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05 Jun, 2009

E3 2009: Tekken 6 Preview

PS3 Feature | We're Tekken a look at the next big fighting game.
Just as someone might look back on a year as a particularly good one for a vintage wine, people will look back on 2009 as a good year for fighting games. We've had Street Fighter IV released to a hugely positive reception, and King Of Fighters XII isn’t far behind. But beyond that there's one more fighting game juggernaut that has been part of the Playstation pantheon for many a year: Tekken. So let's take a look at how Tekken 6, which will appear on the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and PSP, is shaping up.

Kazuya is the sort of father we can all aspire to be.

Kazuya is the sort of father we can all aspire to be.
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Firstly, to avoid any confusion, the console version of Tekken 6 is the same game as Tekken 6: Bloodline Resurrection, which is the title given to the update arcade version of the game. The update included balances and tweaks, and introduced two additional characters to the four which had already been added by the initial version. Fortunately one of Tekken's strengths over the years has been consistently introducing new characters that have fresh moves, as well as equivalent depth and playability to the old ones. Since all six characters are new to console players, let's give a brief run down on these unfamiliar faces.

Alisa Boskonovitch
A pink-haired female cyborg who is the 'daughter' of Tekken 3 character Doctor Boskonovitch. Alisa's style appears to be quite unique, incorporating various robotic parts to give her a technological edge over her opponents.

Lars Alexandersson
Swedish character Lars is purportedly a lost child of the Mishima clan, specifically the son of Heihachi Mishima. His hairstyle is fairly impressive and his fighting style is unsurprisingly reflective of the Mishima karate style that Kazuya and Heihachi employ.

Bob
Just Bob. Bob appears to be the antithesis of Street Fighter's Rufus: a grotesquely obese guy who also happens to be very deft and fast. He fights with freestyle karate.

Miguel Caballero Rojo
Miguel is a Spanish bullfighter who has a more generalised brawling style.

Leo Kliesen
Don't be fooled by the name; Leo is of the female persuasion, and it's apparently pronounced 'Lay-oh.' Her fighting style is called Hakkyokuken, which is the same style used by Julia Chang.

Zafina
A mysterious astrologist type from the Middle East. Her fighting style is called Kalarippayattu, or for those less linguistically gifted, 'ancient assassination arts.'

The six new characters, alongside thirty-four older ones (the entire Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection cast, sans Jinpachi Mishima) make for a staggering 40 characters. There are some rumours circulating that the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game might each receive an exclusive character ala Soulcalibur IV, but at the moment there's nothing concrete to suggest that this will happen. Now that we've caught up to the roster, let's investigate some of the new gameplay dynamics.

Zafina and Bob: One strikes a silly pose, the other looks silly without effort.

Zafina and Bob: One strikes a silly pose, the other looks silly without effort.
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Tekken 5 introduced the ability to customise characters with various buyable items, but Tekken 6 takes this notion one step further. Not only are there set to be far more items available to customise characters with, but each fighter has a special attack called an Item Move which is usable only when customised with a certain item. Some of these moves cause damage to the opponent while others function as a taunt. For example, if you equip Bryan Fury with a shotgun he can use it to cause damage. Anna Williams can kick a certain pair of shoes off at her opponent. Mokujin's rear becomes alight with flames when entering Rage mode when he has a butterfly item equipped. What's Rage mode? Well, it's rather simple: you get a boost in power when your health is 5% or lower. This will hopefully encourage some exciting last second comebacks for players on the brink of defeat.

While Tekken 4 featured breakable and sloping environments, they were entirely absent in Tekken 5. Tekken 6 however returns to a Dead Or Alive type system wherein downward pressure on certain parts of a stage will cause that part to break, leaving the opponents to tumble to a new section. This is nothing revolutionary but it is nice to see the return of more dynamic stages.

No blood, but plenty of sparkles.

No blood, but plenty of sparkles.
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As revealed by the most recent E3 trailer, Tekken 6 will also feature the return of a mode that has appeared now and then in the Tekken series, formerly known as Tekken Force, which was originally a Streets Of Rage style side-scrolling game where you could select any character to fight through a few stages of Tekken Force cronies, with a boss fight at the end of each. In Tekken 6 however, it's known as Scenario Campaign. You're no longer restricted to moving left to right, but it's the same essential setup. Scenario Campaign involves two fighters taking on the might of the Tekken Force cronies and can be played in either single player, with an AI partner or with somebody else in co-op. It's not currently clear whether co-op will include online play or not.

As you progress through this mode you can find guns and other weapons in crates that can be used temporarily and discarded when they're out of ammunition, but most of the time you'll be fighting goons just as you would regular opponents in a versus match. There are also sections in this mode where you take control of a large robot called NANCY that has a variety of moves to annihilate the waves of enemies you'll be faced with. Tekken Force's various iterations in previous games have been met with little enthusiasm, usually due to issues like poor targeting. Hopefully Scenario Campaign's ability to play in co-op (and better yet, possibly online co-op) might give the mode a bit more juice than it's had in the past.

Scenario Campaign mode in action with new characters Lars and Alisa.

Scenario Campaign mode in action with new characters Lars and Alisa.
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At this stage it's looking like Tekken 6 has plenty to offer; an immense roster with six brand new characters, a couple of new gameplay tweaks and what will hopefully be a meaty additional mode in the Scenario Campaign. Visually, it looks a treat and it's safe to assume the gameplay will be at Tekken’s usual high standard, though a tag team mode would be very welcome. The official release date is yet to be announced, but you can look forward to entering the Tekken sometime later this year.

You can check out the most recent trailer from this year’s E3 below.

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15 Comments
4 years ago
Day one purchase for me.

Hope they bring out a CE for it too icon_sad.gif
4 years ago
DORYAA!
Tekken <3
4 years ago
PALGN wrote
Bob appears to be the antithesis of Street Fighter's Rufus: a grotesquely obese guy who also happens to be very deft and fast.
Sounds exactly like Rufus to me, not the opposite.

I like the sound of the Force mode and the cyborg chick, Alisa, looks interesting when she's flying along =)
4 years ago
Hmm gotta say, graphicly looks perhaps a little dated, as from this video it just seems like they have cleaned up graphics from number 5, and smoothed the motion out a little.

The general set up looks awesome. And as a devotee of the series, i know i will buy this one on release date.

I think the tralier is just a little disapointing as i was hoping for bit more graphical progression.
4 years ago
^

You have to play the game to appreciated how it REALLY looks. Tekken 6 is a HUGE make-over from Tekken 5/DR. Go to your nearest arcade and take a spin. It looks fantastic.

@Zhou

CE Bundle. Click here

@Micheal

You used a picture from Tekken 6 Vanilla Arcade...Not T6BR, which the console version is based on...And it's called Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion, not Bloodline Resurrection...Also it was confirmed by Hadara-san that Scenario Campaign Mode is Online/Offline Co-op.
4 years ago
^ Sweet. Wonder if we're getting that kinda deal in Aus?

I've already got a sf4 tourney stick pre-ordered through work icon_razz.gif Doesn't show up till August though, so I've still got time to cancel it icon_razz.gif
4 years ago
I don't have a stick. Though I would love to get one, if the bundle converts to around $200 AUD here, then that's fine by me. Lucky you with the SFIV Tourney stick *jizz*. That stick looks sooo sweet. Can't wait to battle you online...Hehe, I'll show you my Lars. icon_twisted.gif Tekken <3
4 years ago
^ I'm planning on creating a 60m cable out of 2 X 30 m cable icon_wink.gif JUST to get a decent match from you dude icon_razz.gif Yeah yeah I said I would get the cable ages ago, but still haven't got around to it yet XD


Also yeah I'll show you my Christie icon_wink.gif
4 years ago
Zhou wrote
Also yeah I'll show you my Christie icon_wink.gif
Oh God no. icon_eek.gif *takes out PSP and starts to counter cheap Christie* xDD
4 years ago
Christie nooooooooooooooooooooooooo. So cheap haha.

I know it doesn't sound religious for a classic arcade fighter... but I prefer the Playstation controller for Tekken. The 360 version is going to suck though without a stick due to its horrible d-pad.... The amount of times Ive gone to scroll the dashboard left and right only to accidentally go up frightens me.

I guess I just sucked with the arcade stick when I played T6..
4 years ago
^

Just takes practice. I sucked when I first started using a stick at the arcades, now I can play pretty much the same on both. Check me YouTube videos for stuff. Yeah unless 360 owners get a stick, forget using the 360 pad, it's horrible.
4 years ago
What is a good price to pay for the sticks in Aussie dollars? I have been looking at them for a while but prices seem to vary a lot. I figure the only way i will be any good at teken 6 (or improve my rank on SFIV) is to get a stick. PM me if you have any suggestions on price or where to buy!
4 years ago
Imo if you pay anything over $100 AUD for a Hori FS3 you're getting ripped off. Unless its a ltd edition one. eg. sc4.

IMO, (probably differs from everyone elses) but I actually think the dualshock offers a better input method. Dont be fooled that if you buy an expensive fighting stick you'll be a pro.
4 years ago
Zhou wrote
Imo if you pay anything over $100 AUD for a Hori FS3 you're getting ripped off. Unless its a ltd edition one. eg. sc4.

IMO, (probably differs from everyone elses) but I actually think the dualshock offers a better input method. Dont be fooled that if you buy an expensive fighting stick you'll be a pro.
I do like the dual shock, but, i do find from a good arcade stick you can just feel the 8 directions a little better, making it a touch easier to do some special moves in fighting games.
4 years ago
To be good at Tekken is MUCH harder on Stick than on Pad. Since on the Pad there is less chance of screwing up. If you've been playing on Pad all this time and want to switch over to Stick thinking it'll make you better...beware, the transition from Pad to Stick is VERY difficult. But...it all boils down to personal preference.
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Australian Release Date:
  5/11/2009 (Confirmed)
Standard Retail Price:
  $109.95 AU
Publisher:
  Namco Bandai Partners (Atari)
Genre:
  Fighting
Year Made:
  2008
Players:
  2

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