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Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection Online Review

May 24, 2008

The first Tekken game to arrive on a HD console, Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection is a HD remake of the Psp title. Tekken: Dark Resurrection.

Story

Like previous Tekkens the game is about going through the Fist of Iron Tournament, however unlike previous Tekkens, this is not explained. There is no story component to this game. You simply fight in a number of rounds, no cut scenes, no back story, nothing.

Gameplay

Tekken is a fighting game, pure & simple. It has the punch, strong punch, kick, and strong kick buttons. There is no assigned blocking button, instead moving away from your opponent serves to activate the block. The game allows you to assign different button combinations to the back buttons. For example you can assign R2 to be a combination of Triangle and Square (which is a grab move btw). The game has these assigned with default values but you can easily change them to whatever you want. This gives the game some “this is my style” feeling. The game sports 35 characters, all with a different fighting style. A key part to this game is knowing what fighting style your good with and mastering it.

Personally I’m better with quick characters like Asuka, Jin and Devil Jin rather than slower characters like Marduk and Jinpaichi. There are a variety of combos for each player and mastering these is a big part of increasing your skill. There is a ranking system both on and offline. What this does for offline I’m still not very sure other than showing your skill with a specific character, but online it allows people to see how they stack up against other players. One major hindrances to the gameplay is that everything is unlocked from the gecko. You have all the characters minus one and all the game modes unlocked from the beginning. Its not a good thing or a bad thing, but it takes away progression that most games have.
Online/Menu System

The menu system is a bit flawed in this game. The menus themselves aren’t bad but for example, lets say your picking characters, once you select a character and you have the option to buy/equip or game select, you cannot leave. Selecting a character can be used with any of the face buttons so accidentally pressing one over a character you don’t want can cause some frustration. The online system also works well, but is somewhat flawed as well. In order to get into a match you have to enter a room. Depending on how many people are in the room you have to wait awhile to get into a match. Even when using the quick match option you still have to pick a room from a list it gives you. Even though this isn’t the ideal way to get into a match its not a big problem. Once your in a match you choose any characters you want and your fighting. The online battles are smooth and lag free. This keeps the action of the match at a peak since there is no slow down.
Graphics/Audio

The game looks great for an early Ps3 game. It runs in full 1080p at 60fps. The character animations are smooth and the environments are colorful and bright.

The Japanese and English voice actors both do a terrific job.

Conclusion:

Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection is a great fighting game for the Playstation 3. It is only available for download over the PSN but only costing $30 its a great deal.

Great

Great

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