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2.0 out of 5 stars Broken online mode, 28 Feb 2012
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This review is from: Tekken 3D - Prime Edition (Nintendo 3DS) (Video Game)
I've never been one to complain about a lack of single player modes in a fighting game, they're only ever sideshows anyway, so I wasn't too worried to hear that there were scant solo options in Tekken 3D. Unfortunately the main event here, the online play, is a broken, unplayable mess. The lag in the online mode renders the game impossible to play and roughly to thirds of the online matches I've attempted to get into have suffered from it. The upshot of this is that there are now no players online. I haven't been able to get into a single game in the last two days, less than two weeks after the game's release. Running at 60fps in full 3D should have been an impressive feat, but if only they'd put the effort into their netcode instead.

Thankfully those single player modes that initially appeared so lacklustre actually hide a great deal of depth. The practice mode is fully featured with a wealth of options to play with, Special Survival pits you against an increasing number of fighters with just a single health bar (playing through this mode unlocks Tekken Cards, a variety of 3D stills from the game's long history) and under special conditions. Quick Battle, the main solo mode is essentially Arcade mode but with the final bosses stripped out. You can rank up each character and the mode's difficulty scales accordingly, a great way to improve your skills. There is no story mode but this is a game that frequently makes you fight pandas and kangaroos so that's probably for the best.

The 3D on this one is more than a little eye-straining. I play all my other games with the 3D up full, but this one I need the slider down halfway or more.

If you just want to play alone, or if you have a 3DS owning friend to fight against then this provides a solid handheld version of Tekken, unfortunately that vital online component is so unreliable as to be basically missing.

The film that comes with it is impressively rendered and looks great, no compression artifacts that I noticed, shame it's so utterly terrible. All in all two stars. Here's hoping they are willing or able to patch that online mode.
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