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Tekken Hybrid Review

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Graphics:

 

6.2

Gameplay:

 

6.9

Sound:

 

6.7

Control:

 

6.4

Replay Value:

 

6.5

Overall Rating:       6.5

 

 

Online Gameplay:

Not Rated

Publisher:

Namco Bandai

Developer:

Namco Bandai

Number Of Players:

1-2

Genre:

Fighting

Certain franchises age well, while others, despite the addition of a high-gloss coat of modern paint, really show their age. Unfortunately, Tekken is one of the latter franchises. And while Tekken Hybrid offers the now-classic gameplay that resulted in thousands of dorm parties and plenty of friendly competition (with a wee bit of real animosity), the overall package isn’t that impressive, nor is it worth $40.

The upgraded visuals shine nicely in some areas, but somehow make the game look really bizarre in some instances. Tekken Tag Tournament’s character are strangely lit with odd hues and shadows, and the background appears to have been altered as well (and not for the better). The graphics in Prologue 2 fare much better, though, and while the movie is totally weak-sauce, there’s a lot of crisp high-definition goodness included.

The sound is basically the same from yesteryear; very little seems to have changed on this front. The combat effects in TTT HD are a little muddled but then again, they always were in my ears. For the most part, you don’t have to worry about mediocre voice performances that have aged badly, ‘cuz Tekken wasn’t ever about stellar voice acting. As for the soundtrack, it’s definitely a highlight, if only because it enhances the nostalgia value big time.

Tekken Hybrid comes packed with Tekken Tag Tournament HD, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue, and the aforementioned film, “Tekken: Blood Vengeance.” Fans would probably anticipate an attractive trip down memory lane and although that may be the case for some, the package simply pales in comparison to other HD revamps out there. In too many ways, the whole thing feels…old. Or at the very least, outdated and uninteresting.

For me, something like Metal Gear Solid has never felt “old” or “uninteresting,” and I’m sure many would agree. In this case, we can only rely on the gameplay; the visual presentation doesn’t respond well to the high-def treatment, and there are a few other problems as well. For TTT, they really didn’t do anything to this, besides give the characters an inhuman glow that is actually annoying. But at least you get exactly what you remember, so that’s a plus, right?

Really, the gameplay isn’t bad because of course, it was never bad. So if they didn’t change anything, hardcore fans should still have a blast reliving their glory days with the PS2 launch title. But there’s no online support to be found and without any new modes or extra content of any kind, it feels as if Namco did little in the way of fanservice. I mean, the term “fanservice” is often taken in a negative context but when it comes to revamped collections, “fanservice” is a good thing.

And there just isn’t enough of it. For instance, take Prologue: four characters from the “Vengeance” movie are involved (Devil Jin, Kazuya, Alisa, and Xiaoyu), and you get to sample the new project. But we don’t get a move list (which I need, considering I’m a fighting noob) and besides this quick glimpse of the future, there isn’t much else here. Still, I have to admit that Namco Bandai has produced another great Tekken installment; it released in arcades this past September, by the way.

No word on when it will arrive for consoles, but we hope it’s soon. At least that will be a complete package, and this sneak peek, while limited, is enough to whet the fighter fan’s appetite. As for the movie in this bundle, it’s a CG adventure that isn’t exactly inspired or well written. The environment is super cool and fits in with the Tekken universe, but that’s the best that can be said for it. I also can’t figure out why I care about two schoolgirls talking about boyfriends.

I will say that I have never been a fan of this series, so you may take this review with a grain of salt if you wish. However, I’ve played just about all the HD collections this generation, and most all of them offer more extra stuff, and they also look ten times better. Maybe it was the over-pixelation and the extreme “jagginess” that the high-def overhaul can’t erase, but something weird happens when high definition is applied to TTT. Prologue is a bright – albeit small – spot, though.

Tekken Hybrid has the nostalgia fans will adore, I’m sure. For that reason alone, I suppose I can recommend it to the die-hard followers. The peek at Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue is very cool, too (actually makes me want to see the full arcade version). But there’s no online support, the HD sheen on TTT is just plain strange, and there’s virtually no new content or extras; i.e., the expected fanservice is almost nonexistent. Not really worth $40, in my opinion.

Still, it’s Tekken, and its timeless appeal really shouldn’t be ignored. I accept that, as should all gamers.

The Good: Gameplay mechanics are plenty entertaining. The peek at Prologue 2 is an impressive bonus. Some of the CG artistry in the movie is sweet.

The Bad: TTT HD doesn’t look right. Not nearly enough in the way of extras. The film is just terrible. No online support.

The Ugly: “I have no idea why the characters look like that…but make it stop.”

12/8/2011 Ben Dutka

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Comments (21 posts)

GuyverLT
Thursday, December 08, 2011 @ 9:47:18 PM
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The movie isn't THAT bad it's still better than that atrocity live action big brother Tekken movie. My big problem with Tekken BV was the two girls they were annoying as hell and I'l admit the story didn't make any sense, but the fight scenes were good tho.

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kokoro
Thursday, December 08, 2011 @ 9:59:19 PM
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**SPOILER ALERT**

The movie was annoying, especially when Ling Xiaoyu resurrected Alisa with her tear drop *rolls eyes*.

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GuyverLT
Friday, December 09, 2011 @ 9:38:19 AM

If you take Ling Xiaoyu and Alisa out of the equation it would have been a better movie at least the fight scenes were pretty good, unfortunately fight scenes alone cannot make a movie good tho.

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playaplus
Thursday, December 08, 2011 @ 10:27:47 PM
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I wouldnt say the movie was terrible lol..maybe okay...kinda grazing bad. really hope jin is in ttt2. didnt touch ttt and dont really plan to. did find it wierd that tt2 prologue had no movelist. even the mk9 demo for ps+ members had a full move list w one fatality for each character. I saw though that some of kazuya's moved as well as devil jin's moves have been either modified or removed. Did a 7 hit juggle w kazuya, may try to combo it w a tag assault w devil jin...can maybe stretch it out a bit more

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Temjin001
Thursday, December 08, 2011 @ 10:34:21 PM
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It was TTT that pushed me away from the Tekken series and caused me to take more interest in SFA3 and DoA2 at the time. TTT just fed into the whole tag fad that happened when games like XvsSF hit the scene. The whole dial up long winded combos offset the balance of tactics in play too much for my tastes. I can't tell you how ridiculous it felt to have a light shin kick from Wolverine lead into a full-life bar juggle from Capcom's tag stuff. While these tag fighting types are good for their spectacle, give me some more grounded and technical oriented fighting from the likes of games VF, SF and several Tekken's(I know even 1vs1 Tekken can get a little overkill, but usually tame enough). DoA is nice because it manages to deliver both types of fighting styles well.
I will eventually get this Hybrid collection because I'm a Tekken fan. I would have much sooner if only it had online play. It's so ridiculous anyone would ship a fighter in this day without any online play.
I don't really care for the movie other than watching the visuals of it.
And so while TTT2 hits the scene presumably in 2012, I can take a Tekken leave of absence and hit up VF5: FS and also give DOA5 a shot (seeing that it doesn't suck).

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Kevin5
Friday, December 09, 2011 @ 7:15:06 AM

TTT was surprisingly very popular with the majority of fans which is why Harada pushed for a Tekken Tag 2.

I love Tekken Tag but i agree with you, at the time the whole tag feature was like a new trend & DOA did the feature (& still does) it a whole lot better than any other fighting game out there. I think Tekken Tag 2's tag feature looks alot more enticing this time though.

How good is next year gonna be!? Soul Calibur V, Tekken Tag 2, SF x Tekken, DOA5, the awesome looking Skullgirls & daddy himself, VF5: FS.

Mega pumped.

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Temjin001
Friday, December 09, 2011 @ 10:34:20 AM

Yeah, 2012 is fighting game heaven.

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playaplus
Thursday, December 08, 2011 @ 10:39:24 PM
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2 characters I hope make it to TTT2...one as a boss of course....shin and the giant mokujin

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, December 08, 2011 @ 10:54:49 PM
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I liked the movie :) But maybe that's because I know nothing of the games except when I was an arcade kid I liked the guy with the cat head, King.

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Vivi_Gamer
Friday, December 09, 2011 @ 4:19:25 AM
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The movie is an ambomination, of all the characters they could have chose to follow as the lead they chose Alisa (The worse Tekken character I have ever seen.) an d Xiaoyu. Tekkens story is all about the Mishima's, we all know this.

Is TTT1 coming to the playstation store? I'd rather just buy that on download than buy this crap. As TTT is one of the only PS2 games my PS3 can't play backwards compatibility. TTT had The perfect blend of Tekken gameplay, updated graphics (for the time) and major cast.

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Kevin5
Friday, December 09, 2011 @ 6:59:19 AM

So you'd prefer to play an outdated looking version of TTT over an HD'ed version with a CG movie & TTT2 demo thrown in for good measure?

.......Ok.

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Vivi_Gamer
Friday, December 09, 2011 @ 7:27:53 AM

If my PS3 could play the original PS2 version of TTT I would be happy, but as it cannot I would have to buy this. I do not want to support Namco on this abomination of a film. If they release TTT1 (HD) on the PS Store i'd be pleased, they can continue to F' up the story and gameplay of the new titles as much as they like, T6 was the end of the line for me.

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Kevin5
Friday, December 09, 2011 @ 7:40:28 AM

Fair enough fella.

Just out of curiosity what made you dislike Tekken 6? I hear alot of fan hate for that game & personally, i cannot understand why. The roster was the biggest yet, the visuals were pretty (especially the characters) the new features made fights against online opposition far more frantic & unpredictable with the bound & rage features making most online fights (atleast in my experience) tight encounters.

Granted, the side scrolling story was utter turd but i mean as a fighter it was actually a complete game unlike other beat em up's this gen which milk the DLC content for all it's worth. No crappy colour swap skins & costumes, it was all on the disc, which says alot for a fighting game this gen.

Not trying to brainwash you with my Tekken bias, i'm just curious as to why you weren't happy with T6. I thought it was rad, but hey we all have differing opinions so i'll let you off. ;)

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Vivi_Gamer
Friday, December 09, 2011 @ 8:09:18 AM

I have not liked a new character in the Tekken series since Tekken 4 (Steve), my biggest problem with Tekken is that it has become too surreal. Tekken used to be a realistic martial arts fighter with a couple of fun quirky japanese designs. Now you have characters like Alisa, a robot girl with chainsaw, jetpacks and a bomb for a head. its just too silly.

I really loved the story Tekken had in the 1st 3 games, I thought the drama between the Mishimas was excellent. But later along the line, new characters were introduced (Asuka and Lars...) and it just ruined it. I think the problem was that in the early Tekkens the character were quite ambigous, you only got an intro and an ending. In Tekken 5 they put story clips in and developed the characters poorly so it ruined them for me.

As for the gameplay one word JUGGLING! Tekken 3 I would have no problem with opponents as they didn't knock me in the air and combo hit me from one side of the area to another. It's just cheap. T6 made it even worse by making your character bounce from the ground so you can mix ground attacks with juggling its just silly and unfair. As Tekken has added more anime-like characters as the series has gone on they are far more flexible than they should be (Bob?) leading to an unbalance. Heihachi's strength is equal to one hit with Lili and she can move a lot faster, its just completely unfair. So I wont be getting TTT2 at all.

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Kevin5
Friday, December 09, 2011 @ 9:03:23 AM

I disagree on Tekken ever being realistic martial arts. It has always been a less than serious brawler to me, especially compared to a fighting series as deep as Virtua Fighter which just keeps on getting more realistic with each installment. Tekken & Tekken 2 were without the silly comic relief characters but they were as bare bones basic as a fighter can get, but given the time of their release, that is being abit harsh on my part.

Tekken 3 was out & already we were given bears with sneakers, wooden oak tree men & an old doctor that couldn't even stand up. So this inclusion of female androids & an obese bloke that fights like Bruce Lee is a moot point imo & doesn't really change anything for me as pretty much every Tekken game has always had someone or something silly in it. To me it just adds more variety, & makes for a more diverse & interesting movelist to some of the other characters with real life fighting styles.

I do agree with you on where they have taken the juggling in Tekken though. Sure if it works for you in a match it's great (if still a cheap victory) but if you're on the recieving end of a juggle then it can be pretty frustrating because as you said, with the bounce feature you're always constantly opened for an endless juggle/combo string when you're knocked to the ground, & nine times out of ten you will not get out of it. I reckon that is abit broken & it does need some serious balancing.

Also, if we're talking about over powered characters then every fighting game has them. Look at Street Fighters Sagat & Zangief or Virtua Fighter's Akira, they're beasts. In VF5:FS Akira was the number one ranked & used fighter in the arcades because he is leaps & bounds more powerful than any other fighter in the game. In every fighting game, there will always be fighters that need nerfing to balance everyone out. In a game like Tekken which carries 40+ characters, that is going to be farking hard to do though.

Also, from what i've heard on Tekken Tag 2 it looks like the bound & rage systems are here to stay permanently but doesn't mean Namco won't tweak them, so here's hoping that they do. I'd hate for any fan of Tekken or beat em up's miss out on TTT2 so atleast keep the faith until you can play the game yourself.

Btw, what other fighting games do you play? If you're into em like i am i'll add you & we can beat seven shades of brown out of one another.



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Vivi_Gamer
Friday, December 09, 2011 @ 9:37:57 AM

As I said, Tekken did have some fantasy fun elements before but it was not overwhelming now whenever I fight Raven, he just disapears into thin are and attacks me from behind, thats not fun at all. All that said though I am glas it is not like Virtua Fighter, I cannot think of a fighter more bland than VF, The combat and characters are so plain.

As for fighter on the PS3 I own:
Tekken 6 -So/so
Street Fighter IV - Original Version
Soul Calibur IV - Is this online, I only recently got it, I have been playing Soul Calibur for years, but I am terrible at this one for some reason.

I was close to getting Mortal Kombat the other week until I learnt about the special edition coming out early next year.

My PS Username is : 'Ultimadesires' (I lost my old account and that was the 1st thing similar that came to my head for my new account :P) Feel free to add me :)

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Kevin5
Friday, December 09, 2011 @ 6:56:56 AM
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The movie looked absolutely jaw dropping but the lack of characters & reliance on Alisa & Ling as the story lead characters felt wrong imo.

TTT HD is the absolute bomb & i am still surprised they gave it the HD sheen. Tekken Prologue is also awesome as it gives me an early taste of the epicness that awaits that is TTT2 which i am hell psyched about.

I'd personally give this bundle a 9 only because i just simply love & cannot get enough of Tekken. Good review mate, it was a good read & i agree, this is a must for Tekken fans & beat em up fans, now hows about that King of fighters XIII review eh? ;)

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duomaxwell007
Saturday, December 10, 2011 @ 10:23:01 AM
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i got that game.. mainly for the movie and i agree the movie isnt Advent Children (like i hooped for) but it was at least entertaining and better than the two previous tekken movies

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Laguna
Saturday, December 10, 2011 @ 11:35:11 AM
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for 30 or 20$ you can just download Tekken 5 Dark Resurrection Online.

35 characters, online, outstanding HD graphics, lighting quick loading, practice mode, survival.

LOTS OF STAGES.

It certainly is better than a 1 GB download of Tekken Tag, which has LESS features than the ps2 version.

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LetoAtreides82
Sunday, December 11, 2011 @ 10:47:47 AM
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4 playable characters and no online play for $40, are you serious? I have no interest in TTT I feel T6 is so much better, and not very interested in the animated movie. Soundtrack i'm a little interested but it's not like Tekken has had great music. I'd pay $7 maximum for this package.

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SS4
Saturday, December 17, 2011 @ 4:44:17 PM
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I liked the movie, the 3 generation battle was awesome.

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