BossMac's Tekken Game Review

Tekken game Review

Story & Playability

Namco's Tekken fighting game series is focused on several character's personal stories all bound together by the King of Iron Fist Tournament. Mainly based on the Mishima family's story, there are several characters worth noting: Heihachi Mishima, Kazuya Mishima, and Jin Kazama.

The King of Iron Fist is sponsored by the corporate giant Mishima Zaibatsu. A huge sum will be rewarded to whoever earns the right and defeat Heihachi Mishima in the tournament's finals. Heihachi Mishima is the owner of Mishima Zaibatsu. (Tekken 1) Kazuya Mishima, Heihachi's own son, earned his right to battle his father. In the same cliff where Heihachi dropped Kazuya when he was five, they battled for hours. Kazuya, victorious, lifted up his father and threw him like he did to him all those years ago. (Tekken 2) Kazuya held his own tournament a year later, with Heihachi as his opponent and a pregnant Jun Kazama as a witness, the father and son battled on. Heihachi emerged as the winner and returned to his son the favor, this time throwing him inside a volcanic crater. The Devil, in which Kazuya's power comes from, escaped his body. It tried to enter Jun's womb to dwell on the unborn Jin Kazama's body but Jun was successful in fighting him off.

(Tekken 3) Jin Kazama is now fifteen years old. After news of great fighters reported missing cam to Jun's attention, she told Jin to go to Heihachi if anything should befall her. And to her expectation, Toshin came after Jun. Jin tried to fight him off but was kncoed out, then Jun was killed by Toshin. Jin frantically searched for his mother in the burning remains of their house. Honoring his mother's request, Jin approaches his grandfather and tells him his story. Heihachi learns that Toshin is interested in the souls of powerful fighters so in order to attract Toshin, Heihachi decides to host the King of Iron Fist 3. And on Jin's 19th birthday, the tournament was started.

(Tekken 4) In order to create his own life form based on the gene of Ogre, Heihachi needed the Devil gene to succesfully do it. He searched for Jin Kazama, who he severely wounded back at Tekken 3, but to no avail. He then turned his attention to a photograph which showed a deformed, burnt body. But what caught his attention was the sort of wing-like protrusion on it's back. Confident that it was none other than Kazuya himself, he tried to recover it. Held by G Corporation, a leading bio-engineering firm, Heihachi inaved G Corp.. WIth the Tekken Force invading the Nepal And Nebraska branch to ensure full control of Kazuya's data. Heihachi leanrs that the Nebraska branch is failing, but soon aftef his discovery, his Tekken Force in Nepal were being wiped out... by Kazuya. Revived by G Corp. to unfy himself and his Devil Form to gain true power. Heihachi was totally enraged. Devising a plan, the King of Iron Fist Torunament 4 was held. This time, the Mishima Zaibatsu itself was the price. Kazuya knows this is a trap, but still enters.

(Tekken 5) Jin and Kazuya battled it out on Honmaru. Jin won and turned his sights to Heihachi. Jin's balck wings emerges but regains control and the takes flight. Silence was all around until the sound of aircrafts stirred the air. Jacks come falling down and Kazuya and Heihachi are forced to battle them. The endless waves exhausted Heihachi and then Kazuya betrays him and throws in the middle of the swarms of Jacks. A huge explosion soon follows. A ninja watching close by then raises his hand and says "Heihachi Mishima is dead...". Honmaru was totally devastated as something emrged from the earth mysteriously. A month afterwards, the King of Iron Fist Tournament 5 was announced.

Nobody really cares about the story of fighting games, so speaking as a fan, the story is great. Speaking as a critic, the story is okay but easily overlooked.

Definitely has it's ups but not really that interesting for non-players but still is very enjoyable all in all.

Rating: 8


Tekken is one of the most visually pleasing game currently available. Utilizing every ounce of rendering power of whatever system it's running on.

From the first ever Tekken which looks worse than stick figures compared to todays Tekken 5, Tekken exhibits one of the most competitive graphics ever.

Character designs are finely done on Tekken. Each character has his own style and visual aura (i.e. Lee, who appears to me as gay or narcissistic). Finely made racial details are taken into consideration. If the character is Japanese, he/she looks Japanese and so on and so forth.

Fluidly made moves and actions are very pleasing to see and watch especially if you're chaining a very long combo or executing a finely-timed juggle.

Definitely a great graphical masterpiece, and I believe everyone agrees to that.

Rating: 10


Sound effects are cool, especially when they started adding voice acting to the mix.

The bg music is okay. Just okay. It really gets boring when you're playing for a long time while listening to the same character BGM. It somewhat lacks the same impact that another series is famous for in BGMs. Though Tekken isn't really famous for it's BGMs.

Sound effects are okay, too. You won't be instantly bored hearing the same impact sound like every punch or kick.

The on,lly real good sound-related stuff about Tekken is the VA, though not as good as MGS, it still maintains that character likeness. Something which some comapnies forget when voicing their characters.

Overall, the sound is okay. Just okay.

Rating: 5


Being a fighting game, there's not really much to it.

There are plenty of unlockables to keep players glued to it but nothing that special for prolonged playing. Maybe if you're into professional playing then you might actually spend an entire day practicing or competing but for normal players, if you've got a bad day, stick this one in and forget about your troubles.

varying on the CPU skill level, you'll either be bored to death by the easiest CPU or get frustrated trying to beat the Ultra Hard CPU. It really depends on your opponent on how hard the fight is going to be. 2-player matches are still the best way to play this. Call some friends and beat the hell out of them or have them beat the hell out of you, you decide.

All in all, very great fighting game. The fighting system is very good and is worth trying.

For professional players: 10 (great tournament game)
For fighting-game fans: 8 (hey it's Tekken, what more can you ask)
For those not into gaming: 6 (you''ll find this one a great stress-reliever)

Rating: 8

Final Verdict

7.83 (good)

Reviewed by BossMac, Jun 28, 2005


  1. lapuk Jun 28, 2005

    hmmm, good review..i used to play tekken, but only up to tekken3.. i've always liked the story of tekken, but i didn't know as much of it before i read this review.. good post jak..

  2. queenakasha Jun 28, 2005

    Wheeeee~! Nice review! I love Tekken. Heck, I'm addicted to it. XD

    It serves as an outlet for my anger. Whenever I feel angry or frustrated... I turn on our PS2 and take it out on 'em CPU's. *evil laugh*

    *reads the review again* Nice, nice... ^^ I love the art, sounds, and storyline of Tekken as well. :) I simply can't wait for Tekken for PS3!

  3. kuroimisa Retired Moderator Jun 28, 2005

    *slaps tekken fanatic writing about tekken sticker*

    Ehehe... overall good review~ honest rating about the sound ^_^b

  4. redblitzkrieg Jun 29, 2005

    Hmm, nice review but still i like doa better

  5. BossMac Jun 29, 2005

    Quote by redblitzkriegHmm, nice review but still i like doa better

    Then I'll do a DoA review for you then... though I don't have all the games and system to play it in, I'll still try cause I'm a DoA Tournament Hustler!!!

  6. Poexx05 Jun 29, 2005

    Tekken V is the first that I have picked up and it has grown on me... Just retured from Tekken in Texas VII this past weekend and realized just how much it means to some people, Good game but RPG genre has mostly been my thing but for my 1st fighter its a great game,

  7. Akaiken Jun 29, 2005

    Hoy Jak! Stop the meaning of this?

    Nice review man and review more, hehehe!

  8. angelrhea Jun 29, 2005

    nice review sir jakulito. well then the OK is not really that satisfying and it means almost anything, get rid of it in order for the readers to grasp the whole story and the plot. dont know tekken actually and im not planning to play or to see this one. my apologies, dont really have that luxury of time to do that. well then this is a very nice review of yours, gladly appreciate it for making.

    you are now the official anime reviewer. nice title.

  9. Sakura0chan Jun 29, 2005

    Wow!!This is a very nice review, jakulito. Keep up the good work!! ^__^

  10. T2Kazuya Jun 29, 2005

    Tekken is an awesome game ^^. I love the techno in TTT ^____^ Nice review jakulito :P

  11. ryo88 Jul 03, 2005

    tekken is a awesome videogame series. in my opinion though storyline make a better game than those without storielines.but anyway nice review very thorough.

  12. darkness420 Jul 03, 2005

    Tekken Vs Street figher Vs Soul calbier the best fighing games all go at each other!! that would be fun to play

  13. VsPeC Jul 27, 2005

    Thank god they got rid of the "steps/stairs" that plagued Tekken 4 other than that Tekken 5 is a very refined Tekken and juggles are extremely easy to pull off even for beginners.

  14. BossMac Jul 28, 2005

    Quote by VsPeCThank god they got rid of the "steps/stairs" that plagued Tekken 4
    other than that Tekken 5 is a very refined Tekken and juggles are
    extremely easy to pull off even for beginners.

    Yeah those elevations really sucked. One thing though is that juggles in T5 are so easy it's kinda hard adjusting to new timings and priorities of each move. But at least no more button mashings, repeating combos and endless captures from begginers. Thank God.

  15. GForce9x Sep 02, 2005

    I was a bit disappointed in Tekken 4 after having played Tag for so long. I think they tried to do too much new/extra/change from Tekken 3/Tag to Tekken 4. I agree that they refined it very well for Tekken 5. It's superior over Tekken 4 in just about every way possible IMO, and with each character's movelist having evolved so much over the past couple of games, it's even hard for me to go back to Tag (although I do get nostalgic from time to time ;) ).

    Excellent review. It's nice to have the story all laid out in one place, especially since there really isn't much storytelling in the coin-op versions aside from the opening CG. Gotta play it on the PS2 to see the stories evolve.

  16. back07 Apr 24, 2012

    i Love Tekken and i'm a Tekken players too but i don't know what is the story about it. I just played Tekken 2, Tekken 3 and Tekken 5 (Fight with some character, the most difficult when i fight Jinpachi). The new Tekken is Tekken 6 (in PS3)

    And last month i've watched Tekken -Blood Vengeance- and i want to make an review about it, i think the story is just based on Tekken 4
    I like your review of Tekken because it give me a lot of information that's i don't know before. Thanks for sharing jakulito

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