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Game Name : Tekken 4
System : Playstation 2
Date Added : 2003-10-04 01:19:15
Written By : Probed Out
Tekken 4 is obviously, according to the name of the game, the fourth installment of the Tekken series. Basically Tekken is a game in which a bunch of characters are participating in the King of Iron Fist tournament. This time however, a character named Heihachi Mishima is using the tournament as bait to capture his son, Kazuya Mishima, who he thought he killed 20 years ago. The winner of the tournament will inherit Heihachi's multi-million dollar company. This attracts a lot of characters, ranging from professional boxers & wrestlers to beatle men & and people trying to start up their own Chinese restaurant. If you're a fan of fairly realistic fighting games, this one's for you.
The gameplay itself follows pretty close to the fighting game guidelines, so it's not too hard to adjust to the controls. However if you're used to characters firing projectile energy balls, this game might feel a bit lacking at first, but each character has so many combos, getting used to them is what the game is all about. The single player consists of 8 stages, each stage gets progressingly harder. The better combos you master, the easier it will be to pass all 8 stages. The game also has many levels of difficulty, so if the game's too hard (or too easy) you can simply change the setting of the game difficulty. This difficulty option is also accessable in the pause menu in single player. Keep in mind some characters are harder to use than others, so if you're having trouble mastering a character you can always try another one. The game also has some unlockable content, including such things as characters and movies. At the start of the game, accessable in theatre and story mode, is a little introduction to each character (so if you're playing as a boxer on the run from the mafia you know what's going on in the story). The game also doesn't just have a single storyline, but has quite a few tying in together, although not as many as let's say Mortal Kombat does.
There is also a survival mode and a mini-game sort of mode called "Tekken Force". If you watch the opening sequence of the game, it's pretty much follows that, basically keep off the Tekken Force soldiers.
Multiplayer consists of a versus mode. Basically two players each choose their fighter and beat each other up.
The graphics, in my opinion, are a little sub-par to games like Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance & Dead or Alive 2, but it still moves smoothly (ie. If you puch someone in the face, they don't normally grab their leg in pain.), and looks fairly realistic. The opening sequence looks great and introduces a lot of the characters background.
The sounds are very fitting to the action packed game. As any fighting game, the replay value is a good feature, as you just take it out and play it when a friend is over. With a large array of secret characters, single player stays interesting for quite a while, and with other features to try, the game has a lot going for it.
With Tekken 5 on the way, Tekken 4 is a good place to start playing the game. It doesn't take long to catch onto the story (I myself have never played a previous Tekken game in my life), and it feels like I've been playing the game for years. So don't let the "4" in the game put you off, Each Tekken game has new features and characters to get introduced to, so getting (or playing) the other three games isn't needed to enjoy this one. There is also a Tekken Tag game out on PS2 for you to try, but that's another story for another day.
Replay Value: 7/10
Rating: 8/10 (Just barely)
-Good & interesting storyline
-Great gameplay and smooth controls
-Good replay value
-Good bunch of original characters
-Worth the money
-Fairly basic graphics compared to other fighting games.
-Once played through with a character, that character gets fairly bland and uninteresting.
Title: Tekken 4
Game Type: Fighting
Content Rating: T for Teen