Tekken 6 PSP Update - Game Modes and More

We go toe-to-toe with Namco's upcoming portable brawler.

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Namco's upcoming PSP version of Tekken 6 has been wowing us since the Tokyo Game Show back in September, where we had the chance to see it in action and get a sense of what to expect from the core fighting and visuals. However, we didn't get many hard details on the game's modes, which kept us guessing about what would be in the final game. Thankfully Namco hasn't left us wondering for too long, because a Namco rep recently stopped by with an updated version of the game that featured the final feature set.

If you've played the console Tekken games, then you should have a pretty good idea of what to expect from Tekken 6 PSP's modes. The game will feature Arcade, Story, Challenge, and Practice modes, as well as a network gameplay option. In addition, the game will feature a gallery option to check out unlockable art and movies. Arcade mode is pretty straightforward and lets you choose from the 40-character roster of fighters that's unlocked from the start. As always, you'll work your way through the standard series of fights and wind up in the expected big end-boss fight. There are roughly 18 stages, which will feature breakable floors and walls depending on the stage. Story mode is the meat of the game and gives you the chance to find out what's motivating everyone to participate in the Iron Fist tournament. Working through Story mode will unlock a hefty amount of material to check out in the gallery and should keep you busy for a while. Challenge mode gives you three tests of skill: time challenge, survival, and gold rush. Practice mode lets you get a handle on the diverse collection of fighters' various moves. Finally, the network option lets you throw down in ad hoc battles, and it features a few extra stages not seen in the other modes. Unfortunately, there's no infrastructure, but you can still exchange ghost data with friends. The beefy collection of modes hits all the points we were hoping for, although we would have liked to see some infrastructure support.

As for the visuals and gameplay, what we said in our earlier previews still holds. The game looks fantastic despite the more complex stages, and it runs smoothly. In terms of control, Tekken 6 handles well and should pose no problems to anyone familiar with the Tekken series. Players new to the series on the PSP might need to log some time in Practice mode to get the timing down, but the underlying system feels tight and responsive.

PSP owners who have been hungering for more beatdown options than the modest offering of good fighters on the system should be poised to grab Tekken 6 when the game ships this winter. There's an impressive amount of content crammed into the game, and while the multiplayer mode doesn't offer proper infrastructure play, the recently announced Ad Hoc Party mode should offer a good workaround for those eager to kick some butt online. Look for more on the game as it becomes available.

Discussion

56 comments
jmal2578
jmal2578

Fantastic game! Now i can work on other characters without making a fool of myself at the arcade :)

jairowolf
jairowolf

I can get my hands on this one?you do want to play this.

Crimsader
Crimsader

Well... I kinda liked the previous part more.

icecold49
icecold49

This game is good but the last boss just ruins it all for me. It's some random Egyptian crystal bird dragon thing (wtf). Plus it's cheap as hell because some attacks don't even phase it. This damn thing has ruined my win/loss records.

Tha_DRP
Tha_DRP

this game is sexy period, even for the psp

cojoc07
cojoc07

It sucks.It's the same as Tekken 5,only 5 characters more.

LordJiraiya
LordJiraiya

rock man....................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

marduk1232
marduk1232

whers psp version video review ???

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

well its the portable version but it aint that bad. im enjoying it so far

ROK3RO
ROK3RO

Very nice. Gonna check it out soon.

Cappuccin0
Cappuccin0

No campaign mode is a WIN factor for me... that mode really sucks on the console versions. Hope story mode on this one just involves a series of 1-on-1 fights and a FMV ending, just like the old games.

jqm1978
jqm1978

bought it today....havent opened it yet....still waiting on some legit reviews to see if its worth keeping, or getting Dark Res. instead....

houdeanibeani
houdeanibeani

this game looks so packed that the umd probably barely fits in the psp lol

geedotherodian
geedotherodian

Was there only 18 stages in arcade battle in tekken dr?

16sundogg
16sundogg

This should be pretty amazing..wish i still had psp :p

JesusFreak1990
JesusFreak1990

Dang, when they made Tekken: Dark Ressurection for PSP without an infrastructure multiplayer mode, some people were upset that it didn't have one. I was hoping they would be smarter with this game and put that mode in... Too bad they didn't, but it still looks like a good game.

wld007
wld007

CAN'T WAAAAAAITTTT!!!!!!!!

joshmista
joshmista

interesting..... ive played dark resurecition on portable.... obviously its better for console format

ghelo05
ghelo05

this i good, but why tekken dojo is gone,what kind of story challenge,like in a xbox360, is adventure?????

BigDaddyDrei
BigDaddyDrei

I actually think this might be a bettter version than the console just because it doesn't have that crummy scenario campaign mode. -_- (but if it doesn't have DR's ghost mode - which might be what challenge mode is... hopefully... then the two versions become equal steps back.) --- To anyone saying "more of the same", please check your double-standards at the Street Fighter 4 door, m'kay?

architect_shake
architect_shake

@Echo 3 Delta seems like they will have less customiztion items. I think layered clothings are not in it.

FusionRain
FusionRain

crap vid quality great looking game for psp

IBEX333
IBEX333

Yay! More of the same....

woonsa
woonsa

Good. A little disappointed though.

vgmasterino
vgmasterino

So basically this is just a watered-down version of the console version with added features.

Echo3Delta
Echo3Delta

Damnit I have one question and one question only about this game, and no preview is answering it! Will there be as many customization options as there will be on the console version??? I'm cut off from my PS3 currently, and I must know!

Madertus
Madertus

Tekken Dark Ressurection with new stages and characters. And a bit improved graphics. And some removed elements. And... ENOUGH!!! I don't think I'll buy it.

Antiflow
Antiflow

Oh great so basically a watered down version of Tekken 5DR on the PSP. No dojo mode, which was the core of the single player experience, which massively added to the longevity of the game, especially since you could download ghost packs via online to play in that mode (You know the main fun with that was playing against them in a league promotion type system). The fact that wasn't even in the home console versions was criminal enough, but to not have it in the portable version as well is pretty much lunacy, especially since it automatically makes it's previous game the better purchase. To be expected from Namco though since all the single player modes in Soul Calibur 1, 2, and 3 were way more substantial than in Soul Calibur 4, which was nothing more than a watered down version of 3, but with a few more character options, but with less modes, thus less reason to actually play the thing. I honest thought Tekken Dark Resurrection was the platform to build on, but with every release since they have gone backwards. May decide to pick it up after it hits the bargin bucket after a few months.

Doolum
Doolum

a must have.no matter what!

architect_shake
architect_shake

will there be an endless ghost battle here? the arcade mode said that there is a boss.

r-teest
r-teest

@vgmasterino, infrastructure support is just a fancy way of saying it has online gameplay options. Which this game doesn't :( like they said though, there should be a adhoc work around using the ps3

Virtual_Erkan
Virtual_Erkan

I hope it is not like Soul Calibur Broken Destiny where there was only 3 modes!

MyKillz
MyKillz

can't wait till i get this game in my hands

alleypunk
alleypunk

no tekken dojo nor anything new? cmon... this is bad for us tekken fans... =(

kkdgreyt
kkdgreyt

Looks sweet,, waiting on this one since the first preview,, :D

RicardoZagada
RicardoZagada

I hope it comes out a really nice game in terms of innovation so it doesn't look a lot like dark resurrection (that was, by the way, an outstanding game)

XanderKage
XanderKage

OMG, this is going to be so awesome.

noahscotia97
noahscotia97

is it going 2 b better than dark ressurection

linnung
linnung

makkoto: doesn't matter about the infrastructure.. Didn't you hear? PSP ad-hoc party is coming to US!

myst3rial
myst3rial

Looks fantastic, sounds fantastic - it will be fantastic! :) Waiting for November 24th

makkoto
makkoto

Tekken Infrastructure mode!!... where is it??..haha..finally my long wait is over..

vgmasterino
vgmasterino

Umm, WTF does he mean by "Infrastructure support"? Is he reffering to the actual ghost battle mode?

axelviiii
axelviiii

Wow, this is full on Tekken 6 on the PSP? One for you Namco. One for you.