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Tekken 6 What Bandai Namco tried to achieve with Tekken 5 : Dark Ressurection, also managed to acomplish with Tekken 6 an equal successor on the PSP, in my humble opinion. Altough it lacks certain elements, such as on-line play, or adventure mode, the single-player mode should satisfy any 3D arcade style fighting-gamer to own a PSP.

Now don't expect the graphics to be just as good on this platform as in would on a PS3 or 360, but I may argue that for a hand-held console, the graphics are top-notch and leave little room for improvemets. The PlayStation D-pad still overshadows its 360 counterpart, being the best available for controlling a fighting game, as the fighting game fans will notice on the PSP too.

Load times have been reduced so you can now enjoy the full roster of characters, each individualised with their own fighting style without those annoying loading breaks ;

But that's not all : A "Rage" system has been implemented, and what this means is that whenever a character goes under a certain threshold (low hp), than he / she has now a permanent damage + buff that can quickly turn the odds againts the opponent...Ok, so some gamers might dispute the whole "ballance" of "Rage", but the ideea is welcomed, creating the illusion of the game being more dynamic, as adrenaline rushes in for the last few hits.

With or without the "edgy" feeling this system creates, it does not affect the over-all pleasure of thrashing your adversary with no mercy in those great -10 hit combos- that feel even smoother now, hence the PSP fits so neetly into its role. I personaly find it hard to believe any fighting franchise can top the immence success that Bandai Namco has seen with Tekken so far, no matter what questionable aspects the game might have.

Fine-tuned, high quality 3D fighting game such as Tekken 6 on a PSP? I'm sure the legacy will go on to ensure this portable system will help fighting-game fans get the most "Bang for their buck".

Gameplay: 8.4
Though the fighting engine hasn't been severly modified, you'll be too busy asking yourself which character to play with, to notice any major difference.

Graphics: 9.0
Tekken once again offers high quality graphics, even on the PSP.

Sound: 6.5
Nothing special about the sounds, it's good the quality is nothing but avarage.

Difficulty: Medium
As expected of a Tekken game, the difficulty curve sometimes fluctuates and it becomes evermore obvious in the last level boss fights.

Concept: 7.0
If you're familiar with Tekken, or any other 3D fighting-game, you know what to expect from Tekken 6. That...and quality

Overall: 8.5
Fine fighting engine as usual and a lot of characters to choose from : the button-mashing possibilities are endless.
The portability of the system makes it easy to compare this version even to the ones on the bulky, more expensive consoles.

By FW Editor

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Category: Games  - ( Games Archive)

Date Added: 02 February '10

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