My thumbs are similar to any Tekken fan, quick and filled with technique for the styles that we perfected since the first Iron Fist tournament. And here we are at another tournament and I've seen fighters come and go but many still come back again and again.
The plot has taken the turn for the crazy (I felt like it was getting that way around Tekken 3) as Jin is the head of the Mishima Zaibatsu and wages war against the world. Still, there is only one story line with a new face named Lars meaning we don't have to guess what happened in the end...But that was the fun part and made us buy the next Tekken to find out! (Sometimes game producers will never learn...)
Let's break Tekken 6 down for the readers. Once again we have our Arcade mode, Verses, Team Battle, Survival Time Attack and Practice modes with a new addition called Ghost Battle. In Ghost battle if you ever had a friend that would pester you to death with laying the smackdown on you with his best character, this mode allows you to copy his tendencies and have the A.I. use this so when he isn't there you can keep fighting him so when he comes back he'll be shocked that you know EVERYTHING he's about to throw at you before he knows. (Crazy right?)
Also a new add on to the Tekken gameplay is something that we've been waiting for, Online Mode. Yep! We can play online now and it's synced pretty well but not completely perfect.
The scenario mode is the main story line that you play through with any character (But cut scenes are with Lars and Alyssa) in a straight forward beat em up style game.
Now this is where the review goes sour...
I love Tekken, I really do, but the difference from 5 to 6 is serious. The tier (level of a characters ability compared to others) of characters is really close now. I mean I remember I used to hate Eddy when a noob brought them out, but he doesn't have his old school moves. Some characters that were considered 'too powerful' were cut down to match others, but it makes the game too simple now. Kazuya was to always be feared, but Feng Wei was another to be feared but now you can pick anyone and have just the same chance to win.
If you don't think that's a problem, then let me show you...
A person who knows Kazuya picks him against another long time Tekken player who likes Xiaoyu. Now Xiaoyu's attacks aren't strong but she can move like none other. In the end the man with Xiaoyu wins and it shows with skill that he knows how well to use her even with her weakness of power. In 6 that is taken out as I see her strikes doing decent damage when they shouldn't.
The gameplay isn't as smooth to me either, but remember this is for Xbox 360 and for anyone who is a real Tekken fan would feel very uncomfortable with an Xbox controller in their hands and Heihachi on the screen.
Now for my biggest problem with Tekken as I had to stop playing and write this review. Remember that tier thing? Yeah, Bob's fat ass and Alyssa have moves and combos that you can't see where they are going with it. They change from high to low in the most impossible way and let's not start talking about the boss who reminds me of an SNK boss (Showing my age now...lol). Still, everyone else was put on the regular level and these two are insanely beefed up too much and I'll even go as far as saying that the nearest to them is Yoshimitsu but he's always been different so...
Still, if the plot goes to hell please don't let the game go with it!
-...With a crappy story line!
+Online game play that isn't too bad!
-Conformed characters and others who are too strong