Tekken 4 (PS2)
- Theatre in the round--fully 3-D environments
- Interactive backgrounds
- New characters--23 playable in all--and new moves
- Improved graphics and speed
- Several play modes
- 1-2 players
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- Platform: PlayStation2
- BBFC Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
- Media: Video Game
When the original PlayStation first came out, Tekken was one of the crown jewels in its launch lineup; it was unsurprising therefore that the PS2 brought with it a sequel, Tekken Tag Tournament. Unfortunately, it wasn't very good, or at least not as good as its predecessors. This matter is about to be addressed, though, with the imminent release of Tekken 4.
Being a beat-'em-up, Tekken 4 doesn't have the most complex of rule sets: you punch and kick your opponent until they fall down. But what separates the wheat from the chaff with this sort of game is how easy and instinctive it is to pull off the various gravity-defying moves and how much tactics there are once you know exactly what you're doing.
Tekken has been accused of having too much of the former and not enough of the latter, but this newest version is a touch more technical; indeed, it seems to take on some of the features which the more complex Virtua Fighter series has discarded, namely enclosed, variable-height arenas and more emphasis on 3-D movement via the dodge button. The whole package makes for a very worthy sequel with some excellent graphics and even interactive scenery (you can punch some of the crowd watching you "by mistake").
Some of the new characters are excellent, too, particularly Steve the boxer who has no kick moves but a custom set of ducks and weaves instead. In a genre that is usually a bit of a wasteland of originality, Tekken 4 has a pleasing amount of new ideas and together with the top graphics it should entertain even the most resolute of pacifists. --David Jenkins
"Another polished, classy and engrossing first-person shooter... with a strong single-player challenge and near-perfect multi-player gaming. 90%." -- G-Force MagazineSee all Product Description
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As usuall with tekken, extra features come in the form of new characters that are unlocked after completing the "arcade mode" of the game. Nothing new here. However the tekken force mode from tekken 3 is back and lookin pretty nice in its ownright.
The new selling point of this game is the addition of walls into the fighting arenas. It is now possible to trap oppoenents against walls for wall stuns and extra damage, this means that sidestepping plays a much more important part of the game strategy wise. However this also means there are a host of new counter moves to make sure that if cornered, you can escape without resorting to punching your mate in the face and taking advantage of his momentary lapse of concentration.(yanking the controller out of the ps2 also works wonders).
This is a brilliant fighting game, one that fans will love and the tekken control system is versatile enough to allow complete beginners have a decent crack at the game. Tekken is a deep game however, it will take time to get all the combos flowing nicely and all the advanced tactics that the best players use mastered (such as wavedashing).
The only fault with this game is that it has all been done before! There is nothing especially new apart from the addition of walls. This isn't that much of a problem, just don't expect tons of new features, this simply isn't the case. This is tekken, and tekken does what tekken does best, which is making namco look hella good!Read more ›
The main problem I have with T4 is the character choices. In Tekken Tag Tournament (TTT), there were LOADS of characters (about 30+), from throughout the series, whereas in T4 you have about 20 characters (including the hidden ones). This alone, seems like a lot, but characters like Jack, Ogre, and Anna are absent. Also, it does'nt take long to unlock all of the secrets, shortening the lifespan.
T4 Is great overall, but its best to keep that old copy of Tekken Tag around for the 'megamix' with all the characters from throughout the series.
Regardless, for anyone remotely interested in the series, Tekken 4 is a must buy.
The main thing that differs this from the rest of the Tekken series is the ability to use the locations to your advantage or of course to your opponents (like DOA).You can pin people to a wall and kick them straight or you could even use the open space as an adantage so you can pull off a good move.
But when it comes to tastiy looking graphics, Tekken 4 has got it locked up like all the best art work in the louvre. You don't look down at the floor and say "Wow! 9 million polygons", but instead you look at the amazing reflective water, a mirrored water that's transparent close up. Not to mention how good the lighting, reflections, marble floors and yes, painted toe nails are. It's positively like a bag of jelly sweets to a 3 year old.
But hey, it's not all backgrounds and telephone boxes right? I of course mean the combatants, the way they fight and this is where Tekken 4 definatley excels. There are 25 fighters, ten to stat with and 15 to unlock. Each fighter has a distinct style of fighting, be it close puch ups, leaping and charging, powerful specials or just the constant and quick jabs. There are so many fighters you cant possibly get bored. The game has all the favourites, including Eddy, and a few newbies, 6 to be exact, who are all amazing fighters in their own way.
Fighting games aren't known to have great music but Tekken 4 mixes styles up with only a few rock squeeling guitar tunes.Read more ›
Fighting games I own:
-Tekken Tag Tournament
-Dead Or Alive 2
I almost didn't buy Tekken 4 after comparing it with Tekken Tag Tournament on-line. I noticed, immediately, that T.4 doesn't have even half the amount of characters as T.T.T. (T.T.T. had something like 32 characters! Awesome!). Not withstanding this, I bought it anyway, hoping for an improved game and some great surprises. Unfortunately, I cannot boast the game has either. Instead, the game plays very similar to T.3 and T.T.T. and has fewer surprises than both! I am only happy to see a newly worked TEKKEN FORCE MODE which is entertaining. Even the music is lousy (I have my music set to OFF). I agree with everything that reviewer D M JAMES has written. The controls and fighting are good, but the same, basically, as T.3. The obstacles just seem to get in the way, and are not SO OVERLY IMPRESSIVE or FUNNY that they matter at all. The graphics look beaitiful, but who cares if the game becomes boring within 1 hour. I found myself much more eager to play T.T.T. the day after I bought T.4. I am unclear why the 'TAG TEAM' mode play was completely left out of T.4. This, to me, was a big mistake. Tag play was very exciting, and especially fun to play with multiple players! I must admit that I also expected that some backgrounds would offer more depth (like in the DOA2 game I have); instead, T.4 seems to have LESS depth than DOA2 (which came out LAST year).
*No tag-team play.
*Too few characters!
*Many good characters missing! (Forest Law, Anna, GunJack, etc...)
*One of the new characters even has the same fighting style as a previous Tekken character -- Eddy (who does not appear, as a fighter, in this game).Read more ›
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great game, arrived a day or two before it was scheduled if i remember correctly, perfect condition, good price.Published 17 months ago by Hugh McGuinness