“ Manufacturer: Namco / Genre: Fighting / Release Date: 2006 „
I have been sceptical of Tekken: Dark Resurrection for quite some time now; it absolutely reeks of cash-in, but before I bought the recently released Tekken 6, I wanted to give it a go as I am a huge fan of the series. What this game adds is a bunch more costumes and arenas, and while it won't do much for the casual player, the hardcore crowd will probably love it, even if it probably isn't worth the £15-20 it has been priced at on PSN (as to my knowledge it isn't available in hard copy form).
As with the other games, it's about the "King of Iron Fist Tournament", with Heihachi Mishima being locked in a seemingly never-ending war with Jin. This continues into the fifth entry, which has been fine-tuned a bit here. The game is in many ways, as the other Dooyoo reviewer comments, a stripped down version of Tekken 5, because it only has an Arcade Mode, a Ghost Mode, and a .VS Mode, but it is still a lot of fun. In Arcade, you have to defeat nine opponents sequentially to rank up and earn money, much like the previous game. Ghost mode is similar, but you can fight an unlimited number of opponents. VS mode is the one you know and love, allowing you to take on a friend. Through and through, the crux of the game is to earn money in various ways to buy clothes, and while that might sound lame to some, it is surprisingly addictive.
Visually, the game is a mild upgrade of Tekken 5, but it's clearly not the PS3 using its full capabilities, and so it does feel a little phoned in. Still, the overall visual style is great, and is accompanied by the usual techno music you'll either love or hate.
I wouldn't pay much for this, but during the excruciating wait for Tekken 6, this did keep me occupied, and although it's fairly insubstantial, the same great mechanics are there.
Tekken 5 Dark Ressurection Online is an exclusive online enabled version of the game for the Playstation 3.
Tekken 5 on the Playstation 2 was excellent and with the addition of online play I thought this would be a real winner and bought this without hesitation.
Tekken 5 had an excellent story mode, in Tekken 5 Dark Resurrection online it is gone! The game provides you with only the basic Arcade mode, 2 Player mode and Online mode to play with. The arcade mode has all the fighters from Tekken 5 plus a couple of new ones Lilli a ditzy platinum blonde and Dragunov a pale Russian soldier. The fighters are already unlocked for you so there is no motivation to play through and even when you do you will find that they have even got rid of the brilliant ending movies!
They have added a little currency system to the game, when you win a fight you will earn money and that money can be spent on new outfits for your characters and you can buy some artwork and the ending movies too, though only a couple are available.
The fighting mechanics of the game are rock solid thankfully and include all the moves you would expect, each character has different combos and throws to master so you will keep coming back to play to learn new moves. The character list is extensive too and has the most fighters ever in a Tekken game to date.
The extras such as the excellent Tekken 1-3 games are gone as is the Devil within mode. What you get to replace it is the Online mode, I was eager to try this but immediately disappointed, the matches you get into only connect half of the time and are so plagued with lag you may as well not bother.
Graphically this is the best version of Tekken 5, everything is upscaled to a 1080p resolution and looks great, though I am sure a Playstation 3 exclusive Tekken would look better.
The fighting mechanics are solid but I can't recommend this with so many features taken out you are better off sticking with your PS2 version.