Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection Hands-On

The PlayStation 3's download service just got heavy with the release of the latest game in the Tekken series.

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Though it isn't available on the US version of Sony's PlayStation Store just yet, Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection is now available for purchase in Hong Kong and Japan. No, we're not talking about another PSP download. This is the same fighting game that Namco put out on the PSP, but it's running on the PlayStation 3, with full support for widescreen and 1080p resolution. It appears to take after the arcade release, meaning there aren't many extra modes, but it's most certainly the same exciting game of Tekken that you've come to expect from Namco.

The download clocks in at over 800MB and is selling for around $16 in the Hong Kong store. What you get for that money appears to be an arcade-perfect conversion of Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection, which is the upgrade to Tekken 5 that adds new characters and moves. The game offers single-player play, a versus mode, and a ghost battle mode. Like in the PSP version, you can take on computer-controlled fighters that are governed by ghosts, which are profiles based on how another human player plays the game. Dark Resurrection on the PSP had you manually uploading your own ghosts and downloading others. This PS3 release appears to grab new ghosts automatically. While you probably won't mistake the ghosts you'll fight for real human players, they tend to fight a lot better than the average fighting-game artificial intelligence, since you can "teach" these ghosts more elaborate combos and tricks.

All of the Tekken 5 fighters are here and immediately selectable. The new fighters--which aren't all that new anymore, since Tekken 5: DR has been out for a while now--are the returning Armor King, the Russian special forces operative Dragunov, and the rich girl who fights for laughs, Lili. New to this PS3 release is a playable version of Jinpachi, the game's final boss. Jinpachi unlocks after you beat the arcade mode and plays reasonably well, though you can't customize his look at all. The rest of the characters can be customized using money you earn by winning fights. You can purchase new colors for each of a character's costumes, as well as body items (like a guitar to sit on Hwoarang's back), new hairstyles, sunglasses, and more. The game also has a gallery mode, where you can spend some of that in-game cash on ending videos and character art. To keep the game's overall file size lower, the ending videos that you can purchase aren't part of the package. So when you purchase them, you'll have to download them individually.

Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection added new characters to an already-robust lineup when it was released into arcades, and now they're all on the PS3, too.

With support for 1080p, you'd be right to expect Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection to look sharp. Namco hasn't done anything noticeable to enhance the graphics on the PS3, but it's a nice-looking arcade game to begin with, and the higher resolution seems to help the game look as good as it ever has. The frame rate is typically solid and smooth, though there were a few rare spots where it dropped a handful of frames.

While it doesn't offer the same bowling modes or online world rankings that the PSP game offered, this budget-priced version of Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection has it where it counts: in the gameplay. Plans for a US release of this game haven't been announced at this time, but since it's already sitting in foreign stores (and since more crafty North American PS3 owners are figuring out how to purchase from those stores by the day), it probably isn't too far off.

Discussion

313 comments
piru_lee
piru_lee

GS Its time to re rate this game, cuz ONLINE feature was added!!

BlueyesCyclone
BlueyesCyclone

Can someone Help me I've got a Japanese PS3 and because i can't use my Visa card on the USA playstation Store i downloaded Tekken 5 from the European Playstation store. when i try to play it, it keeps saying "This game is not Supported. (80028f10)". Now i've been able to down loaded Blust Factory and Lemmings and can play them with no problem and there the full games. Downloaded GT HD but that won't work i get the same code that i get with Tekken 5. But yet the USA version works fine can someone help me?

WARRZONE
WARRZONE

Oh, it's a port. That's why it looks so ugly. Graphics are last generation. Hopefully gameplay will be fun. It will be a good deal for $15. I don't think I'm going to buy it unless the price drops to $10 here in the US. Tekken 6 will look better. This should hold over die hard fans until 6 comes out. Tekken 5 will be a good download initiative for the PS store. This is the beginning of what's to come in the future for PS3 downloads. :)

kelindas02
kelindas02

sunnystarz: apparently you didn't read the article. the download is an arcade port. not a psp port.

PenguinGlen
PenguinGlen

Will hopefully be able to download it when I get a PS3 (Probably in a lot of months time) as Tekken 5 I hear has audio problems when playing on the PS3. Is this true/has it been fixed ?

sunnystarz
sunnystarz

yea!!!! a port from PSP with an uglier graphic

daveg1
daveg1

good for a download for sure.

subzerodark01
subzerodark01

finally u play it on ps3 yeah that really great

DarkNeji14
DarkNeji14

so much pple talkin S@ this is GOOD news to PS3 owners and its to celebrate not to bash on the system so if u dont have anything nice to say then dont say anything at all

DarkNeji14
DarkNeji14

WOW looks rlly nice im definitely DLing it......$16 is OMG cheap for this game.

M_A_D
M_A_D

THE BEST DOWN LOAD EVER !!! I LOVE TEKKEN !!

SFJon
SFJon

God it looks so ugly.

Quintly
Quintly

I love Tekken. I love Tekken. I love Tekken. I love Tekken. I love Tekken.

AFWorm
AFWorm

They haven't failed yet

shady_825
shady_825

I want this game SO BAD. I check the PS store like three times a day hoping it'll pop up. I can't wait.

qbell
qbell

now thats a pretty good download!

_Sam_
_Sam_

I really hope that a US release is announced. I've liked the series a lot

yohanjr
yohanjr

this is the last in line up ?

rosscero
rosscero

¬¬"...go play some dead or alive... AND SONY COPY THE DOWNLOAD SYSTEM FROM MICROSOFT!!!! ARGH!

kelindas02
kelindas02

amh77025: thank you. you saved me from writing another long ass essay that can be summarized into a paragraph by someone else. :) Ltriggs: please understand that the board running the arcade version of tekken 5 dark resurrection is basically a suped up ps2. and also. tekken dr is a port to the psp from tekken 5 DR arcade. not the other way around. the psp version didn't come out first. and people who have been wanting a "true" home experience of tekken 5 dr now have it. and people don't have to rip open psps to play the game properly now. now... if only we can get some decent sticks running on it. Markman? where you at? what's the news on them sticks?

gamingpsychotic
gamingpsychotic

"Lt_Riggs Ok dude for one thing DR is a PSP GAME not a PS2 GAME. Second of all, No, if this was on XBL I would not buy it. ITS A $16 FREAKING DOLLAR DOWNLOAD! Please tell me what on XBL costs $16. The only games that should be on there are either the small budget titles like their are on XBL for a small fee, or FULL games at normal/slightly smaller price. I mean who wouldnt want download Halo 3 for $50 instead of traveling out to buy it? I sure wouldnt download a PSP game onto a console for $16... I would wait for the real thing to come to consoles and pay higher price cause you know it would be well worth it. $16 is too high a risk for an arcade game ported from a portable. " If you had read ALL of the article, you would realize that TDR is PSP game, and that T5DR (note the 5) is an arcade game, which indeed plays as if it were on a beefed up PS2, but it also can play in 1080p, which really makes the graphics look even better. The fact that you can DOWNLOAD a current arcade game for such a low price is great, especially since the arcade machines can sell for about $6000. So as you can see, this is not a PSP game, it is an arcade game, and a nice one at that. I myself do not own a PS3, but I have played T5DR in the arcades, and it is a wonderful fighter. Please understand what you're talking about before talking about it next time.

UrbanMessiah
UrbanMessiah

Nice...Hopefully it'll still be on sale when I decide to buy a PS3. Sucks Dark Resurection never made it out for the PS2, like it should have. -=x

Lt_Riggs
Lt_Riggs

"""kelindas02 and yes.. tekken 5 dr is running on a beefed up ps2. and that's fine. cause people were satisfied with graphics like Final Fantasy 12, Valkryie profile 2, God of War, Tekken 5 and soul calibur 3 (regardless how the home version of sc3 is crap, still looks pretty). so if people can be satisfied with a beefed up ps2 game.. why can't you? question is.. you have doa 4 already for the 360 (i'm guessing). are you hatin on this game, because this download doesn't justify a purchase for $600.00, forgetting the fact that one game never justifies a purchase for any console. so i'm curious. if this game was hitten the 360. would you get it? cause mind you. some of these people, may not have a 360. and may only have a ps3. and you and i both know.. hell all gamers should know.. ps3 is starvin for games. and Namco, blessed the ps3 owners with an arcade download. more over, because tekken dr is on the ps3, Doa 4 isn't an option. so... would you get this game for the 360 if it was available for download on the 360? knowin full well. both games are the way they are.. and for $40.. two so called quality titles. $40.. that's a not worth your money? in other words. why are you hatin? """ Ok dude for one thing DR is a PSP GAME not a PS2 GAME. Second of all, No, if this was on XBL I would not buy it. ITS A $16 FREAKING DOLLAR DOWNLOAD! Please tell me what on XBL costs $16. The only games that should be on there are either the small budget titles like their are on XBL for a small fee, or FULL games at normal/slightly smaller price. I mean who wouldnt want download Halo 3 for $50 instead of traveling out to buy it? I sure wouldnt download a PSP game onto a console for $16... I would wait for the real thing to come to consoles and pay higher price cause you know it would be well worth it. $16 is too high a risk for an arcade game ported from a portable.

princegee4
princegee4

i think tekken series should follow other platforms like 360&xboxlive WII and pc then tekken have a world wide wider range multiplayer scope. otherwise its preety well in ps series no fighting smulater stand straight to tekken . but plzzzzzzzzz tekken should follow other paltformssssssss

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

No online = Garbage Every fighting game needs to be online. Period.

kelindas02
kelindas02

sizzlemebacon2... you must not be a fan of tekken. $16.00 is too much for an arcade game? wow.. i never thought I would have seen the day where someone just got too cheap for a game. stickman116: i'm happy that you were able to take my two long essays and sum it all up in that nice little paragraph of yours. makes me want to step my writing skills up. i bow to you sir.

sizzlemebacon2
sizzlemebacon2

Listen to Stickman116 what he/she just said applies to all consoles not just the PS3 let Sony and Microsoft duke it out while gamers in general just go continue to enjoy (or hate games) regardless of their console and I won't pay 16.00$ to play an arcade game I don't care if it's the best arcade game ever that's too much cash.

Stickman116
Stickman116

Do people like to rain on the PS3 parade or what? If you guys hate the graphics, don't buy it. Simple. Besides, it's Namco that makes this game. Would you still be complaining so much if this came out on 360's XBLA? If so, would you blame MS then? Please just make some sense and let people enjoy the good news. Everything doesn't have to be twisted into a system wars battle. Pro-games. That's what gamers should be, forget the system wars.

marioman50
marioman50

*Looks at gameplay video* You can play as JINPACHI?!?!?!

marioman50
marioman50

Lili looks cool with pink hair and a mask *checks for options on PSP*

Gundam_Fan
Gundam_Fan

I hope the price stays at 16 bucks.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

if its 20 or under ill get it. i don't want to pay 30 or more for a game i already own. but it will hopefully hold me till the new tekken or new doa(i don't fancy virtua fighter that much,).

kelindas02
kelindas02

and yes.. tekken 5 dr is running on a beefed up ps2. and that's fine. cause people were satisfied with graphics like Final Fantasy 12, Valkryie profile 2, God of War, Tekken 5 and soul calibur 3 (regardless how the home version of sc3 is crap, still looks pretty). so if people can be satisfied with a beefed up ps2 game.. why can't you? question is.. you have doa 4 already for the 360 (i'm guessing). are you hatin on this game, because this download doesn't justify a purchase for $600.00, forgetting the fact that one game never justifies a purchase for any console. so i'm curious. if this game was hitten the 360. would you get it? cause mind you. some of these people, may not have a 360. and may only have a ps3. and you and i both know.. hell all gamers should know.. ps3 is starvin for games. and Namco, blessed the ps3 owners with an arcade download. more over, because tekken dr is on the ps3, Doa 4 isn't an option. so... would you get this game for the 360 if it was available for download on the 360? knowin full well. both games are the way they are.. and for $40.. two so called quality titles. $40.. that's a not worth your money? in other words. why are you hatin?

kelindas02
kelindas02

that's funny nikefreak. because you right. doa4 is rather pretty on my 73". and no. i didn't pay full price for the mitsu either. gotta love having friends in the industry b. You just gotta! my point being. is that all i'm lookin for. is pretty. doesn't matter if it's gears of war, doa 4, tekken 5 dr, or gthd.. and if tekken 5 for the ps2 looks **** sexy on that screen with the progressive mode... tekken 5 dr just seems to tickle my fancy with the 1080p. and i've seen hd screens of this game on not just this website.. but others as well. and i say again. these screenshots. don't do HD justice. that's for any game. and i rock the 1080 and have a 720 pavv (aka samsung) as well. also as for projectors: I'm not really a big fan of em. yeah they nice I won't hate on em. but they just not me. i prefer my tv. i can hug a tv and not be able to wrap my arms around it.. but the projectors... eh.... eh...... EHHHH.... not me. also again. I love readin graphic whores. cause they want the shiny. pretty ain't enough.. so you hate on it. cause it ain't shiny. but you good sir.. i respect the fact that you shot at a lot of issues that a casual gamer goes for. price, online play, release, etc, blah blah blah. and in your opinion Doa4 is the better deal. mine.. says tekken is. mainly cause. doa hasn't been good since Doa 2 for the dreamcast. but also, you didn't touch on gameplay issues. you didn't touch on the controllers and how both games feel and play compared to each other. but to that though.. you need to be able to play both games effectively. and i do mean effectively. not just little **** and think you some **** you need that real tourney cred. if you got that for both games.. then you speak on it a bit. but for now.. we'll leave that be. otherwise.. you just a casual gamer like me. lookin for the pretty. maybe a step above with the shiny... and mind you i saw this game runnin on a 1080p tv. and yes. i say again. screenshots on this or any other website do not do this game justice. nor.. do they do any hd game justice. and i have a feelin you're thinkin i bought this tv for the ps3... and that's just not true. I bought it for the games b.. for the games. cause gears of war.. on that 73... lookin pretty. Doa4... lookin pretty. i'm lookin forward to the sigma of ninja gaiden. lookin forward to Final Fantasy 13.. hell even VF5.. and yes.. even more games. Is it pretty on the screen? that's all we want. that's all we want. and if the game is fun to boot? hell.. that's a game right there. cause they will and do look pretty on that 73. don't sleep.

nikefreak
nikefreak

"you need to sit it down on a 73" HDTV with 1080p support. there's your HD lovin right there. anyone who saw this on that 1080p, hell even the 720... they saw it on that tv.. anyone can tell you.. it looks pretty. and that's all we want.. that's all we want. graphic whores... they want shiny. not pretty. shiny. and that's why i love them. " muahaha... Little do you realize, this game would look FAR worse on a 73" HDTV (Which if you bought that new, boy you got ripped rofl... An actual HD projector is in that case, a far far better choice, than the Mitsubishi from a few years ago ;p ) because it would be far larger, revealing more pixelation and problems.. And considering this game doesnt look that great from screenshot or video on a 1080p HDTV or 720p HDTV (Both here), I dont see how it would look better on an even larger screen. Further, DOA4 looks stunning in 1080p... And next gen, things that are meant to be shiney should be. Things that are meant to look rough and nonreflective, should. Not all one or the other.

nikefreak
nikefreak

"Guys, this is a BUDGET download so you can't really expect them to go out of their way to enhance the graphics." Read my post. This is a budget title NOW, In the same way DOA4 is NOW. Both are roughly the same price NOW, and were more THEN (When they first released). The primary difference is DOA4 then and now has/had far more features and gameplay than Tekken 5, of which Sony rereleased, old or not, arcade or not, instead of Tekken 6 (Which if they had spent their time wisely all this time, they should have been able to release), where the 360 has has DOA4 since Dec 2005... This is 2007 people lol... Either way you look at it, its a poor value then and now, and is yet another way Sony shoves out recycled content for their new console they simply werent ready for...

nikefreak
nikefreak

"People, stop complaning about the graphics. This isn't a PS3 game, it's just a downloadable port of the PSP/Arcade version to play on the PS3, not an ACTUAL game in the making for the PS3... The one in the making for PS3 is Tekken 6. " Yes, stop complaining... Instead compare. Tekken 5 - Just now (In Japan, No official ETA on US) DOA4 - Year earlier (to arrive on 360/PS3) Tekken 5 - Current retail 16.00 DOA4 - Current retail 20.00 (or less used) Tekken 5 - Came out Feb 2005 (For PS2) DOA4 - Came out Dec 2005 (For 360) Tekken 5 - Previous gen graphics DOA4 - Next gen graphics Tekken 5 - No online play, ghosts downloadable. DOA4 - Online play with full lobby and accessorie/body/etc purchasing with points earned during online matches. Also has full leaderboards, achievements and ghosts, recording of matches, and more. Considering the main points, I would then, and now, still recommend DOA4 over this. Whether or not its a "Full" title, it is the only choice, and what Sony decided to spend its time on (Again, instead of a new game, they chose to rerelease an older game). So as for the argument of "This isnt a full game! It just like Arcade!" No, not really. Unless you would rather say all Sony is really doing for the first year or two is releasing "Arcade" games to combat Live Arcades progress, which isnt helping their bottom line or consumer base much compared to if they had been working on full games to have ready for the launch or shortly after. Their largest franchises should have been planned out better, as a year or two from now, I shouldnt be expecting the first Tekken for PS3 (True Next-Gen game), I should be able to expect the second of Tekkens for PS3... Regardless, then and now, 360 still provides the better deal.

kelindas02
kelindas02

it is an arcade port, with a playable Jinpachi. oh goodie! yes i am looking forward to this "little" download regardless of how sarcastic i may sound. jan 18 2007 baby! can't wait. not sure if that's the actual date.. just the speculated date for the us release. on a side note: I love graphic whores. they make reading these boards rather entertaining. on another side note... screenshots does not do this or any other hd game justice. this or any other website for that matter, unless you have an hd screen and you're lookin at a direct-thing a ma bobby link.. do any hd game justice. for that real ish.. you need to sit it down on a 73" HDTV with 1080p support. there's your HD lovin right there. anyone who saw this on that 1080p, hell even the 720... they saw it on that tv.. anyone can tell you.. it looks pretty. and that's all we want.. that's all we want. graphic whores... they want shiny. not pretty. shiny. and that's why i love them.

Gundam_Fan
Gundam_Fan

I thought it was the arcade port, not the psp port.

kajtrooper
kajtrooper

It's a downloadable PSP port. Of course this is not the graphics that a full-fledged PS3 game would have. Please read the article before posting.

nomy_129
nomy_129

Yeah its a good treat for fighting games lover

jazast
jazast

Its a port of a PSP game and is a download game. thats why it doesnt look as good as DOA on XBOX 360 because its not a full fledged PS3 game.

power_rangerer
power_rangerer

this doens't really look next gen, more like ps2 graphics. seriously DOA 4 looks way better. i thought ps3 was supposed to have better graphics than xbox 360.

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

hmmm, sounds interesting ... no ending videos ... need to buy them seperately ... at least provide some artwork as ending pictures!

Gundam_Fan
Gundam_Fan

GAH! I've already added 25 bucks to my ps3 wallet. Will it come out already!

bam11bam
bam11bam

its already rumor'd that Tekken 6 will be released on Xbox360...along with VF

saiyan689
saiyan689

People, stop complaning about the graphics. This isn't a PS3 game, it's just a downloadable port of the PSP/Arcade version to play on the PS3, not an ACTUAL game in the making for the PS3... The one in the making for PS3 is Tekken 6.