Tekken 6 First Impressions

Namco showed us a brief peek of its upcoming slugfest, and it left us hungry for more.

At the recent Atari Live showcase in central London, Namco Bandai was on hand to show off the latest in the Tekken series. Sadly, we're yet to get hands-on with the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 version of the game, but project lead Katsuhiro Harada-san was happy to demonstrate some of its features for us.

There are 40 characters in total, from old favourites to newcomers.

Tekken 6 has 40 characters in total, the greatest number in the series to date. Harada-san pointed out a few of the key characters to us such as Lars, a Swedish fighter sporting a rock star look, and Alisa Bosconovitch, a robot who can throw her head at opponents with explosive results, and can fire her limbs off. Meanwhile, Bob is an obese, barrel-chested American fighter who deliberately gained weight to improve his performance. Combined with his unusually fast speed, this should make him a formidable opponent. Leo is a German kung fu-style fighter with effeminate looks and a questionable gender. Zafina is the first Middle Eastern character to feature in the game; others to be included for the first time in a console version of the game are Dragunov and Lili, from the PSP's Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection. In total there are eight new characters since Tekken 5.

Fans of the series won't be surprised that Tekken 6 is looking gorgeous, with highly detailed character models and levels. All of the fighters we saw had impressive animation routines, and we can't wait to get our hands on the game. According to Harada-san, Tekken 6 will run at 60 frames per second with updated graphics including new "close processing" effects and full-body motion blur, giving the action a very fluid, smooth look. The costumes and characters are separate objects, giving clothes a natural, flowing look. Arenas have also been given an overhaul and should be a lot more dynamic this time around and feature persistent damage. You'll be able to slam an enemy through the ground, for example, and depending on the stage you can break through certain floors or walls into a new area. In a village stage we saw, the ground was full of mud and dirt, but certain areas in the middle had bricks that were destructible. Meanwhile, another stage had a glass floor, making the destructible areas obvious.

While Tekken has featured aerial combos previously, a new feature that Harada-san called a "bound combo system" allows you to string aerial and ground-based attacks together. You'll be able to launch opponents into the air, followed by slamming them into the ground or a wall, which will bounce them back up into the air to continue your combo. While you can string combos together, you won't be able to do it indefinitely: Harada-san also pointed out that the health meter will glow red when it drops below a certain point. Attacks will become more powerful when you are low on health, so you'll need to plan your attacks carefully, keeping in mind the system will kick in once your opponent's health drops to a certain level.

You'll also be able to pull off some cool taunts. If your character has a gun, for instance, you can pull it out and use it as a taunt. Some characters can pick up chickens walking around the stage and make them attack, or you can cast a spell, turning your opponent's head into a stuffed panda in the process. Some taunts will cause your opponent to lose health, and we're told they will all be quite difficult to pull off, so you'll need to make sure you're out of harm's way when attempting one.

Harada-san was also keen to mention Tekken 6 will have real-time online versus play, and that while they've yet to reveal it, the team is also planning to include another online mode. Ghost data will also be downloadable, which runs the particular characteristic to how a given player fights. You'll also be able to learn techniques through replays of fights, and you can join up with your friends to form an online team.

Tekken's graphics run at a silky-smooth 60fps.

Tekken 6 will be heading to the Xbox 360 and PS3 in the second half of 2009. For more on the game, stay tuned to GameSpot as development continues.

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dazzleboy909
dazzleboy909

Jin all the way man this games gonna be amazin i have got all the rest so i have definately gotta get this

thingta42
thingta42

Is it running on the Same Engine that runs Soul Calibur 4?

Themaazandar
Themaazandar

This game has been in dev for a long long time now. While it does sound really great, what's this I read about "spells"? Are we reviving Mortal Kombat?

krixx07
krixx07

I'm defo amped as all hell, but I was personally gettin tired of the whole 'bouncing' and 'juggling' aspect so popular in the Tekken series. Wish they'd have considered omitting it to a certain degree in 6.

GamerT
GamerT

I'm really excited about this game. But, I am disappointed that they are putting it on the 360. Another one of the few awesome original PS games to go the way of the multiplatform.

Quinzark
Quinzark

soul cal lag hit me hard. hope it's not as bad for this. I'm waiting on edge of my seat for this one :)

serial2
serial2

Street Fighter IV and Tekken 6 in the same year, damn!

sephiroth888_50
sephiroth888_50

i agree i hope the lag wont be bad but if it is i will still play Tekken 6 because Tekken is the best fighter game ever Kazuya baby

johnnycool-22
johnnycool-22

I can't wait..!!!! I hope the online system will be not lag , because the soulcalibur did....

wars45
wars45

went of tekken but look like this is back on form

abbas4evr
abbas4evr

i m not really into these fighting games but this has made me think otherwise!!!!!

kardconsing
kardconsing

Hey. I really hope they work on the gameplay of the game because im disappointed at the little improvement in gameplay throughout the series. But graphics wise, its lookin pretty darn nifty. And 40 characters is gonna be dope.

SamuriChamploo
SamuriChamploo

While the graphics look top notch, that's not why I'm excited. It's all about the game play. I mean look at Tekken 3. It still kicks butt and it's on the PS1. Tekken 6 will be great. Looks like we will even have trophies too since all games after Jan. 1 have to have them :) That's pretty cool.

sephiroth888_50
sephiroth888_50

they need to have some Kazuya pics he is the coolest i never lose with him. P.S the online play better not be laggy.

blacksaibot
blacksaibot

Why the hell does the US version take so long to get released? Changing text and sound shouldn't take THIS long.

sub-raid
sub-raid

Nahhh not interesting. i played the previous ones, it was cool but now tekken 6 doesn't seem like fun

assclip
assclip

for sure this is gonna be better then all the others out a roster of 40 and i always felt that tekken had better fighting mechanics then the others sf4 will be great too but one thing i always hated about dead or alive or virtua fighter when you get your opponent down you have specific moves you have to do to juggle or hit them while on the ground i shouldnt have to feel like im trying to throw a fireball to execute a low kick or punch! war on tekken...

ninjarat
ninjarat

Oh it looks beautiful! Can't wait to smash up people on this!

TXMostWanted
TXMostWanted

Even though I just got Soul Calibur IV, Tekken 6 sure is looking prettier :-)

ninjamaster209
ninjamaster209

hey if anyone wants a fight on MK vs. DC let me know

ninjamaster209
ninjamaster209

well it seems that they are delaying FF13 until 2010 that sucks ass

el_puto_amo_23
el_puto_amo_23

el juego se ve cabrooooon!!! el mejor juego de pelea q mejor e visto .....lo unico q no es exclusivo de ps3 ..pero no puedo esperar por el pu~eta se ve cabron!!!

soulcold
soulcold

The best fighting game ever .. Cant wait New charachters and graphics must be amazing

Katzenbalger
Katzenbalger

Looking forward to it. Played the arcade version a while ago, and the gameplay is essentially the same as Tekken 5, barring a few changes to move sets (well, for Christie at least) Regardless, Tekken is still one of my favourite fighting series, so I'll be getting Tekken 6.

hydentenno
hydentenno

Speak for urself stupid GreekSpartan21,u said it urself u have never owned a tekken game at least we do.so when u get one and compare it to street fighter movement u will know what substance that we all have been taking u fcking as**le.go own a tekken before u even think of posting anything here u piece of sh*t.

GreekSpartan21
GreekSpartan21

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seijiro_hiko
seijiro_hiko

@hot_shot_9 I think your mostly wright mate,Tekken has got a large scale moves list when at times need a phd lol. I mean what game offers so much in terms of variety,and for ppl that say animation hasnt changed since t2 this is partially true but they re-animated all characters from past games in tdr and again for br though probably the diehards notice it more. Cant wait

hydentenno
hydentenno

Mortal kombat and street fighter are the best.

hydentenno
hydentenno

The hell with everyone god of war rules

hot_shot_9
hot_shot_9

Thiz lookz cool az..... Screw all u people hu dont lyk tekken..... Jus coz u probably suck at it..... I mean, ma cousin absoulutely sucks at tekken and still luvz it...... So do get lost all you tekken haterz..... I agree with Molezzi 2...... FUKN MEAN GRAPHIX

Molezzi
Molezzi

Oh, but that said, i still think SUB ZERO is in my top 5 list of coolest video game characters EVER...!!

Molezzi
Molezzi

@KingsterX: you really are an idiot!! haha! And so is DM2438.... Tekken has only gotten better and better! I loved every game so far! AND you can't compare DC v MK, because that's a second rate fighting game, with average graphics, average gameplay, too little characters, WAY WAY too little moves to pull off, and a bornig story line! TEKKEN RULES... AND I'LL PRE ORDER THIS ONE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!!!!!!

DM2438
DM2438

Tekken hasn't been Tekken since Tekken 3 in the arcade...point blank period...plus who really cares for arcade fighters these days...just look at DC vs. Mortal Combat.

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

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cpmethod2
cpmethod2

Online play better be better than the crappy system on Tekken 5 for PS3. Horrible. Losing online, 40% of the time can be attributed to lag.... Freaken horrible...

Ponczman
Ponczman

iampoch - correct KingsterX - "Graphics look insanely good , but I'm sure that the gameplay wont be any different. It'll be the same old Tekken we played and loved" - and real players bettin' on something else. What is the game with "supa-dupa" graphics, when this is the same OVER AND OVER AGAIN. Namco can't kill this "luiz-maria soap opera". This brings $. and that's all. They've tried to do something new like Urban Reign - don't make me laugh!! I dont play such a crappy game for long time. Thats the reason that NAMCO is doing ANOTHER TEKKEN, ANOTHER Ridge Racer. yuck!!. I know what I'm sayin - I played Tekken from 1st one. And I have Enough of givin' my money for same game with new graphics only [story mode?? hell yeah - "he suddenly saw somethin. BANG!! The Oponent said "there is no one that can stop me"".........ROUND1!]. -another - maybe this is about the 360 FBs are sth like this "new game for ps3? sh***t sony sucks". And nearly always there is no reason no argument, why they writin like this. So why we PS3 fans must be so god d**mn tolerant?? I can't stand so f******n posts like this "MGS4 can be on 360, only cause sony sucks" - yep. this is normal....whatever

iampoch
iampoch

@ KingsterX: Jun Kazama is Jin Kazama's mother. She was in Tekken 2 and Tekken Tag. Asuka resembles her looks (being her aunt and all). While it's forgivable that you may not know this, it does make you look like an idiot when you follow up with a comment like "and who got his facts wrong!" Now, who indeed got his facts wrong?

vejiku
vejiku

No, there is a Jun.

KingsterX
KingsterX

Hey PumpkinBoogie its "Jin" not "Jun".(and who got his facts wrong!)

KingsterX
KingsterX

Graphics look insanely good , but I'm sure that the gameplay wont be any different. It'll be the same old Tekken we played and loved

MK_Geek
MK_Geek

Tekken 6, oh how you taunt me...

-another
-another

Man PS3 fans are just as bad as 360 fanboys... It is sad that so many ppl see the 360 release as a bad thing. I, for instance, believe that more ppl can play Tekken 6 is a good thing. So what that PS3 has an exclusive less? This, in my memory, did not affect the quality of the game, Soul Calibur 4 was good on both consoles. PS3 owners will enjoy sharper controls (due to crappy D-Pad on 360), but that's about it. Me and my buddy who has 360 will be able to play Tekken together now, what's so bad about it?