Can Tekken 6 outclass all other fighters?

Namco Bandai Day 2009. At this prestigious event in San Francisco where the beer flowed like wine, the ‘Radar crew got to see games Namco has cooking for the summer/fall seasons. One of the heavily featured games, Tekken 6, is the first multiplatform Tekken game and the first for this generation of systems (Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection for PSN doesn’t count). Set for release this fall on 360, PS3 and PSP, we got our hands on the fighter to see if it stacked up against the recent surge of impressive fighting games.

With a roster of over 40 characters (including six new brawlers), Tekken 6 is almost certainly fan service as it includes probably all of your favorite characters to date. Check here and here for our character spotlights. Unfortunately, only four characters were available for us to test spin – Jin, Kazuya, Zafina and Bob (the latter two are new to the series). You already know of the returning fighters, so let’s tell you about the new guys.

The controls felt instantly familiar. Limbs correspond to the face buttons and a combination of certain buttons result in powerful grapple attacks. Graphical flourishes whenever you strike (red flares, sparks) make a return as well. So what of the new fighters? Even for a fat guy, Bob is quick and powerful. His punches rocked fellow editor, Henry Gilbert, all over the arena. He reminded us a little of Street Fighter alum Balrog, but way heavier.

On the other hand, Zafina is the most interesting of the newbies. She has three stances (low, medium and high) and attacks like a snake (apparently that’s her thing). What we mean is that she’ll strike and return to the pose as if she’s pouncing and then sizing up her next attack. She’s methodical, dangerous and quick. Her character infuses a fair bit of strategy that is all too-welcome.

And that’s kind of it. The new stages are interactive, but just barely. They’re still the wide 3D arenas that play on a 2D plane. In fact, one of the funniest new stages enabled you to knock sheep all over the place, yet had a weird background blending issue. As the characters circled each other on the 2D plane, the 3D environment kept shifting strangely, as if the place where the two planes met was like a liquid. It was just distracting enough to take us out of the experience of playing a new game on a $600 system.

Other than that, we didn’t get much new info out of the devs other than a new rage meter, enabling you to have more powerful attacks once your health dips below ten percent. Also, the customization mode is said to contain more options - specifically for clothing, hair and weapons.

Soulcalibur IV and Street Fighter IV will have been out for a while by the time Tekken makes its grand re-entrance. Are the few changes enough to persuade consumers? Can the game stand tall once again? We’ll find out together this fall.

Apr 29, 2009


  • LesEnfentsTerrible - May 29, 2009 11:39 p.m.

    i have been a rabid fan of tekken ever since 3... 4 had interesting stages and thats why it was my favorite... and 5 is amazing just because of the badass characters alone! and with six i cant wait to try bryans shotgun haha that's badass.
  • xXGustav01Xx - May 22, 2009 1:53 a.m.

    SFIV rules!!!! but his looks kinda cool too, just not as much. and... I knada think that they copied street fighter with tha fat guy. he looks a lot like rufus!
  • coolboyxxxx - May 13, 2009 1:31 a.m.

    im not sure if it can becuz of sf4
  • Joshin69 - May 6, 2009 4:59 p.m.

    It’s been down hill since tekken 2 and I don’t expect that to change with the latest installment
  • nightbringer99 - May 3, 2009 10:10 a.m.

    I remember buying tekken 3 on a market in blackpool on ps1, and playing it non-stop, i then decided to buy tekken 5 for ps2, which was nowhere near as gud as 3, but still worth paying for. Although now im playing tekken dark ressurection on psp(you can customize characters on it) I still miss tekken 3.
  • doomdude - May 1, 2009 12:49 p.m.

    dude gotta play must get when come out
  • jamminontha1n2 - April 30, 2009 9:13 p.m.

    Bob reminds me more of rufus from the new street fighter judging by the photo and that he is quick.
  • spoonman - April 30, 2009 4:57 p.m.

    lol no way guys teken doset even have a chance against streetfighter 4 its gonna good but i dont see what they can make diffrent about it same with sf4
  • SkullSplitter - April 30, 2009 1:51 p.m.

    I can't wait for this game and I can't believe we don't have it already. There's a preview of this game from March 2007 and news from May 2006! It's been in arcades for 2 years and it isn't going to be released until this fall. I want this game!
  • Kouin - April 30, 2009 3:45 a.m.

    I can't wait until they reveal more information about this mysterious console exclusive mode. It's a given that game modes like Time Trial, Survival, and possibly Gold Rush or even Tekken Dojo from Dark Resurrection (PSP) will return. Also, I hope they include guest fighters like they did in Soul Calibur IV with Vader and Yoda.
  • Synster - April 30, 2009 2:28 a.m.

    Tekken has always been a classic to Me. It may not go back as far as Street Fighter, but Tekken is very much a Classic to the fighting genre. I hate though how every is synonymous with Yoshimitsu being associated with Soul Caliber to all these people that never played a Tekken game in their Life. It's disappointing to see such a great character ruined though by such a mediocre fighting series. ( In my opinion )Same applies for Heihachi. God. I remember the heavy doses of nostalgia even now. The Rivalries between King and Armor King. Jin. Mokujin, the training doll. To this day, none of the 5 Tekken games even stand up in any way to the Original.
  • flores - June 3, 2009 6:18 a.m.

    XGustav01Xx - Bob was released before SF4 rufus. The games been in arcades for over 2 years.
  • flores - June 3, 2009 6:16 a.m.

  • OniGuy - May 14, 2009 1:40 p.m.

    Take the projectiles out and add some uniqueness in personalities of characters then maybe ill buy sf4..
  • OniGuy - May 14, 2009 1:32 p.m.

    Sf is the mother of all fighting games. Soul Calibur is a great alternative while you wait for a new Tekken version. Tekken is the greatest fighting game of all time! Sorry Sf fans.
  • flare149 - May 6, 2009 4:47 a.m.

    I'm excited, I've always liked Tekken better than Street Fighter.
  • Cerbeross - May 3, 2009 1:55 p.m.

    tekken's good, but i don't think i'm gonna spend £40 on a fighting game when i've got Street Fighter IV instead
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - May 2, 2009 9:05 p.m.

    I used to be a tekken tag team king.... Gunna have to get this and reclaim my skills, it's been too long.
  • cookie23q - May 1, 2009 12:32 p.m.

    this looks pretty kul luv all tekkens 1st fighting game i ever played go jin!!
  • Corsair89 - May 1, 2009 12:47 a.m.

    I never was a Tekken fan. I'll take Street Fighter and SoulCalibur any day.

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