|System: X360, PS3, PSP||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Namco Bandai||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Namco Bandai||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Oct.27, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Believe it or not, there is also a component to the online mode which seems to have been lifted from the racing genre: ghost functionality. This feature allows you to download ghosts of any opponent you have ever faced online, and lets you play and replay matches as many times as you want offline. The ghost functionality certainly isn't the selling point of Tekken 6, but it is a nice little addition that will give players some extra training options.
Technically speaking, Tekken 6 is very sound. The visuals in the game are top-notch, and they feature high-quality character models and plenty of memorable stages. The visual design maintains the Tekken signature look, complete with hard lines and bright colors. The cutscenes in the scenario mode are of very high quality as well, and the mode actually begins with a highly-stylized black and white montage of important plot elements in the Tekken series thus far. The game is a jewel to look at, no matter which system you play it on. Except for some minor framerate issues, the visuals are first-rate.
One thing that does hamper the game severely though is its abundance of loading screens. Even after the game is installed, you can expect loading screens to pop up everywhere, from the character select screens to the middle of a cutscene. This wouldn't be terribly egregious if the loading screens were at least short, but they generally last between 5-10 seconds, becoming quite frustrating, especially if you are trying to keep your "fighter's mojo" up.
Sound in the game is hit or miss. If you like the Japanese voiceovers in past Tekken games, then you're in luck, because there is a full Japanese voiceover in both scenario and arcade mode. If you are a fan of English voiceovers, however, you'll be disappointed, as there is no English voiceover in Tekken 6. The background music is good regardless of language. There are rich, orchestral themes that accompany the different stages, and the music in Scenario mode is always very fitting.
If you are a fighting fan, you've had plenty of options this year. From the stellar Street Fighter IV to the surprisingly great BlazBlue, there has been no shortage of excellent fighters from which to pick. Though your shelf may be getting crowded, you simply must make some room for Tekken 6. Forget the fact that Tekken is one of the most renowned franchises in fighting history. Tekken 6 has plenty of merits to go on without riding its predecessors' coattails. With a solid battle system that incorporates plenty of defensive techniques and emphasizes combo mastery, this fighter will keep you engaged for quite some time. Add a brawl-style story mode and plenty of online possibilities, and you've got yourself a fighter that deserves to be played.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor