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2.0 out of 5 stars How the Mighty Have Fallen, 23 Nov. 2009
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This review is from: Tekken 6 (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
From the original Iron Fist Tournament on my PS1 right through to the fifth on the PS2, I've been a big fan of this series. The seminal 3D fighter with its ecclectic character roster, extensive move and combo lists, sweet character animations, impressive cinematic intro and ending movies and perfect balance between pick-up-and-play fun and imersive depth. Throughout the series, the formula has remained pretty constant while each iteration has seen some expansion on the last.

And now it's all gone wrong. Since the beginning, the focus has always been on the one-on-one fighting. You pick your character, enjoy their intro, beat the living snot out of a dozen opponents and enjoy their ending (often unlocking new characters along the way).

Now, however, the focus has bizarrely shifted. No more do we have intro and ending movies to unlock and enjoy for each character. No more do we have the incentive to play again and again to unlock the full roster (all 40+ characters are available from the start). Worst of all, no more is the focus on the one-on-one fighting! Instead, the half-hearted scrolling beat-em-up - once a sub-game distraction - has become the main, nay SOLE story mode. After a long, but admitedly impressive, opening cinematic, we're then subjected to a series of tedious in-game cut-scenes, so frustratingly long and convoluted there's barely a whole minute of play in the first THIRTY minutes of "game". And when we are finally granted control of one of the two pre-selected characters (yes, only two of the fourty-odd characters are playable in story mode), it's so dull I almost ate my controller!

What were they thinking?!

As for the one-on-one stuff (now a sub-option); the lack of character movies would be a minor quibble if the game was still as much fun to play, but it simply isn't. Signature moves have been removed, combos have been poorly remapped and all but the final battle is incredibly easy, whatever the difficulty setting; with the final battle itself being ridiculously hard...whatever the difficulty setting.

The core gameply is still fun to a degree (hence 3 stars), but it is a big step backwards from 5.
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Initial post: 22 Mar 2010 10:29:20 GMT
R. Greene says:
i can agree with everyones comments on the scenario mode as it stinks, but i think you guys are all missing the point. the scenario isnt meant to be the focus of the game. tekken 6 still functions in its arcade and vs mode just as well as it used to, if not better, and that alone gives it at least 3 stars

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Apr 2010 23:23:55 BDT
If you liked the old tekkens you will like this one, PS3 version is the best.

Posted on 1 Feb 2011 21:22:51 GMT
you can play as others in story mode you go to charecter select , but you need to unlock them aswell , also to get charecter intro and endings you need to go to arena in stroy mode so long as you have unlocked them you can fight with them in the arena but they only have 4 stages then the ending so it isnt as long

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jun 2011 11:24:54 BDT
R. Woodcock says:
I think since Tekken was introduced to online play, Namco realised that people have preferred characters, and deemed it unfair to force them to play through arcade mode with other characters just to unlock their preferred character for online play. Tekken certainly needed to evolve on this front which it has done (thankfully). However, Namco didn't ditch the character unlocking entirely. They just switched it to Scenario Mode (possibly the worst videogame experience I forced myself to endure since the Megadrive days). I'm with you on Character movies (which are only available to unlock by playing in the arena within scenario mode) are even worse, and shorter than previous Tekken games. But Online play is where Tekken shines. On the PS3 it does at least... Just don't play with a 1 or 2 connection speed. I'm addicted.
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