| paleface [sys=PS2; cat=Fighting; loc=NA] |
|I never owned a Tekken before so I figured, what the heck. So far I'm not too keen on the controls, the whole "one button per limb" thing. Does this mean that if I hit all four at once I do some kind of leaping four-limb crusher? No. Or do I do a two-hand Captain Kirk chop if I mash both the punch buttons? No. Unintuitive!|
Well, seriously I do find the controls rather unintuitive, and having two sets of apparently equal attacks bugs me: there's no difference at all between a right kick and a left kick or a right punch and a left punch except that one may start one combo while the other one starts another. So there's always the horrible decision: now, do I take this guy lefty, or righty? There's no difference! Unless you're going to combo, which of course you will because it's so easy. And sort of fun. But I was surprised to find the hitting sound effects rather subdued: as you're fighting they don't really make you FEEL the blows. Odd.
The graphics are nice even if most of the Tekken cast look like goobers, except for Christie the new pinup-- I mean, character. But she fights like a goober so it all evens out.
That's the other thing: fights are kind of boring. You're just sitting here trying to hit your button combinations to get off your cheapest combo, and that's pretty much it. Sometimes for variety I just mashed the buttons to see what would happen--this worked great with Christie hehe.
However, this all works rather well for the beat 'em up mode, Tekken Force. The fact that the baddies you bash drop chicken and egg health powerups just makes it all the better (and they cluck!). If only the AIs thronging around you would actually attack more than one at a time, we'd really have something here.