Oh no! The Mishimas are fighting again!
Oh no! The Mishimas are fighting again!

Oh no! The Mishimas are fighting again!

That's right kiddos, the King of Iron Fist Tournament is back. You didn't think Street Fighter IV would have it all its own way, did you? Of course not. With 2009 destined to go down as the year the fighting game fought back, with the release of, by my count, no less than four stone wall classics, perhaps it was fate that the Mishimas, the definition of a dysfunctional family, would start pummelling the crap out of each other on home consoles once again. Never a family to turn down a scrap, Tekken 6 preview code promptly popped through our letterbox, and we've been button mashing our way through it ever since.

So, what's new? The answer is, not a lot. Those still pumping hours into the PSN-exclusive, online-enabled Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection will no doubt seamlessly transfer over to Tekken 6. As a straight up one-on-one fighting game (that's not all Tekken 6 is, by the way - more on that later), it feels, moves and smacks you in the balls just as before. It's all about quick reactions - dashing in and out of the 3D plane, side stepping, poking, juggling and hitting your hapless opponent while they're on the floor over and over again - until their health bar is nothing but… an empty health bar. It's about King's bone-crunching multi-string throws. It's about Law's somersault kicks. It's about Paul's punches. It's about the Mishimas' spiky hair. Namco Bandai hasn't rewritten the underlying 3D fighting game system that's served the series so superbly over the last decade or so. What it's done is made improvements where improvements needed to be made and added a few new bells and whistles.

Which are, in no particular order, eight new characters (two non-playable bosses), loads of lovely-looking new stages, a new Rage system and… wait for it… a co-op campaign.

The new characters are, how shall I put this, an eclectic bunch. Ah, what the hell - they're downright barmy. Leo's a German woman. No, he's a bloke. No, he's a woman… er… I can't quite work out what she/he is. Miguel is a Spaniard Matador. SF4 fans will say Bob's a Rufus rip-off, although the truth is his huge belly was bouncing around Japanese arcades long before SF4 turned up. Zafina is an Eva Green look-a-like, and is just about the sexiest fighting game character ever created. Her moves are spider-like, triggered from various bone-bending stances. Alisa is a robot girl, the creation of long-running Tekken boffin Doctor Boskonovitvh. Pick her and you'll no doubt end up being called a cheap git - she can tear her head off and use it as a bomb, AND sprout chainsaws from her arms. Bringing up the rear is Lars, the emo, an amnesia sufferer who stars in the co-op campaign. His cape and spiky hair are classic Tekken (he's actually really good, and could end up being top tier).

Lars and Alisa are two of the new characters. How will this love story end?

Lars and Alisa are two of the new characters. How will this love story end?

Sitting alongside the new characters is almost every character ever to appear in a Tekken game. The playable list is gargantuan, so much so that it's almost impossible to see who's who in the character select screen. On the upside, everyone should have someone they can use, whether it's the powerful Paul, the Bruce Lee rip-off Law or the Jackie Chan wannabe Lei. Me? I'm a Xiaoyu man, although given she's a schoolgirl I'm not sure that's something I want to admit in public.

Without arenas, however, characters are meaningless. Luckily, Tekken 6 has got some great-looking ones. There's one set in the middle of a tomato festival - the floor is completely covered in a red slime. There's a lovely-looking ballroom stage with a brass band playing in the background. In every arena there's always loads going on, whether there are onlookers baying for blood, helicopters flying above a rain-drenched skyscraper rooftop or aeroplanes smashing into concrete. It's almost enough to make you gawp at the background and not at your opponent's shoulders.

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RAGE_OF_THORN

Tekken 3 was one of my first ps games, me and my buddy used to play every weekend and hang out, those was good times, having a iron fist bloodbath by the fireplace. I live in AU now he is still in WVa U.S.A., and I can't get him to buy a PS3, or XBOX360, Hell, everybody in the states stay broke.

I remember going to Wally mrt and slobbering for a PS2, which I got a year after launch, and got Tekken tag, more bloodbaths took place. It wasn't all good times, But Tekken....yea, that was some of the best.

I would get this for old times sake. Glad they didn't change the formula too much.
Posted 10:06 on 04 October 2009
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Helldrunkard

I do like the Tekken 6 and it really is Freaking awsome love it,
Posted 18:24 on 02 October 2009
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Wido

Nice preview.

I like both Street Fighter & Tekken. I'll be getting SSFIV anyway = me brankrupt!
Posted 14:38 on 02 October 2009
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Mr_Ninjutsu@ wyp100

Fair point.
Posted 13:03 on 02 October 2009
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wyp100@ Bloodstorm

I'd say 80 per cent of the games I play online are fine. That's about par for the course with fighting games online.
Posted 12:11 on 02 October 2009
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Bloodstorm

Tekken 5 Dark Res net code was solid? Everytime i go to play it it's always laggy! I want to see the online just like Super Street Fighter 2 HD, the tournament battles and the coin matches (i think that's what they were called?).

I've pre-ordered this and the Hori 3 ps3 arcade stick, going to a friends after the midnight launch on the 30th and preparing for a weekend of tekken, cant wait.
Posted 10:23 on 02 October 2009
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wyp100@ Mr_Ninjutsu

Unfair to answer that at this stage. You'll know by the relative review scores. Although, Tekken 6 is out at the end of the month, and SSF4 won't be out till next year.
Posted 09:36 on 02 October 2009
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Mr_Ninjutsu

Wes, which one would be more preferable for a purchase? Tekken 6 or Super Street Fighter IV?
Posted 08:39 on 02 October 2009

Game Stats

Release Date: 30/10/2009
Developer: Namco
Genre: Beat 'em Up
No. Players: 1 + Online
Rating: PEGI 16+
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