Tekken's most recent instalment may not have received quite the adoration of Ryu and Ken's last outing but it's a fun and solid fighter and well worth a shot if you're a fan of the genre.
This limited edition is actually beginning to get quite hard to get hold of so Cool Shop's current deal is actually very good, despite how old the game is now. In fact, the next cheapest chucks an extra fifteen pounds on top of Cool Shop's price, coming in at £44.99 from either Game or Gamestation.
The extra goodies included in this special edition are a bit more impressive than most; you get a 100 page art book, an exclusive poster and an exclusive hoodie designed by the development team. However, as you can get the game for less than £15 now, it's up to you to decide whether these extras are worth doubling the price. I mean, does anyone really care enough about the art of Tekken to need a book of it?
PoorTekken 6 had a bit of a tough job being released after Street Fighter IV, sure it got good reviews but they looked just a bit pathetic and paltry when compared to the drool that spilt all over those of its Capcom rival. While I am not actually a huge Street Fighter IV fan, I actually found this latest Tekken instalment pretty underwhelming.
That said, it's far from a bad game. For starters, there's a massive character roster, with 40 fighters to choose from, each with their own unique brand of ass-whup. Add a tonne of customisation options and you have a game that certainly spoils the player for choice. It's a big contrast against Street Fighter IV's limited set of characters and even more limited set of fighting styles. There's a mix of old favourites and new faces, all of whom are interesting and original enough to earn their place in the game. There is also a vast selection of environments for these characters to strut their stuff in and the stages have received an overhaul so that they now offer more interaction and stuff you can break.
While the game is successful in making these characters feel unique to play, they do all have one thing in common: a feeling of jerky stiffness. Personally I found even the most nimble and nubile of combatants had a sluggish feel to them, especially when compared to other prestigious beat-em-up titles. This aside, the gameplay is excellent with well balanced combat and a good difficulty curve, so that it is accessible to anyone.
There's plenty of multiplayer options but unfortunately pretty much all of the online modes are besieged by frustrating and seemingly ever-present lag.
I got bored of Tekken 6 very quickly and traded it in within a couple of weeks. Despite all the hype about its good looks, I actually found it rather ugly. However loads of people really liked it and it certainly has a lot to recommend it, not least the always-excellent character endings.
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