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.
- Click here to fulfil your retro fighting fantasies with the Tekken 6 Arcade Stick Bundle for £66.99 at Coolshop
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