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E3 2006
E3 Hands On: Tekken (PSP)
By Cyril Lachel     |   Posted on June 01, 2006   |   Episode 23 (Show Archive)  

   

The graphics in the bowling mode aren't nearly as impressive as the fighting mode!
Boy, I never thought I would be so happy to see Tekken. I'll confess, after Tekken 3 on the original PlayStation I haven't been as excited about buying the newest sequel. Maybe it was my disappointment over Tekken 4 or my desire to see the series grow, but the Tekken name just hasn't carried the same weight that it once did with me. And then Tekken 5 hit the PlayStation 2 and I couldn't believe my eyes. Here was the biggest, deepest, most impressive 3D fighting game I had ever seen, it brought back all of those good feelings I had with Tekken 3. And best of all, it featured Tekken 3 as one of the bonus games.

When Namco first announced Tekken: Dark Resurrection I had mixed feelings, I was somewhat disappointed that it wasn't a brand new game with brand new characters, but then again, if we're going to get a port of any Tekken game, you might as well shoot for the best. I was happy to learn that Dark Resurrection is more than just a Tekken 5 expansion pack; it's a whole new game featuring a lot of new content.

For example, this PSP Tekken will feature two new characters, a Russian soldier and a young female socialite. If you want to get technical there is a third new character, Armor King who is returning from the dead. Along with these new characters will be a bunch of new arenas to fight in, including a few that have to be seen to be believed.

By the time E3 rolled around I couldn't take it any more, I had to have Tekken ... I had to have a 3D fighting game for the PSP. I love my Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX and my Darkstalkers, but I need some variety, I need a 3D fighting game. And I hate to say it Midway, but Mortal Kombat Unleashed just isn't going to cut it. I needed Tekken and I couldn't wait to play it.

Tekken on the PSP is everything you could want in a portable fighting game, it features a TON of characters (more than you even have time to look through with the timer counting down), very little loading, and breathtaking graphics. And I don't say that lightly, the graphics in Tekken are among the best I have ever seen on the PSP, they rival any fighting game I've seen on a home console (save Dead or Alive 4 on the Xbox 360).

And the game is more than just good looks, it also runs incredibly smooth. The action happens so fast that you have to really pay attention if you're going to stand a chance. Best of all, the game play was dead on, it feels exactly like Tekken should, right down to the special moves and throws. And with all of the extra modes (which I didn't have a chance to dig through) this may end up being better than Tekken 5 on the PlayStation 2.

Although I managed to play Tekken: Dark Resurrection for quite awhile I was left wanting more. I can't wait to see if all of the characters have cool endings like their console counterparts. I can't wait to play this against other PSP owners. I can't wait to experience all of the new stages and compare it to other Tekken games. I can't wait to drool over the pretty, pretty graphics, because they are enough to wow anybody. There once was a time when I thought 2D fighters couldn't be done on a handheld, and here we are all these years later with a competent 3D brawler. Now where's Soul Calibur and Virtua Fighter?

But How Good is It? Tekken on the PSP is simply amazing, it looks great and is just as fast as the arcade original. Bring a dozen mini games and more characters than you can shake a stick at and you have one of the best PSP games at the show. Tekken is everything you have been waiting for, and maybe even a little more!

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