Sony shot us a copy of the new Tekken title to review, so should you get this now, should it be on your Christmas list or should you leave it all together.
Tekken Hybrid is marketed as the ultimate package for a Tekken fan, and yes as a fan of the series I was excited when it arrived. The disc includes the HD upgrade of the widely popular Tekken Tag Tournament, Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Prologue and a tie in movie Tekken: Blood Vengeance. Needless to say, I placed the disc in the PS3 with baited breath and a genuine level of excitement.
I started with the movie and although the animation and graphics are great and in line with what you expect from a Manga style movie these days, the story wasn’t really anything to discuss. I found it very dull and although it loosely stuck to the theme of what I know of the Tekken universe it really didn’t offer any more. The movie had some very good animated fight scenes however in true Tekken style the story and action was overshadowed by up-skirt and cleavage camera work. Although I am glad I stuck it out to the end, I could have easy turned it off and felt no effect on my life or gaming knowledge of Tekken.
I still remember my first Tekken experience, using 20 cent piece after 20 cent piece at the local 7/11 to waste hours on round after round. My friends and I would meet every afternoon from school and stay as long as we could. Then after a long break the PS2 brought it into our homes and again hours were spent getting to know moves and perfecting fighting styles in the best fighting game ever made. Now with so many of these games available and improvements being made each release I was hopeful the HD version would take me back to a time when the game was simple and just a great fighter.
The game is everything I remembered it to be. Great combos, amazing tag K.O’s and a list of the best fighters and mix-up of styles ever assembled in one game. The only issue I have is that it is only a HD remix. The game still looks old, although the pixels have been updated and it fits and plays well on a HD screen it is very PS2 graphic-like. The game plays like an old game with slow controls and lag between button press and action.
This update was not as large as the God of War HD remake and will only impress a small amount of people that really get a kick out of yesteryear’s games. Although it was fun to go back and play Tekken Tag, it is not something I care to waste hours of time relearning. A few hours was great, however I think I’m done with it.
Getting this is a must for the movie if you are a huge fan of the series and if you love the Tekken Tag of old its only $50, so it’s pretty cheap for two games and a movie really.