Tekken 6 PSP Hands-On

TGS 2009: Namco Bandai gives us a taste of the upcoming portable fighter that looks gorgeous.

Namco Bandai announced Tekken 6 PSP at its press day in April of this year but didn't show us anything on the game at the time. Given the high bar set by the last Tekken on the PSP, Tekken: Dark Resurrection, we've been eager to see what the Tekken team is going to pull off with its second outing on the portable system. We finally got a chance to not only see the game in motion but try it out as well here at the Tokyo Game Show.

Who's Making This Game: Namco Bandai's Tekken team.

What The Game Looks Like: The Tekken team has managed to wring even more performance out of the five-year-old hardware and has wound up with a stunning game. Once you get past the jaw-dropping visuals, there are actually a surprising number of subtle surprises on display as well. The game is based on the most recent version of Tekken 6 in the arcades, the Bloodline Rebellion update, and will feature breakable objects ranging from background elements to the floors and walls on certain stages. The new graphics engine created to support the various features is the most impressive we've seen on the PSP yet and is rivaled only by Namco's other PSP fighter, SoulCalibur: Broken Destiny.

What There Is To Do: The work-in-progress demo we played let us pick from the roster of more than 40 fighters--yes they crammed a train station's worth of brawlers onto the PSP--and take on opponents in one-round fights. In talking with the members of the team demoing the game, we got a sense of what we weren't seeing, although they were still pretty cagey about giving up too many details. Basically the game will feature a comparable number of modes to the last game, although the team is finalizing how much it can cram onto a UMD. Sadly, the game only supports ad hoc versus play, which will include some all-new stages. One of the big questions right now is the number of alternate costumes for the fighters. Given how dense the game is, it sounds like the UMD is going to be packed.

How The Game Is Played: If you've played Tekken: Dark Resurrection, then you should be right at home with Tekken 6. The game uses the same control scheme, which is a good fit for the PSP.

What They Say: The team members demoing the game said Tekken 6 is the most ambitious game they've done on the system yet and that even they were surprised by what they were able to pull off in terms of supporting all the different systems and visuals from Bloodline Rebellion.

What We Say: Given what we played, we have to say that Tekken 6 is shaping up to be another landmark game from the Tekken team for the PSP. The game is doing a lot of impressive things with its visuals, from graphic quality to interactivity, and the sheer number of playable characters, stages, and extras being lined up is a pretty fantastic offering. Proper online infrastructure multiplayer would be nice, but it wouldn't be that big of a loss if Sony could get its act together and release ad hoc party play. Tekken fans and anyone looking for a shiny fighter for their PSP will want to keep an eye out for Tekken 6 when it ships this fall. Look for more on the game soon. Until then, check out our video interview with the team:

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megadisc
megadisc

a must have game for the PSP aint no doubt about it when coming to malaysia ????

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

@geedotherodian - hope that turns out to be true. I love Tekken. The thing I worry about was the DR came out on it's own not as a multi-platform release!

geedotherodian
geedotherodian

@SadPSPAddict They didn't, they said that the PSP version will actually have more extra stuff than the console versions, like DR did. Besides Tekken has a fine reputation to uphold!

Dualmask
Dualmask

I'm not the biggest fan of online gaming but it seems to me that it's really pretty much a requirement on handheld systems to consider that feature. I mean, it isn't like back in the day when you and all your friends and your friends' friends had Game Boys because they were so cheap...and even then it was rare for people to have the old game link cable. Multiplayer on handhelds just doesn't work all that well without online, I would think. In fact, it's the reason I don't much play fighting games anymore. Though it is impressive, the amount of work they're putting into the PSP version of the game, I would have liked to see some form of create-a-fighter the way Soul Calibur 4 did it. I'd give up a few extra characters for that.

architect_shake
architect_shake

@gear_gamer because it is only a video not an actual game.

LAMACHUNG
LAMACHUNG

Is it possible that some stages have a different ground which effect the game playing?

bikini_zebra
bikini_zebra

I'm kind of happy about this. The PSP has some great games coming out in the next few months. I'll be poor, but happy.

MagicKaitou
MagicKaitou

At last we are seeing the next beat´em for the psp .... i dont care too much for the infraestructure ..... More than 40 characters, imagine that .... in tekken 5 I spent hours in training each and every character and they make new ones , WONDERFUL!!!!

WiiHeaven
WiiHeaven

why is it SO hard to get infrastructure mode in tekken games for the psp? ( not all my friends here will get tekken, let alone even have a psp....so who am i going to play with? sorry, but tekken dark ressurection already did this mistake, and i just think Namco are being lazy. shame really

avlyan
avlyan

It wil buy it anyways! AWESOME! I like it!

Skargamer
Skargamer

'Bob' looks more like the 'Blob'!!!! :P

ab_geee_eee
ab_geee_eee

awesome this is like the best fighting game there is imo

FILIPINOMAZTER
FILIPINOMAZTER

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Scorpion1333
Scorpion1333

Great game , the best fighting game ever , I'm glad its coming out on the psp , with awsome graphics like always . cant w8 till the release :)

hdi67
hdi67

Lets just hope its as good as Dark Ressurection...

gamerminds
gamerminds

ahhh for psp its really amazing to fit sharp graphics in tiny screen ! i love it!

LAMACHUNG
LAMACHUNG

I think the tekken's music is the one factor that make this game classic, It s really turn me on a fight.

jokerman_28
jokerman_28

getting this for the PSP and the PS3. awesome game!!

DevilKazeya
DevilKazeya

want to attack the shop where they sell this NOW?!?!?!?!?!?! im buying and im making a riot just for this MAN!!!!!! i LOVE tekken!!!!

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

Looks great - hope they haven't made the mistake they did with Soul Calibur and miss out the arcade mode and make all characters available from the start. If they have I'll be giving it a miss. I want something more that costumes to play for!!

EXN-28
EXN-28

looks pretty good, seems to be something new in this franchise, very good fighting game

Lennah
Lennah

Tekken's great. Can't wait to get this one! :D

kefklavscloud
kefklavscloud

i still don't know if ill get it. maybe after price drop

SyedMoeed
SyedMoeed

wow i seriously can't WAIT ANYMORE!!!!! attack the shops to get eeet yaa!!!

Comrade_Buff
Comrade_Buff

Looks amazing, but no Infrastructure Play?

Mc_Trickz
Mc_Trickz

Tekken was always the best fighting game ever made,without a doubt,it's just unique and awesome,none of the fighting games that exist can beat this one...I want to play it so badly...

Sabilla
Sabilla

Tekken was my very first game on the PS2 and I have loved it ever since. I am really looking forward to Tekken 6! ^__^

ChidoriBoyU
ChidoriBoyU

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jvsexy
jvsexy

nice !! bt i dont have a psp :( think its time to buy one !! lol

Francision69
Francision69

I want both versions! This game looks so good! Can't wait to get it when it comes out on the PSP.

geomyr
geomyr

i can't wait for Tekken 6 on the psp its kazuya time hehehehehehehe

Blackbase88
Blackbase88

This is going to be another EPIC tekkan game. This will be good on PS3 and on 360 because IT IS ACUATLY ON IT! if you looked on the right top hand corner.

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

I better get it for PS3 though my SDTV sucks. :(

Testament
Testament

same ole teken air juggle...

cdripper
cdripper

Just the mere fact that they can get a whole Tekken 6 experience on PSP is awesome. Granted, it looks like DR with Tekken 6 costumes and moves, but that's the best you can get from it, and it should do for those who want a Tekken 6 fix anywhere they go. This will be the ultimate fighter for PSP when it ships, count on that.

steve_fox_fm3
steve_fox_fm3

i hope there are trophies linked between psp & ps3

disciple740
disciple740

i want the psp version and the ps3 version :D

gohankunn
gohankunn

im gonna buy tekken for psp and ps3

panzerrunner
panzerrunner

Why this looks WORSE than Tekken 5 DR on PSP?

RedSoxfan67
RedSoxfan67

lol i didnt even know this was coming out for the psp, well i guess i'm buying it for both xbox 30 and psp

architect_shake
architect_shake

If they could just release the Demo first before the actual game then Namco Bandai owns...

LinkStormrage
LinkStormrage

its kinda looking bad .... even for a PSP game ....

ClaTheNinja
ClaTheNinja

@CHILENO39 Learn to read. This is the PSP version, NOT PS3. I don't know what you think else looks so much better on PSP.