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!