Another day, another round of Xbox LIVE deals. This time it's all about price reductions that should please fighting fans. In the mix are Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter x Tekken, with a number of the games on offer discounted 50% or more.Click here to read more...
Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada has reiterated his views on fighting game DLC: that content should only be charged for if it offers non-essential cosmetic items. According to the veteran designer, characters and core gameplay elements ought to "available for free," even if they're delivered post-release.
Apparently, though, his Namco Bandai bosses aren't necessarily of the same opinion.Click here to read more...
Namco Bandai have lifted the lid on their release schedule for 2012/2013, with a number of big hitters amongst the names there, including a Tekken title for Wii U due in 2013. There's plenty to be happy about if you're a JRPG fan too, with Tales of Graces F coming this August, though we;ll have to be a bit patient for Ni No Kuni, which is slated for early next year.
Jon will be catching up with all that Namco have to offer at E3 this year, and we'll have an Inversion preview tonight, and first looks at the two JRPGs next week.Click here to read more...
Gaming's hottest fighting mashup arrives, and it's pretty damn good. No, we're not talking about that awful Mortal Kombat/DC pile of scaled down dross. Capcom and Namco collide, and Blockbuster have a ridiculously low price of under £25 at the moment. Get in there quickly!
Developer: Namco Bandai
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Tekken 3D is up against it a little bit. Super Street Fighter IV 3D was probably the standout title for the 3DS at launch. An excellently render, fine-tuned fighter that took full advantage of the portable console's social and multiplayer features, it was something of a no-brainer when stacked up against its Day One peers. Dead or Alive: Dimensions took that a step further with tons of unlockables, plenty of game modes to sink your teeth into, even if the Chronicle mode was a bit of a jumbled mess.
But it's not like Namco Bandai haven't proven they can make relevant portable fighters. Tekken: Dark Resurrection is the perfect example of this: the PSP title made a game that provided a staggeringly well-crafted and responsive title that made good use of the PSP's analogue slider and offered plenty of depth thanks to Tekken Dojo.
It's a little disappointing, therefore, to find that Tekken 3D Prime Edition is pretty anaemic.Click here to read more...
Down at the Namco Station on the South Bank of London, fighting fans will unite for a day of smack talk, button mashing and ruthless competition as the Capcom X Namco Xmas Fight Club returns on December 3rd.
There'll be the usual suspects in attendance, with gamers able to challenge one another at the likes of Street Fighter X Tekken, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Tekken 6, Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3, SoulCalibur V and Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike. But there's an extra little surprise too.Click here for more details and see how you can get involved...
There are some special price reductions on a few seriously sweet titles on the PSN this week. It's a damn fine week for fighting fans as Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix gets a price cut along with Final Fight: Double Impact and Rag Doll Kung Fu. The latter might not be a classic, and fairly quickly fades into repetition, but it's a laugh if you can round up a bunch of mates. Mind you, fighting games are primarily built to be played with others, so that's hardly surprising.
Frankly, the best news is that you can download one of my most favoured games of all time for the price of a Wetherspoons pint. Yep, Mortal Kombat II is down under the £2.50 mark. Go nuts.
Special Offers (Available until the 4th of August)
Permanent Price Reductions
Obscure: The Aftermath PSP (was – £23.99/€29.99 now – £11.99/€14.99)
Largely seen as a return to form for the classic series, Tekken 6 has proved itself to be one of the top fighters on PS3 and Xbox 360. Cheap Limited Editions always get our attention too and these two are rather tasty indeed.
The PS3 version is £11 cheaper than the next best price at Cool Shop UK and the 360 version is £2.50 cheaper at the same site.
This box set comes with a black Tekken 6 hooded sweatshirt on PS3 or a white one if you opt for the 360 version. They both have a small Tekken 6 logo on the front left breast and two large Japanese characters on the back. It makes a nice change to get something in a box set that you may actually use as opposed to a figurine or CD.
Just in case you do like ‘use once only’ extras though there’s a 100 page artbook pieced together by the development team. It’s probably very nice, but will fade into memory as soon as you put it down. There’s a giant poster too if you really really like Tekken.
The game itself is bursting with 34 familiar characters and six new ones. Be warned the last boss has caused a large amount of suffering, more so than Seth in Street Fighter IV (that’s very bad). There’s a multitude of customisation options for your fighters to make them stand out in the well-designed online set-ups. Force Mode returns which is a side-scrolling beat-‘em-mode reminiscent of classic ‘90s titles. It’s no Streets of Rage 2, but it’s good for a few laughs in multiplayer.
So save some money with this deal and on your heating bills with the hoodie and get involved in the King of Iron Fist Tournament once again.
Thanks to mylo1980 at HotUkDeals.com for the find
I can't tell you how many times beat 'em up bores have waxed lyrical to me about the importance of an arcade stick for those serious about fighting games. It's all well and good but the things seem to attract a ludicrous price and I have never been quite serious enough about my button bashing attempts to spend £100 on a fancy controller.
If you have always fancied discovering what kind of a difference a stick will make to your game then now may be a good time to find out as 365 Games are selling the Tekken 6 + arcade stick bundle for the lowest price I have ever seen it offered. At just £54.99, it knocks over £10 off Cool Shop's price of £66.99, which had been the best deal for some time.
It's worth noting that 365 games also offer the best price for the Limited Edition version of the game for PS3, which comes with the same artbook included in the arcade stick bundle, a giant poster and a limited edition hoodie. They're asking £34.99 which again offers a saving of over £10 compared to the next best price.
Although eagerly anticipated, Tekken 6 paled into insignificance in the face of the lavish, drooling praise that was so abundantly heaped onto Street Fighter IV and it certainly left me feeling underwhelmed. However plenty of people swear by it and it was well received by critics and I may be slightly biased as my heart belongs to Soul Calibur.
There is certainly a lot to recommend the title. With over 40 playable fighters to choose from, covering a myriad of interesting and varied combat styles, not to mention copious customisation options, with Tekken 6 you are indulgently spoiled for choice. Characters are a mix of old favourites and a few new arrivals, pretty much all of whom are well designed and unique enough to feel deserving of their spot on the roster. There are also more environments to act as your stage and these have received an overhaul so that they now offer more interaction, with breakable walls and floors a la Dead or Alive (when it was still pretending to be a fighter series).
Despite the variety in character styles, I felt they all had one thing in common: a feeling of stiffness. When I play, I find that even the most nippy and nimble of fighters have a slight feeling of inertia to them, especially when compared to the speed of Soul Calibur or the sheen of Street Fighter IV. However, the combat is nonetheless solid and very well balanced and offers a good difficulty curve, making it accessible to both veterans and newcomers to the series.
There's a good range of online play options (it's particularly nice that the game was updated to allow online coop multiplayer for the Scenario Mode) but unfortunately battles tend to be mired by the seemingly ever-present lag that the game suffers from.
Personally I tired of Tekken 6 very quickly and, despite all the hype, find it to be rather ugly as fighters go. However it does have a lot going for it and I know loads of folk who love it, so if you don't balk at any game which breaks the £50 mark then this arcade stick bundle could bring you a lot of joy. Heck, if you've got the cash to splash it's probably worth it just to see the always-awesome character endings.
Thanks to mylo1980 at Hotukdeals!
The slow grinding death of the arcade in this country can be alleviated to a certain extent through retro accesories such as joysticks, arcade-style controllers such as this, or doing what Jon did once and buying an arcade cabinet, sticking a CRT television in it and hooking it up to a Dreamcast for light gun bliss. For those of you less inclined to try all of that effort and heavy lifting, this lovely little bundle might be a better way to get your arcade fix, offering the X360 version of Tekken 6 along with a meaty 100 page encyclopaedia of game art, character profiles and much more, and an exclusive customised wireless arcade stick setup.
This pretty packet will set you back just £66.99 from Coolshop, saving you a whopping £28 on the nearest competitor over at Zavvi. This is probably a limited stock deal so even though the web site might suggest a plentiful amount, I'd try to snap one up quickly just to be sure.
Tekken 6 is pretty much just the same classic button masher we all know and love. There's not a huge amount of finesse to the gameplay, although the combo system is deeper than ever and there are more characters to choose from than in previous instalments - the roster comes to around 40 or so. But Tekken has always been about flawlessly rendered characters kicking the crap out of one another in beautiful surroundings to funky music, and it's still hugely satisfying in that sense.
The new interactive levels mean you can throw people through walls and ceilings, which is a nice touch, and there's a Streets of Rage style brawler in the Scenario Campign that's quite good fun for an hour or two and as of Jan 18th boasts co-op play so you can kick butt with your mates which is always a good thing for a lazy afternoon. There's a story, but it's largely irrelevant, although the frequently hilarious ending movies for each of the characters will keep you playing through until you unlock them all.
The real draw here is the arcade stick, and it's not bad at all. You'll need batteries, and it feels a little bit light, but considering that you're essentially getting it for about £25, that's not too bad. It's certainly worth it for retro-lovers, and brings a nice dose of nostalgia to this modern take on a classic formula.
Thanks to amibees at HUKD
Oooh la! It’s a nicey pricey for Tekken 6 on the Xbox 360, I’ve only found one two pounds more expensive and this price here, £17.95, includes delivery from Zavvi. The game has had good reviews and most fans are loving it so perhaps this low price will entice you?
Boasting the biggest character roster in Tekken history, stunning HD graphics running beautifully at 60fps and online game modes, Tekken 6 is a worthy gaming investment. A delicious investment of time and kick ass actually.
The game has 40 unique fighters but still includes the beloved Jin and Heihachi, among others. You can create new characters and customise them and then take them online to compete against other players. Players who, obviously, will be nowhere near as cool as you are.
There is a lot going for this title, it’s definitely very feature rich. The environments are destructible, interactive and dynamic so you can push your enemies through concrete walls and open up entirely new battlegrounds in the middle of a barney.
It’s looking good for anyone that loves having an evening with mates, smashing the pants off each other.
Thanks to Jat Bauer at HUKD!
Every week, we're doing a new post to tell you about the upcoming video game releases (you can see them all in the new releases category). This week, there are not very many games of interest, but we'll let you know what they are.
How to use: Click on the title of the video game if you would like to see the cross platform possibilities. Click on the game cover of the platform of your choice to see the price comparison for that particular game, showing you the cheapest prices from UK online retailers.
8th to 14th December:
|Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
11th December 2009
|Beat The Intro
11th December 2009
|James Cameron's Avatar: The Game
11th December 2009
11th December 2009
|The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
11th December 2009
Any mistakes, or more games we should include? Let me know in the comments below - thanks.
If you blinked and missed Zavvi's so called "Mega Monday" Tekken 6 deal that came and went on Sunday, then get ready to dash to DVD.Co.Uk because they are currently offering the game for either the XBox 360 or the PS3 for the exact same price of £17.99!
It's definitely worth hurrying as it's unlikely to stay at this price for long but very likely to sell out! (Please be aware that the 360 version is actually out of stock at the moment but that more should be available in 2-3 days and you can order it at this price now if you can put up with waiting a bit longer.)
Tekken 6 is the latest tale from the seemingly interminable King of Ironfist Tournament. Having won the previous tournament, Jin Kazama has now taken charge of the Mishima Zaibatsu organisation and becomes a bit of megalomaniac in the process, declaring war on every nation of the world. This immediately sends the whole world into one massive tizzy with wars and rampage erupting all over the shop. It falls to young soldier Lars Alexandersson of the Tekken Force and his android pal Alisa to save the day. Yup, its another boringly plausible tale from those sensible Tekken chaps once again.
I personally felt highly underwhelmed by Tekken 6 but I know plenty of people who have lapped it up and it's certainly been well received by critics so is certainly well worth a try at this price!
Thanks to Korben_Dallas at Hotukdeals!
Tekken is back, dragging along with it a story that is just as baffling as ever. The latest instalment in the ever popular series has a mammoth roster of fighters and plenty of play options to hold your attention but to me, something just doesn't quite feel right...
As part of their Mega Mondays deal (but available now) Zavvi are offering this latest tale of the King of Iron Fist Tournament for the ridiculously good price of just £17.95 on either the Playstation 3 or the XBox 360. This gives you a saving of over £10 from the next best price for either version which is £29.85 from Shop To (XBox, PS3)
Hurry though, this deal is only valid today and tomorrow!
With all the hype surrounding the ludicrously acclaimed Street Fighter IV, Tekken was released with a lot to prove. It certainly doesn't disappoint when it comes to giving the player options: with a line up of over 40 characters, new and old, to choose from and tonnes of customisation available, we're more than a little spoilt for choice here.
The fighting is solid and very well balanced across all the players but feels rather stiff to me with all but the most nimble and wriggly of characters. The new characters are all interesting and work has gone into ensuring that they are each unique and deserving of their spot amongst all the old heroes. My favourite has to be the fantastic Alisa, a robot with some awesome moves including rocket boosters, wings, chainsaw arms and best of all the ability to remove her own explosive head and present it to the opponent as it detonates.
It's a very deep game with plenty to unlock (you'll want to get every character ending as they're just as entertaining as ever) and a good learning curve for anyone wishing to master their characters. Online multiplayer options add to its longevity but unfortunately this is far from perfect.
Sadly Tekken 6 was not all I was hoping it would be - the sheer number of characters is great in many ways but can make it hard to build up a real fondness for the game unless you have a lot of time to invest in finding a favourite. Winning them one at a time in scenario mode makes this less of a problem but if you go for the arcade mode then every character is at your disposal from the get-go which also takes away some of the excitement of unlocking them. The graphics do not live up to what you would expect from a modern day fighter (especially when compared to, say, the incredibly beautiful Virtua Fighter), the scenario mode is an entertaining diversion but really nothing special and online play seems to suffer from constant, severe lag issues. However, the game received good critical reviews all round so it may be worth giving it a chance - especially while it's at this fantastic price.
Thanks to riprapp at Hotukdeals!
Street Fighter has made beat 'em ups cool again and now Tekken is showing its hand in the King of Fighters tournament. The eagerly anticipated Tekken 6 is released on the 30th of October and looks set to be suitably awesome for fans of the fighter genre. DVD.Co.Uk are offering a great pre-order price of £23.99 for the PSP version. This is £1 less than the next best price from Play.
Boasting a frankly ludicrous line-up of over 40 fighters to choose from, Tekken is keen to prove that it still has a place in the games market. You get 34 classic characters including Jin, Anna & Nina, Jack, Heihachi and King, as well as 6 newcomers, every one with their own unique fighting style. The character customisation has also been enhanced and improved to encompass an incredible level of detail. The environments are set to be far larger than before and offer more interaction than ever before, meaning that you can break through walls or floors to access new areas.
Hopefully this huge character roster means that online play will be filled with surprises, unlike Street Fighter multiplayer in which you find yourself facing a constant slew of Ryus and Kens, broken up by the occasional Sagat or Blanka.
It's worth remembering that beat 'em ups rarely hold their price for long so you may not have too long to wait for Tekken 6 to be available for under £20 but if you are desperate to get your paws on the game as soon as it comes out then you could do worse than this deal.
Thanks to HappyCanMan at Hotukdeals!
Beat-em-ups are making something of a comeback recently. With Street Fighter IV having already brought button smashing, controller hurling, ‘winner stays on’ and tears of frustration flooding back to our living rooms, Tekken 6 stands poised to grab a slice of the action.
Due to be released on the 30th October, Shopto are currently offering customers the chance to pre-order a copy for £29.85. Shopto guarantee customers that if they order before 12pm on the 28th October they will receive their copy by the game’s release date. If consumers receive a copy after the 30th, Shopto promises to give a £3 refund (a bit lame if you ask me, I think they should give you the game free!).
It remains to be seen how well Tekken 6 will perform compared to its arch rival SFIV. However, given the reception Tekken 6 has received in Japan – taking double the income from arcades compared its Capcom counterpart (according to a Eurogamer preview) – things look promising. Some argue that Tekken’s success over Street Fighter is, in part, down to its more consistent flow of releases which has helped ‘keep the brand in the public consciousness’. (EuroGamer)
Tekken 6 is certainly not lacking when it comes to variety. There are no less than 40 characters to choose from, each with their own unique fighting style, meaning every player is sure to find a character which suits their style of gameplay. Levels in Tekken 6 are also, for the first time, interactive. This means that it is possible to throw opponents through walls or even through floors; taking the fight into dark and dingy cellars. Another exciting Tekken 6 feature is the revamped campaign mode in which it is possible to run around big environments and take on multiple enemies.
This deal is certainly good for hardcore fans who are desperate to know that their copy of Tekken 6 will be with them on the 30th October. However, it is true that the price of beat-em-ups goes down quite quickly, so if you’re prepared to wait , it might pay off in the long run.
Thanks to Cryogenic from Hotukdeals.
Today we will look at the latest news that has come from the best "beat em up" of this generation and the latest peripheral to be announced from the most anticipated beat em up of this generation. Finally for all those that have been awaiting a new release of a game based on the Formula 1 franchise, we have new information on what to expect from the future Codemasters release.
The soon to be released "beat em up" Tekken 6 will come with a Wireless Arcade joystick, it has been confirmed. However you will have to fork out a wallet bursting $149.99. With the price of the UK edition yet to be announced, it wouldn’t be surprising if this deal which includes the Tekken 6 game and an Art book releases with an RRP of £149.99, especially with the history of “Rip off Britain.” [Thegameraccess]
Finally the PC release date has been confirmed for the best beat em up of this generation, Street Fighter IV. The North American release has been confirmed by Microsoft to release on July 7th with the European release coming 4 days earlier on July 3rd. Now for those who do not own this brilliant game, you now have no excuse not to purchase it, especially now that Street Fighter 4 is on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and finally the PC. [Examiner]
Following on from the previous iteration which was developed and release by Sony on the PS3 over 3 years ago, comes Codemasters version following on from the acquisition of the Formula 1 license from Sony last year. This year will see the release of the PSP and Wii versions of the Formula 1 game with the other platforms having a release date next year.
Details revealed today include all the expected features such as 17 track season, all 20 drivers, 10 teams, changeable weather, pit crew communication and a functional damage system. Following on from this there is a 3 year season mode in which you can race as a named driver or you can create your own driver and be contracted to any of the featured teams with the ability to transfer teams during career mode. [Pocketgamer]
With the new week barely underway, already the internet is awash with fresh stories and speculations from the gaming world. We hear about ranting rock stars and their fierce assault upon Activision’s Guitar Hero. We reveal fresh new content available for Empire: Total War. Have a glance into the not so distant future with fresh details emerging regarding Tekken 6. And finally, look back nostalgically 18 years in the past, when a spiky- haired 2D hedgehog changed computer games forever…
Aside from writing the odd song, cracking a few skulls and attending his anger management classes, moody White Stripes vocalist Jack White has taken to venting his rage on kids who play Guitar Hero. At a recent LA Awards Show the star described it as ‘sad’ that kids were experiencing music via computer games - and his sentiments were later echoed by Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page.
So who in their right mind would dispute the word of two global rock superstars in a debate about music? Sure, I am game. Firstly isn’t it a good thing kids are learning to appreciate some really classic rock music they might never have heard had it not been for GH? Also, who’s to say that Guitar Hero doesn’t act as a stepping stone and actually get people wanting to learn the guitar for real?
O well probably nothing. I mean Jack’s obviously making a really sincere point when he has just signed a contract for one of his own songs to appear on the next edition of Guitar Hero. And what’s the name of the track, o yea, ‘Ker - Ching!’. [EuroGamer]
Get ready for some serious button bashing mayhem as Tekken Six: Bloodline Rebellion hits the UK this October. The game will be available on the PS 3, PSP and XBOX 360. In their latest update, Namco – Bandai games have revealed some of the games newest characters. These include Alisa Bosconovich, a top secret test subject unleashed from the forests of mother Russia. Swedish Karate king Lars Alexanderson and Japanese Marshal Law. All of whom will no doubt be sore thumbing fun! [Neo Seeker]
It was only a matter of time before SEGA released some really good downloadable goodies for Empire Total War. For anyone who got stung paying out an extra £10 for some really rubbish extra content, all I can say is you should have checked out Dealspwn first where – in this post – we told you it was a con! Yes, just like Cassandra, our powers of foresight were proved true. So if you wisely opted for the cheaper version of ETW then good for you, if not, prepare to feel the burn as SEGA are now offering 14 new units for $3.50! [GameSpot]
Yes believe it or not, Sonic the hedgehog is about to celebrate his 18th birthday and doesn’t it make you feel old! (Perhaps he has finally grown into that pair of oversized trainers.) SEGA’s loveable mascot first hit the shelves back in 1991 when the company needed a new character to replace Alex the Kidd. However, like so many child stars, Sonic hasn’t aged like a fine wine. His latest sequels have been disastrous, with Sonic (next gen) voted as one of the worst ever game sequels. So, far from celebrating another year on top, he will probably be drowning his sorrows with 8 cans of Stella… [Game Hunter]