by Ryan Cope
previewed on PS3
Re-releasing games in HD isn’t an uncommon thing in the gaming world these days. Halo: Combat Evolved, Beyond Good and Evil and the Sly Raccoon collection are just a few. But re-releasing a game and throwing in extra features and add-ons is a steadily growing trend. This can only be a good thing as such re-releases have the potential to make fans happy by reliving the glory of their gaming days, all with the extra benefits of something new to expand the experience and new players can be introduced to well known and loved games.
With old school arcade games like Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter returning with expansions, there is no better time than now for the Tekken franchise to wet its whistle in the HD re-release department. But the question arises; will this new Tekken Hybrid be able to get gamers rooting for Jin rather than Scorpion or Ryu?
Part of the package
Tekken Hybrid contains three main features: Tekken Tag Tournament HD, Tekken Blood Vengeance 3D and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue (that’s a whole lot of Tekken). This mix up includes one game, a preview game (basically a demo) and a brand new 3D movie. This fusion of Tekken madness will surely rouse fans and get them ready to unleash some furious fighting excitement. With Tekken Tag Tournament 2 on its way, nothing will wet the apatite more than playing the predecessor in impressive HD and get a taste of what is to come with the prologue.
Tekken Tag Tournament HD is the high definition remake of the classic game that first appeared on the PlayStation 2 in 2000. At the time of its original release, Tekken Tag Tournament HD was considered a revolution in Tekken fighting style due to its tag team abilities. With over 40 characters to choose from in the original, players could select up to two fighters to use per battle, which could then be swapped at any point between each other (or tagged) in order to mix up the fighting. By tagging in mid moves, players could perform special combos as well as give their damaged fighters time to heal up.
Hybrid also includes the Tekken Tag Tournament HD mini game “Tekken Bowl”, that sees the player select a group of Tekken characters to play a game of bowling. As each fighter has their own attributes and abilities, this mixes up the gameplay and makes it a bit more interesting.
To the “Big Screen”
Tekken Blood Vengeance is a fully CGI film, that follows in the style of Final Fantasy Advent Children. The makers have even gone so far as to make it in 3D, so those lucky scoundrels out there who have a 3D television can enjoy the mental arse kicking adventure in all its glory. Blood Vengeance follows the story of veteran martial artist and high school student Xiaoyu Ling as she sets off on a perilous journey. Hired by the G Corporation to infiltrate Kyoto, an international school, Xiaoyu is tasked to gather information on a shady student called Shin Kamiya. In typical bad luck style, before she can make any progress in her investigation Shin is kidnapped by a mysterious enemy. Xiaoyu then takes it upon herself to rescue Shin so decides to dig into his past in an attempt to learn more, but what she finds is a harrowing conspiracy that revolves around the blood and violence of Jin Kazama, Kazuya Mishima and the late Heihachi Mishima.
The final addition to Tekken Hybrid is Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue which, aside from the long name, will give players a taste for the upcoming sequel, Tekken Tag Tournament 2. This “Prologue” version offers players four playable characters that all appear in the Tekken Blood Vengeance movie. As an added bonus, each fighter will be wearing a costume that they wore in the film itself (which is exclusive to Tekken Hybrid) and the costume they will wear in TTT 2. It can be assumed that the bonus costumes might carry over to the full game upon release.
Tag, your turn
Tekken Hybrid is the perfect gift for all Tekken lovers (unless you didn’t like Tag Tournament in which case… sorry). Whether it’s replaying the classic Tekken Tag Tournament, delving deeper into the Tekken lore by watching the brand new CGI film, or wetting your appetite with Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue while you wait for the full game, Tekken Hybrid should please fans and excite them at the same time. Only time will tell if it will be enough to stand up against the mighty onslaught of Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter. Until then, at least Tekken fans will get their fill of arse kicking action.