other than Bob(Who is obviously not a ripoff of Street Fighter IV's Rufus) and Alisa, are purposeless as new additions.

So if you're looking for an online Tekken, Tekken 6 does not disappoint in that area. Offline though, you're better off sticking to Tekken 3, Tekken Tag Tournament, or even Tekken 5. Tekken 3 can be played on any Playstation 3, while Tekken Tag Tournament is available in HD via the Tekken Hybrid package recently released. Once Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is released next year, it would be wise to sell or trade in Tekken 6 and just get Tag Tournament 2, as it will offer what looks like an excellent roster as well as online play. As of the writing of this review, Tekken 6 can be had for less than $20 new for either Playstation 3 or Xbox 360. It will provide you with some entertainment, but will be outdated within a year.

Reviewer's Rating:   2.5 - Playable

Originally Posted: 12/12/11

Game Release: Tekken 6 (US, 10/27/09)

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