Tekken 6 Updated Hands-On

We get brawling with another look at the Scenario Campaign in Tekken 6.

With the release of Tekken 6 less than two months away, the Tokyo Game Show will be one of the last chances people will have to play the latest installment in the long-running Tekken series. So as you'd expect, publisher Namco Bandai has dedicated plenty of space to Tekken 6 at its large booth, showcasing both PS3 and 360 versions of the game for passers-by to duke it out in arcade mode. But straight-up versus isn't the only thing on show: the game's Scenario Campaign is also available for play. We took it through its paces to see how it has evolved in the months since we last played it.

What's New: Just to recap, Scenario Campaign is a mode in Tekken 6 in which you'll get to take your favorite character on a beat-'em-up trip, similar to Tekken Force in Tekken 3 and 4. In this mode, you'll get to play cooperatively with a friend online or be accompanied by an AI-controlled pal if you're playing solo. When we last played this at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, only a few characters were selectable, but this time around, the entire 40-character roster was available.

There's probably a story of some sort to go along with Scenario Campaign, but since all the text in the game we played was in Japanese, we weren't able to decipher just what was going on. We first jumped on as one of the new characters--the robot gal Alisa Bosconovitch. The first level took place on a pier, with several enemies coming at us at once. The game's camera would shift depending on the direction the character was facing, which made it a little difficult to pull off moves (although not impossible). As well as busting out your normal moves, you will be able to pick up weapons, such as an ultrapowerful minigun halfway through this pier scenario. The lower-level enemies were easily dispatched, with game character Miguel acting as an end-of-level boss.

After we dispatched Miguel, the next level shifted to a city alleyway at night. After beating on some lower-level enemies, we entered a gym, where characters King and Craig Marduk were waiting as the next two bosses. This fight took place inside of a wrestling ring, with the two brawlers having plenty of support from some flunkies.

The next level was the strangest we played and took place on a hilly road. Our opponents this time around were cute bears (no, not Kuma) and boxing kangaroos (no, not Roger). These opponents came at us in plenty of waves, with the smaller bears proving a little trickier because with their lower height they could easily fall under mid and high attacks.

What's Different: What we noticed this time around was that Scenario Campaign will allow you to heal downed opponents simply by standing over their prone bodies and pressing a button. They won't come back with full health, but they will spring back with about a quarter of their stamina. You won't be able to do this constantly, however--you can do it once per life, and it seems like you'll need to pick up the appropriate power-up from a downed opponent in order to do it again.

Speaking of power-ups, we also came across a power-up shaped like an energy drink bottle that adds electrical damage to your character's physical attacks. And while you can choose any character to battle in Scenario Campaign, it doesn't seem that the storyline within the campaign changes. We played subsequent games as Lei Wulong and Kazuya Mishima and were presented with what looked like the same text dialog boxes and level progression. Of course, this may very well not be the case, so we'll have to wait until we can get our hands on an English-language version before we make our final call.

What's The Same: If you've played Tekken Force mode before, then you'll know what to expect from Scenario Campaign. The mode is a fun little distraction from the main fighting portion of Tekken 6. We also played a few rounds of straight-up versus mode, and we can report that it runs as smoothly as Bloodline Rebellion in arcades.

What Impression The Game Made This Time: Tekken has always been a rock-solid fighter with deep yet easy-to-pick-up mechanics, and Tekken 6 looks to be no exception. There's already plenty to experience with the large character roster, and it looks like Scenario Campaign will add even more longevity to the game. Look for more on Tekken 6 on GameSpot soon.

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Randolph is the managing editor of GameSpot, and needs more time to play games.

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57 comments
xophaser
xophaser

Actually if you turn the motion blur to off it is much smoother, but you don't get much special effects, like shadow or lighting stuff.

parasiteman
parasiteman

yes the graphics looks a bit jaggy, but hey, the game is already 2 years old and I don't mind, graphics don't tell me nothing, it's the gameplay I love about this game and damn, yoshimitsu is da bomb

xophaser
xophaser

I just got this game and I think the graphic is a little jaggy or the anti-aisling is off. I know the effects and background is my dynampic things, but Soul Calibur IV also by Namco is much smoother looking. Anyone else noticed the jagginess.

weirdorado
weirdorado

im playing it already hahah since like 24/10 lol

toracatgirl
toracatgirl

So amazing i can't wait ^^, i've wanted this game for what seems like forever now O_O

ultima_weapon21
ultima_weapon21

already pre-ordered and just cant wait!!!!!!and darkkend if YOU owned this ip would you like to make more money by expanding the platform it will be on or just stay with ONE platform and LOOSE MILLIONS of dollars????

Darkkend
Darkkend

seems like microsoft is getting alot of sony's once original games.

Tracey8969
Tracey8969

I really want this on 360, at the moment though we might not manage to get it with the 360, if only I were rich.

DFen
DFen

heh looks like a good game but just not into these fighting games like that probably rent it o lol I bet they have the arcade stick for this game too though lol crazy expensive

Frassonite
Frassonite

wow, Each time tekken is a much better game, and that's great :D

eezzy-peezy-101
eezzy-peezy-101

cool cool cool! Can't wait for it to come out ^^ Looks amazing

potguns
potguns

Why report the "filler" stuff about Tekken??? As a die hard fan I wanna know what the online modes will involve. A year or so ago there was mention of Tornies and such. Is all this still in? I am sure online competitive play with a decent system will be a bigger pull than another crappy Namco Streets of Rage knock-off.

sensei_hEnRY
sensei_hEnRY

too bad we can't play scenario campaign in splitscreen

Fed__X
Fed__X

you obviously couldn't feel the sarcasm leaking out of my post..... I LOVE PSN.

Bevmo
Bevmo

@Fed X live is lag free? lol, wut a pure dumb@$$ remark...it all depends on YOUR connection. ive had 0 problems with PSN and Live is no better because when my friend brings his 360 over, it is just as fast if not slower.

Doolum
Doolum

last tekken i ever played was Tekken 3.I guess it is high time i consider getting myself Tekken 6

gelstyles
gelstyles

In the snow Doing what we do best in the snow Living like an eskimo In the snow. New song from Paris Hilton

xophaser
xophaser

lag for ps3? I get lag from somebody in like Australia for RE5 being in the US. I get none from Japan, US of course and most European countries. Some people just got slow connections. Soul calibur IV matched us up pretty well, only like 1 in 15 and otherwise the the server will drop you. You know all the hardcore hard to beat Tekken guys will be from Japan playing on the PS3.

Fed__X
Fed__X

Right cause Live is lag free.

Rammone4
Rammone4

gothic555: I really doubt that there wont be any lag issues...

ahnzz
ahnzz

yes this game is going to bla.. blast!!! in fact i play tekken most than my other games

killuminati101
killuminati101

anyone who reckons the size of the xbox controller is too big has small hands, therefore a small d***.

gothic555
gothic555

Looks great so far! Hope the multiplayer has no lag issues for PS3.

Daveiops
Daveiops

I love my SF4 but when this comes out, sf4's gona accommodate some dust for some time in d combact section.

kilirm
kilirm

No doubt that this is one will be one of the best fighting games of all times. But I would expect better graphics from these shots. Let´s see how the graphics look when it gets released though, and I know graphics aren´t nothing compared to gameplay, which tekken has plenty.

ejay_kain
ejay_kain

guess the Anna and Nina costumes are as sexy as ever:P

Linkman0714
Linkman0714

this game is going to be so f***ing sweet. the only thing that could make it better is an optional tag mode to make it play like tekken teg.

Komissar33188
Komissar33188

@ yrret-- I thought that would be the case for Soul Calibur IV, but they pulled it off admirably. It takes a bit of getting used to, but it's still certainly doable.

yrret876
yrret876

It is gonna be crap on Xbox because the controller for xbox is so big and clunk....Dual and Tekken were made for each other

TheJessMan
TheJessMan

For the love of god, bring back tag mode!!!!!!!

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

can the Scenario Campaign be two player offline

Nobri
Nobri

@Spider-Jim Wait. This game doesn't have two player combat?

Nobri
Nobri

What? No video?

cdripper
cdripper

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ahpuck
ahpuck

i'll wait for a used to copy, not worth $60.00. in the mean time i'll continue playing the psn version of tekken. not missing much.

DjTIEST0
DjTIEST0

i was a but getting a slims cos i know they will have price cut but now i dont need it cos this game is on xbox oh snap

UAEARSENAL
UAEARSENAL

Can't wait to juggle with paul !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Petercairns
Petercairns

YES AND YES! i really want to play this at home, and not have to pay 2 doller ever play...

Spider-Jim
Spider-Jim

How about two players @ home. I wanna play this with my wife! This should be standard. If games start losing two-player offline capabilities, what will I do with this second control?

tubaballoonz
tubaballoonz

Tekken 3? I'm such a Tekken 2 junkie, I can't help but disagree. It was way too entertaining. Whatever, I already have my preorder down on this. XD

EmporioLove
EmporioLove

they should release Tekken 3 on xbox live arcade and PSN. that would be amazing!!!!!