Published by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
Developed by Namco Bandai
Tekken Hybrid is essentially a mini-bundle for seasoned Tekken fans to keep them ticking over until the release of Tekken Tag Tournament 2. The collection comes with Tekken Tag Tournament HD, the full CGI movie Tekken: Blood Vengeance and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue, which is set to be released in 2012. Priced at just £25 it’s a compilation that represents solid value for money provided that you are a Tekken enthusiast.
Tekken Tag Tournament HD is essentially the same game that appeared early in the life of the PlayStation 2. The game requires an installation of 1,396MB. The modes on offer are Arcade, VS Battle, Team Battle, Time Attack, Survival, Practice and Tekken Bowl (which as the name suggests is a bowling mini-game). The 30+ fighters in the game are all available, giving you full access to the roster from the start which will no doubt please those who didn’t want to have to go through the process of unlocking again (having already done so in the PlayStation 2 version). The combat model still holds up well today and offers a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The visuals clearly benefit from their upgrade to HD resolutions (and there’s support for 3D here too) but the game doesn’t really manage to reach the quality you would expect from a PlayStation 3 title. Tekken Tag Tournament HD doesn’t offer any online multiplayer or subtitles.
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue is, disappointingly, nothing more than a demo although you’re still forced to do an installation of 1,040MB before you can play it. You’re getting an Arcade mode and a Model Viewer. There are a total of four characters on offer with the mini-roster including: Alisa, Devil Jin, Kazuya and Xiaoyu. Visually there’s a big step up from Tekken Tag Tournament HD, not only in respect to the character models but also various backgrounds and the character animations. The game also supports 3D and does offer subtitles, which are enabled by default. Whilst the small amount of content in this prologue may be disappointing, there’s enough here to suggest that Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will be a fighting game that’s well worth your attention when it’s eventually released.
Given the reputation of movies that have been based on games I wasn’t expecting the CGI Tekken: Blood Vengeance movie to be anything more than cheesy fan service. In actual fact it’s not too bad and was watchable for the 92 minutes it lasted. Yes, the dialogue is a little cheesy and no it won’t win any awards but it’s inclusion in the Tekken Hybrid package is definitely a welcome bonus. The movie is also subtitled (in a variety of languages), so you’ll be able to follow the storyline without any real issues. The movie can also be watched in 3D if you have a compatible TV.
I don’t think many would deny that Tekken Hybrid has been squarely aimed at the hardcore Tekken fans. My only serious complaint with the package is that the Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue is nothing more than a demo. There should, at the very least, have been more characters here and maybe an additional mode. The chance to own an HD version of Tekken Tag Tournament, in addition to a copy of Tekken Blood Vengeance, will only appeal to fans of the series. For those who are new to the series, Tekken 6 may be a better starting point.