TEKKEN Hybrid Review (PS3)

November 28, 2011

PlayStation 3, Reviews

TEKKEN Hybrid is the latest installment in the franchise developed and published by Namco Bandai Games. Exclusively released for the PS3, this disc includes an HD remake of the fan favorite TEKKEN Tag Tournament, a playable teaser of TEKKEN Tag Tournament 2 Prologue and a 3D movie of TEKKEN: Blood Vengeance. Selling for the special price of $39.99 (or $59.99 for the Limited Edition), is TEKKEN Hybrid worth your investment?

Gameplay: 4/5

TEKKEN fans know exactly what to expect here. TEKKEN Tag Tournament was one of the PS2’s best launch titles and is considered the best in the entire franchise. TEKKEN Tag Tournament HD plays exactly the way the PS2 one did and includes everything unlocked for you from the start. All the unlockable characters are available from the get-go, all the endings are available and prepare to get your bowling skills on cause TEKKEN Bowl is back and ready to play from the start.

For those unfamiliar with how TEKKEN Tag Tournament plays, you pick two characters from a selection of over 35 characters. Each match will have you strategizing between switching your characters because if one’s health bar depletes to zero, then the match is over. Luckily, tagging your partner in is as simple as a single button press. The fighting system is fluid, fast-paced and technical giving it that “easy to learn, difficult to master” feel.

There are numerous modes available for play as well. Aside from your standard Arcade mode, you also have Time Attack, Survival, Team Battle, Practice and as mentioned earlier, TEKKEN Bowl. Time Attack is essentially the Arcade mode but with the difficulty scaling up as you progress through the stages and having to win two rounds each match. Any of the settings that are changed in the options menu will not apply here as everything is preset for this mode. Survival has you testing your skills and endurance to try and last for as long as possible. Your tag team’s health will replenish a little bit for each win you earn. Once one of your characters has been taken down, you’re done. Similar to Time Attack, this is a mode where the difficulty scales up each fight. Team Battle has you choosing between a team comprised of one to eight characters. Same premise as the other modes in terms of battle but each time an opponent is taken out, the next person on the team will jump in for the downed teammate. TEKKEN Bowl has players choosing their favorite TEKKEN characters to take to the lanes. Surprisingly, this mini-game is actually pretty in-depth in that every character has their own pros and cons and you need to figure them out as you play. While the physics for the pins (gold Heihachi trophies) are a bit wonky, it’s certainly playable and entertaining. You can even throw the bowling ball (which is actually a disco ball) into the crowd and the announcer will actually state “K.O.” which is quite humorous.

TEKKEN Tag Tournament 2 Prologue is a nice bonus on the disc and certainly has me very excited for the much anticipated installment. You get to choose from Alisa, Xiaoyu, Devil Jin and Kazuya from the demo and advance through a few stages by getting a feel of how it’s going to play when the finished product is released. However, what is here is very cool and TEKKEN fans will surely test out the game’s fighting system with the available four characters until they’ve mastered them. Even though it’s a demo, Namco decided to include 12 trophies to try and unlock for added replay value. The only problem with this demo is that it is a tease and gets you nothing but excited for the full version of the game.

TEKKEN: Blood Vengeance is a pretty decent 90 minute movie to check out on the disc as well. Many have stated they thought it was “awful” but I personally found it entertaining and the best attempt at a TEKKEN movie so far. The action scenes are really well choreographed and the story wasn’t too bad either. I won’t go in detail about the movie, but I will say that it’s worth checking out.

Graphics: 4/5

TEKKEN Tag Tournament was an outstanding graphical achievement when it launched for the PS2 back in 2000. In 2011, the game may look a bit dated but it still holds the test of time very well and retains it’s glorious 60 fps. Thanks to the HD treatment, the character models and environments have become more vibrant and look sharp. Character animations are still impressive, even 11 years later. There were times that I honestly forgot I was playing a game that was released 11 years…and that’s saying something.

TEKKEN Tag Tournament 2 Prologue however, looks absolutely stunning! TEKKEN 6 was a great looking title but some of the characters had a plastic doll look to them. Based on this demo of Tag 2, the character models have been entirely redone from scratch and seems to be really utilizing the PS3’s power (being that TEKKEN Tag Tournament 2 is a PS3 exclusive). However, this is just a demo so the graphics score doesn’t apply here unfortunately until the full game is released.

Sound: 4/5

TEKKEN games were known for their upbeat, techno club music which provided for some intense fights. The TEKKEN Tag Tournament soundtrack provides some great tracks that you will be wanting to put on your iPod to listen to after playing, but there are also some tracks that are not as strong. The sound effects are that of which you’d expect of a fighting game and gets the job done well. The TEKKEN Tag Tournament 2 Prologue soundtrack is the real standout here though. From the opening movie (which is a remix of the opening movie music from TEKKEN Tag Tournament) to the character select, you will be blasting your speakers to get your adrenaline going for the matches ahead.

Replay Value: 4/5

TEKKEN Tag Tournament HD will easily provide fighting enthusiasts many hours of game time, whether it’s going solo or having all your friends over. While there’s no online mode unfortunately, it does make sense as the game is built off the original PS2 code. If you like nabbing trophies, then you may be happy to hear that TEKKEN Tag Tournament HD has 36 trophies to grab, as well as a hidden platinum trophy. With everything in tact from the PS2 version, fans and newcomers will find enough to keep this game running in their PS3. TEKKEN Tag Tournament 2 Prologue may not be played as much as TEKKEN Tag Tournament HD, but it’s a solid bonus to revisit here and there until Namco Bandai comes forth with it’s imminent release.

TEKKEN Bowl returns!

Standard Edition vs. Limited Edition:

While the standard edition is $39.99, the limited edition priced at $59.99 is the way to go. The limited edition gives you a very nicely put together hardcover art book of the series with some of it’s history, as well as the 2-disc soundtrack of TEKKEN Tag Tournament 1 & 2. The soundtrack alone is worth the extra cash. You receive a downloadable voucher for PS Home avatar items in the box as well. If you don’t care for any of the objects mentioned here, then the standard edition is for you. But if you want the best bang for your buck, then no question get the limited edition.

Overall Score: 16/20 = 8.0 out of 10

TEKKEN Hybrid is a solid purchase for fighting enthusiasts. It contains one of the greatest fighting games of all time remastered in HD, a demo to the upcoming sequel and the CGI movie TEKKEN: Blood Vengeance (which can be seen in 3D for those lucky enough to have a 3DTV). TEKKEN Tag Tournament still plays like an absolute gem over a decade later and TEKKEN Tag Tournament 2 Prologue is looking like an excellent sequel that should bring back all the TEKKEN Tag fanatics. Now if Namco Bandai Games would just give us an official release date for TEKKEN Tag Tournament 2…

PROs:

+ HD version of TEKKEN Tag Tournament

+ TEKKEN: Blood Vengeance is pretty good

+ TEKKEN Tag Tournament 2 Prologue excites fans for it’s release

CONs:

– No online mode

– Games are fully installed onto the XMB as opposed to being run off the disc

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