fans are sure to have a good fight on their hands
with Tekken 5. I'm going to avoid saying that it packs
a punch because that would be cornball but then again,
so is the humor that courses throughout the game.
all the best elements of the series, Tekken 5 is kind
of like the "best of" but it's not just
rehash. It continues to redefine the series with new
features while maintaining the elements that have
proven universal appeal. Even though the series continues
to evolve it will still be comfortable for loyal fans.
are so many positive aspects to this game that I don't
think I can cover them all in detail within this relatively
short review. I don't want to bore the average reader
that just wants a truncated overview but suffice to
say that this game is virtually without flaws. From
the graphics to the gameplay mechanics everything
runs smoothly and precisely like a Swiss-made clock.
The controls are tight, the animation is fluid and
the gameplay is extremely varied for a fighting game.
It's a winner.
should mention that an online mode is not included.
It's too bad because this style of game would really
benefit from one since you actually fight virtual
opponents from around the world. However, the CPU
is very intelligent and will satisfy even the most
ardent of gamers. There's no substitute for battling
a worthy human opponent but the AI is the next best
thing. At least there is a two-player mode, but that's
pretty much a given at this point in the series.
variety of gameplay features comes in the form of
modes such as training, time trials, two-player and
story. Each character also has different fighting
techniques and personalities. The story mode gives
each character dimension as we learn more about their
background and motivation. There is different theme
music for each of them and they all have dialog which
is spoken in their native tongue. The characters really
come to life here. There's a healthy dose of humor
that lightens the mood and helps to make them more
realistic and enduring. They don't come across as
B-list superheroes spouting off cheesy statements.
more powerful the opponent, the more money you will
earn to unlock a plethora of goodies from wardrobe
accessories to new characters and mini-games. There
are 24 characters, the overwhelming majority of them
are from past games. There are three new fighters,
Asuka Kazama, Feng Wei, and Raven. They are a welcome
addition and fit right into the Tekken stable of fighters.
All of the characters are well balanced and the speed
of attacks has been increased.
and walls are destructible. The damage that you do
to the environment can change the strategy of a bout.
Obstructions can be used to hide behind and block
some of your opponent's attacks. By breaking down
walls you can force your opponent out in the open
but you also have to watch out for those holes that
you put in the floor as they can trip you up. The
use of multi-level environments has become a staple
in the Tekken series and can be put to good use since
it's also been included in this version. You can jump
up out of the way of attacks or jump down on your
opponent's head with a more jarring impact.
Kazama is the star of the mini-game. It's an action
adventure segment called Devil Within that sees Jin
battling hordes of robots. If you complete it you
will unlock Devil Jin. It's a lot of fun and you can
unlock a few bonus items. The control scheme is different
than the one used for fighting so it will provide
a bit of a challenge.
a doubt the best bonus of Tekken 5 is the inclusion
of the emulated versions of the first three Tekken
arcade games. They are so close to the original versions
that I can hardly detect and differences. This dramatically
increases the market for Tekken 5 since beginners
can get into the series right at the start. Add to
that the training mode and there's no reason for anyone
not to purchase this game. Just having Tekken 1, 2
and 3 available in one package is worth the price
was never concerned with graphic realism, opting instead
for a comic book style of hand drawn art. The graphics
have never looked better. They are bright, rich and
detailed. Facial expressions and the fluid animation
help to bring the characters in the Tekken universe
to life. There can be no doubt that the Tekken series
has its own signature look and style. Tekken 5 preserves
it but enhances it. If you have HDTV you'll know exactly
what I'm talking about. Even if you don't you'll still
be able to appreciate the fact that this is one of
the better looking PS2 games on the market.
with action, options, variety, unlockables and replay
value, Tekken 5 is a must-have for any discriminating