Tekken 6 Preview
When it comes down to three-dimensional fighters, Tekken
continues to reign as the popularity king. While games like
SoulCalibur and Virtua Fighter have long been considered to play
somewhat tighter than Tekken, neither were able to amass the
popularity - albeit, SoulCalibur is getting close. While Virtua
Fighter has always been a great franchise (and one of my all time
favorite series), some feel alienated by its technical approach,
a lack of story, endings, and slim selection of characters.
It was arguably Tekken 3 that really nailed the hammer into Virtua Fighter's fanbase and popularity, as it featured an enormous cast of characters, stupendous endings, a ton of game modes, and a game that was both extremely accessible and extremely deep. Tekken Tag Tournament would only continue that momentum, and even though Tekken 4 was below the series' standards, Tekken 5/Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection would fix all of that. So now we're up to number six. It's already available to play in arcades (yes, they still exist) and will be arriving on the PlayStation 3 later in 2008. Furthermore, because the arcade is based on modified PlayStation 3 hardware, expect Tekken 6 to be a PlayStation 3 exclusive for some time.
For starters, Tekken 6 will retain all of the elements present in Tekken 5/Tekken 5: DR, which many hail as the hallmark entry of the series - and they're right. Dark Resurrection, in particular, tightened up whatever loose ends Tekken 5 had, and would be released on both the PSP and even the PlayStation 3. But, of course, tons of new elements will be added, such as interactivity with the stages - which means you'll have the ability to deform your environment.
Additionally, stages will now feature more than one level or story, similar to Dead or Alive games. So the possibility of being knocked out of your initial setting into location elsewhere has now been added. And stages will even feature daylight and nighttime transitions, which should definitely be a sight to see when playing the game.
Since elements of Tekken 5 have been implemented into Tekken 6, you can expect the basic mechanics of the game to remain largely the same, albeit with some tweaks done here and there. But what you can also expect to see is a new "rage" system, that, when activated, increases the power of a fighter whose health is very low. In addition to the rage system, characters will now be able to perform quick item moves, such as Bryan Fury using his shotgun, Anna kicking a shoe, or Asuka Kazama using a paper fan.
Players will be able to extend their juggling with the introduction of a new bounce system for Tekken 6. I'm not quite sure how it works just yet, but I do know that the "bounce" is activated after you've beaten someone down with a series of juggles.
Now, all of these new features and enhancements has made Namco tweak the health bar, increasing its capacity considerably over past Tekken games, allowing for matches to last the proper amount of time. And speaking of tweaked, Namco has changed every single frame of animation for every single fighter in the game. That's right, everything you'll see in Tekken 6 is all new, done from the ground up.
Then there's the return of all the crazy customizations from Tekken 5. It'll all appear in Tekken 6, but with more options and even more items to choose from. In case you aren't aware of the kind of customization offered, you'll be able to drastically change the look of any character in the game by giving them new hair, clothing, accessories, and so on. And when you've got a character you can call yours, feel free to take it online and compete against another player anywhere in the world - yes, Tekken 6 will have online gameplay.
Perhaps the craziest news of all is that Tekken 6 will boast the largest cast of characters a Tekken game has ever had - 40! Tekken 6 will feature every character in Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection, in addition to all new fighters. Below is the list of new fighters, and the list of returning fighters in alphabetical order.
Miguel Caballero Rojo
Baek Doo San
Right now, no concrete date has been set for Tekken 6, but it will be out sometime within the second quarter of 2008.
1/27/2008 Arnold Katayev
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