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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The fighting game you'll never master - endless!
It seemed that when Tekken 1 first hit the arcades in around '94, Namco had already lost the battle, falling behind such hits as Virtua Fighter from Sega or Capcom's Street Fighter. Admittedly, Namco had indeed lost the graphical battle from the start but what it had already made up for that with the brilliant gameplay. Now though, Tekken is the world's leading beat...
Published on 9 Sep 2000 by N Tayor

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3.0 out of 5 stars This one was demo version
Game is good to play with your friend, but it gets booring pretty quicly as it is unbalanced and doesn't require much thought to it or skill to progress.
Published on 14 Dec 2011 by Max


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The fighting game you'll never master - endless!, 9 Sep 2000
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This review is from: Tekken 3 - Platinum (PS) (Video Game)
It seemed that when Tekken 1 first hit the arcades in around '94, Namco had already lost the battle, falling behind such hits as Virtua Fighter from Sega or Capcom's Street Fighter. Admittedly, Namco had indeed lost the graphical battle from the start but what it had already made up for that with the brilliant gameplay. Now though, Tekken is the world's leading beat 'em up and Tekken 3 is by far the best of the series. The most amazing visuals ever seen in a computer game and completely fluid and fast gameplay top it up for Tekken 3. Telling the story of 19 years after the almost just as brilliant Tekken 2, Tekken 3 also tells an exciting story of love and loathing in a action-packed fighting world. The system is very similar, with the buttons controlling a certain limb of a character (by far the best fighting system to date)and the actual game options are no different. The usual arcade mode, vs, team battle, survival, time attack and practice all make a return but an addition is the fantastic Tekken Force Mode, a 2D scrolling beat 'em u, similar to the like of Streets of Rage except with four levels as you go along, defeating the Tekken Force army. Another outrageous edition is the Tekken Ball Mode - a mode whre beating the hell out of your opponent is not the idea. It's brilliantly addictive and adds extra life in to the game. There are many characters on offer in Tekken 3, each one of them with many different moves that you'll never master. In fact, there's so much in Tekken 3 that you really will never maste it. You will try, you really will but only going without any sleep for a year will get you close to mastering it. And with two players, its a never ending story. This a game that you must buy but like games like Final Fantasy 7, be prepared for a challenge and alot of lost time!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best of the best, 5 Jan 2002
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This review is from: Tekken 3 - Platinum (PS) (Video Game)
I think that this game is, well there are no words to describe how good this games is. you start with about ten characters I have unlocked all of them so I can't remember how many you start with! but you end up with about twenty, the graphics are brillient for a game of its age. the game modes are superb as well, you have got survival mode where you have to battle through a ton of enemies bash a boss and then advance to the next level all within a time limit!! (i found this part of the game the most difficult part) Then there is the arcade mode like in most fighting games you
battle ten charictars and after going through that nine times you unlock most of the charictars apart from two. another add on is thwe time trial
mode where you have to battle ten characters as fast as you can. there is a two player feature as well where you and your mate bash each other to bits to the death! last but by no means least is the practice mode where you dp just what it says pratice moves holds punches kicks and try to figure out the secret moves that you are not told
on the moves list. with all these things put together tekken 3 is still the best fighting game
around even though a few will dissagree 99.9 out of the hundred will say the same as me. It is simply the best.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best fighter ever?, 20 Jun 2008
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Paul McNamee "Rambleast Reviews" (North Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tekken 3 - Platinum (PS) (Video Game)
Despite what Namco developers say, there really hasn't been much improvement made in the Tekken system since Tekken 3. While newer installments have better graphics and more characters, the third perfected the form that two helped define. Notice how I fail to mention the stepping stone of the original? That's because its awful to look at, awful to play, awful to think about and awful to bring up in the bedroom or at a funeral. None of the newest characters are as interesting, popular or fun to play as Hwoarang, Xiaoyu or Jin Kazama were back in the day. Both options for the music are excellent, the endings are great, the game is funny as hell and the story is the best in years. Tekken 3 really excels in contemporising the series. While 1 and 2 were quite rooted in mythology while being set in the modern day, this game really takes things into the now (well, the now of a decade ago!) in terms of backgrounds and the rock/techno soundtrack, much more consistently effective than the OTT Euro-dance of previous installments. The inclusion of Tekken Force helps Tekken 3 stand out from the crowd as well. The inclusion of a scroller WITHIN an arcade fighter is another reason why this game was so fresh. Later installments of Force were never as good (or as grippingly obsessive) and where did we end up? Death By Degrees. And don't get me started on how brilliant Tekken Ball is.

I find Tekken Tag Tournament to be a good successor to this game, even if its essentially the Mortal Kombat Trilogy of Tekken; better graphics, complete roster, nothing new in terms of gameplay. Tekken 3 is for my money, the best straightforward beat em up ever made, and although I'm not fond of saying such things, it's impact can still be felt today. While it may not have the depth of its sister franchise (Soul Blade and Calibur), its as perfect as a non-weapon fighter can get.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tekken 3, 5 Feb 2003
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L. Newman "l_m_n" (Bristol, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tekken 3 - Platinum (PS) (Video Game)
This is my favourite Playstation game, and sadly only one of two that I can actually complete, heh.
I could literally play this game over and over for hours, it's completely absorbing and addictive. Each character has basic and a whole list of more complicated moves, so it's ideal for novices and more accomplished gamers alike.
The more you play the game, the more content and interesting characters you unlock (Brian Fury being my favourite!)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best fighting game in the world, ever!, 5 Jun 2001
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Ian Scott (Lichfield, Staffs United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tekken 3 - Platinum (PS) (Video Game)
Tekken 3 is absolutely fantastic! You start with 10 characters, and can unlock 10 more, two secret characters, Doctor B and Gon, and can also unlock third costumes for certain players! As well as this, there is Theatre mode, where you can watch the endings of each player, Tekken Force, where you get to fight in Streets of Rage-style against loads of enemies, and Tekken Ball, a game where you can play volleyball and hurt your opponent at the same time! There is also Arcade mode, Versus mode, Team Battle and Survival, many of which are 2-player (which is brilliant fun). Amazing graphics, superb gameplay, realistic lifespan and great secret features make Tekken 3 the best of the Tekken games. Even Tekken Tag on the PS2 can't beat Tekken 3. It's utterly incredible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tekken1-good tekken2-great tekken3-amazing!, 7 Feb 2001
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This review is from: Tekken 3 - Platinum (PS) (Video Game)
Possibly the best fighting game of all time! the previous tekken titles were good and when we thought it couldn't get any better,it did!with extra features such as tekken fighting force and tekken ball it makes this game more addictive than ever!A lot of you favourite characters from the previous tekken's are all still there including king,paul,kazuya,law and heihachi plus a lot more new ones!all the players have great moves and combos and once youve perfected one players moves then you just need to learn some more!this game is a must for anyone who actually plays there playstation and is one of the only games i could honestly say truly deserves 5 stars!Buy it you won't be sorry!-C-
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Big Step Up From The First Two!, 25 Jan 2004
This review is from: Tekken 3 - Platinum (PS) (Video Game)
This game was in fact the very first game which i ever got for my Playstation, and i loved it. It's a wonderful game which you will find very addictive. It is also a massive step up from the first two in the series especially in terms of graphics.
Like the other two in the series, the general game idea is the same. You get a list of cool martial arts masters who have entered or rentered 'the king of iron fist tornament' for different reasons. You pick one of them and basically fight them to the top using literally thosands of moves including out-of-this-world-specials, which i still cannot master.
As i have already mentioned, the graphics in this game are far superior to anything seen on PS1 before and are a big step up from the previous in the Tekken series.
One of the best things about this game that there are several new modes which you can play on. First there is 'Tekken Force Mode' which is basically where you pick a character and you must fight your way through several levels which basically consist of loads of big people who for some strange reason are all named after birds, attacking you. Then second there is 'Tekken Ball Mode' which is really cool and i just a case of hitting a huge ball over a net to the other player with any of your moves. If the other person fails to hit it back over to you, then the ball explodes and the they lose life. The winner is the one left standing.
What more can i say? If you have a PS1 and you are into martial arts/arcade games then this is a great choice and i guarentee that you will not be dissapointed in the least.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tekken 3 Review, 29 Dec 2002
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This review is from: Tekken 3 - Platinum (PS) (Video Game)
If you are looking for the ultimate arcade fighting game, then you have found it here. If you have ever played Tekken 1 or 2 and liked them, then I would strongly recommend this game.
This game has new features such as Tekken Force and Tekken Ball, but to top this off, the games graphics has been hugely improved and beating up your opponents has never felt so good. There are new moves and combos to take out your opposition and great new characters which are more savage than ever.
The game play with this game is a lot faster and more furious than ever. Be prepared for plenty of entertainment with this game and the new Tekken Force mode is a great new feature to this game. The controls are easy to learn and with practice mode, you can try out moves without having to fight off your opponent, the opponent does nothing while you try out new moves on them.
You can open new modes, characters and alternate costumes with this game by finishing Arcade mode with each character and finishing Tekken Force as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent., 8 Dec 2001
This review is from: Tekken 3 - Platinum (PS) (Video Game)
Tekken 3, as of this writing date, is probably the most in depth fighting game on the playstation. As Tekken Tag turned out to be no more than a rehash of this game, you can save yourself money and just buy this one.
As a martial artist and someone with an active interest in martial arts, Tekken still has the capacity to take my breath away with its accurate depictions of combat styles ranging from kickboxing (Bryan Fury) and Wrestling (King), to Shaolin 5-style Kung Fu (Lei Wulong), Taekwondo (Hwoarang) and Capeoira (Eddy Gordo), not to mention many more.
All in all, a visually spectacular, fast paced game that simulates the reality of high-level martial art combat more effectively than any other available today.
That said, the single player mode cannot sustain interest for very long, and, although the 'streets of rage' and volleyball type subgames are interesting for a while, it is only in two player mode that this game truly has lasting appeal.
All in all, good if you've got mates.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The King Of Iron Fist Beat-`em-Ups, 14 Nov 2013
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Matthew Stoneman "90's Guy" (North Devon, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tekken 3 - Platinum (PS) (Video Game)
What was going down in 1998? Well, France won the World Cup, giving Brazil a good spanking in the process; Coronation Street's Deidre found herself in the slammer for no reason; and the music (contrary to what the tasteless media today suggests) was prance-around-the-room excellent...Oh, and Tekken 3 was released on the legendary PlayStation console.

The story is not exactly deep, but I will mention it anyway. A fair number of years have passed since the events of The King Of Iron Fist Tournament 2, and a group of new young hungry fighters are gearing up to test their might in the KOIFT3. These young fighters are joined by a handful of veterans from the first two Tekken games; and each and every one of them has a reason for getting their fists' bloodied; their ribs' cracked; and every strand of hair on their heads pushed out of place. It's a tough life being a Tekken character.

Your initial choice of fighters stands at the ten mark. That group includes Eddie Gordo, the hip-looking Brazilian Capoeira fighter who presents more flailing legs than a fifty strong cast of Irish river dancers; Paul Phoenix, the leather clad biker brawler whose hair looks a chain sawed tree stump; and Jin Kazama, a muscular martial artist whose strong moves and boy band looks would make him the poster boy for the Tekken series from this game onwards.

Each and every one of the fighters has both an image and a fighting style that'll satisfy even the fussiest of fighting fans; and the level of charisma the characters left off as you play through the different modes is strong too. That's not something you can simply create or teach. Either you have it or you don't. Whether you play as the quick-footed and high-pitched screaming Forest Law, the tricky sword-wielding ninja Yoshimitsu, or the hard-hitting pensioner Paul Phoenix (he's 46 years old according to the manual!), it's a guarantee you'll find the character's personalities charming and a joy to get to know their moves lists.

So, to the game modes. Arcade is where you want to go for most of the unlockables. You choose your character, and then b**** slap (cheap humour!) your way through ten rounds climaxing with a fight with a nasty ogre; and no, it doesn't have a Scottish accent. Mindless button bashing will work for you for a while, but it's worth getting to know your chosen character a little bit. Pause the game and you can check out the moves list to see what you can do. A solid memory and a bit of practice will see you pulling off some eye-catching moves, including a near One-Hit KO trick from Paul. Getting to grips with these moves gives you more options during fights, and makes for a richer gameplay experience. Plus it makes you feel more professional in the beat-`em-up genre.

Completion of the Arcade mode will grant you access to watchable videos of your chosen fighters. Some of them are interesting; some of them are amusing; all of them arouse your curiosity enough to play with the other fighters to see what there is to watch. Did I mention "unlockables?" Yes, there are other fighters to unlock and play with for numerous Arcade successes, so all the more reason to go after seconds...and thirds...and forths...you get the idea.

Other modes include Time Attack for those who are all about quick wins; the 2-Player Vs. Mode is ideal for you and some friends if you aren't being gaming-ly aroused enough by the computer; while Survival requires you to win as many fights as possible before you finally get knocked down. I quite like the last one. It's exhilarating. But my favourite main menu selection has to be the Tekken Force Mode, and if you've ever played any of the Streets of Rage games on the SEGA Mega Drive, you'll know why. With your chosen character you play through four stages of side scrolling action, beating up plain looking smaller enemies as well as engaging in the occasional boss battle. The ever increasing challenge and the eventual reward of unlocking one more fighter make the Tekken Force Mode super addictive. Before you know it, it's 3am and your other half has told you to come to bed for the fourteenth time.

Another thing that makes Tekken 3 fantastic is the old school presentation. The bright and super colourful characters and backgrounds may not be the most realistic in the history of video games, but it's this brightness that adds to an already positive atmosphere created by the game modes. A couple of examples: When you fight Eddy in his tropical surroundings with the lush exotic trees and the bright blue sky, 50% of you feels like you're on a luxury holiday while the other 50% reminds you there is still an excellent fighting game to be played; both working together in 100% harmony. Another example is Ling Xiaoyu's fairground battle place. That fairground atmosphere; that night time sky; those bright lights from the surrounding attractions, all working together to create such a wonderful caffeine-styled rush for anyone who takes at least two seconds to check it out.

And what about the music? For a game like Tekken 3, it is quite outstanding. The mixture of lively moderate volume rock and pretending-to-be-a-DJ-with-equipment-in-front-of-you Techno Dance really puts you in the mood for a fight. If the guitar riffs at the beginning in the fairground area don't put you in the mood for a drop kick here and punch combo there, quite frankly you shouldn't playing beat'-em-ups at all.

Even some fifteen years down the line Tekken 3 is still regarded by many as the best game in Namco's flagship beat-`em-up series, and it's virtually impossible to disagree with that view. I've mentioned a lot of times in my other reviews how certain games are good at providing an "arcade experience" to the player; so much so that it must be getting a little annoying to some. But Tekken 3 is THE BEST arcade experience you'll play in the comfort of your own humble abode. The charismatic fighters; the colourful backgrounds; and the wonderfully stimulating rock/techno dance music, all make the third Tekken game a brilliant beat'-em-down bash.

Indeed future instalments have tried but failed to recreate the vibrancy that this title has. I remember playing Tekken 5 on the PS2 back in 2005. Did it have more fighters? Yes. Did it have more moves? Yes. Did it have more detailed graphics? Yes. Did it have the same fist-flying charm of the third game? Not really. It was undeniable proof that better graphics and more gameplay features -though helpful- are not a golden ticket to an overall better and more desirable game.

If I told you that that Tekken 3 was not an essential purchase for anyone with a PSone console, it would probably be the biggest lie since Cheryl Cole was told her butt tattoo was the best piece of artwork in the world ever. There is no reason not to have this game in your hands...and soon after that in your machine. So buy it, otherwise your jaw will be getting a special delivery from Paul's fist!

Final Score: 10/10
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