Tekken Hybrid Review (PS3)

1) Introduction


This is a compilation of HD remastered Tekken Tag Tournament HD, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue, and the film Tekken: Blood Vengeance. The prior two games have Trophy Support, and Tekken: Blood Vengeance film can be watched with English subtitles, as well either Japanese or English dub.

2) Tekken Tag Tournament HD

Play a tag team match with two of your favourite characters.

This is the remastered version of Tekken Tag Tournament, originally released on PlayStation 2 and the arcades. While this game's story is not canon, it still features different endings for each character once you have beaten the Arcade Mode with a character.

This game introduces the Tag system, which allows you to switch with another character on the fly. However, a round is over if you can deplete either one of the computer's character's lifebar to zero. The real tactic is to switch characters efficiently to avoid easy loss. Once your character is switched out, the reserve character may also regain some of their health. A match usually consists of two rounds, where you must deplete either one of your opponent's characters lifebar to zero.

The game modes present in this game are Arcade Mode, Versus Mode, Survival Mode, Time Attack Mode, Practice Mode, Team Battle Mode and Tekken Bowl. Arcade Mode is easy, as it allows you to fight different matchup of characters in several matches, and fight the final boss character to unlock the ending. Survival Mode tests your playing limits against several matches without pausing or retrying it. Time Attack Mode tests on how fast you can complete the arcade mode. Practice Mode allows you to practice your playing skills against an active or inactive AI character. Team Battle allows you to play against a team of opponents with specific number, such as a team of 3 vs another team of 3 opponents. The match will over once you have defeated every fighter in the opponent's team. Tekken Bowl is a minigame that allows you to play bowling with two different characters, and try to get the highest score.

The fighting system is simple, as you have low punch, low kick, high punch, and high kick moves. You may chain some of the button inputs with the directional buttons to execute special moves, such as the powerful somersault moves by Law. You may also input multiple button inputs at the same time to execute unblockable attacks, like Paul's powerful charging attack. You may also switch to different character while playing, as well as use the Tag Combo move to deplete a character's lifebar to zero easily. Different characters have different fighting styles, movesets, and button input combinations.

The remastered graphics is pretty good, but it is still look incredibly dated for being an early arcade and PS2 game. However, the character models and stages look very smooth, personally. No bugs and glitches encountered while playing this game. The soundtrack is appropriate, but not incredibly catchy compared to Tekken 3's soundtrack.

Like any other fighting game, replay value fluctuates from low to high, depending on how dedicated you like fighting games and how eager you are to master different characters' movesets and playing styles. This game does offer a decent variety of modes, such as Survival Mode and Tekken Bowl. You may also attempt to play the game in harder difficulty modes, as well as obtaining all Trophies.

This is not my favourite Tekken game, but it is good. It introduces some neat ideas such as Tag system as well as the large roster of playable characters from past Tekken games, as well as some brand new ones like Unknown. This is a great foundation for the sequel, Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

Final Score: 8/10

3) Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue

Try out this prologue demo with the new character designs of four Tekken characters.

This serves like a demo to Tekken Tag Tournament 2, with no story context whatsover. There are only two modes in this game, which are Arcade Mode and Model Viewer. Arcade Mode allows you to choose between four playable characters and fight in a series of matches. Model Viewer allows you to view character models of the playable characters in the game, such as Xiaoyu and Alisa. It is notable this prologue game uses outfits used in the film Tekken: Blood Vengeance.

The game controls are similar to past Tekken games as well as Tekken Tag Tournament, This time however, this prologue game introduces the new Tag moves that you can use in the full game, such as the Tag Throw, a move that uses both tag partners for a powerful throw move and Tag Assault, a powerful series of attack moves that allow you to switch to your tag partner instantly.

The graphics are incredible, with great looking character models and environments. Soundtrack is fitting, but yet again, not catchy enough.

There are not many unlockables and playable characters in this game, so replay value for this prologue game is rather low. You may choose to obtain all Trophies in this game, or attempt to view all ending images in this game.

This prologue game serves a decent demo for Tekken Tag Tournament 2. However, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 has already been released few years ago, so this demo's only purpose is to give you a chance to use the film's costumes for your characters, as well as unlocking the Trophies.

Final Score: 6/10

4) Tekken: Blood Vengeance

A non-canon CGI film based on the Tekken series.

This is a non-canon CGI film takes place in the Tekken universe, with emphasis on Xiaoyu, Alisa, and the Mishima rivalry. A certain character was kidnapped in this film, and it is up to Xiaoyu and Alisa to find him. Little did they know that the Mishimas are waiting for a chance to find the kidnapped character.

The story is generic, with no interesting plots and characters. The character developments are pretty much static, with not enough exposure to the existing Tekken characters. This film serves as a fanservice to Tekken fans, which is purely the fighting scenes.

The CGI are top-notch, with great looking character models, environments and animations. In terms of visuals, this may rival other CGI based game films like Resident Evil: Degeneration. The fighting scenes are generally the highlights of this film, such as the Xiaoyu vs. Alisa fight as well as the Mishimas battle later in the film.

The Japanese voice acting is good and appropriate, and there is also English subtitles in the game as well. You may also watch the film with English dub option if you want to. Soundtrack is fitting and appropriate, but there are no memorable tracks that will make you hum along after watching it.

This is purely a fanservice film for Tekken fans, and I do not think it will appeal to casual viewers or casual Tekken players due to to it's mediocre and generic story. It does have gorgeous CGI, and the fighting animations are top-notch. This is best watched for pure entertainment, not for the story.

Final Score: 6/10

5) Conclusion


Decent collection.

This is a decent collection of two Tekken games and one Tekken CGI film, but neither of them are entirely great or long-lasting, except for Tekken Tag Tournament HD for nostalgic fans. I personally think that this collection is aimed towards Tekken fans, and the only real draw of this collection is the HD remastered Tekken Tag Tournament game, and the rest of the content are mere bonuses. For newcomers, I suggest getting any of the recent numbered Tekken games or Tekken Tag Tourmanent 2 as they are more easier to get compared to this collection,

Final Score: 7/10

Pros and Cons

Pros

- Great remastering of Tekken Tag Tournament HD.
- Inclusion of the film Tekken: Blood Vengeance.
- Excellent visuals and animations in Tekken: Blood Vengeance.
- Decent demo prologue for Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

Cons

- Not much replay value for both games.
- Lack of new content other than Trophies.
- Average plot for Tekken: Blood Vengeance.
- Lack of more playable characters in Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue.

**Images are from official PlayStation game page.