Online fighting coming to Tekken 5:DR

Online support and single-player modes being added to Namco Bandai's download-only PS3 brawler.

Sony's experiment in digital distribution last March was a bittersweet package for Tekken fans. Though GameSpot's reviewer called the download-only Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection "practically arcade-perfect," it lacked online play, which disappointed many fans of competition-oriented fighting series.

However, all may soon be forgiven, as Sony today has announced a major update is in store for Namco Bandai's brawler. Headlining the update will be the addition of a feature-heavy online mode. Fighters can participate in ranked and nonranked matches, with matchmaking options including an opti match, quick match, custom match, and friend match.

Further fueling the competition, players can view their opponents' stats and voice-chat with one another while observing others' fisticuffs. The online mode will also include a news ticker, which will be regularly updated with the weekly, monthly, and overall rank leaders.

Also included in the update will be two new single-player modes. Practice mode affords you a virtual dojo, where you can practice your moves. Survival mode tasks you with defeating as many opponents as possible with a limited health bar.

A release date has not yet been revealed. However, when it is released, the update will come included in full-version downloads, with an update pack for those who already have the game also available through Sony's online PlayStation Store. Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection is rated T for Teen. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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Discussion

147 comments
SilverKnight006
SilverKnight006

Oh...im sorry guys i love playing online, but one VERY PROMINENT problem....LAG....OMFG...this lag is the bane of my existence. It turns a ten hit combo into an automatic loss right before my eyes....Bandai Namco please fix this.

Ferret2004
Ferret2004

i cant see this in the uk store is it coming out ere ???

TUNEwon
TUNEwon

I love this game, playing online is so incredibly fun. I just hope they will keep the online play for Tekken 6. Well worth 10 bucks.

bad_boy_sam123
bad_boy_sam123

online multiplayer is a good thing to have in any game, so no complaining kids :)

Goku87
Goku87

isn't it suppose to come out soon >_>

piru_lee
piru_lee

Yes, GS should re rate this game.

X_CAPCOM_X
X_CAPCOM_X

Yes! They should rate the game again. It deserves a 9.0 now.

Tiger_Ali
Tiger_Ali

Ha I've played mk2 online and trust me those who have slower connections than i do make the experience not worth experiencing. I have a bad feeling as this involves more than jump kicks and sweeps that it will mess up gameplay. Tekken requires precise timing and lag kills that in a heartbeat.

Gundam_Fan
Gundam_Fan

Lol I remember argueing about this on the Gamefaqs boards when DR for the ps3 came out. I can't believe bamco actually did something right. All I hope is it doesn't lag too much or at all online, so I could use it as an alternative from going to the arcades and spending a few quarters.

Diablos102
Diablos102

Why is everyone dissing Sony about this update isn't it Bandai Namco's choice not to add the online when it was first released? The only I really want out of Tekken 5 DR for PS3 is Team Battle, that is by far my favorite mode for playing with others, but it doesn't look like it's in the update either. All I know is I would rather have Team Battle then Survival, but being a Tekken fan and wanting a fighting game to play online I will be picking this up when it comes out.

RaNaBiR
RaNaBiR

Awww yeah!! Tekken fans rejoice!!

skullomania2
skullomania2

Hold UP!! What about the PS2 and PSP version? both of the old systems are capable of online play for years now!!! Well I'm not buying a 600 dollar system for a game that I already own just because it finally goes online after all these years!! They are a struggling Franchise because of the 360's online power and I'm not throwing them a rope!!! To little To Late!! Sony u suck!!

tayloramp609
tayloramp609

Awesome. Now there is hope for SFII Hyper Fighting on 360!

vandrius
vandrius

Haha. Tekken is, thus far, my favourite PS3 game. Kinda sad :-P

batosaisilver
batosaisilver

Huh? It's been like that for months here (Japan)... come on Sony! There couldn't of been THAT much translation needed! Stop it with the slacking!

fartys
fartys

Finally a chance to get battered by someone that isn't related to me! i've been dreaming of this day since tekken 2!

caguiojl
caguiojl

TEKKEN... ONLINE!?! I WILL DEMOLISH YOU ALL!!! MUAH HA HA!!!

Reetesh
Reetesh

Its a very cool feature.. hope it comes in the future to tekken 6 too :D

diableria
diableria

tekken is kind of boring now, the series dont interest me anymore, it used to be a very cool, interesting game though

dadeisvenm
dadeisvenm

*sniff* Youu smell that? *snniff* I smell a Gamespot Tournament coming on. ;)

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

I've only played Tekken DR once or twice since I downloaded it. Once this update is released I'll be playing it loads more.

SonyGameHolder7
SonyGameHolder7

this sounds really, really good. Tekken online, finally!!!! praise the lord!

John_of_Fire
John_of_Fire

Nice job Namco. It is about time that playstation owners were able to get online with their fighting games.

Ironwulfen
Ironwulfen

this only makes it an even better value for money! I mean, look how cheap that game is on Sony Marketplace and how much you will get! :D

Paul_TheGreat
Paul_TheGreat

This only means that Tekken 6 will be online.:)

c_bass
c_bass

this makes me VERY happy :D

MaximumD
MaximumD

I'm so damn excited about this. Good JOB SONY!!!

dareheaven
dareheaven

is dis like only for usa right now?

Lord_Daemon
Lord_Daemon

Good news indeed for the Tekken franchise but I imagine there's going to be a lot of abuse with the grappling due to inescapable moments of lag.

sanjt
sanjt

Hell...YES!!!!!

ScottyT
ScottyT

This is gona be so AWESOME! everyone will just be pushing the high hit button over and over to get wins.. OH COME ONE ," sony is learning" see sony can do good things" any dumb ass can figure out they should make EVERY game online if its good enought o be online.

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

That's good to hear. Hope the same applies to some other games that are not yet online.

IC3_MAST3R
IC3_MAST3R

This is gonna be awesome can't wait.

gmayronne
gmayronne

cool, see sony can produce once and a while.

listerines
listerines

Great news. I am sick of beating myself in a two player game....

Dolacide
Dolacide

Sony is learning it seems, great news.

iDIVIDEBYZER0
iDIVIDEBYZER0

There wont be any professional tournaments online so the professionals dont have to fear of losing money because of lag. I dont know why people think that just because Tekken is played professionally that its incapable of being good online. Frames only matter at high levels of play, not being able to justframe an attack because of your ping isnt going to ruin the game for casual play. Online mode will be a massive improvement over single player mode since the AI is just horrible, with or without lag. Online Tekken with a little lag will still take a great deal of skill, youd have to have horrible lag for a noob to beat a veteran player. Adapting your game to deal with different handicaps will only make you a better player in the end anyways.

azizrulez
azizrulez

awesomness, tekken would be perfect with online play

NickinAround
NickinAround

I bringing Steve Fox to the big time. I finally have a reason to yank that PS3 out of it's box.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

Great news. Fighting games aren't really as great as they can be unless you can beat other people.

remy_marceaux
remy_marceaux

I'm so happy... I could cry. NO ONE can handle my Christie... and I'll finally be able to prove it online.