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Genre: Action & Shooter - Fighting for PlayStation2 / 12 years and over / Published by Sony

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      15.07.2013 22:25
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      Best fighter for PS2

      Tekken is a platform fighter along the likes of mortal kombat, dead or alive, and soul calibre, and I personally thought at the time I played this game that either Tekken or DOA was the best (I will come to why this is in a bit).

      Ok, basically this game has various gameplay modes. There is devil within mode, where you can play as Jin, in a sort of third person "beat them up" sort of gameplay, that feels more like a minigame than an actual full on game, but it is a nice addition anyway. I kinda feels like you are getting a little something free with the game. Honestly I can't tell you too much about it as it wasn't really my cup of tea, because the enemies were just so easy to beat (they sort of fall into one another and knock everyone down).

      The main meat of the game is in either arcade mode, or in the story mode. In story mode you choose a character, and see why they are entering the tekken tag tourment. The story for each character is different, some do it for the fame of the trophy, others do it for money, and some to overthrow the corrupt company that is putting on the event.

      Anyway, Tekken 5 main plot is that Hiachi mishima is thought to be dead, after Jack 5's were sent to kill him, instead he was just badly wounded, and has recovered. Jin (Hiachi's grandson) is in the tournment to kill the "devil mode" boss at the end (I forget the name, something long and in japanese). The devil mdoe is a genetic "quirk" that runs in the family, making the "user" grow horns, shoot lasers and generally want to kill people, but be uber powerful.

      There are a host of other characters as well, my two favourites being Hworrang, a Korean Takwandoo expert who just wants a thrill in life, and finds devil jin as a "dangerous plaything" that he is determined to beat. And then there is Raven, an undercover Ninja of a mysterious origin who is looking for what is going on in the Tekken company (and what is this Devil gene).

      The game has loads of fighters, seriously I think its more than any other platform game on this platform. To be honest, I have heard they have added new characters to the newer Tekkens, and I think they might have now got too many. part of what made tekken so great is that each character had a good plot, and a "personality", and I imagine that they have just started to chuck in new players willy nilly, but I have not played the newer games so I cannot really comment.

      Anyway, the fighting is epic, and the game is built on doing combos. The reason I compare this to DOA is that DOA is more about fluid movements and reacting to your opponent, whereas this game has slightly more of an emphasis on learning combos, which is ok for some, but personally that annoys me a bit. But for the most part, the controls are simple to understand, and the mvoes are pretty epic anyone want to see a panda bearhug someone, then smash them across the floor and then jump on them? Thought so.

      Overall then, this is a really good platform fighter. if you have a ps2, and like platform fighters, I think this is the best one on the PS2 platform, as DOA was xbox only (as far as I am aware). I have a separte review on DOA for those of you who are interested.

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      11.08.2011 17:24
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      Loving it!

      Having had all of the Tekken series since its birth with Playstation 1, this game is the fighting game thats just live and kicking!

      If you have lived with all of the characters stories, the original characters stories just keep on building and growing and you get deeper into the "Devil" gene with the Mishima family.

      What is a main difference about this game and the 4th one in the series is that the story mode holds a lot of importance to gain character movies and stories. And with underlying rivalries of characters such like Paul and Law, they have a cocky exchange before they fight. New characters in this chapter are Asuka Kazama and Simon Phoenix.
      Due to taking on board the complex stories of the characters, the ones with rivalries ended up with an amusing ending movie.

      The scenery gets even better, with more interactive settings. Like if you are fighting in a scenry in puddles, they splash and react to character movement. And the graphics for both scenery and characters are excellent, they are smooth and very animate for such an old console for nowaday standards.

      Arcade mode is good as usual and fighting with friends by interupting a match and by the new challenger pressing start can be done very easily and bring your friend into the brawl immediately.

      The best extra this game holds is the inclusion of the first 3 classic Tekken games, its a little blast from the past and you can really see how all the graphics have progressed since the original...and Tekken 3 being the best of the series can get addictive again...

      Unfortunately there is no inclusion of Tekken Tag Tournament or any of the mini games such as Tekken Bowling or Beach Ball...

      Not the best of the series, but best for graphics for sure.

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      05.09.2009 19:33
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      Magnificent

      By the fifth game in the series, one would think that the Tekken series is just running on empty, but somehow, it manages to keep wowing us with enhances visuals, extremely fun gameplay, and a cast of characters, old and new, that are well-developed and have unique and interesting backstories. This game very much feels like a summation of the previous ones, with its huge roster list (including most of the main players from the previous games), and some minor gameplay refinements. The game has also borrowed from the likes of Soulcalibur, in that you can now "level up" your fighter from an unknown to a grand master through repeatedly winning fights (although you can also be demoted if you lose a lot!)

      Much like the previous games, it is an impressive visual achievement, and the environments and fighters are very well rendered, with even small blades of grass now having their own system of physics, and again, the character animations are amazingly realistic. Also, the fighting effects themselves, whilst over the top, are gloriously so, and befit the already over the top, brutal style of the game.

      No expensive, of time or money, has been spared in making this the ultimate Tekken experience - every character has numerous outfits and other add ons that you can purchase with money made in the Arcade mode. What's more, there's the option to play all of the previous Tekken games, which really makes this a game with value for money, although I was slightly disappointed that a lot of the cutscenes had been removed, sadly.

      This is a fighting game that has real depth, and is jam packed with both enough characters and other features to keep you occupied for months. If you do manage to level up every character, well...you probably have too much time on your hands, but well done!

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      11.08.2009 15:30
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      Great game.

      Tekken 5 is a fighting game developed by Namco exclusively for the Playstation 2.

      Tekkens 5 main mode is the story mode, here you will take one of the series fighters which include series favourites, Marshall Law, Paul Phoenix, Heihachi Mishima and new additions such as Simon Phoenix and Asuka Kazama.

      This time round you will guide your characters through an actual story! I was really surprised and impressed that this time Namco has actually inserted a narrated story and motivation for the characters which are usually quite interesting, usually the characters have developed rivalrys against the others and when they meet up to fight they will exchange a few lines of dialogue before going at it. Finished off with a usually amusing ending sequence this game has the best story mode of any Tekken.

      The fighting is arcade brilliance with each character offering a unique and impressive moveset, some of the older characters have been given new life with new moves to learn as well as old favourites like Pauls bicycle kick, Heihachis electric grabs and Laws spinning kick returning. There are alot of multiplayer options for you to enjoy with friends too.

      The game also throws in some nice additions like an exclusive story mode for Jin Kazama, in the Devil Within mode. You fight waves of enemies as you journey through the levels, its pretty fun. The best extra is the inclusion of three classic Tekken games, from the original to Tekken 3. It's great to see how the series has progressed over the years and you may even find yourself addicted to Tekken 3 all over again!

      The graphics are some of the best on the Playstation 2, environments now have destructible elements to them and the characters animate smoothly and are highly detailed.

      If you want more Tekken fighting action this game will not let you down, one of the Playstation 2s finest fighting games.

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      16.05.2009 16:21

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      Really worth while to purchase

      Right I was very critical with Tekken 4, which I thought was a bit of a rip off where here was nothing really new to the series apart from the awful switching technique and pointless obstacles in the middle of the screen.

      This game has gone back to what made it successful, ie keeping the fights clean with no stupid obstacles, though there is a wall mode. Some new characters and old have been introduced which really needed it.

      The graphics have really improved in comparison to 4 and I really like the moon light wilderness setting which is very scenic and perfect backdrop for a good old battle. Fighting seems to be more fluid then 4 and you can get some great combos off.

      With these beat em ups, you get most use with these when you play against others.

      The game also has previous tekkens on the disc, but seriously, after playing this and you play the previous 1,2 and 3 it is like playing against giant pixels!

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      12.05.2009 15:29
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      good fighting game

      The Tekken series is famous worldwide and always in competition with other similar fighting games such as Virtua Fighter.

      However, Tekken has survived time and console generations making it the best fighting game that is available for purchase and I would think so too. After 10+ years and many different versions the experience should be there to get it right.

      Tekken introduces a host of different playable characters you can use to battle through the game. Each character has different moves and specials they can perform including the ability to create combinations. Of course, it will take a lot of practice (unless your elite) to learn all the moves and use them correctly for even one character.

      This game is best when you are fighting against other humans. There is no substitute for human intelligence and unpredictability. Of course if you have no friends like me, there are other modes you can play including: Story, Survival, Time Attack, the side-story Devil Within, and Arcade Battle modes.

      Tekken 5 is the first Tekken allowing you to customise your characters with clothes and accessories.

      As long as you have friends you will never be bored of this game.

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      16.08.2008 20:45
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      A great fighting game

      Tekken was one of the first games I ever played on PS2 even before I actually owned one. Now that I am a proud owner of Sony Playstation this game was absolutely a must have for me, a bit nostalgic in a way and of course because I like fighting games.

      This one is well known for its qualities and is considered as one of the top games of the style. I must agree with it. The game is fantastic. You can choose from various characters and if you play tournaments and practice a lot even more of them will unlock. They are really fun, from animals, fantasy warriors to more or less ordinary humans.

      The game itself is pretty interesting as far as fighting games go. You have a lot of special moves but a lot of them is really hard to make. But you can achieve lots of them just by random rampage clicking on buttons.

      The game is more fun to play with other friends, if you play against "computer" it becomes a bit boring over time, but over a lot of time since every character has it's own story and you get to know it when you play the tournaments. I find that really interesting.

      There are a few really detailed scenes to fight on, but the number there should be more of them for my taste (there are 15 of them).

      The graphics are really outstanding, everything is made with great detail and one must just love it.

      The sounds and music is of good quality too.

      I really like this game, I do not play it as often as I did in the beginning because it is not that exciting to be addicted to it and play it all the time, but it is a great game to get rid of the stress, to let the steam out. And from time to time it is a great way to release some negative energy you have against your loved ones if you know what I mean.

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      04.08.2008 20:12

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      get it

      I have always been a fan of the tekken series, ever since playing the first one way back when on the PS1. The fifth instalment is probably the most fluid and polished so far, no cheap characters like eddie gordo in tekken 3 and with the added bonus of tekken 1,2 and 3 on the disc.
      The game also features "walled arenas" so when you get a nice juggle combo on the go, you can inflict some extra damage by slamming them into the edge of the battleground, ok, it has been done in DOA before, but the fighting mechanics in tekken have always been superior. The vs modes are business as usual, with time attack, one on one and team battle. Downsides? A hugely unfair last boss, who seems to one move you when he is losing and no tekken bowling (my favourite ever bonus mode), but all in all a well worthy addition to the series.

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      31.07.2008 21:16
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      GREAT BUY IT NOW!

      Tekken 5 has to be one of the best fighting games ever.
      Not only to you get to woop some arses you get to customize them to.
      I bought this game when it first came out and i can honestly say i was blown away, the grapics are top notch.
      Yes the first 3 tekken games are included in this game we all know they were bad quality but still awsome fighting games games.
      But after the dreadful Tekken 4 i have to say tekken 5 made up for it.
      There are 7 new Characters!

      Asuka Kazama
      China Feng Wei
      Raven
      Jack-5
      Roger Jr.
      Devil Jin
      Japan Jinpachi Mishima

      All of these characters are a great boost to the game.
      Asuka is a personal fav of mine
      You wait until you see her and see if you like her to =]

      Anyways the game is very cheap to buy so i say go out and buy it! I say grab it for a fiver on ebay. WORTH EVERY PENNY
      Thankyou
      Steve

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        19.06.2008 18:42
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        A really fun game for a really fair price

        Tekken 5 has been the most pleasing of the series, the graphics have improved hugely and still features all the characters from the previous series plus some added mystery unlockables to mix up the action up a little. Single player similar to previous Tekken's means battling the range of characters up to the top contender. Although the true fun lies in multiplayer, Tekken still delivers hours of fun with friends especially with its new maps and characters. In terms of comprasion with other fighting games tekken outdoubately is the best in all ascepts. The game can be bought from commonly £15 to £20, this is only range in which the game sholud be bought due to the dated playstation 2 mark. However dont be put off by the introduction of new consoles this game will still provide endless amounts of fun alone or with friends, this game will satisfy both fighting game fans and general playstation fans

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          17.05.2008 13:29
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          Well worth a look for gamers and a must have for fighting fans

          Everyone who's played a playstation in the past 12 years will have at least heard of the Tekken brand. Universally known as the greatest 3d fighting game ever to hit the console, this is the 5th instalment and fans were hoping for an improvment over the slightly disappointing Tekken 4. So whats the game about, well it's a typical fighting game,that follows the formula that Streetfighter set many moons ago, single player is like a story where you battle your' way tot he top of the Tekken tower taking on fighters of all shapes and sizes along the way on you're goal to be the best.

          There is a great array of characters collected from the previous Tekken games that all fans of the brand will love plus they've thrown 3 brand new charcters in there too just to mix it up a little. Another thing worth mentioning is that the graphics are beautiful and undoubtedly the best looking of the series. Another game that really shows the full power of the PS2 at it's best.

          A great soundtrack has been added to the game which helps an awful lot when playing a fighting game, the high tempo music really gives a great feel to Tekken 5. The other point worth noting is that what a lot of people will feel they want in a fighting game is a degree of difficulty, and the bosses in the story mode don't come much harder than this.

          Overall it's a great game ,loses a point or two for not being able to play it online but other than that I have to highly recommend this as one of the best fighting games ever made.

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            16.01.2008 20:51
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            the best i have played

            this games i would say is one of the taken games made i have played all the other 4 and the have all been great all from the first on ps1 althous years back and to now this is one of THE taken fighting games to buy this review is totaly for the taken5 game. always the taken game is the best and winning in fighting games,
            the heros and the story are great and the characters have there own unique way and the style of there characters.
            the way the characters were in taken 4. . . . . . . . has changed in taken 5 there have there own strength for example Jin , Lei , Nina . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . .

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              12.09.2007 12:41
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              My favourite of the series so far.

              The tekken game series has always been a winner and the latest addition is no exception to the rule. many of the old favourites are back including Jin, Lei, Nina.... there are also some familiar faces back after a break including Baek. As always there are the hidden characters, my favourite being devil Jin, i never got to grips with the change in Jins fighting style in tekken 4 so i was delighted to find that devil Jin had all his original moves. There are some great extra features including the chance to earn money so you can customise the characters. The boss is a real tricky one and a tad disturbing! It comes with the classic storylines and character backgrounds/relationships. the graphics are amazing as is the gameplay.


              Tekken 5 is a classic beat 'em up tournament game. It is actually the 6th in the Tekken series which includes Tekken Tournaments 1-5 and Tekken Tag Tournament.

              Game Modes- there are several different modes of play available from the game menu, you can lay vs a friend or against the computer, the varied selection keeps the game intersesting and increases the amount of time you would want to play the game. you are able to set difficulty level within the game options, you can have from easy to extreme, its best to start light though otherwise you're likely to get half way through and wonder whats hit you and the boss at the end of the game will be impossible.

              VS Battle-
              This is where you play against someone in the room with you rather than against the computer. When you select this option you are taken to a menu with a selection of characters to choose from, you also have an option to pick a mystery character by selecting the ? icon(this is kind of like a lucky dip in that you recieve any one of the characters)

              once you select your character you are then required to select a power level, you can have anything from 0%(daft idea) to 150%, if you want to play fair then stick at 100% and make sure your opponent has too, if you fancy beng sneaky then put it up to 150% without them spotting you.

              the standard fight is the best of 3 battles, each lasting 60 seconds(the time is shown in the centre at the top of the screen) for different bout times and rounds you can go into the options menu and change the settings, you can select anything from 1-5 rounds and put the bout time up to infinity(basically it last until you're character has no life bar left(the life bars are at the top of the screen, one on the left the other on the right of the round time) The winner of a bout is the person with either the most life at the end of the time or the person who knocks out their oponent.

              The characters are controlled by using the directional buttons and the 4 round buttons with the shapes on(triangle,circle, square, x) on your ps2 controller. appropriate combinations of directions and attacks will produce special moves and combo's, which make the fights more exciting. you are able to configure the controller to your prefferred setting via the options menu, by doing this you are also able to programme the l1, l2, r1 & r2 buttons to produce specific moves.

              Story Battle-
              when playing story battle mode you are vs the computer, as you fight various oppenents the characters story unravels, reveealing why they are in the tournament. many of the characters stories interlink and you will discover rivalries and admirers. Each time you play story battle most of your opponents will change, you will however always face the same character midway through the tournament and the same last 2 characters. The baddy/boss at the end of the game is always the same character regardless who you have selected to fight with, he's a tricky one too!

              Arcade Battle-
              You start ranked as beginner and take part in numerous fights with the intention of improving your ranking, after winning a certain number of matches you have a chance for promtion, if you win this match your ranking increases. however as your rank increases so does that of your opponents.

              if you lose a battle it is possible to continue and select the same or a different character before starting the fight(against the same opponent) again.

              a "g" will appear on the screen after each win with a number by the side of it, this is the amount of gold you have won for winning the bout. Gold is added up and can be used to customise characters.

              Time Attack-
              Time attack requires your character to clear all the rounds as fast as possible vs a computer opponent, it is possible to get a place in the "hall of fame" leaderboard if you manage a good time. If you are defeated in a battle you can continue but only with the same characters.

              Team battle-
              this is a 1 or 2 player game. you select a team of different characters(teams can consist of 2-8 characters) the first character selected starts the bout, if they win they continue onto the next round with a depleted health bar(if they recieved damage in the previous round) they will coninue to fight until their health is completely gone. If the character loses they are replaced by your next choice. The match continues like this until either all your or your opponents characters have been defeated. winning characters do recieve a potion of their life bar back, ready for the next battle.

              Survival-
              this mode is vs the computer, your character fights single round battles until their life bar is gone, as with team mode they regain a little life after winning a match. the mode will continue until all the health bar is gone, the idea is to beat as many opponents as possible. it is possible to achive a "hall of fame" position on this round like with Time Attack mode.

              Practice-
              this mode allows you to select a character and an oponent, you can try your movesout against a blocking opponent or a computer opponent(who fights back) no life is lost in this mode, you are just familiarising yourself with the characters and ,moves. by pressing the start button you can bring up a list of all your characters moves. when you land a hit on your opponent a number appears on screen, this is the amount of life points the move would have taken off your oppenent in a real battle.

              Tekken-Devil Within-
              In this mode you play Jin Kazama, you have to fight swarms of oppents while navigating through different levels in order to find out the truth of his past and the devil gene. Each stage is cleared by beating the end of level boss(usually one of the main tekken characters for exmaple Jack) You are able to save your progress on this game as there are many levels to complete. If Jins haelth bar run out, the game is over.

              Arcade history-
              you are able to select Tekken, Tekken 2, Tekken 3 and play the original games with all the original graphics, sound and characters. Ecah game begins with a brief tutorial for those who never played the early Tekken games.

              Theatre-
              you are able to select the movies and soundtracks(gained via story mode) in this setting, as you win the game with each different character more choices are available for you to view.

              Customise-
              You are able to change the characters name, buy additional items(with the gold won in Arcade battle) and change the colours of the Tekken characters. You can buy things like clothes & accesories, change the body, face, hair and costumes. this is quite an entertaining mode, i personally saved up my gold and turned Kuma the bear pink, gave him a mohican, sunglasses and a gold medallion! each purchase you make will reduce your gold amount and you'll need to earn more to make more customisations. the customised characters are the 2 alternative characters, basically if you play a vs match and you are both Kuma for example you are unlikely to get your customised character, however if you play via multitap/4 player and all select Kuma one of you will recieve the customised version.

              Characters- many of the classic characters are back but in true Tekken style there are some interesting new additions. Some of the chracters include-

              Jin Kazama
              King
              Nina
              Kazuya
              Marshall Law
              Paul
              Hwoarang
              Lee
              Lei
              Yoshimitsu
              Bryan
              Raven(a new addition, very "Blade" like)
              Feng Wei(another new character, he's a muscle guy)
              Asuka Kazama(a new girl, one of the small but swift types)



              Other Info-
              Produced by Namco the game is rated 12+, it requires an 8mb ps2 memory card with a minimum of 57km of space in order to save your game progress. It is analogue compatable and has vibration function(accessable via the set up options) which will make the controller vibrate when your character takes hits.

              It is available from most gaming stores and websites, originally it would have also been widely available in standard entertainment stores such as W.H.Smiths and Woolworths. Prices start now from around £12, but its probably available through sites such as ebay for less then that(if you're the lucky bidder)

              You can visit the following sites for more information:
              WWW.Playstation.com
              WWW.Tekken5.com



              My view-
              Ive always loved the tekken games, i actually bought tekken 3 before i owned a playstation! naturally due to technical improvements this is one of the best games out of the set. The graphics are improved from tekken 4 and there are more versatile and interesting characters. the storylines are as unbelievable as always but thats what makes Tekken so much fun.

              I like the Devil Within game, it provides a different type of game if you become bored of the basic tournament style, i also love the abiltity to customise characters, even if its only to create a pink punk rocker bear! Im so glad they included Devil Jin, it takes his story a bit further(he was always my favourite character, ever since tekken 3) and it bought back the moves i was so used to.

              when i first recieved the game i played it obsessively in order to reveal the bonus characters and the videos within theatre mode, any characters i wasnt so keen on i left for my other half to suffer with. its always fun to play the vs mode, especially when you know you're good and can beat most challengers, however its not so much fun when a grown man starts sulking because you keep beating him!

              The arcade mode can become complusive as you try and raise more gold and your ranking, however after 40 matches it starts to get a bit boring, i found its best to save your progress there and try a different mode for a while. It is also easy to become obsessed with Time Attack and Survival in the quest for the ever elusive place in the "Hall of Fame" which is far harder in this game then previous ones.

              All in all this is a great addition to the series and a must for beat 'em up fans.

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                01.08.2007 00:50
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                just like a day at the arcades, the good old days, but kinda boring after some time

                Love it-----
                All tekkens are the same, but are improved at a steady rate at each game, i have tekken 1 and tekken 3, and now tekken 5
                Tekken 5 has all the great charecters of the original, with all the same buttons and great moves. This game is officially a classic, and does not need to change to adapt to the modern improving games that come out.
                With its arcade style layout it feels like your playing a game at the arcade, but the quality, moves and charecters are playstation standard.

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                My best players are Huorang and Brian (mind my spelin)
                Each player has their own style of fighting and speed so you are evenly matched.
                However you will notice in tekken 5 that several players are sharing moves, for example the sumo has a few of gunjack's moves, etc.etc.
                I do not like the fact that the charecters you unock are sometimes so similar to existing charecters, like updated or alternate versions, eg. gunjack 2.

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                This game is a timeless classic, which will get boring if you play it regularly, but is one of those classics you can hold a tournament with. with your friends like you would with pro evo.

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                I also dislike the fact that with the quick players like law, if you play against an amateur all they have to do to defeat you is press all the buttons really fast and sometimes just repeat one move to kill you!
                But this is what makes this game more and more like an arcade machine!

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                I cant wait to unlock all the players, and hope i dont get bored too quickly. I wouldnt buy an updated version of the game like the existing tekken 5 as this is pointless all tekkens are basically the same! There are new modes like ball mode etc, which are quite fun as i remember in tekken 3, but have their sell by date and you will get bored eventually.
                But if you want a REAL CLASSIC fighting game, and you dont like wwe style fighting games this is the game for you.

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                The reason i mentioned wwe is because of the way you can move about in wrestling games to differnt scenaries, in this game it is amost 2d, you are stuck, in one scene with 1 background and you fight arcade style.

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                  06.07.2007 23:02

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                  Great fighter and definitely the best on the system

                  If anyone is wandering how this review is going to turn out Ill make it simple..
                  YES PLEASE!!
                  That is all you NEED to know. What you might want to know is the length this game goes into depth. Just in generally. The story mode and the cutscenes still have the cutesy half serious/half not arcade namco feel to them.. But EVERYTHING you would want in a Tekken game is here INCLUDING, get this
                  TEKKEN, TEKKEN 2, TEKKEN 3 all playable from the start..
                  Theres also a side quest game featuring Jin, and whilst kind of repetitive, starts to get hard as hell.. but its all worth it in the end, trust me.
                  Easily the best Tekken yet, dont think twice..

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