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Tekken Hybrid Review

  • Game release: November 22, 2011
  • Reviewed: November 30, 2011
  • PS3

Tekken Hybrid is a shallow collection that doesn't give Tekken Tag Tournament the rerelease it deserves.

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Tekken Hybrid looks impressive at first blush. This three-part collection includes Tekken Tag Tournament HD, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue, and the movie Tekken: Blood Vengeance. But spend a little time with it and you find a disappointing trio of products that make this frail collection fall flat.

The first, and most substantial, inclusion is Tekken Tag Tournament HD. This rerelease of a PlayStation 2 favorite slaps on a high-resolution texture update and calls it a day. For better or worse, nothing else has changed. The classic gameplay is still intact and holds up surprisingly well after 11 years. Naturally, some characters lack the tricks their modern versions have, but it's still interesting to see your favorite fighters' early years and appreciate what they have gained (or lost) since. You can duke it out in Arcade, Survival, or Time Trial mode, but the most unique is still Tekken Bowl.

This goofy minigame takes the fighters out of the ring and into a bowling alley. Instead of throwing punches, Tag's stylish scrappers throw crystal bowling balls into golden pins molded to the likeness of Heihachi Mishima. Each character has his or her own bowling style, which is reflected in the behavior of the power meters.

However, even with a new coat of paint, the game's visuals haven't aged well. The character models shine with a waxy, inhuman sheen and seem to be lit by a static spotlight pointed right on top of them. There's also a recurring graphical issue from the original that persists here. It has to do with the way the arena is rendered against the background. To give the illusion of distance, the foreground area rotates at a faster rate than the background. You can see this split between the two occur, which makes it look as if you fighting on a dirt-colored disk.

Compared to the improvements seen in Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition--which had online support and additional practice modes--Tag HD is a disappointment. Online support of any kind is absent, as are any additional modes or content. It's a shallow release and is not the sort of treatment this great game deserves. And as Tekken Hybrid's anchor, its bare-bones delivery doesn't bode well for the rest of the package.

Playing as Eddie can get a little crazy if you're not careful.

Next is Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue. In the same vein as Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, this game is a demo for the upcoming fighter of the same name. It brings together four of the primary characters seen in the Tekken: Blood Vengeance movie--Xiaoyu, Alisa, Devil Jin, and Kazuya (also in devil form)--and gives you a painfully limited taste of what's to come. The game feels every bit as quick as its predecessor and even includes a few new tricks you can perform with your tag partner. But while the lack of other modes is expected, the lack of a character move list adds unnecessary confusion.

Tekken: Blood Vengeance is the third and final item on the Tekken Hybrid pile. Unlike Hybrid's other two offerings, this is a CG movie set within the Tekken universe. And in keeping with the bar set by Resident Evil: Degeneration and Final Fantasy VII Advent Children, it's completely terrible. As you may recall, the Tekken universe has a slick, cyberpunk style centered on corporate warfare and a global fighting tournament. The movie spends most of its time fleeing from these elements and instead follows schoolgirls Xiaoyu and Alisa as they become best friends and talk about cute boys.

A conspiracy plot involving an immortal teenager and the infamous Mishima family skirts around the edges of the film but is never fully developed. That is, until the film's climax, when a massive battle royal breaks out between several characters we've hardly seen and care nothing about. From a technical aspect, it looks stunning and makes us excited for the cinematic quality of Tag 2. But as a movie, it's flashy and shallow, and is a thin excuse to throw a bunch of fantasy kung fu on the screen.

Prologue also includes a model viewer if you'd like to spend some quality time with Alisa.

Tekken Hybrid is a weak offering that attempts to mask three shallow items under the veil of value by rolling them all into one release. Tekken Tag Tournament HD is the only real inclusion of note, but its sloppy graphical overhaul and complete lack of online support hardly make it worth a downloadable release, let alone a $40 retail product. If you simply need a Tag fix before the sequel's release, you're better off dusting off your PlayStation 2 and picking up a used copy of the original Tekken Tag Tournament.

The Good
Tekken Tag Tournament is a fun game.
The Bad
Lacks online support
Unimpressive visual overhaul
Tag HD lacks any original content
The demo and movie add little value to the package.
5.5
Mediocre
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12 comments
persona524
persona524

you're an idiot! The movie was fantastic! Fact, katsuhiro harada loved this film, you're an idiot!

lazyathew
lazyathew

@fetusfart18: I think you missunderstood. It didn't call Advent Children terrible. It said compared to Resident Evil Degeneration and Advent Children, Tekken Blood Vengence is terrible.

zaffers
zaffers

where is the old tekken?

thenoobspider00
thenoobspider00

I just rent this, becuase the movie and the prologue are crap, TTT was the only good thing.

fetusfart18
fetusfart18

Calling Advent Children "completely terrible" made me not take anything in this review at all seriously.

Resistance208
Resistance208

Tekken tag tournament was one of the best tekken games. It got a 9.6 when it came out. Why such a low score now? Sure it doesn't have online but tekken has a lot of games coming out now so adding online to a game that is more than 10 years old shouldn't be priority. They have Street fighter x Tekken, Tekken tag 2, and Tekken x Street fighter coming out within the next year to year and a half. When they come out most people will move onto to those even if this game had online. Sure the price is high, seeing its an old game and the demo is free. But the price will definitely go down, they shouldn't lower the score for the game because of its price, i came for a review to see if the game itself was fun, i obviously know the price and its up to the buyer how much they are willing to pay. The fact they gave it a 9.6 before and a 5.5 shows how **** their reviews are. Sure its probably not the same reviewer but the difference is too big.

Lili-Rochefort
Lili-Rochefort

you know, the movie wasn't that bad! but I've expected much more! .thx for the article

KorialFox
KorialFox

This is wasted time and wasted money. 1. The movie should have been better developed and released individualy as blu-ray movie. 2. TTT1 should have been added to playstation store with online support with the offer of downloading TTT2 demo free along with TTT1 in one pack. Everybody would be happy. This was a bad idea, I will wait for TTT2 and hope there will be online support same like in T5DRonline, because online and ranking system in T6 was a totally bad, not speaking of crazy story mode and even crazier boss Azazel.

loopy_101
loopy_101

Not at all surprised by the verdict. It was cheeky enough of Namco to sell players a demo. Granted there is Tekken Tag but given it lacks online play I think half of the potential is lost immediately, I was hoping they'd do it like Capcom handled their re-releases of SF3 Third Strike and MVC2. Guess not. Hopefully this'll be bargain bin fodder come the January sales.

lordquasar
lordquasar

I used to love Tag, but over the years I have lost my love for fighters. But I did ask for King of Fighter for xmas. I have not played a KoF game in some time.

Tekken Hybrid More Info

First Release on Nov 22, 2011
  • PlayStation 3
Tekken Hybrid contains the remake of Tekken Tag Tournament joined with the the 3D feature film Tekken Blood Vengeance 3D exclusively on the PlayStation 3.
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