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TEKKEN 6 - 360 - Preview

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Dating back to 1995, Tekken is one of those fighting franchises that is fast-paced, arcade-like and a whole lot of fun. In the fall of 2009, the franchise will mark its sixth video-game release with the aptly named Tekken 6.

In addition to a quick presentation at a pre-E3 event in San Francisco, a little hands-on time with the game was available. While there was a PS3 pumping out the action, Tekken will be making its debut on the 360 console system, while also releasing on the PSP. All iterations will have console-specific content.

For the next wave, radical changes have been made to the game engine with the focus on movement to make it look as real as possible. The result is a game that is graphically impressive.

Tekken 6 Xbox 360 screenshots

Tekken 6 will retain some of the side-to-side action that has its roots in the arcade, but the environments also come into play. In one of the battle scenes displayed, there were pigs roaming the ‘arena.’ Several times pigs were hit and flew across the screen. There were also destructible environmental elements, including break-away floors.

While there are 40 characters available in the final release, only a few were playable at the event. There were also 16 stages, though more may be available at release.
Tekken 6 is very much a button-masher, but the controls were reasonably intuitive. This is definitely a game you can pick up and play. There will be an extensive online mode.

The game is shaping up to be a worthy piece of the Tekken legacy, and should be on the radar of all console-based fight-game fans.

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