Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection - PlayStation Network review

  • Classic gameplay the series is know for
  • PS3 graphics in a Tekken game
  • A zillion punch + kick + direction combos
  • Could use a few more gameplay modes
  • Not utilizing all of the power of the PS3
  • Final boss isn't balanced for multiplayer

We've already played this game. Sort of. When it was released on the PSP last year. But the PS3 version of Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection was worth the wait. Sure, it lacks the spiffy next-gen polish of a Virtua Fighter 5, which was actually designed for the PS3, but it's not a shabby looking game by any means. And the fact that it supports 1080p makes it even more visually appealing.

Graphics aside, the game plays pretty much the same way the series has always played: extremely well. There's nothing revolutionary about the gameplay - most people should be able to start playing almost immediately; all you need to know is that there are two punch buttons, two kick buttons, and around eight zillion ways to combine the moves that come out of them - but it's as solid as its ever been, with some tweaks that no one other than the most dedicated Tekken fans will notice.

The PS3 version of Dark Resurrection is a more stripped down game, meaning it lacks the bells and whistles of some of Namco's other Tekken releases. There's no Tekken Bowling minigame, for instance. But it does have the standard modes you'd expect, like arcade and versus (though no online versus, sadly, and no training mode, either), as well as a Ghost Battle mode, where you can fight against simulations of real fighters like in Virtua Fighter 4 and 5.

Speaking of which, the ranking system and character customization make a comeback, so you can outfit your characters with ridiculous accoutrements. There's also a Gallery mode where you can use the in-game money you earn from winning fights to purchase some movies (epilogues for Lili, Sergei Dragunov, and Armor King, to be precise) and a lot of images. Oh, and you can finally play as the cheap final boss, Jinpachi Mishima, too.
Dark Resurrection doesn't have all of the extra features you might expect from a console release of a Tekken game, but this is offset by the pretty fair price and the fact that you can finally play the game on any size TV screen you have and with an arcade stick (like, say, the Hori Fighting Stick 3), to boot. Now that's not a bad deal at all.

More Info

Release date: Mar 01 2007 - PS3 (US)
Mar 23 2007 - PS3 (UK)
Available Platforms: PS3
Genre: Fighting
Published by: Namco
Developed by: Namco
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Crude Humor, Suggestive Themes, Tobacco Reference, Violence, Mild Language
PEGI Rating:


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